Say hi to Yoast SEO 14.7, chock-full of enhancements to help you with your site’s SEO. Have you heard about the addition of XML sitemaps in WordPress 5.5? The Yoast SEO plugin is completely prepared for this. We also have some great news for users of the Web Stories plugin. But most importantly, we’re releasing a completely revised internal linking tool in Premium, giving you better internal linking suggestions than ever!
Improved internal linking suggestions
SEO isn’t just about writing great copy or superb technical optimization. Structuring and connecting your site’s content properly is equally important. It helps users and search engines understand and navigate your site. But linking all your related content properly can be an overwhelming task. Therefore, Yoast SEO premium offers a myriad of tools to simplify this process for you.
What does this tool do again?
Linking related posts and pages on your site is an essential part of your SEO strategy. But knowing every page and post on your site by heart is quite hard. Don’t fret though: our internal linking suggestion tool helps you out. When you write a post, this tool will automatically give suggestions for related posts to link to. On top of this, you can tag your most important posts as cornerstone content. These posts will be shown above the other suggestions, so you won’t forget to link to them!
Smarter and faster
Our internal linking suggestions tool is now smarter, faster, and provides you with more accurate results. To achieve this, we’ve completely changed the way this tool finds your related posts. In fact, we made the tool more human-like. As our developer Natalia says in this post on how we improved the tool:
“ In the new version of the internal linking tool, we attempted to make the analysis as intuitive as possible. We tried to make the plugin work in a way a human would — provided one with the perfect memory of a computer.”
Simply put, the tool now takes into consideration the context of other posts on your website when determining what a post is about and which other posts it relates to. It also looks at other data than just the copy of a post. For instance, it also takes metadata into account. All in all, this leads to more focused related post suggestions for you to pick from when writing a post.
Taxonomies and labeling
Perhaps the most eye-catching change is that we’ve also added taxonomy pages to the internal linking suggestions. If the text on a taxonomy page consists of more than 100 words, this page will be featured in the list of suggestions. As tags and category pages often show all your content on a certain topic, and you might even want them to rank, it makes perfect sense to link to them as well!
Plus, in this new release, you’ll easily recognize what kind of post or page is suggested. Tags, categories, posts, pages and custom post types now carry a label to easily distinguish them from each other: