Yoast is an invaluable WordPress plugin and one of the most amazing SEO tools.
It is so powerful and efficient that sometimes I tend to forget all the other plugins I make use of for maintaining my On-Page SEO. The ease and simplicity Yoast offers is the reason I always list Yoast in my listings.
Recently, a new update of the Yoast plugin has been pushed which brings in a new text link counter support.
Are internal links important?
What’s important to notice in this update is the fact that webmasters can now fully ensure that their page and post structures are properly optimized. You might be aware of the importance text links play in SEO. If you do not, MOZ has described in detail as to how much of a significance internal as well as external links hold for good SEO.
Internal links not only help spread Link Juice across your website, they also provide the search engines have a good idea of your website structure. External links, on the other hand, help you with link building and a lot of other stuff which I won’t go much detail into in this article.
All in all, text links are an important aspect of SEO and you need to take care of optimizing them as their overuse is also a negative indicator to Google.
Yoast SEO 5.0: Text Link Counter
Coming back to the Yoast update, the V5.0 will add one more icon to the ever-friendly Yoast interface. If you tap the “feather” icon, the WordPress plugin will guide you through the post structure.
Yoast SEO 5.0: What does the link counter do?
The link counter will essentially provide you with two things:
- The number of links a particular post is pointing to
- The number of links that are pointing to that particular post
The tool, therefore, will keep you informed about the entire site structure and you can link your posts accordingly. The link counter will analyze your entire website and present all the links found in your WordPress powered website in two new columns which you can see in the image above. You can hover over the icons to see additional information.
How do I use Yoast WordPress Plugin
If you are new to WordPress or you just do not know how to make use of Yoast for SEO, you can learn how to use it from the tutorial article from the Plugin download page itself. However, you can go to the article I am sharing below which would guide you in a much simpler way.