How to Use Internal Links to Rank Higher in Google

Internal linking is arguably the most underrated strategy you don’t have to ask anyone to link to you, it’s completely free with a one hundred percent success rate and internal links can actually help you rank higher in Google. So today, I’m going to show you how to use internal links to rank higher in Google. Stay tuned.

If you’re new to Esso, internal links are simply links from one page to another on the same website, and they’re important for three main reasons. First, they help search engines like Google discover new pages so they can be added to their index. Second, internal links helps Page rank around your site, effectively powering other pages. And if you’re unfamiliar with page rank, it’s a mathematical formula that tries to determine the value of a page. And Google themselves have said that after 18 years, they still use page rank to rank pages. And third, internal links help search engines to better understand what a page is about. And they do this by looking at anchor texts and the text that surrounds the link. So with these three things in mind, credibility, authority and relevance, let’s go through a few ways. You can boost your rankings with internal links. The first way is to create a logical hierarchy in your site structure. Think of site structure as a mind map at the top. You’d have your homepage, then you’d probably have main topics that branch out from your home page, like your services page, your blog and about page. Then from these main topics, you’d probably have even more branches to other pages. Structure helps search engines to understand the relationship between these pages where branches are created using internal links. Now this. My map is pretty basic and doesn’t really give that much information to search engines. So let’s build onto this example. Using an internal linking strategy called content hubs, content hubs are interlinked collections of content about a similar topic. Basically, you create multiple pages on a topic and it’s subtopics, then interlink between the pages. So if we zoom into the link building guide, you might add more pages like one about broken link building resource page, link building desk posting and blog or outreach. And to create relationships between these posts, you could link to these posts from your link building guide and also link from your posts to your link building guide. Not only does this help to create relevance between pages, but as each of these pages get back links page rank will flow to and from each page within the hub, helping all of your pages rank higher in Google. We have a full video on how to create and use content hubs, so I’ll link that up in the description. Now, content hubs aren’t for everyone, and if you’ve already created a ton of pages without any kind of structure in mind, there are three easy and free ways you can find internal linking opportunities.

The first way is to use the site search operator in Google. So let’s say we wanted to add internal links to our guide on search intent. I’ll go to Google and search for site colon dot com blog and then add the phrase search content wrapped in quotes. And now we can see all pages on our blog that mention this phrase. So I’ll click on our Buyer’s Journey guide and do a find for search content. And it looks like it’s unlinked. So it could be a perfectly good place to add an internal link. The second way is to use the link opportunities report in site audit. All you have to do is sign up for a Free Press Webmaster Tools Account Verifiers site and then you can run a free website audit after your audit is complete. Head on over to the Link Opportunities report. This report shows you internal linking opportunities based on keywords your pages rank for. So we show the page. We recommend you link from the keyword that’s mentioned on the source page, which is also the keyword that the target page ranks for and the page we recommend you link to. On top of that, we show the context of where the keyword appears on the source page. Not looking at an entire site’s internal linking opportunities can be overwhelming. So let’s add a target page filter to our search and article, since that’s where we want to add internal links to hit apply. And now you’ll see twenty three internal linking opportunities. And unlike the Google search method, the internal linking opportunities aren’t dependent on exact match phrases. One other cool feature about this report is that we only show internal linking opportunities where the source page isn’t already linking to the target page. So you’ll find the suggestions to be quite good. If you’re new to site audit. We have a full video on our free SEO tool called HFS Webmaster Tools, so I’ll link that up in the description. The last method is to look at your site’s power pages. Naturally, some pages will earn more links than others, so they have more so-called authority they can pass to other pages on your website.

Again, if you have an address Webmaster Tools account, you can do this for free. Just go to site, explore and enter your domain, then go to the Best Buy Links report. Here you’ll see the pages on your site ordered by your URL rating, which represents the overall strength of a pages Backlund profile. Just skim through your pages and see if there are any relevant pages where you’d want to link from now whichever method you decide to use, the most important thing to remember is that you don’t need to force internal links. So I wouldn’t bother linking from irrelevant pages. And that also means that you don’t need to overdo it. Now, if you don’t have any pages with link authority, then I highly recommend watching some of our link building tutorials. Or if you’re the type that prefers to learn from case studies, then check out our three part series on how we built a page designed to attract back links. And if you enjoyed this tutorial, then make sure to like, share and subscribe for more actionable SEO and marketing tutorials. I’ll see you in the next one.

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