Blog Deep Linking Made Easy: aLinks WordPress Plugin

Blog Deep LinkingYou probably had heard a lot about the importance of deep linking inside a blog. Be it for SEO reasons, or from the desire to increase the number of pages per visit, it is good to link to your old posts. We all know how much time we spend on deep linking: search for the desired post, copy the permalink, include it in the current post… or let WordPress do it for you, by using the aLinks plugin. You just indicate the desired keywords, and aLinks does a search within all posts, chooses the most relevant one and creates a link to it each time your keyword string appears on a page.
Another benefit of aLinks is that it makes Amazon affiliate links very easy: you input your affiliate ID and the keywords, and your links are built automatically.

I found it very easy to install and to set up. It is active and working in this very moment and you’ll never guess which links I built manually and which links were built by aLinks.

Use it once and you’ll never want to live without it again. It is the same feeling I had when I got my first pair of born shoes and my best hot kicks: no matter how many other fancy sandals, shoes or boots I bought after that, my Born shoes were always on my mind.

2010 update: this WordPress plugin is not available anymore. I suppose the author wasn’t interested in further supporting it.

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  1. Posted June 21, 2007 at 9:44 am | Permalink

    Oh, Wow! Pretty easy to deeplink now. Thanks :)

  2. Posted June 21, 2007 at 2:56 pm | Permalink

    Nice. I wonder if this would just create a ton of links everywhere on every post though. Add Kontera to this and you’ve got links galore!

  3. Posted June 21, 2007 at 4:17 pm | Permalink

    This would create as many links as the times your desired keywords is displayed. You can see it in this very post: the word links contains an automatically built link (and it is only one on this page). It is up to you not to have too many keywords selected for aLinks.

  4. Posted June 22, 2007 at 7:01 pm | Permalink

    Interesting idea to have the Amazon links included. Most Amazon-related plugins that I have seen have not handled regular links within the post as well.

  5. Posted June 22, 2007 at 11:46 pm | Permalink

    nice idea Simonne.. now that I moved to wordpress today.. I am looking for all the plug ins that i can find and use.. this will be on my list.. thanks!

  6. Posted June 23, 2007 at 2:39 am | Permalink

    Yes, Steven, it is very easy to handle, and it works (I checked a few links on my blog, and they were set up fine)

    @Pearl: congratulations! You can check my WordPress category, I’ve written about some plugins there.

  7. Posted June 23, 2007 at 2:23 pm | Permalink

    I am going to give this a whirl. I installed a similar plugin that I am unable to get to work. Maybe this one will be more effective anyway.

  8. Posted June 23, 2007 at 3:45 pm | Permalink

    Angie, if you need to ask any questions after you install it, just do it.

  9. Posted June 23, 2007 at 5:31 pm | Permalink

    This would be useful, but would probably violate the TOS with my Pay Per Post. They don’t like it when you link to other pages on the Sponsored posts. Or is there an option not to add internal links if you don’t want them?

  10. Posted June 23, 2007 at 6:11 pm | Permalink

    You add internal links only on what you want. But if you choose to add links on a keyword, then each time it appears, it will have a link on it. I’ll play around some more, and if I discover an option for posts exclusion, I’ll tell you.

  11. Posted July 8, 2007 at 5:52 pm | Permalink

    Oh wicked just what I need to get my new tech blog
    more traffic…as you can see my blog is new but dead as a dodo.
    but with this plugin it wont be dead for long.

    Thanks for sharing

  12. Posted July 9, 2007 at 5:55 am | Permalink

    You are welcome Brian, i wish you good luck with your blog.

  13. Posted July 17, 2007 at 12:50 pm | Permalink

    what happens if you have too many links on your pages? I think the maximum recommended is like 30 right?

  14. Posted July 17, 2007 at 2:48 pm | Permalink

    @Africa safari: I heard that less than 100 links is still OK. If you have too many links, you can be penalized by Google. Nevertheless, I don’t use aLinks for every word in this blog, but only for two or three words.

  15. Posted December 23, 2007 at 4:41 am | Permalink

    Just listening to be penalized by google makes me brr!!…

  16. Posted January 15, 2008 at 6:25 pm | Permalink

    Great suggestion! I just spent half an hour trying to track down some posts I wanted in a link. This should cut down the time it takes to write a post! Thank you.

  17. Posted January 15, 2008 at 6:29 pm | Permalink

    You are welcome, Shelly. Yes, this should save some time for you. I’m glad you found it useful.

  18. Posted January 31, 2008 at 1:22 am | Permalink

    WoW, realy nice plugin. I will use it on my site.
    Great Thanks Simonne!

  19. Simonne
    Posted January 31, 2008 at 2:30 am | Permalink

    You are welcome, alex.

  20. Posted February 5, 2008 at 8:41 am | Permalink

    Cool little plug in Simonne.
    I will give it a go


  21. Simonne
    Posted February 5, 2008 at 8:43 am | Permalink

    Thanks, Brian! Good luck.

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  23. Posted March 30, 2008 at 8:22 am | Permalink

    This sounds like the exact plugin I am looking for. I just tried their site but I get a server too slow to load error. I guess even websites get tired early on a Sunday morning.

    I will give it a try later.

    thanks for the tip.

    I just noticed that your notify me of future follow ups to comments text is black on dark blue so all I saw was a check box with nothing after it.

  24. Posted April 16, 2008 at 6:37 am | Permalink

    Wicked plugin 10/10 nice and simple to setup.

    Keep up the good work :)

  25. Posted April 16, 2008 at 11:22 am | Permalink

    Yes it is very good, I also use blog deep linking a lot

  26. Posted April 16, 2008 at 11:23 am | Permalink

    I am not sure how I can apply this to my Coach bags website, but I’m going to give it a try.

  27. Posted April 16, 2008 at 11:52 am | Permalink

    My site about imobiliare, case, vile, terenuri is not WordPress driven.

  28. Canon scanners
    Posted April 16, 2008 at 11:25 am | Permalink

    Unfortunately my Canon scanners shop is not made with WordPress, so I cannot use plugins

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    Posted April 16, 2008 at 11:51 am | Permalink

    Can I use this plugin to link to my Amazon sites with cats & puppies supplies and insurance?

  30. Posted May 17, 2008 at 12:35 pm | Permalink

    This looks useful for increasing the interlinking of your internal pages. I wonder if blogger blogs have this possibility, or if my glyconutrition food supplements shop can benefit from it.

  31. Humpty Dumpty
    Posted May 22, 2008 at 7:39 am | Permalink

    Yes, and my name is Humpty Dumpty and I am going to use this on my blog. Thank you very much for sharing such a great plugin, which can save me a lot of time.