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.

31 Comments

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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!

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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?

  7. 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.

  8. @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.

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  10. 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.

  11. 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.

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