Author TimMcKinlay
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In this video, I walk you through how to add internal and external links to your posts. I also show you the difference between adding links using the Classic Editor and Gutenberg.

This stuff is covered in the core training but I couldn't specifically find one training walking you through just the link adding process, and I do get asked this from time to time, so I created this resource to help those who may be struggling with adding links.

Hope this helps!

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As mentioned in the video, I have created an in-depth video on some of the foundational elements that go into establishing a successful site here:

https://my.wealthyaffiliate.com/classes/setting-up-a-profit-...

Please note, however, that the above link will only work if you've joined WA through me, because it's a resource I created as a bonus for my Premium referrals.

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GeorgianaMam Premium Plus
Hi Tim,

Excellent video, many thanks. I'm not sure if the Classic Editor is preferable because I wasn't aware of it. I'll give it a try with the editor I already have, which I assume by default. It ought to open a new page on the website. I'm not sure whether I'm ahead, but I wanted to understand what backlinks were. I read a lot, and I often hear people discuss buying or asking for backlinks.

Georgie~
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mz1989 Premium
how do we add in a table of contents with the links to the other headings in the article?
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TheAbiePPlus Premium Plus
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mz1989 Premium
Thanks
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TheAbiePPlus Premium Plus
You're very welcome!
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mz1989 Premium
I got an off topic question can I ask you here?
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TheAbiePPlus Premium Plus
Yes you can.
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mz1989 Premium
The keyword that we put in the title. How does google know what the keyword is that we are trying to rank with?
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TheAbiePPlus Premium Plus
Google doesn't, it is your visitors who would punch the keyword and if yours answers best their inquiry Google will pull it up from among so many.
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mz1989 Premium
Thanks
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TheAbiePPlus Premium Plus
You're very welcome!
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Elke63 Premium
I understand how to put external and internal links but I was wondering if you start putting links at the beginning middle or towards the end of a blog? I am not sure about where exactly is the best practice for putting links?

Elke
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TheAbiePPlus Premium Plus
In the training, links were placed in specs top of page, then in the image and again between paragraphs as a CTA text link, those were external affiliate links to the merchant store.

Internal links are to connect two posts together or you'd use to connect an informational post to a review one. I keep it discreet, simple and relevant.

I would test where best place my links, however one element at a time.
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Elke63 Premium
Thank You, AbieAJ, for getting back to me. I have always wondered where to place my links and watched all the videos, but this was never explained.

Thank you for making it clear to me how to incorporate links into my blog.

I will keep what you suggested in mind writing my next blog.

Also, I am putting 3 external links to my products and about 5 - 7 internal links to my other blogs is that OK.

Elke
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TheAbiePPlus Premium Plus
That's fine as long as it kept discreet, simple and relevant. There was an old rule which says a link for ever 500 words so if a post is 2500 words, you can place 5 links however it is just a guideline. End of the day, I want to do my posts enough justice and that's what I believe what counts.

You may like follow up on Kyle's latest blog post if not seen already

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Elke63 Premium
Thank You for clearing this up I will watch the video from Kyle thank your for helping

Elke
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TheAbiePPlus Premium Plus
You're very welcome, Elke!
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mbouteiller Premium Plus
Hi Tim,

Thank you very much for your video. Great job explaining and I found this very helpful.

Block Editor Question: So when you were showing the placement of the Wikipedia URL as an external link in the Link box, you turned the 'Open in a new tab' on. So the black dots means the link options are defaulted and if you clicked any one of them it turns to blue background with white dot. So this white dot in the blue background means it's turned on. Right??

Thanks again!

Regards,
Monica
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TimMcKinlay Premium Plus
Hi Monica,

My pleasure, glad you found it helpful.

Yes, the white dot/blue background means it's on, so when someone clicks the link it will open in a new window. Definitely not essential to do this, just something I personally do for external links.
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mbouteiller Premium Plus
Hi Tim,

Thank you for your quick response!

So, what's the purpose of having the link open in a new window? When I was watching your video, the Wikipedia looks exactly the same if it was opened in a new window or not.

Also, if the link opens in a new window, does it bring the reader back to my article?

Regards,
Monica
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TimMcKinlay Premium Plus
Hi Monica,

It's probably best to test it out on your site (or a test site) to see the difference from a functionality point of view. But basically, the reason I do it is because I like to keep people on my site for as long as possible. So internal links open in the same window, while external links open a new tab, because that way, even when they leave to view the third party site, they are still on my site.

By no means am I recommending everyone do this, it's just something I do. The purpose of the training was more just to show people how to add links in general, whether or not you have external links open in the same window, or a new window, is totally up to you.

Tim
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mbouteiller Premium Plus
Wow, Tim!

Thank you for this information. You did an excellent job explaining this to me. I want the same results too. I want people staying on my site as long as possible. I will do what you are doing. I've been here on WA's platform for some time now. Finally working on my sites and more focused. This is the year!!

Whew... I feel much better. Thank you, Tim 🙏!

Have a blessed rest of the week.
Monica
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davehayes Premium
Very useful and insightful training again Tim.Like you, I use Gutenberg, because it makes life easier using the block editor.

The tips and tricks shown in this training were and will be benefical for a lot of people

Very well laid out and clear
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TimMcKinlay Premium Plus
Thanks Dave, appreciate it.
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davehayes Premium
Your welcome
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