Internal Linking Basics
Internal Linking Basics. We're gonna talk about linking now. So everything up until this point was figuring out the category that we need to place our website in. The key words most appropriate for that category and how to write the content around that, right? Now this is the piece that all the search engines need to navigate through our work, and also to figure out what is the authority of this website. How good is this website? The first piece is Internal Linking Basics. This is the links on your site. So understanding how a search engine crawls, your page is gonna pass a value to another page. You can think of this as work of mouth. That's the easiest way to think about it. One page is giving word of mouth to another page. "Hey, check out this page. "It's good." Just like you might give word of mouth to hiring a friend who you know does great work. That's what an engine's gonna do. And it's gonna go follow that link, and it's gonna go to that next page, and it's gonna look at that p...
age. So we need our site. The home page is going to be the most linked. It's gonna have the most value, and what's gonna happen is, the home page, if that is the biggest presence and the biggest value, whatever the home page refers out to, gets the next biggest referral value. Right? Think about it as a cup of juice. Your home page has the most juice. One big glass of juice. If you have four subpages, and you link four subpages, you give all four of those an equal portion of juice. And then if they give eight subpages, their juice, they're giving one quarter to each of those subpages as they go down. Right? So you lose juice as you go down. Like similar to a referral. That's why it's easy to think about this as just simply a word of mouth referral. Your home page has the most juice. The link value will decrease as you go further from the home, and this is the fundamentals of how this works. It actually works this way internally and externally, and we're gonna show you how. So what we need is for the home page is obviously gonna link to the tier two pages, right. Those are usually in the menu. The tier two pages are usually in the menu bar of your site. But what you want is any time you wanna throw additional juice to a niche, a niche page, you simply put a footer up on your site and you throw value to these other pages. Now you're sending your home page juice down to these other niche pages. Is that kinda making sense? So the example of this is, if you look at the Linanjirsa footers, from our home page, what are we sending value to? Resources, favorite vendors, OC venues, LA venues, tutorials? We're trying to give juice to especially that Vendors and Venues pages. We're trying to give them lots of link juice, because any time somebody's searching a vendor or a venue, we want to be number one, number two, number three, up on that organic search. So we're sending juice from the home page over there. Same thing here. You drop into ".com/orangecounty", and at the bottom of this footer, we start giving juice to all of our tutorials, like all of our FAQs, wedding resources and advice.
So are all of those links going to articles on your blog, or is it pages?
They're fixed pages that have a home on the site.
But they're also hitting the blog. Remember how we kinda talked about that?
It's like you can, everything that you update should go to the blog, but then they should also have a permanent home that has a URL.
So do you do two, like one post and one page, or is it just... I'm kinda confused about...
So in WordPress, I believe there's an option, and maybe Chris can chime in here, in WordPress for example, when you write a new piece of content, you can give it a permanent link.
Which it's your permanent link, right? So you give it the permanent link, and when you post it, you can choose to post it on the blog, and then it also has that permanent link.
So it's already there. Then you simply need to, somewhere on your home page, or somewhere on your site, link to that place.
Does that make sense?
So ideally, your menu structure would allow them to get to any page, any resource that you have. Yes.
I've always been trying to figure out what is something appropriate for a blog versus appropriate for your page? In terms of analyzing content.
Think of it in permanence. It's the easiest way to think about it. If it has a permanent value, like a resource for doing make-up, a resource for newborn safety tips, a resource for how to prepare for your maternity shoot, what to know before going, those are things that should have a permanent link. Well I mean they all should have a permanent links, but those are things that are resources that should have a direct link from the home page. Blog posts are things of an impermanent nature. It's this recent shoot. This, I just photographed this bride and groom, or this maternity session. There's interest to see what's going on lately, but you're generally not going to refer back to it.