How to use the Yoast internal linking blocks

Yoast SEO features four Premium blocks that make internal linking easy for you! Using the hierarchical structure of your website, you can link your pages together with the Subpages block, the Siblings block and the Related links block. In addition, you can add structure to your posts and pages with the Table of content block! In this article, we’ll explain how to use these internal linking blocks.

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What are the Yoast internal linking blocks?

Subpages block

The Subpages block will automatically add a list of all the underlying posts or pages related to the parent page. For example, if you have a website about different countries, you might have a general page about France. Then, you could have subpages that cover the food, the capital, and the people of France. After reading up on France, you might like your visitors to click through to the subpages, to read more about these specific topics. That’s easy with the subpages block! By adding the block, this page automatically shows the subpages related to this parent page.

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Siblings block

Now, let’s take a look at the Siblings block. Someone interested in the information about Paris, is probably also interested in the other pages about France. To make it easy for them, you can add a Siblings block to your posts and pages. The Siblings block automatically adds a list of all the pages that have the same parent page as the post or page you’re adding the block to.

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Yoast SEO Premium comes with a sophisticated internal linking suggestions tool. It gives you real-time internal linking suggestions that you can use to add to your post or page and improve the structure of your site. You can, of course, add the links through the text, where you see fit. But, what if you wanted to add them all as a list of suggested reading? You can, very quickly, with the Related links block. Just add the block, and you will see all the related links automatically appear in a list format! Watch the video below to learn how the block works!

Table of contents block

A table of contents is a great way to make a post or a page scannable. It does not matter if a post is long or short. A table of contents is almost always welcome. With Yoast SEO, adding one just got super easy. All you need to do is add the Yoast Table of Contents block. That’s it. The plugin will automatically generate the Table of contents based on your headings and their hierarchy.

As a bonus, this block allows Google to add jump links right in the search pages! To learn more, watch the short screencast below.

How to add the Yoast internal linking blocks

Follow the steps below to add the Yoast internal linking blocks to your post or page.

  1. Log in to your WordPress site.

    When you’re logged in, you’ll be in your WordPress Dashboard.

  2. Go to the editor of the post or page you want to add internal links to.

    You can access the post or page editor through the menu on the left-hand side by clicking Posts > All Posts > Edit (when hovering over the post you want to edit), or by clicking Pages > All Pages > Edit (when hovering over the page you want to edit).

  3. Click ‘Add block’ and scroll down to ‘Yoast Internal Linking Blocks’.

  4. Select ‘Subpages’ (only for pages) , ‘Siblings’ (only for pages), ‘Related links’ or ‘Table of contents’.

    To automatically show all subpages related to your post or page, select the ‘Subpages’ block. To automatically show a list of the posts or pages that have the same parent page as the post or page that you’re adding the block to, select the ‘Siblings’ block. To add the list of links you see in the Internal linking suggestions, select the Related links block. Use the Table of contents block if you want to add a table of contents to your page.