How to Add Title and NoFollow to Insert Link Popup in WordPress

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Do you want to add a title and nofollow tag to your WordPress links? By default WordPress does not provide a user interface for adding those attributes. In this article, we will show you how to add title and nofollow to insert link popup in WordPress.

Why You Need Title and NoFollow for Insert Link Section in WordPress

By default when a user click on the insert link button in WordPress, they see a popup like this:

Default insert link popup in WordPress post editor

It allows you to add the Link URL and the Link text (also known as anchor text). You can optionally choose to open the link in a new window. This will create a basic link that will look like this in the HTML view:

<a href="http://example.com" target="_blank">Example Website</a>

Often SEO experts recommend that you use rel=”nofollow” attribute on external links. This attribute tells search engines that they can crawl these links, but you don’t want to pass away any link authority to these websites.

Similarly, the title attribute in a link allows you to add a description of the page you are linking to.

It lets users know what they will find when they click on the link. Both these fields are important from an SEO point of view.

In WordPress 4.2, the core team decided to remove the title field in WordPress. Quickly came several plugins that would restore the title field, but they weren’t compatible with the nofollow plugins.

Since we needed both functionality on our site, we searched endlessly until we found a solution that works.

Adding Title and NoFollow Fields in Insert Link Popup

First thing you need to do is install and activate the Title and Nofollow For Links plugin. It works out of the box, and there are no settings for you to configure.

Simply edit or create a new WordPress post and then click on the insert link button in the post editor. The insert link popup will appear, and you will notice the restored Title field and a checkbox to add the nofollow attribute to the link.

Insert link popup with title and nofollow fields

The HTML of your hyperlink with a title and nofollow attributes will look like this:

<a href="http://example.com" title="Example Domain" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Example Website</a>

That’s all. We hope this article helped you add title and nofollow to insert link in WordPress. You may also want to see our list of 40 useful tools to manage and grow your WordPress blog.

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How to Restore the Missing Link Title Field in WordPress 4.2

In WordPress 4.2, the link title field in the insert link section was replaced by the link text field. This was a little disappointing for many users who believe that the link title field is useful for SEO purposes. In this article, we will show… Read More »

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In WordPress 4.2, the link title field in the insert link section was replaced by the link text field. This was a little disappointing for many users who believe that the link title field is useful for SEO purposes. In this article, we will show you how to add the missing link title field in WordPress 4.2 and later versions.

In WordPress 4.2 Link title field is replaced by link text

Why Was The Link Title Field Removed?

Link title provides a title for the link that could be different from the anchor text of a link. It provides users a chance to see the title of the document linked. Some users believed that it has accessibility benefits, but actually many screen readers cannot read title attribute in links by default. Link title popup cannot be seen by users on mobile and other handheld devices. These popups are also not visible to users who only use keyboard.

Link title popup displayed in Google chrome on a Mac

Many users believe that link title text also has SEO significance. It allows site owners to use actual document titles in the title, and their keywords as anchor text. You may also want to read on our article on image alt text vs image title.

Whether or not there are SEO or accessibility benefits, link title attribute is certainly harmless. Here is how you can add it back to your WordPress site.

Adding Link Title Field Back in WordPress

First thing you need to do is install and activate the Restore Link Title Field plugin. It works out of the box and there are no settings for you to configure.

Simply create a new post or edit an existing one. Select some text and click on the insert link button in the TinyMCE editor. The insert link popup will appear and you will notice the extra link title field appear there.

Link title field put back in WordPress

That’s all, we hope this article helped you add the missing link title field WordPress 4.2 and later versions. You may also want to check our guide on how to fix broken links in WordPress.

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