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


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.

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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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