Say good-bye to Headzoo aLinks autolinker plugin. It was a great tool and did an excellent job of automatically hyperlinking defined keywords within wordpress but with the new wordpress versions, it stopped working and appears to no longer be maintained. The headzoo.com site itself is no longer online. I wish the owner well and hope they are ok. Meanwhile, after extensive research I have found a suitable replacement.
By extensive research, I mean exactly that. I spend the better part of a day searching for a wordpress plugin that would autolink keywords for my new Health Article Directory that I’m running on wordpress. I use that site to promote herbal remedies, for more information on that, read my post “How to Make Money in the Multi-Billion Dollar Herbal Remedies Niche“.
Anyway, I download, installed and uninstalled plugin after plugin until finally finding the one that did exactly what I wanted.
Cross-linker is a plugin which allows you to set-up words which are automatically hyperlinked to desired URLs and doesn’t bog the server down and dynamically hyperlinks instead of hyperlinking existing posts only which a lot of what I found did. This means I could add the product names as keywords and those would automatically be autolinked to the url I set in the Cross-linker admin area on all future posts as well as existing ones. Talk about saving time!
Some additional benefits I found was the ability to select html tags or special characters which is actually a feature headzoo alinks didn’t have. With this feature you can have Cross-linker ignore bolded or italicized words, you can have it ignore headline tags. It also allows you to drop code in the page which will have it ignore all text within that section.
Full importing, backing up and exported are supported functions as they were with Headzoo aLinks and you can switch autolinking on or off for your wordpress comments section plus many other useful functions.
So even though I will miss the headzoo alinks plugin, I am very happy with Cross-linker and I’m sure you will be too. It is absolutely free though donations are accepted so if you are looking for a wordpress plugin that will autolink keywords I highly recommend it.
If you’re unsure about how to install plugins, it’s pretty easy. Here are the instructions (I’m running WordPress Version 2.7.1 so your mileage may vary)
In your wordpress admin…
Scroll down to “Get More Plugins”
Click “Plugin Browser/Installer”
Search for “Cross-linker”
You will find the Cross-linker admin & configuration link in the “Tools” section of your WordPress admin.
Happy Keyword Autolinking!
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