I don’t see the Yoast internal linking metabox

Last update: 14 February, 2017


The Yoast internal linking meta box was introduce in Yoast SEO for WordPress Premium 4.0 and requires WordPress 4.7 or the WordPress REST API plugin (Version 2). You can check your current WordPress version by clicking on the WordPress logo in the top-left corner in your WordPress installation.

To install the REST API plugin you can go to your WordPress admin dashboard and search for “rest api”, it should be the first result.


The link suggestions in the internal linking meta box are currently only available if your site language is one listed below. This is because we hand-craft the algorithm to work for each language individually. We are always hard at work at adding support for new languages. If you want to help us add a language, please reach out using our contact form.

Supported Languages

  • English
  • German – Requires 4.1 or newer version
  • Dutch – Requires 4.2 or newer version
  • Spanish – Requires 4.3 or newer version

Custom post types

The link suggestions meta box is shown on posts and only suggests posts. We will be adding custom post types in the future. We want to do this very carefully to make sure we are always suggesting something useful in the meta box.

The metabox doesn’t work

If you can see the metabox, but the Yoast logo keeps blinking, it might be possible that the “long URL strings are filtered” setting is enabled by iThemes Security. Please disable this setting for the internal linking to work: Security > System Tweaks > Filter Long URL Strings.

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