Link Whisper Review: Automatic Internal Link Building Plugin for WordPress

~Link Whisper review

Building internal links in WordPress is crucial but time-consuming. Discover how Link Whisper plugin builds internal links 50% faster and 100% more efficient on automation—without spending a ton load of money.

Have you ever try to build internal links for a WordPress site with over 600 blog posts? As a WordPress agency, we do—one that we are terribly afraid of. The time and effort needed to build internal links, along with SEO optimization are crazily challenging. Until date, there isn't a quick solution until we discovered Link Whisper.

In this Link Whisper review, we will dive deep into link building using Link Whisper plugin and how it could benefit you in the long run (SEO game).

Plus, we will also share our personal opinion if Link Whisper is right for you. After all, there's no one size fits all in WordPress!

Link Whisper is a WordPress plugin that helps you build internal links on automation.

Link Whisper is a WordPress SEO plugin that helps you build internal link building faster and more efficient. Prior to the discover of this plugin, link building was tough.

We had helped clients to manage internal link building structure for over 600 blog posts—and that is not a fun thing to do.

We even thought of ways to automate the entire link building process!

What is Link Whisper
~What is Link Whisper?

Link Whisper allows you to do exactly that—from building internal links on automation (yes, A-U-T-O-M-A-T-I-O-N) to checking broken links, you get a pretty much full-fledged SEO plugin just like SEOPress that we talked really a lot on WP Maven.

Link Whisper Review

What does Link Whisper do?

Link Whisper helps you to make smart internal link building decisions to help your WordPress site rank better on Google and other search engines.

In the next few minutes, we will show you exactly how we build internal links using Link Whisper plugin. To be honest, it is really easy and we actually got hooked up with it every day (more on this later).

This sample includes blog posts found in WP Maven (yes, that's our site—THIS site). We decided that the best way to provide an excellent review is by showing some real-life examples.

Let's get started with the Link Whisper review 2020!

Link Whisper is a powerful WordPress SEO plugin. We recommend you to follow strict SEo guidelines to avoid over optimization, which can be bad for SEO.

The first step is pretty straightforward. You would need an active license for Link Whisper before you are able to use it. You can get a limited-time $25 Link Whisper discount code here.

This is required right after you install the WordPress plugin.

After install Link Whisper, we recommend you to head over wp-admin dashboard » Link Whisper » Report.

Take a look at the screenshot. That's exactly what you will find when you click on the dashboard.

It shows you an overall snipper on your website internal and outbound link structure.

Link Whisper Dashboard
~Link Whisper live dashboard

On the side, we are pretty happy with the Orphaned Posts, Broken Links and 404 errors because these are very important ones for us to take a look at—especially when it comes to WordPress SEO.

Now, it is all about fixing blog posts that have no internal links linking to it. Internal links help to boost and share link authority (a.k.a. link juice). Therefore, you want to make sure every post and page has internal linking to them.

Here, you will be able to add internal links directly to the blog post without having to edit the post.

Start by clicking on the Add button. This will open up a new tab in your browser.

Here's how it looks like.

Internal Link Report Link Whisper Review
~Find blog posts that has no inbound links
Internal Link Suggestions Link Whisper Review
~Inbound link suggestions

Link Whisper will automatically provide suggestions for both related posts and hyperlink text for internal linking.

All you need to do is to run through the suggestions, tick on the chosen ones and click on Add Links.

Within seconds, all the links will be added to your blog posts.

Apart from the automatic internal link building feature, you can also perform auto-linking in your WordPress site.

Auto-linking has several features, including adding relevant links to a blog post or page when triggered by a keyword.

If you are wondering, this is the same feature that is found within Pretty Links Pro.

Link Whisper auto-linking feature also comes with two important options.

Auto Linking Of Links Based On Keywords
~Automatic link placements based on keywords

For this Link Whisper review, we recommend you to disable the first option and only enable the second option for safer SEO practises.

URL Change Feature With Link Whisper
~URL changer is a redirection tool

Last but not least, URL changer is similar to redirection in SEOPress. This option allows you to create a redirection from an old URL to a new URL. The only downside with this is the inability to control 301, 302 or 307 redirection.

For a limited time, Link Whisper is on sale. Purchasing Link Whisper plugin this week will get you a nice $25 discount.

Link Whisper Pricing
~Link Whisper pricing and discount code

At first, we were skeptical of what Link Whisper could do for us but after trying out ourselves, we are very happy with it. As a matter of fact, we use Link Whisper to help our WordPress clients in internal link building structure.

For only $52 for a WordPress site, this is definitely worth the money and we can't recommend Link Whisper enough!

Link Whisper Promo Code [Limited Time]

For a limited time only, you can get Link Whisper plugin for only $52 with a $25 discount. Plus, all plans come with 30 days money-back guarantee (so no risk on your side)

ShortPixel vs Imagify: The Ultimate Comparison for The Best Image Compression Plugin

Which is the best image optimizer plugin for WordPress? In today's article, we are going to compare two of the best plugins—ShortPixel vs Imagify.

The judging score would be based on the type of image optimization features and the total amount of reduction from each optimization option.

For the record, WP Maven is using Imagify to serve images using WebP format and it syncs well with WP Rocket. Click here to learn more about WP Rocket configuration.

Want to know which is the clear winner? You'll be surprised!

Carry on reading to learn more.


What is a WordPress imagine optimizer plugin?

An image optimize plugin helps you to reduce the size of the image by optimizing it.

An optimized image will load faster due to smaller in overall file size. This helps to speed up your website loading speed and your website visitors are going to see a faster WordPress load.

What is a WordPress image optimizer plugin
~What is a WordPress image optimizer plugin?

What is the best WordPress image optimizer plugin?

WordPress is home to hundreds of image optimizers and it is rather hard to determine which is the best. Two of our personal favorite WordPress image optimizer plugins are ShortPixel and Imagify.

At this point of writing, both of these plugins offer free and paid plans. Here's more details about them.

ShortPixel. The free plan comes with 100 image optimizations with no size limit per month. Paid plans start at $4.99 per month with 5,000 images optimizations per month and offer both image optimization using a plugin or online.

Imagify. The free plan comes with 200mb worth of image optimizations per month. Paid plans start at $4.99 per month for 1 GB worth of images optimizations (approximately 10,000 image optimization) per month and offer both image optimization using a plugin or online.


Comparison between ShortPixel vs Imagify

Which plugin offers the best image image optimization for WordPress? Let's see the results!

Sample image as default image

A sample image was downloaded from Unsplash with a size of 1.56mb. Unoptimized image link. For the record, the image compression tests were done outside of WordPress to avoid automatic image compression (via ShortPixel and Imagify online optimization on the web).


ShortPixel image optimization results

ShortPixel comes with 3 methods of image compression namely Lossy Compression, Glossy Compression and Lossless Compression.

  • Lossy Compression. Lossy is the best option for most users. The images processed with Lossy algorithms are the smallest optimized images you can get. So, if the speed of your site is paramount and you want the best balance between optimization and picture quality, we recommend you to continue to use Lossy optimization.
  • Glossy Compression. Glossy is the best choice if you still care about Google Insights but you believe that a slight loss of page speed is an acceptable compromise for top-notch image quality.
  • Lossless Compression. Lossless optimized images are pixel-by-pixel identical with the originals, but they offer a smaller size reduction compared to either Lossy or Glossy processed files. If you want your images to remain untouched, then select this option.

Lossy Compression by ShortPixel (result)

Without Optimization
ShortPixel Lossy Compression
  • Original image size: 1.56mb
  • After image compression: 328kb
  • Reduction in image size: 1.232mb (78.97% in image reduction)

Glossy Compression by ShortPixel (result)

Without Optimization
ShortPixel Glossy Compression
  • Original image size: 1.56mb
  • After image compression: 464kb
  • Reduction in image size: 1.096mb (70.25% in image reduction)

Lossless Compression by ShortPixel (result)

  • Original image size: 1.56mb
  • After image compression: 1.56mb
  • Reduction in image size: No reduction

Imagify image optimization results

Imagify comes with 3 methods of image compression namely Ultra, Aggressive and Normal.

  • Ultra Compression. This mode will apply all available optimizations for maximum image compression. This will provide huge savings on the initial weight. Sometimes the image quality could be degraded a little. If you want the maximum weight reduction, and you agree to lose some quality on the images we recommend using this mode.
  • Aggressive Compression. This mode provides perfect optimization of your images without any significant quality loss. This will provide drastic savings on the initial weight, with a small reduction in image quality. Most of the time it's not even noticeable. If you want the maximum weight reduction, we recommend using this mode.
  • Normal Compression. This mode provides lossless optimization - your images will be optimized without any visible change. If you want perfect quality for your images, we recommend using this mode. Note: the file size reduction will be less, compared to aggressive mode.

Ultra compression by Imagify (result)

Without Optimization
Imagify Ultra Image Optimization
  • Original image size: 1.56mb
  • After image compression: 328kb
  • Reduction in image size: 1.232mb (78.97% in image reduction)

Aggressive compressionby Imagify (result)

Without Optimization
Imagify Aggressive Image Optimization
  • Original image size: 1.56mb
  • After image compression: 701kb
  • Reduction in image size: 0.859kb (55.06% in image reduction)

Normal compressionby Imagify (result)

  • Original image size: 1.56mb
  • After image compression: 1.56mb
  • Reduction in image size: No reduction

ShortPixel vs Imagify — Which is the better image optimization plugin for WordPress?

In order for us to compare them properly, let's take a look at the table below.

Image Optimization Plugin1st tier2nd tier3rd tier
ShortPixel328kb (-78.97%)464kb (-70.25%)No reduction
Imagify328kb (-78.97%)701kb (-55.06%)No reduction

Both ShortPixel Lossy and Imagify Ultra perform well, scoring 78.97% in image reduction equally as the first tier (highest compression ratio).

ShortPixel Glossy performs better than Imagify Aggressive in the second tier with ShortPixel scoring 15% more reduction compared to Imagify.

From our tests, both ShortPixel and Imagify are very similar in results when it comes to lossy image compression. However, ShortPixel excels better than Imagify in the glossy category.


ShortPixel vs Imagify — Which is the better choice?

Both of these image optimizer plugins are pretty shoulder to shoulder when it comes to maximum image compression.

Pricing comparison. In pricing, Imagify beats ShortPixel hands down as it is cheaper and more affordable. Plus, you can get a 30% discount for all Imagify plans by using this promotion code "WPR30".

Features comparison. In features, ShortPixel beats Imagify as it comes with ShortPixel CDN integrated into all plans (including the free tier). If you are not using any image CDN services, ShortPixel might just be the right image optimizer plugin for your WordPress site.

As a recap, both of these image optimizer plugins for WordPress are very decent with different features. As we are using Kinsta hosting, we are using the inbuilt cache feature and therefore, we use Imagify. If we are using web hosting services without CDN, we would definitely opt for ShortPixel as it offers image CDN in the package.

Two Best Image CDN for WordPress That Will Improve Loading Speed

Are you having a slow WordPress website? One of the best ways to speed up a WordPress site is by serving optimized images via a content delivery network (CDN). If you are deeply passionate with a fast loading website like we do, we recommend you to carry on reading this article as we will discuss the best image CDN for WordPress ... yes, the ones that you should be using today.

How Does An Image CDN Works?

A CDN ensures that the images are served from the nearest datacenters for faster loading speed

Images are often the one that takes a longer time to load simply because it is bigger/larger in size. When there are many images on a web page, it will impact the website loading speed.

With a CDN, images will be served to the website visitor without delay and making the overall website loads faster as well.

So, what are the best image CDN for WordPress website?

Gumlet.com

Gumlet Best Image CDN for WordPress
Gumlet is a powerful image CDN for WordPress

At WP Maven, we use Gumlet as our image CDN. But wait, what is Gumlet?

Gumlet delivers image with right size and quality to your users.

In layman's terms, Gumlet ensures that images served to your website visitors are the right size (so they load faster) and higher in quality (so they will look great).

A side from the above, Gumlet also offers several advantages over other image CDN WordPress such as:

Responsive re-sizing of images
Auo compression and WebP

How much is Gumlet image CDN?

There are three different pricing structure which are free, pay as you go and enterprise.

Gumlet free account. Free 1GB for every month for the first year, including unlimited image sources, image transformation and master image processing.

Gumlet pay as you go account. Pay $1 for every 10GB of additional bandwidth.

Gumlet enterprise account. This is a custom pricing and best for large WordPress sites. This is best for large corporations and businesses who require tons of firepower.

Cloudimage.io

CloudImage Best Image CDN for WordPress
Cloudimage is a popular CDN for images

Cloudimage is another excellent image CDN service. Prior to using Gumlet, we were using CloudImage to serve images on all our WordPress sites that we manage.

But wait. What is CloudImage?

According to it's official site, Cloudimage is the easiest way to resize, compress, optimise and deliver your images to your customers through rocket fast CDNs.

Just like Gumlet, Cloudimage comes in several pricings:

Cloudimage personal plan. Free account that gives up to 25GB of image cache and monthly traffic.

Cloudimage startup plan. Starts at €29 per month, it offers 40GB of image cache and 60GB of monthly traffic.

Cloudimage pro plan. Starts at €79 per month, it offers 70GB of image cache and 150GB of monthly traffic.

Cloudimage rocket plan. Starts at €249 per month, it offers 200GB of image cache and 800GB of monthly traffic.

Which Is The Best Image CDN For WordPress?

Honestly, this is a tough question to crack. Based on our personal and extensive testing, both Gumlet and Cloudimage are excellent in their own fields. More importantly, each of them are as unique as they could be—thus, comparing them would be more like comparing an apple to a pear.

If we would need to decide, we will put our money with Gumlet as it is easier to use and integrate with WordPress websites via their plugin. At the same time, we noticed that Coudimage advanced JS cache option might break some WordPress sites that are heavily customized.

Are you using any image CDN for WordPress? Leave a comment below and tell us more about it!

Gutenberg vs Divi: 10 Powerful Comparisons For The Best Builder

Is Gutenberg the best alternative to Divi Builder plugin? In this article, we will dive deep into the comparison between Gutenberg vs Divi. If you are also a Thrive Architect user like we do, we recommend you to read out Gutenberg vs Thrive Architect post review too (don't worry, clicking on the link will open up another browser tab for you).

Since 2019, Gutenberg had been constantly updating the functions within its core and it is coming close to compete heavily with major visual builder plugins like Divi Builder.

For WordPress beginners, the thought on "Gutenberg vs Divi" is definitely in the mind and we hope that this article will share some lights.

What is Gutenberg Blocks?

what is gutenberg wordpress plugin
what is gutenberg wordpress plugin

Gutenberg Blocks is a new, inbuilt content creation tool found in WP-Admin. The creation of Gutenberg Blocks is to help beginners create beautiful posts and pages in WordPress without coding skills.

Gutenberg Blocks is free to use and it started out on a rocky road. During the early beta days, Gutenberg Blocks were always being 'pushed aside' because it wasn't able to compete with most WordPress builders.

Until today, Gutenberg Blocks has yet to be able to provide features sought by many WordPress users, but it certainly provides a wide range of WordPress customization (thanks to the numerous Gutenberg addons available to download).

Divi Builder Plugin

Divi vs Gutenberg
Divi is a popular WordPress builder theme and plugin

One of the most popular WordPress drag and drop builders in the market, Divi is used by both professionals and beginners in designing WordPress websites. if you want to learn more about Divi, we recommend you to head over to our Divi Theme review for more information.

It offers frontend editing capability, along with complete control on WordPress customization designs. Everything on Divi Builder plugin is done via drag and drop—thus, no coding skills are ever required.

Overall, Divi Builder plugin is an excellent WordPress plugin that is easy to use, affordable and powerful (even in the hands of a beginner).

Gutenberg vs Divi Builder Plugin

FeaturesGutenberg BlocksDivi Builder Plugin
Visual EditorYes but limited functionsYes
Responsive editing (ability to view different screen sizes at real-time)NoYes
Number of elements/blocks/ and demosOver 66 elementsOver 900+ elements and demos
Width and length controlLimitedYes
Content animationYes with addon pluginsYes
Table of contentYes with addon pluginsYes with addon plugins
Reuseable (saved) elementsYesYes
Downloadable AddonsYesYes
SupportLimitedYes
PricingFreeStarts fro $89 per year access and $249 for a lifetime license

Gutenberg Review — Overall

Gutenberg Blocks are great WordPress tools for WordPress beginners, seasoned WordPress personnel and website developers. For the record, Gutenberg Blocks are always considered as one of the best Divi Builder alternatives.

We even use Gutenberg Blocks with two other free Gutenberg Addons to create this post on Gutenberg vs Divi Builder.

The only downside of Gutenberg Blocks is that it is not entirely a visual builder. It only helps to make content creation easier on WordPress. At this point of writing, Gutenberg Blocks is still not a replacement for WordPress visual builders such as Oxygen Builder and Thrive Architect.

Summary: Gutenberg Blocks is an excellent WordPress builder for WordPress beginners. For a free version (along with the support from the WordPress core team), this is definitely a must-have for those who are starting a WordPress blog.

Divi Builder — Overall

Divi Builder plugin is a complete WordPress visual builder that beats Gutenberg at any time of the day. In terms of functionality, Divi Builder is powerful and offers unlimited customization in WordPress.

Divi Builder allows you to customize and edit WordPress content on both frontend and backend. At the same time, Divi is both a theme and a plugin that can be installed separately (choose the plugin option if you are using another WordPress theme).

Lastly, Divi Builder plugin also comes with inbuilt CSS minification features to ensure that your WordPress loads faster with Divi.

Summary: Divi Builder is a powerful WordPress plugin that offers great flexibility in WordPress designing. With over 900+ elements and demos available to download, Divi Builder is a powerful, effective and highly recommended WordPress drag and drop builder.

Recap: Divi vs Gutenberg

In this Gutenberg vs Divi review, it is clear that Divi Builder is the clear winner. There is no doubt that Divi is the better option compared to Gutenberg and with the lifetime license, it is definitely worth the money!

Gutenberg vs Thrive Architect: 10 Exciting Comparisons To Help You Decide

Gutenberg vs Thrive Architect Best WordPress Visual Builder Plugin
Thrive Architect and Gutenberg Blocks are two popular WordPress builder plugins

Comparing Gutenberg with Thrive Architect

Who will be the winner?

The launch of Project Gutenberg has been an interesting one for many WordPress visual builders. In this article, we will discuss more on Gutenberg vs Thrive Architect. We will go through some of the popular features of Gutenberg Blocks and Thrive Architect—and ultimately, deciding which is the best WordPress builder plugin for WordPress users.

What is Project Gutenberg?

What Is Gutenberg WordPress Plugin
What is Gutenberg Blocks in WordPress?

Gutenberg is a take on a new editor for WordPress. It is named after Johannes Gutenberg, who invented a printing press with movable type more than 500 years ago. The goal of launching Gutenberg blocks is to encourage WordPress beginners in creating beautiful posts and pages in WordPress. Instead of investing in paid visual builders like Thrive Architect, Gutenberg blocks is free to use and beginners can start almost instantly.

This is how Gutenberg blocks looks like in WordPress backend.

Gutenberg Blocks in WordPress
Gutenberg Blocks in WordPress

Gutenberg is still in the development stage and while it has progressed drastically over the months, it still experiences some disadvantages especially when comparing with major WordPress builder plugins. The lacking of visual builder features of Gutenberg can easily be resolved by installing Gutenberg blocks addons.

What is Thrive Architect?

What is Thrive Architect
Thrive Architect drag and drop visual builder

Thrive Architect is a highly-rated WordPress drag and drop builder used by bloggers and marketers. Instead of working with HTML and CSS, Thrive Architect allows WordPress users to drag and drop elements to targeted areas (without coding skills).

Thrive Architect allows complete WordPress beginners to build and craft high converting landing pages, beautiful homepages and engaging blog posts on WordPress.

If you want to know more about Thrive Architect and the features, click here to read our Thrive Architect review.

Gutenberg vs Thrive Architect

FeaturesGutenberg BlocksThrive Architect
Visual editorYes but limited functionsYes
Responsive editing (ability to view different screen sizes at real-time)NoYes
Number of elements/blocks/ and demosOver 66 elementsOver 327 elements and demos
Width and length controlLimitedYes
Content animationYes with addon pluginsYes
Table of contentYes with addon pluginsYes
Reuseable (saved) elementsYesYes
Downloadable AddonsYesNo
SupportLimitedYes
Pricing FreeStarts from $67 per year

Gutenberg Review — Overall

Gutenberg Blocks are great WordPress tools for WordPress beginners, seasoned WordPress personnel and website developers. For the record, Gutenberg Blocks are always considered as one of the best Thrive Architect alternatives.

We even use Gutenberg Blocks with two other free Gutenberg Addons to create this post on Gutenberg vs Thrive Architect.

The only downside of Gutenberg Blocks is that it is not entirely a visual builder. It only helps to make content creation easier on WordPress. At this point of writing, Gutenberg Blocks is still not a replacement for WordPress visual builders such as Oxygen Builder and Divi Theme builder.

Summary: Gutenberg Blocks is an excellent WordPress builder for WordPress beginners. For a free version (along with the support from the WordPress core team), this is definitely a must-have for those who are starting a WordPress blog.

Thrive Architect Review — Overall

If you are looking for the best WordPress visual builder plugin, you can't go wrong with Thrive Architect. This is a full-fledged visual builder plugin that offers unlimited choices in WordPress customizations to build the best homepage, landing pages and blog posts.

Thrive Architect is the fastest visual editor that offers responsive editing and it is a lightweight plugin to speed up your WordPress site.

Summary: Thrive Architect excels better than Gutenberg Blocks because it offers a wide of features that Gutenberg couldn't. While there is a small cost involved, it is a one-time payment and that makes Thrive Architect an excellent choice for WordPress users.

Recap: Thrive Architect vs Gutenberg

Both of these are excellent WordPress plugins and they certainly offer different features. However, if you are looking for the best (when comparing Thrive Architect and Gutenberg) one, Thrive Architect excels with the number of ready-made demos and elements.

Plus, Thrive Architect comes with 24/7 support and lifetime license too!

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