Tuesday, December 15

Install Smarter Related Posts for Blogger

Following advice from Dan the Internet Man (http://dantheinternetman.com), I decided to install Smarter Related Posts for Blogger on this blog.

I suggest you consider installing it on your blogger as well. Dan suggests improving the internal link structure in your website or blog this way will reduce the need for external links by about 50%. Here's how it works:

Just grab the code from the source: http://www.moretechtips.net/2009/04/jquery-gdata-api-smarter-related-posts.html . I am using the code #2 to be inserted in the sidebar. The code is:

<script src="http://ajax.googleapis.com/ajax/libs/jquery/1.3.2/jquery.min.js" type="text/javascript"></script>
<script src="http://blogger-related-posts.googlecode.com/files/related-posts-widget-1.0.js" type="text/javascript"></script>
<script type="text/javascript">

Just go Settings/Layout/Add new Widget and pick a HTML/Javascript. You can leave the title blank. The title comes out to be Related Posts automatically.

The example of how this works is in the sidebar of this blog.

I have found that with some posts, the Related Posts Widget only shows back the same post, or even no posts. For posts that have few or no related posts showing, just add more labels. Also, shorten your labels so more posts will share the same label. The widget is label based.

Check the Smarter Related Posts for Blogger Widget out for yourself and let me know if you have questions or problems running it. So far it worked for me wonderfully! Just leave me a comment below!


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