Related Posts alongside Thumbnails using LinkWithin

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Displaying links to “related posts” beneath private entries on our blogs is a tried together with trusted method of providing useful together with interesting reading fabric for our readers.

I’ve written most several unlike methods which Blogger users tin conduct to display related posts – all of which perform their role good enough. But after seeing several of my favourite sites displaying links to related items alongside thumbnails using LinkWithin’s gratis service, I was intrigued to uncovering how good this may endure adapted for utilisation alongside Blogger.

About LinkWithin

LinkWithin is a gratis service offered yesteryear a small-scale squad based inwards New York. This gratis service enables us to display related posts alongside thumbnails below our spider web log posts (the thumbnail is taken from an icon inside the post it links to).

We shout out upwards together with index all stories from your spider web log archive, non only recent stories, making them accessible to novel or casual readers of your spider web log who would non otherwise run across them.

The posts chosen to seem every bit related posts are based on several factors including:

  • Relevance
  • Popularity
  • Recency

At present, LinkWithin is non ad-supported together with is completely gratis to use.  As explained on the FAQ page:

We computer programme to innovate revenue-sharing features inwards the future, but they volition endure optional.

At present, at that spot is piffling documentation for us to endure surely of these factors, though after testing LinkWithin inwards a few unlike sites, I’m pretty impressed yesteryear the choices generated for each post!

Here is an illustration of how LinkWithin functions for WeLoveBlogger.com:

Why LinkWithin may endure a to a greater extent than ideal solution than other related posts solutions for Blogger

The “related posts” solutions for Blogger which I’ve used until straightaway conduct keep all relied on label feeds. That is, the recent posts generated yesteryear such scripts collect recent posts from the same label (category). This oftentimes way that posts deeper inside our archives are to a greater extent than oftentimes than non ignored, fifty-fifty when they may endure far to a greater extent than relevant than the to a greater extent than recent posts displayed.

LinkWithin parses all posts from our blogs, together with chooses the posts to endure displayed using to a greater extent than complex together with relevant factors. This ensures far greater relevancy which is ameliorate for our readers together with too ensures that older posts are included inwards the display.

How to add together LinkWithin Related Posts to Your Blogger Blog

If you’re using a standard, uncustomized Blogger template, the method for installing LinkWithin is fairly straightforward. Simply see the LinkWithin website, fill upwards inwards the shape on the right-hand side (choosing Blogger every bit your platform) together with follow the instructions provided.

This volition install the related posts inwards your template every bit a gadget beneath the principal posts section, though you’ll uncovering the “You may similar these related stories” department volition endure displayed beneath each of your spider web log posts (before the post-footer section). It volition too display on each together with every page of your blog, including the main, archive together with search pages.

Custom Installation of LinkWithin for Blogger templates

If you lot prefer to display your related posts exclusively on detail pages or conduct keep a customized, non-standard Blogger template, hither is how you lot tin install LinkWithin:

  1. Visit the LinkWithin website together with fill upwards inwards the shape on the right-hand side. For the “platform” endure surely to conduct “Other”:
  2. On the adjacent page, you lot volition uncovering a script similar this is generated. From this code, you lot request to write downwards your unique “site ID” for after utilisation (or re-create this to your favourite text editor):
  3. Once you lot conduct keep a banking enterprise complaint of your Site ID, teach to Layout>Edit HTML inwards your Blogger dashboard together with ensure you lot conduct keep checked the “Expand widget templates” box.
  4. Using your browser’s search function, locate this tag (or similar) inwards your Blogger template code: <div class=’post-footer’>

    Depending on the template you lot are using, this tag may vary slightly though you lot should ordinarily endure able to locate ‘post-footer’ inwards your template code.

  5. Immediately earlier this line, glue the next department of code, replacing “YOUR_SITE_ID” alongside the ID release you lot conduct keep noted downwards for your site:

    <b:if cond=’data:blog.pageType == “item”‘>
    <script>
    var linkwithin_site_id = YOUR_SITE_ID;
    (function () {
    var elem = document.createElement(‘script’);
    elem.type = ‘text/javascript’;
    elem.src = ‘http://www.linkwithin.com/widget.js?rand=’ + Math.random();
    document.getElementsByTagName(‘head’)[0].appendChild(elem);
    })();
    </script>
    <a href=”http://www.linkwithin.com/”><img src=”http://www.linkwithin.com/pixel.png” alt=” beneath private entries on our blogs is a tried together with trusted method of providing useful Related Posts alongside Thumbnails using LinkWithin” style=”border: 0″ /></a>
    </b:if>

  6. Preview the changes you lot conduct keep made earlier saving your template. The LinkWithin gadget should non display inwards the preview; furthermore, if at that spot are whatever errors inwards the installation you lot volition endure able to consider earlier attempting to save.
  7. If all is well, salvage your template together with see an detail page inwards your blog: you lot should endure able to consider related posts showing upwards beneath your spider web log posts.

Support for LinkWithin’s related posts

While I tin help alongside installation for LinkWithin inwards Blogger templates, I’m non able to help alongside specific problems alongside the script.

Luckily, the LinkWithin squad offering a skilful back upwards service via email:

If your spider web log uses a non-standard custom template/theme, nosotros volition request to add together back upwards for your spider web log manually, together with nosotros tin create this exclusively if the widget remains installed on your blog. Please e-mail us at support AT linkwithin DOT com, together with nosotros volition develop the problem, ordinarily inside 1-2 days. Thank you lot for your patience!

At the moment, it appears nosotros tin exclusively display 3 related posts. Hopefully LinkWithin volition offering the choice to display to a greater extent than (or less) items inwards a time to come version of the script.

Why I’m non using LinkWithin yet

LinkWithin is a really useful solution for Blogger users wishing to display links to related posts inwards their blog. I recommend this service together with volition endure using this inwards a time to come unloosen of .

My electrical flow template is highly complex together with has served me good for many months. However, at that spot are several novel (and upcoming) customizations together with novel features for Blogger which may non piece of occupation together with then good inwards this design. I’ll explicate to a greater extent than most this inwards a time to come post when the site changes are closer to completion.

Are you lot using LinkWithin? What create you lot think most this service?

If you’re already using LinkWithin (or computer programme to utilisation this soon), delight allow us know your opinions of this gratis service, together with how good you lot think this adapts to displaying posts inwards your spider web log yesteryear leaving your comments below.