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Related Post Widgets for Blogger

WE all know WordPress has got many plug-ins which do the same purpose, but as such feature is not present in Blogger By default, so it becomes quite tedious for Blogger Blogs to show related posts. We have various hacks and Tips for Blogger blogs already, with some popular ones being Top Commenter Widget with back-links, and WordPress styled recent comments for Blogger.

Related Posts Blogger


The basic difference in the related posts widget for Blogger and those for WordPress are : the WordPress Plug-ins are more customizable and actually relate posts considering category, tags and content. While the Related Posts for Blogger does so using only the Categories in which you place the post. So for Better optimality of the Widget, limit the number of categories to just one or two. More categories would mean too many related posts.


I am going to Show you 4 methods that best serve the purpose:

METHOD 1 : Original Hack by Hoctro

Hoctro was the first one probably to design such a hack, and was the most popular hack by him. Since Hoctro is back to designing better widgets, so he has released an updated version and hence this hack has been deprecated.


METHOD 2 : Tweaked hack by Jackbook

Jackbook had tweaked the the Original hack by Hoctro, and made it a single install widget, and also removed current article being listed in related articles. So the hack is quite simple and you can try it out too. My say: Read on -  better hacks are coming. Jackbook – related post widget


METHOD 3 : New and Better Hack by Hoctro

Hoctro is back and with a Bang. Not only did he got a better widget, but also optimized it with Google Ajax API. So you Wish to get a widget for your Blogger website, you can go with it , even with your eyes closed. Hoctro has given detailed explanations in his post, on how to’s about the Widget. He is one of the best hack creators for Blogger, and feel free to ask him about the Widget. Related Articles widget for Blogger by Hoctro.


METHOD 4 : New and Different hack by RealTrix

Debajyoti has created a new widget for related posts, and this is the One which I am currently using on my Blog with some Modifications. All Credits to Debajyoti for this beautiful widget. He too has given full details about the installation and is very simple to install. Go ahead and try the Related Post widget by Realtrix.

Also check out Blogger Accessories Post about Related Posts


My Pick : Go with any of the methods, but the best ones are the 3rd and 4th method aka Hoctro’s and Realtrix’s Widgets. If you know any more similar hack, notify us of the same. And if you do like the Post, Digg it!!!

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14 comments:

Searchles just came out with a contextual Related Posts widget for blogger that actually analyzes your text to match related posts - not tag/category-reliant. Has SEO benefits too and is real easy to install. You just add a gadget to your layout and embed the code and it's up and running. You guys should have a look: http://searchles.com/misc/platform

Realtrix has it installed if you wanna see it in action.

wow...nice info!!so...is ti possible tat you can give a tutorial on how to make a wrapper like yours to wrap up the 'related post' and the social bookmark icon??=p
i like tis layout very much

I've just installed a related posts plugin on my wordpress blog and I'm very happy with it. It adds value to my readers and increases the number of internal links on the page (retaining more authority).

Neil

It is surprising that blogger would not have such a crucial feature. Related posts is one of the best ways to keep people on your site longer and lower your bounce rates. Also as Neil mentioned, linking to related posts is great for SEO too.

Related post link under every entries gives more fodder to visitors, because they get more information on similar topic what they want. In most of the cases i saw it increases page views.

Check out this related posts widget by GOOGLE CUSTOM SEARCH and its one click installation :

http://www.vnoma.com/2009/12/related-posts-widget-by-google-custom.html

Hope you like it...

Nice information.. Thanks a lot..

nice info thanks..

thanks alot for sharing this post..

great info. keep sharing

thanks

This link documents a fastest widget, built on top of the original Hoctro widget..

Written by : Anonymous on : Jan 25, 2011, 10:08:00 AM  

great post bookmarked keep up the good work respect

thanx for this useful widget hacks.. keep the good work :)

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