What is "Related posts" widget?
Related posts widget allows your blog readers to "randomly browse" related content posted on your blog. As the name suggests, the widget picks up some random related posts and shows them in a very nice way.
Why should I use this "Related post" widget?
Simple answer. To increase the time a visitor spends on your blog. It allows a blogger to "showcase" what kind of similar content he/she has posted till now.
Technical answer: To decrease the bounce rate of your blog.
Any other alternatives?
One can find many related post widgets on the internet. Title of the post (plain text) version, thumbnail plus text version, horizontal, vertical, under the post, sidebar versions etc. Some are simple and easy to use and some are complex and difficult to implement on the blogs. Two of them i've used are Linkwithin(Lw) and nRelate(nR) and found better than the available widgets.
As some of you might have seen, I was using the Linkwithin widget previously on this blog as it was the best and easy-to-use related post widgets available at that time, but due to more controls and options nRelate offers, I immediately switched to nRelate widget.
Benefits of using nR?
- Allows maximum number of posts that can be used: 10 [better than Lw]
- Has sleek and attractive design. [better than Lw]
- Has horizontal arrangement of posts
- Is very easy to use and install.
- Has more controls than other related blog widgets. [better than Lw]
- Uses thumbnails of your posts (to attract visitors)
- Gives information on visitors using the widget. [better than Lw]
- Uses direct URL of your posts in the widget, rather than routing the visitor to its own website first and then forwarding to your posts (which LW does) [better than Lw]
Sign-up is free and takes under a minute or so and you can see your widget under your blog posts. You can install the widget without signing-up but your widget will be limited to 3 posts only.
Seems like i'm marketing nRelate :D
Well that's the power of blogging. I share what i like. On a side-note, word-o-mouth spreads like a wildfire and it is not bia.... lets save this topic for some other day...