Getting Sticky with Tabbed ContentBy
One of the primary goals of most web sites, blogs included, is to create a place where readers will come back to often and find information they want to read and information that they need. Blogs tend to have a natural stickiness level from the standpoint that they get updated more frequently than the average web site, but what’s a blogger to do as their inventory of posts grows? How do you make it easy for readers, new and repeat, to find gems in your post library?
A few methods include creating categories, creating an archive page, highlighting popular posts in the sidebar, and recommending related entries at the bottom of a post.Â However, I have seen a cool new trend recently that I loved so much, that I had it put on my site – tabbed content. If you look at the bottom of this post you’ll see it.
Since I absolutely wanted this feature now and didn’t have the time to even mess with it myself, I hired Charity of Design Adaptations to implement it for me. Charity recently wrote a great tutorial on how to add tabbed content to your site – a must read for those who want to use this method for creating stickiness on their site.
Part of the content for the tabs is controlled using Alex King’s popularity contest plugin, but the My Favorites and Tutorials were hand selected and I will change them out manually over time.
So, what do you think? I’d love to see other examples of people incorporating this technique – let me know if you have seen it and where.