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Jun
28

Show Related Posts With Pictures Using LinkWithin Plugin

By Char

One of the web statistics we all look to increase is the number of actions per visitor. The higher the number, the more pages of your site visitors are viewing during a session, and the more likely they are to suscribe to your RSS feed or mailing list, purchase your product or services or simply become a new regular reader. In the past I have used the Yet Another Related Post Plugin and really liked it. The plugin matched tags and categories from previous posts and displayed them as a list of related entries at the end of each post.

A few weeks ago I discovered a new related post plugin – LinkWithin (thanks to Heather at Celiac Family) that displays your related posts along with images it generates automatically from images it finds in your posts:

Example of Link Within Plugin

Looks nice, right?

The plugin is called LinkWithin and is custom made for your site. You visit their site, enter your email address and your site name, let them know what platform you need the plugin for (they support WordPress, Blogger and TypePad as of now) and your plugin is created instantly and ready for you to save to your computer.

The install is easy – from your WordPress dashboard select Plugins, Add New and Upload the file from your computer, Activate and you are in business.

The one thing I realized quickly was that the plugin worked great on WordPress themes that were more traditional, meaning the home page was not set up with excerpts or a fancy magazine style layout. However, many of my sites that would really benefit from this plugin were using Studio Press themes that displayed as a magazine style layout on the home page. The LinkWithin widget would show up on the home page and it looked horrible.

Now for the good part! The team behind LinkWithin ROCK. I dropped them a quick email and let them know my challenge. I got an email response from a person almost immediately thanking me for using the plugin. She also let me know, not only would they make a version just for my sites with magazine themes, but that they are working on the next version of the plugin that will give users more input. Features in the next version will include things like whether to show the plugin on the home page, weighting categories or tags more, the number of related posts displayed and more.

And now for the real test – does the LinkWithin plugin really help increase the number of actions per user? YES!  I can see in my stats when visitors click through the LinkWithin widget to go to another story and the number of actions per visit has increased on each site I have the plugin installed on.

Have you tried Related Posts plugins? Which one do you prefer?

Categories : WordPress

15 Comments

1

I can definitely understand why you were prompted to blog about your experiences here: that really is great service from the plugin authors.

Some plugin authors put little or no effort into follow-up support at all, which is especially troubling when a plugin isn’t compatible with popular themes or updated versions of WordPress.

I was already planning to check out LinkWithin based on your description of the plugin, now I definitely will!

2

I’ve tried to install plugin’s all day, but it do not work.I think that LinkWithin is a great thing, but can not see how to get it.I don’t have a button with plugin as an option on my wordpress admin page.
:)

3

Hi Char

Just wanted to know where did you got this sharing bar at the bottom of you post…looks cool. I’m looking for the same. Any suggestions where can I find this, I’ll appreciate that.Just drop me a link on my email.

Thanks

4

Mary – are you on WordPress.org or the free WordPress.com platform? And which version of WordPress are you using?

5

The plugin I am using on the bottom of my posts is called Sexy Bookmarks. It is available in the WordPress.org plugin library.

7

Thank you for your answer!
I’m on the free WordPress.com platform, so I am not self-hosting, I just have my own domain name.I understand that LinkWithin only is for bloggers with a self host account.I’ve tried to find out several times what version of WordPress I have, but can not find it anywhere(technical language is not my strenght).

8

I too have my blog at wordpress.com and unfortunately can’t use LinkWithin… which sucks because it worked on my blogspot blog perfectly and now I can’t use it as I have imported everthing over to wordpress. Anyone know of any other similar plug ins that would work for wordpress?

9

I use YARPP on all my blogs and created a custom template that looks much like LinkWithin.

10

I just checked it out and that looks great! You should write a basic tutorial on how you did it – or make it into a plugin of your own.

12

I just started using this today based on your recommendation. Right now I’m working on some ways to customize it for my own site- thanks for the info!

13

Hi, Your post turns up for the many searches I’ve done to get basic help with LW. I too was a big fan at blogger, but since moving to self-hosted WP, I can’t get LW to pull on most of my posts – it just circulates the same 5 or 6. I am code-challenged on WP, but if someone guides me I might be able to fix it. I didn’t have much luck in emailing twice to LW people without an answer or acknowledgement. Would love someone’s help or thoughts. Thanks

14

Thank for share about linkwithin :)

15

Hi, I too had the same problem as Sherri, installed LI and it recycles the same 5 or 6 posts. I’ve disabled it on my wordpress blog, because the LI would confuse the reader. Not sure what to do. Any ideas?

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