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Major Update: Style Gallery for Related Content Plugin

Style Gallery Released

Everyone has been asking for more styling options for the plugin, and we have delivered.

Now, it will be easier for you to show off your related posts in different ways. Adding your own CSS will be easier as well, check the Style Guide out here.

Much thanks to Daniel from Bloginity.com and Cyril from Trendland.net for inspiring two of the styles.

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nrelate Styling Guide

With the release of v0.46.0 of our plugin, you can now choose from a variety of styles from our Style Gallery. However, you can also style our related content by adding your own custom CSS to your themes stylesheet.

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How does nrelate choose which image to show?

This is a question we hear all the time, so I figured this was a good place to answer it.

WordPress provides a number of ways you can add images to your posts.  Depending on your theme, and installed plugins, you can add images via: a custom field, featured image or just insert it in your post.  Some themes and plugins automatically create custom fields making it easier for you add your image file without having to remember a particular custom field name.

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Reporting Beta is Up: Track Impressions, Clicks, and More!

We’ve been telling you for months that the nRelate plugin will increase traffic on your site. Now, you can see the actual data supporting this statement. We have been geeking out pretty hard for the past month and are happy to release the beta version of reporting!

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Getting Support For Our Plugin

Your first line of nrelate support is our forums, where you can find most of your answers.

However, if you need to contact nrelate for WordPress plugin support, it’s very helpful if we receive some information about your website environment.  We’ve made it easy for you to email this to us.  Just go to the nrelate Dashboard page in your plugins settings and click on the “help” button in the upper right.  Copy the information there, and email to support@nrelate.com

Go to the nrelate Dashboard page in your plugin settings, and click on "help"

Copy the information in the box, and email to support@nrelate.com

Related Plugin 0.44.0 Released: New Ad Options

Version 0.44.0 of our plugin was released last week, which includes new advertising options.  You can  now choose to show ads alongside our related posts and earn money whenever an ad is clicked. They fit right into the related links, so they are not obtrusive.

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3 Reasons to Share Content from Sites on Your Blogroll

One of the most common questions we get is “Will the plugin send traffic away from my site?” The answer is: “Not unless you want it to”

This question highlights the fact that sites of all sizes are highly focused on retaining their visitors for as long as possible. It makes sense, the more visitors you have, the more cash you generate each month, and the more influence you will have over your ever-increasing horde of twitter followers. This is the main benefit of having a related content plugin for your site, to keep your visitors on your site.

So, why on earth would you want to use the nrelate plugin to send visitors off of your site? I recently had a short email discussion about this with Sean Ryan, owner of www.batteryinyourleg.com (batteryinyourleg.com is a great site featuring reviews and news about up and coming bands). He likes to share content because he feels “that the blogging community really is a community and it is important to support that community via linkbacks, posts, etc. Traffic Should be shared, not hoarded.”

Here are three reasons you might want to try sharing content from your blogroll:

1. You own the other sites being linked to

This one is a pretty easy sell. If you have three different websites that talk about overlapping subjects, you can send visitors between your sites, and hopefully increase your uniques across your network.

2. You like sharing with friends

(And hopefully they like sharing back!) If you and a group of like-minded content publishers all decide to install the plugin, you can set it to share content between your sites. This is a great way to get visitors traveling between sites. This type of thing is prebuilt into many blogging networks, why not use the plugin to make your own?

3. You want to give your readers more

No one can cover every viewpoint and every topic, so for sites that you see as complementary to yours, you can help turn your visitors on to new content that they may not have discovered otherwise. This should keep people coming back to your site, because they will see it as a great place to get a wide array of content around a particular subject. More and more sites are including aggregated and syndicated content, The Huffington Post, for example, has seemingly mastered the mix of original with syndicated content. Love them or hate them, you can’t argue that their traffic indicates they are doing something right!

HOW TO SHARE YOUR BLOGROLL WITH NRELATE

Obviously, you will need to install the nrelate plugin first, that can easily be done by clicking here.

  1. You can share any Blogroll category(s) you want.  If you don’t want to share your entire Blogroll just create a new category at LINKS > LINK CATEGORIES 
  2. Add sites to this category: LINKS > LINKS
  3. At the nRelate settings page check off the Blogroll categories you want to share.

Save your settings!  That’s it!

 

Related Plugin 0.42.6 Released

Our related content plugin, version 0.42.6 is now live at WordPress.org.  This version fixes a few small bugs and optimizes our code.

Some highlights include:

  • Removing our related content from “Attachment” pages: Since attachment pages in WordPress only show the attachment (image, video, etc), there really isn’t much content to relate to, so we removed it.  If this is something you want for your website, please leave us a comment below.  If enough people want this back, we can make this an option on our settings page.
  • Optimized the nrelate specific feed: This is how we get your content, so we try to keep it as optimized as possible.
  • Optimized Admin code: Some functions loaded on the front of your website, when they were only needed in your WordPress admin. This has been optimized, so our code only loads when needed.
  • Layout issue in Opera: There was a small layout issue in some versions of the Opera browser… so we fixed it.

Like always, it’s highly recommended that you upgrade to this version.  It should take you less than a minute, and you’ll know that you have the latest and greatest related content around.

If you haven’t tried our related content plugin, then what are you waiting for?

You can download it at WordPress.org.

Related Plugin 0.42.5 Released

This week we updated the related content plugin to version 0.42.5, and it’s a pretty important release.  I won’t bore you with any technical details, but if you’ve had any display or speed issues with our plugin in the past, then this version is for you!

  1. Related Content not showing up?!? Yes, it’s true.  Some themes and plugins conflicted with our plugin code and either displayed our javascript at the top of your website, or just didn’t show anything at all.  Though this wasn’t common, it was obviously an issue we wanted to fix… so we did.
  2. A Need For Speed!! Since we’re loading external data for our related content, our primary concern was too never, never, never slow down your website. In the past, this was accomplished by loading our plugin absolutely last on your page.  Many of you have been highlighting our related content by placing in at the top of your posts, or first in your sidebar, and loading last just doesn’t look right.  So we made a modification to the plugin, and now it loads fast, and won’t slow down your website.

If you haven’t tried our related content plugin, then what are you waiting for?

You can download it at WordPress.org.

Related Content in your sidebar… or any widget area.

Our related content plugin, comes with a WordPress widget, so you can place your related content in any of your theme’s widget areas, without having to touch any code.

You can see a great example of this at finsiders.com, where our related content is to the right of the blog post. Our plugin automatically stacks the thumbnails so you can have multiple rows in your sidebar.

Another great example of this is from, henrynahurski.com, a designer and illustrator.  He increased the size of the thumbnails to 150 pixels square in the plugin settings, and placed our widget in his sidebar.

So easy to use... just click on “Appearance”, and then “Widgets” from within your WordPress website, and drag our widget on to one of your sidebar areas.

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