Better Blog Day 4: Interlinking Posts

Today’s task is to link blog posts together so that users can find information more easily.

As you add more and more content to your blog there will be more and more opportunity to link your posts together so that readers can view more pages of your blog. It’s also won’t hurt the search engine ranking of those posts that you interlink as internal links count in SEO (not as much as an incoming link from an external site – but it still helps).

While we’re pretty good at linking new posts to older ones – and hence creating a trackback on that post – there might be other things of interest that aren’t directly linked. The manual way seems a little bit too much like hard work right now and the plugin suggested (once I found it – the link was dead) doesn’t seem to play nicely with WordPress MU so I went looking for other alternatives.

We already have a way of linking posts by topic – we use tags – so it makes sense to use that somehow when deciding what posts are “related”. A quick search found the UTW Related Posts widget which does pretty much what I was looking for -picks out a number of posts and puts them in a list. It’s written as a widget so at the moment it has to appear in the sidebar but maybe that’s something we can take a look at when developing the blog system in the future.

If you’ve got an Edge Hill blog then you can install it too – just install it from the Plugins menu and add it to your sidebar. It required UTW to be installed and working first.

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