nRelate Related Content Plugin is Gone — What Now?

related content plugin



If you’ve been using nRelate’s related content plugin on your blog, you may have noticed (or you have not yet notice) that the plugin is no longer working. This is intentional on nRelate’s part. They have pulled the plug on their WordPress plugin I won’t get into why this was done – frankly because I don’t care. What matters is that people (like me) who were using that plugin need to find a suitable alternative.

Aside: having a related posts plugin is important because it helps to keep people on your site. By having links to similar posts at the bottom of your blog entries, you are encouraging people to read more on your site, as opposed to leaving.

In this post, when I say “widget” I mean the area where the related posts show up on your blog, like this:
widget.png“The red box is the widget”.

What nRelate did:
– suggested “related” posts after a blog post
– was free
– was easy to set up and to use
– did a good job at showing related content

So we need to find a plugin that can do these things as well. No problem!

I am currently running a new plugin, which you can see the results of by scrolling down and looking at the bottom of this post.

The new plugin I am running is Related Posts by Zemanta. So far, I am very satisfied with the way it is working and how easy it was to set up. I am running it here and on my wife’s blog.

Here’s how to install and set up Related Posts:

add new
Hover over “plugins” on the left side of your WordPress dashboard and click “add new” when it pops up.

relates posts
In the search box in the upper-right corner, search for “related posts” and press enter.

plugins
The results page will probably look like this. Looks for the plugin as shown above. Specifically, make sure you see “Zemanta” as the author before clicking the “install now” button. A box will pop up asking you if you are sure you want to install the plugin. Click yes, or ok.

Your plugin will now install and you’ll be at this screen:
installed
Click “activate plugin” to finish the job!

You can now access the settings of this plugin anytime by hovering your mouse over the “settings” option in your WordPress dashboard and clicking “Related Posts”.
settings

Upon clicking “Related Posts” you will be brought to this screen:
options
Here, you can change the basic options like how many articles show up at the bottom of each post and what the text will say that displays just above the related posts.

Click the little downward arrow next to “advanced settings” to access more options.
advanced settings

Here, you can change the general look of the widget, exclude certain categories from showing up, choose what details to include in the widget and more. Most of it is very easy to do. If you have coding knowledge, you can actually use your own CSS code to really customize the look of your widget, although 99% of bloggers will do just fine without having to do all of that.

I’ll leave most of the customization stuff up to you. At this point, your plugin should be functioning and you will be seeing related posts just below your blog posts when in single-post view format.

One more thing I will mention is that you will now see related posts for OTHER sites, but only in your own WordPress dashboard when editing posts.
related

You can turn this off very easily. Here’s how:
Get to your advanced plugin settings (shown above) and un-check the box with the arrow pointing to it below:
web
That’s it!

nRelate is gone and we didn’t miss a beat! If you found this helpful, be sure to share it with other bloggers who may need it!

10 New Year’s Resolutions You Should Make as a Blogger

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Well, 2015 is already creeping up (or is here, depending on when you are reading this) and it’s time to make some blogging resolutions. Several of these, I am making for my own sites. New Year’s is such a great time to re-evaluate and try to start fresh in a few areas. I plan on doing this and recommend you do the same! 2015 will be the year that we take our business to the next level and I hope that’s the case for you as well!

Explore YouTube
If you have been ignoring YouTube, it’s time to face the music. Get over your shyness and start making some videos. Whether they are tutorials, daily vlogs, weekly recaps or whatever, start building your YouTube channel ASAP. It’s pretty clear that YouTube is becoming very popular with advertisers and is a widely underutilized business tool for bloggers.

Perfect your consistency.
If you’ve been blogging twice one week and 5 times the next, then following that up with a post-less 3rd week, it’s time to get consistent. In general, people like to know what to expect when it comes to how often you post. Feel free to keep people on their toes about the actual content, but maintain consistency when it comes to releasing your content.

Start disclosing!
I still see tons of bloggers doing sponsored posts without disclosing the fact that the content is paid for. This is against the terms set forth by the FTC and the penalties are only going to increase in 2015. Plus, why try to hide the fact that your content is paid. Shouldn’t your readers know something is sponsored on your blog?

Consume other content – but do so very particularly.
Read, watch or listen to content from the leading bloggers and entrepreneurs related to your industry. It’s easy to get caught up in the feel-good content that is full of fluff that we all like hearing. The fact is, you’re taking time to consume this content, so try and make it actually meaningful. Some of my favorites are Gary Vaynerchuck’s #AskGaryVee show, Pat Flynn from Smart Passive Income, and John Lee Dumas from Entrepreneur on Fire, who has a ton of podcasts that you can sort through to listen to people relevant to you industry. I also regularly find helpful relevant content on ProBlogger.net.

Engage with your readers.
Respond to comments more often. Visit other blogs and leave comments. Share content from people in your network. Ask questions and acknowledge responses. Reach out to followers on social media for advice.

Commit to the direction of your blog.
Is it going to be a business? Treat it like one. Make investments where necessary. (ie: Premium PicMonkey, Email service, hire a VA, etc.) Are you a fashion blog? Be sure you have a plan to product consistent fashion-related content. Want to incorporate more food on your blog? Have a plan so the content doesn’t run out after a month.

Stay on your toes.
The internet is changing every single day. SEO, social networks and everything else is changing all of the time, and it’s up to you do adapt. Look into Snapchat. Don’t ignore up and coming networks like Ello, Medium and whatever else will pop up in 2015. Commit to maintaining an open mind and exploring the many options that pop up seemingly every other week.

Analyze your blog’s design and performance.
Take a step back and look at your blog as a reader. Better yet, ask a few of your friends to look at your blog and give you an honest view of what they think is going on with every single thing they see there. Do they recognize ads as ads? Do they know the banner in your sidebar highlighting a segment on your blog is actually content produced by you and not an ad?

As far as performance goes: analyze every banner and ad on your blog for performance. If any ad is not making more than $50/month for you, it’s time to re-think it. That’s not to say you should delete it, just think about maybe an alternative ad, or consider moving the ad somewhere else. I completely pulled that $50 number out of the air – you have to decide what your magic number is.

Get back to basics.
If your content has suffered because you are spending too much time focusing on Instagram or Pinterest, it’s time to re-evaluate and get back to basics. Focus on great blog content. After all, you’re most likely building your social networks to push traffic to your blog. Don’t forget to keep your blog interesting and fresh. I am guilty of this one on my own site, and will look to correct this in 2015.

Be more selective.
I mostly mean with your time. Does every email you receive really warrant a reply? Hint: any email that starts with “Dear Sir/Madam” does not need a reply. Additionally, is that sponsored post that requires original photos, social promotion across 4 networks and links back really worth $40? Think about everything that you are putting effort into right now and re-evaluate.

That’s all I’ve got! What do you think?
Will you be making any blogging New Year’s resolutions?

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