nRelate Is An Excellent Related Posts Widget For WordPress and Blogger
By on April 9th, 2011

My journey with related posts widgets has been very diverse. I first started out with an excellent native WordPress related posts plugin called YARRP. However, I had to get rid of it because of the massive database overhead it had and had to go with LinkWithin, which I quickly ditched for Outbrain.

I have come to love Outbrain a lot, however, over the time that I have been using it, I have found a major problem with it. Relevancy. The Outbrain related posts are not as relevant to the article as I would want them to be.

outbrain_related

For example, take this post. The related posts widget continues to show you posts which are mostly unrelated to the article, thus resulting in lesser clickthroughs. After all, doesn’t related posts have to be related contextually to the content you are reading?

As usual, I had to find an alternative for Outbrain which really did the relevancy job well. I could always have used one of the related posts plugins available for WordPress, but for a high traffic blog, database overhead is really unwanted. You might ask “Don’t widgets add site overhead?”. Well it does, but I would trade a little bit of site overhead with database overhead any day.

So, did I find anything? Yes, indeed. I found an excellent related posts service called nRelate, which not only does the job well, but is astonishingly accurate at providing relevant content for the article people are reading. The screenshot below you the related posts nRelate served for the same post that Outbrain did.

nRelate_related_posts

I am thinking of switching to nRelate completely, but I still like Outbrain for the ratings widget it provides and will continue to use it. I am still making a transition to completely make the switch for all related content to nRelate, till then I will continue using Outbrain.

One thing I liked about both Outbrain and nRelate is the support team is awesome and always respond to my queries. It is definitely a great team to work with.

If you are interested in trying out nRelate, you can do so by visiting their website at http://nRelate.com/. Big thumbs up to them for the awesome job they did with their widgets. They also have some other things they are working on, including popular posts and more. I definitely look forward to them completing those and using them.

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  • http://www.techhim.com Himanshu

    i was looking for this widget. I found this on many blog but didn’t knew its name. thanks for sharing

  • http://virtualcreditcard.in Jawed

    Great widget, thanks for sharing……
    But can you please tell me how can insert related posts just below my each post, like we do in wordpress?
    Will appreciate any suggestion……..

    • http://virtualcreditcard.in Jawed

      And yes i forgot to mention that i was talking about blogger..

  • http://www.tonightschedule.com/ Aliza Shehpatii

    It is realty inspiring when someone puts unselfishly some useful info. Thank you. Please advise what kind of plugins would be useful in order to promote a blog on the web.
    With gratitude,
    Shehpati

  • sk

    hello, i have “read more” in my blog and this code places “related posts” just after that. I want show only under the complete post. how to do it

  • http://www.infogenra.com/ Raj @ Social Media Guide

    what is the plugin u r using now for related posts??

    is it nrelate or any other one??

  • http://www.pksamp.com/ zeeshan

    can u tell me pleqase for blogger which plugin we use and get maximum results in search engine

  • http://gadgetanditems.com gadgetguy

    I there an equivalent plugin for blogger?

  • DAN

    Thanks for this great post, saved me some serious time experimenting with all the plug ins.

  • http://hotvarities.wordpress.com/ vinoth

    hi well how to get pagerank to my wordpress blog someone please help me http://hotvarities.wordpress.com/ iam totally confused

 
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