Today we are reviewing 3 must-have picks for WorPress “Related Posts” plugins that both satisfy the end user as well as facilitate optimal internal linking to benefit your websites on page SEO strategy.
This IS NOT a paid review, we do this because this is our way of saying thanks to the developers who toiled away countless hours to share these programs with the WordPress community.
Now you may have thought I was going to promote our WordPress Plugin SEO Ultimate, but we are focusing on a different tact which capitalizes on alternative ways to strengthen internal links (which are the cornerstone to solid SEO campaign).
Another Random Posts Widget:By Dennis Hoppe
Why is using anything random a good thing for SEO? Because random posts and in this case the “Another Random Posts Widget” by Dennis Hoppe emulates a less static and more dynamic opportunity for both humans and search engine spiders to not rely on the navigation schema alone to find deeper nested content.
Engagement time is a positive SEO ranking factor, the longer the average visitor stays and the more content they consume, the more your brand, website or offering has a chance to receive a click-through.
This is why this plugin is a “must-have” WordPress plugin that keeps things fresh (by randomizing where it links) and keeps spiders guessing while sending them into older posts which could get some “eye time” or link love as a result.
Yet Another Related Posts Plugin: by Mitcho
While many of you are familiar with this world-class WordPress plugin, many are not; hence, it’s worth mentioning.
Imagine a plugin that uses an algorithm to identify tags, or overlapping root phrases in titles, and then it automatically suggests 5 related posts in block quotes / footer links under your posts to provide link-flow to them. That is the “Yet Another Related Posts Plugin” by Mitcho (Michael Yoshitaka Erlewine).
Michael is a PHD student in Linguistics at MIT with primary interests in syntax and semantics. Little did he know that a plugin based on his algorithms would save SEO’s thousands of man hours with a few simple clicks. Thanks Michael…
If you are familiar with the SEO tactic of theming link flow from related pages to transfer the maximum amount of internal link weight (linking a like to a like page), this plugin automatically accomplishes this feat on your behalf.
Next up and last but not least…
The IGIT Related Post With Thumbnails by Ankur Gandhi
Much like the Yet Another Related Posts Plugin and the Another Random Posts Widget mentioned above, this plugin implements a stylized thumbnail into the mix and links to four random posts.
While there appears to be no rhyme or reason to the selected posts (and they truly are random) vs. algorithmic, the benefits for conversion and stickiness increase by 5X by adding this plugin which funnels readers into post after post on your blog.
Combine these three Plugins on your WordPress installation (just search for the name in your dashboard using Add Plugins and install) and you can kiss your categories goodbye while adding enough variety for humans and search engines alike.
These three plugins provide both eye candy and internal link opportunities to increase engagement time and give rankings a boost at the same time. if you have any others you would like to suggest, feel free to join the conversation on the SEO Design Solutions Blog.
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