15 September 2010

Related Posts Widget for Blogger


This is a wonderful hack for displaying links to related posts beneath each of your blog posts. The related articles are chosen from other posts in that same category/label/tag. With this hack many of your readers will remain on your site for longer periods of time when they see related posts of interest. It also boost your traffic adn popularity!





Steps for Installation:

  1. Go to Layout >Edit HTML in your Blogger Dashboard.
  2. Back up your existing Template before making any changes!
  3. Check the "Expand Widget Templates" box.
  4. Search for the </head> tag. (Ctrl+F is very helpful)
  5. Add the following code just before the </head> tag.
  6. <style> #related-posts { float : left; width : 540px; margin-top:20px; margin-left : 5px; margin-bottom:20px; font : 11px Verdana; margin-bottom:10px; } #related-posts .widget { list-style-type : none; margin : 5px 0 5px 0; padding : 0; } #related-posts .widget h2, #related-posts h2 { font-size : 20px; font-weight : normal; margin : 5px 7px 0; padding : 0 0 5px; } #related-posts a { text-decoration : none; } #related-posts a:hover { text-decoration : none; } #related-posts ul { border : medium none; margin : 10px; padding : 0; } #related-posts ul li { display : block; background : url("http://lh3.ggpht.com/_cNpXRtRph18/S76dASm3WGI/AAAAAAAAEJg/AVmw4HhRdsk/rss.png") no-repeat 0 0; margin : 0; padding-top : 0; padding-right : 0; padding-bottom : 1px; padding-left : 21px; margin-bottom : 5px; line-height : 2em; border-bottom:1px dotted #cccccc; } </style> <script src='http://theblogtemplates.com/scripts/Related_posts_hack.js' type='text/javascript'/>
  7. Now search for <data:post.body/>. In some of the templates this code may look like this
    <div class='post-body>
    or
      <data:post.body/> 
  8. Add the following code just beneath the code you just searched for.

  9. <b:if cond='data:blog.pageType == "item"'> <div id="related-posts"> <font face='Arial' size='3'><b>Related Posts : </b></font><font color='#FFFFFF'><b:loop values='data:post.labels' var='label'><data:label.name/><b:if cond='data:label.isLast != "true"'>,</b:if><b:if cond='data:blog.pageType == "item"'> <script expr:src='"/feeds/posts/default/-/" + data:label.name + "?alt=json-in-script&callback=related_results_labels&max-results=5"' type='text/javascript'/></b:if></b:loop> </font> <script type='text/javascript'> removeRelatedDuplicates(); printRelatedLabels(); </script> </div></b:if>
  10. Now Save your Template and you're done!
Customization

  • In order to change the number of maximum related posts being displayed for each label, search for the code below (within the code given in step 7) and change the number "5" to any desired number.
  • max-results=5

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