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10 Best WordPress Post Recommendation Plugins

Post recommendation when used properly on a website allows your readers to see what else is there on your website that is worth their reading time. This way, post recommendation also engages your readers for some more time. Apart from that, it is also very helpful from on page SEO point of view because cross linking relevant content with one another is very good for ranking good at search engines.

Here we are presenting 10 very useful WordPress post recommendation plugins for you. WordPress post recommendation plugins also automate such matters by using keywords and categories to help recommend relevant content to your readers.

Author Recommended Posts

( Download )

Pick specific posts to promote and recommend to your audience.

Zemanta

( Download )

Zemanta recommends your content to new audiences both on your blog and across our network of high-quality sites.

Reverb for Publishers

( Download )

Keep users on your site longer. Introducing the fast, smart way to show related and trending content on your blog with thumbnail images or text.

ELI’s Related Posts Footer Links and Widget

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Display a linked list of related Posts by Tags or Categories at the bottom of every post or on the sidebar. Options to show Post Date and Excerpts.

Wripl

( Download )

The wripl recommendations plugin allows you to provide a way for your blog readers to get accurate and timely recommendations on what to read next from your blog, based on the content they typically like to read.

WordPress Related Posts

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WordPress Related Posts generates a list of related posts with thumbnails and gives you click-through statistics.

Nrelate Flyout

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Display related content in a cool flyout box… similarly to NYTimes.com.

Content

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Display a list of related and popular content on your site to increase visitor engagement and as a new source of revenue.

Cross-Promotion Content Recommendations

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Engageya’s related posts plugin drives fresh new audience to your site by cross-promoting your posts with other related bloggers.

Advanced Post List

( Download )

Create custom post lists with easy to use advanced settings. Highly customizable for designing unique post-list designs.


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Amazon is giving Kindle Fire owners 6 free months of The Washington Post

When Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos announced that he was purchasing The Washington Post last year, one of the big questions was whether he’d put the marketing weight of Amazon behind the paper. Today the answer comes in the form of a free six-month subscription to The Post for anyone who’s bought a Kindle Fire tablet in the last few years, access the paper eventually plans to charge for. What’s more, Amazon is pushing the app out to existing Kindle owners inside a software update, though the company says people will be able to delete it if they don’t want it.

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Practical & Inspiring Friday Post. Handmade iPad Cases You’d Like to Use

Inspiration is a mother of all genius, today let’s have a look what those genius can do. Most of people involved in IT do the needlework. Lets see what they can do.
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Premier League warns soccer fans not to post goals on Vine and Twitter

The World Cup was wonderful for so many reasons this year, whether it was watching Arjen Robben’s 5,268 dives, Luis Suarez’s moment of madness, or the animated facial expressions of Mexico’s manager Miguel Herrera, there was always something to share. It was these moments and more that generated thousands of animated GIFs and Vines of World Cup goals, a big win for social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter. While fans happily enjoyed sharing these brief clips, FIFA was far less impressed and began cracking down to remove them. The same is about to happen to the Premier League in England.

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Tattoo Color-In Postcards: Megamunden’s designs in pint-sized form, ready to be personalized and dropped in the post

Tattoo Color-In Postcards


Hardworking artist Ollie Munden (aka Megamunden) follows up his wildly successful and fun Tattoo Coloring Book with a set of color-in postcards, so now those who enjoy embellishing Munden’s…

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6 Signs That You Should Kill That Blog Post Idea

Sometimes, you run out of blog post ideas. Don’t beat yourself up over it, though; it’s a normal occurrence, which even hits the most seasoned of bloggers. It happens for a number of reasons. You may have buckled under the pressure of having to update your blog regularly. Maybe you’ve grown bored with the usual topics you write about, or maybe there’s really nothing worth writing at the moment.

It may also be because of the writer’s block. We have written about that, multiple times, offering suggestions and ideas on how to pull yourself out of the bottomless pit of despair that comes from not being able to pen a single thought to paper, and to keep writing.

Then again, there are times when it’s better not to write anything at all than to force yourself to produce a post, especially if…

1. Your Headline Resembles A Dozen Others

Imagine that you are a reader who wants to know how to write a blog post. Naturally, you enter the appropriate keyword combination in Google’s search bar. A few milliseconds later, Google returns 10 results on the first page, all of which have some variation of the headline "How to Write a Blog Post".

Given your busy schedule, will you honestly take the time to click through all 10? Of course not. You’ll either click the first couple of links only, or click the one with the most eye-catching headline, like "The Only Guide You’ll Ever Need to Whip Up a Killer Blog Post".

2. Your Headline Overpromises, But Your Post Underdelivers

Then again, if you’re going to use a title like "The Only Guide You’ll Ever Need to Whipping Up a Killer Blog Post", it better be something that will keep your readers from looking elsewhere.

Otherwise, you’ll gain a reputation for writing "click bait" articles. Clicks are good and all, but you shouldn’t make that the sole focus of your SEO strategy. You can still write eye-catching headlines, as long as they accurately describe what readers can expect from your post.

3. Your Post Feels More Like a Book Summary

Sometimes, in an effort to make your blog post as useful as possible, you’ll be tempted to cram in as much information as you can. Usually, that’s a good sign, because it means you really do care about your readers.

But if the topic you have in mind requires extensive discussion, a single post may not be enough. Chances are it’s going to end up leaving your readers wanting more, and not in a good way. In that case, you can either write a blog post series about your topic, or compile those posts into an e-book.

4. Your Post is Too Self-Indulgent

Have you ever talked to a guy who’s so full of himself, you’re surprised he’s still able to lift his head off the ground? That’s what readers feel when confronted with self-indulgent blog posts.

Unless you’re a celebrity, most people aren’t going to care for posts about what you’ve had for breakfast, what you’ve bought as a treat to yourself on your birthday, or your oh-so-awesome ability to keep quiet after stubbing your toe (although there may be a handful of people interested in the last one… just a handful).

Here’s the thing about people: They’re not going to be interested in you unless you’re interested in them first. That’s why it’s common blogging advice to use "you" to address readers,because it makes them feel more engaged, which, in turn, makes them like you more.

Of course, it’s not completely wrong to use the "I" pronoun in your post. After all, healthy conversations – both online and offline – are a two-way road. It’s okay to tell a story explicitly from your point of view, as long as you’re still able to relate that story to your readers.

5. Your Treatment of the Topic is Too Shallow

You may have a most unique idea (e.g. "Why Cockroaches are the ‘Missing Link’ All Along"), or the most immersive of writing styles, but without a solid basis for your points, your post will still fall flat.

If you want your post to be meatier, it won’t hurt to do a little more research. Take time to interview experts, dig up articles from scientific journals to strengthen your arguments, or give your own critical and informed analysis regarding your topic. Oh, and add some verifiable statistics from reputable organizations, such as news sites and government sites, when necessary.

6. You Don’t Feel Like Showing Off Your Post

If you’re going to write content for the entire (virtual) world to see, you might as well ensure that it’s something you’re willing to share with acquaintances and strangers alike. More importantly, you should feel proud that your name is attached to this compelling, or fun-to-read, or insightful and helpful piece of work.

Otherwise, there’s no point toiling over it, really. And a post worth sharing is a post that begins with a well-thought out idea, that is executed with flair and class – something its author is sure to be proud to be associated with.

A Gentle Reminder, and Then Some

This is not to say that every single one of your posts should score 11 out of 10. That’s just unrealistic, especially if you have a regular blogging schedule to keep, on top of a busy life outside of work. However, being "stuck" on blog post ideas is not an excuse to churn out half-baked work just for the sake of producing something. After all, you still owe your readers the best possible content at any given time.





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J.Crew for Paperless Post

Paperless Post’s latest collaboration is with none other than major fashion brand J. Crew, who created a collection of 42 greetings and invitations that will be available for customization in both online and PAPER formats.

Paperless Post for J. Crew / on Design Work Life

The J.Crew collection brings not only an impeccable visual style but that incredible J.Crew voice to any occasion. The bright colors and smart copy are great for a host who knows when not to take themselves too seriously. What’s not to like about an expertly calligraphed quip?” said James Hirschfeld, Founder and CEO at Paperless Post. “I’ve wanted to work with J.Crew for a couple of years now. Our vision has always been to bring truly high quality design to an accessible communication platform, which I feel they’ve done in many ways with retail.

Paperless Post for J. Crew / on Design Work Life

Paperless Post for J. Crew / on Design Work Life

Paperless Post for J. Crew / on Design Work Life

Paperless Post for J. Crew / on Design Work Life

Paperless Post for J. Crew / on Design Work Life

Paperless Post for J. Crew / on Design Work Life

Paperless Post for J. Crew / on Design Work Life

The cards above represent just a small selection of what is available, so be sure to view the entire collection right here.


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Paperless Post: Personal Stationery + A Special Promotion

With all of the holidays and graduations coming up, you, like me, probably have quite a few gifts on your list. One great option which would work for both Mother’s Day and graduates is personalized stationery. It’s something literally everyone can use.

For a wide array of design options—from modern to classic, minimal to bold—look no further than Paperless Post. As you can see from some of the examples below, their paper personalized stationery catalog is huge—with something for everyone, no matter what your taste.

Lucky for us, they’re now running a promotion for 20% off their paper personal stationery. To take advantage of this offer, simply use code SPRINGGIFT14 at checkout from now through May 2nd.

Paperless Post: Spring Stationery / on Design Work Life

Paperless Post: Spring Stationery / on Design Work Life

Paperless Post: Spring Stationery / on Design Work Life

Paperless Post: Spring Stationery / on Design Work Life

Paperless Post: Spring Stationery / on Design Work Life

Paperless Post: Spring Stationery / on Design Work Life

Paperless Post: Spring Stationery / on Design Work Life

Paperless Post: Spring Stationery / on Design Work Life

Paperless Post: Spring Stationery / on Design Work Life

Paperless Post: Spring Stationery / on Design Work Life

Paperless Post: Spring Stationery / on Design Work Life

Paperless Post: Spring Stationery / on Design Work Life

This post contains affiliate links. All opinions are my own.


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How to Create Post Draft In Jekyll

In the previous post, we have shown you how to install Jekyll and publish your first post with it. If you have followed it, you can see that creating a post is a breeze; we simply create a new Markdown file, save it within the /_posts folder, and it will show up in the blog immediately.

That, however, could be a problem if you have put your blog online. Your post may have unfinished sentences, contain errors, and a few other things that should not be seen by your readers.

That’s why we usually create a draft first before pressing the Publish button. So, in this post, we will show you how to create a post draft in Jekyll before it hits the public eye.

But first, let’s start up the Jekyll server with the following command line.

 jekyll server --watch 

File and Directory

Prior to version 1.0, working with a draft in Jekyll is hardly manageable. There are numerous ways to deal with it.

Some have set published: false in the post files to prevent it from being published, and some put future: false in the configuration file to prevent Jekyll from generating posts with a future date — which still will be published once the date rolls around.

Now, Jekyll has made things simpler to control.

Jekyll relies on strict directory structure. In the case of creating drafts, we need to create a new folder named _drafts. We put all drafts into this folder.

The draft file name does not have to include the post date; we can just name it this way:

Jekyll will ignore this folder. You can write your post as usual, and it won’t be displayed out in the open yet. Once you are done with your post, you can put it in the _posts folder, and add a proper date in the filename.

Hold on?!

Hold on, can’t we just create any folder? Well, the _drafts folder name is the official naming convention to put your drafts in. We technically can name the folder anything, but doing so would prevent us from previewing our drafts.

In Jekyll, we can run the jekyll command with the --drafts flag to preview the drafts: jekyll server --watch --drafts Refresh your blog, and you will see the draft appear on the blog. The draft will be displayed with its latest modified date.

Conclusion

We have shown you how to create a draft in Jekyll. It’s quite simple. But we can make the workflow from draft to publication more streamlined with the help of a plugin. We will discuss it in the next post. So, stay tuned.





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Secrets Of A Killer Blog Post [Infographic]

One of the hardest bit about maintaining a blog is to stand out of the crowded blogging landscape, plus there are viral videos, gifs, news, marketing campaigns etc, all vying for the same attention. What’s an honest blogger to do?

Whoishostingthis.com has released an infographic on how you can get your readers’ attention. It covers topics about the importance of your post title, 8 types of you can creatively word your titles for the best form of response, how to lure readers in with the opening sentence and keep them on your post for the rest of the article, among others.

Do have a look at the examples, how information is treated and manipulated and how you too can apply some of these tips in your next blog post release and create a killer blog post.


    




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