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"You Might Also Like" without CSS Upgrade or Plugin

  1. So, an interesting feature that I've seen some blogs have, I think typically with a plugin, is a "You might also like..." section that gets automatically generated at the bottom of each post. This is also really popular on sites like Cracked or Buzzfeed, and it's a good way to promote people clicking further through your blog. I wanted to share some basic HTML code I use on my WordPress.com blog that provides a template for an easy to use manual "you might also like" section.

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    <h4><strong>You might also like...</strong></h4>
    <ul>
    	<li><a style="text-decoration:none;" title="The Price of Nothing" href="http://theidioteconomist.com/2013/10/28/the-price-of-nothing/">The Price of Nothing</a></li>
    	<li><a style="text-decoration:none;" title="5 Purely Economic Consequences of Global Climate Change" href="http://theidioteconomist.com/2013/09/16/5-purely-economic-consequences-of-global-climate-change/">5 Purely Economic Consequences of Global Climate Change</a></li>
    	<li><a style="text-decoration:none;" title="Evolve or be Left Behind (Part 1: Companies that Evolve)" href="http://theidioteconomist.com/2013/10/21/evolve-or-be-left-behind-part-1-companies-that-evolve/">Evolve or be Left Behind (Part 1: Companies that Evolve)</a></li>
    </ul>

    I just copy and paste this template into each post, and then edit the links based on what other posts I've written that someone who liked my current post would also find interesting. It adds about five minutes to post creation, but in my opinion has really promoted increased traffic and retention through my site. It's also a great way to keep some of your older and favorite posts alive and still getting lots of hits. I hope other people find this code useful!

    The blog I need help with is theidioteconomist.com.

  2. thesacredpath
    Staff

    @mathewreiss, thanks for posting this and I'm sure others will find it useful.

    One other thing that is available for users at WordPress.com, is the Zamanta service, which can be activated at Users > Personal Settings under "Additional Post Content". It will look first on your site for related content, and then on the web, and will post a selection below your posts.

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