Can you produce "related posts" from my own blog?

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  • #1416598

    mikegantt
    Member

    I know that you will produce three “related posts” from other blogs. I don’t use this function, but I would use it if you produced only related posts from my blog. However, I can’t find where and how you do this.

    I have written over 1,300 posts over the last three years so I know there would be plenty to choose from.

    The blog I need help with is blogforthelordjesus.wordpress.com.

    #1416709

    jackiedana
    Member

    The related posts function looks for posts similar to yours on other blogs. At this time, you can’t adjust it to pull only posts from certain blogs, including your own.

    I’m going to move this thread to the Ideas forum, as it may be something we could look into for the future, and perhaps others will like to weigh in.

    #1416710

    mikegantt
    Member

    Thanks. Can you give me a link to that placement in “the ideas forum” so I can track any discussion that ensues?

    #1416716

    mikegantt
    Member

    Obviously, you have this functionality already coded and working. All you’d have to do is restrict the search to the blog itself. That’s about as small a tweak as one could imagine for a significant enhancement.

    Just to make it a little more interesting, allow the blogger to specify other blogs in addition to his or her own than could be searched.

    #1416728

    timethief
    Member

    I’m with you on this long overdo feature. While waiting note that if you use the Firefox add-on for Zemanta you can then enter posts on your blog.

    #1416731

    raincoaster
    Member

    Zemanta, when used as a browser add-on instead of in the dashboard, can be configured to pull from any blog or circle of blogs you want.

    #1416743

    jackiedana
    Member

    Hi mikegantt,

    This post is now in the Ideas forum, so as long as you’re following it you will continue to see the discussion here.

    #1416745

    timethief
    Member

    @raincoaster
    Is my comment made 6 minutes before yours in the spam filter?

    #1416748

    jackiedana
    Member

    @timethief,

    I can see your previous comment and it wasn’t in spam.

    #1416751

    raincoaster
    Member

    No, it’s not, but it also didn’t specify you can pull from not just your blog.

    #1416753

    timethief
    Member

    @raincoaster
    Aha! Now I see why you posted. Thanks for clarification.

    P.S. Do you recall this thread and my response to the undercover testing that my blogs were scooped into without any notice to me or my permission? https://en.forums.wordpress.com/topic/you-might-also-like-pop-up-box?replies=49

    #1416756

    raincoaster
    Member

    Interesting. I didn’t recall that.

    #1416757

    timethief
    Member

    As mikegantt said above:

    Obviously, you have this functionality already coded and working. All you’d have to do is restrict the search to the blog itself. That’s about as small a tweak as one could imagine for a significant enhancement.

    #1416760

    raincoaster
    Member

    Yes, but what we have here are competing goals. WP.com wants to use Zemanta to pull from the WP.com community, and increase interconnectivity, increase WP to WP traffic. What the bloggers want is to feature their own works. I understand both sides and suggest that they make this a paid upgrade. You can still work around it by using Zemanta as a browser add-on, but if you want to use it in the dashboard, say $30 a year should give you the ability to restrict it to your own blog or an arbitrarily chosen circle of up to 20 blogs.

    Does that make sense?

    #1416761

    timethief
    Member

    Yes, but what we have here are competing goals.

    Yes, of course, I noticed the “competing goals” (snort). Just because the Firefox add-on exists now is not a guarantee it will exist in the future, so not I don’t suggest yet another upgrade be introduced. What we need is already there.

    #1416765

    maidiebike
    Member

    Hope this feature of pulling related blog posts from one’s own blog happens soon.

    Lots of bloggers would cheer.

    #1416838

    mikegantt
    Member

    @raincoaster, you said:

    Yes, but what we have here are competing goals.

    I don’t think it’s necessary or helpful to portray these goals as “competing.” By that same logic, WP.com would not be allowing us to have a search box on our blogs that searches our blogs for fear that it would discourage interconnectivity with other blogs. Neither would it allow us to display our “Top Posts” or “Recent Posts.” “Related Posts” would just be another way to help readers understand what your blog is saying. It would also encourage bloggers to post more often because they’d have to think less – and research less – about how much they should repeat themselves from previous posts.

    For some reason, I think you folks have a blind spot on this issue. As has been said, this would be a very easy and welcome enhancement for you to provide. Interconnectivity is not best achieved when individual blog functionality is restricted.

    #1416839

    timethief
    Member

    I don’t have a blind spot but thanks for your concern.

    #1416840

    mikegantt
    Member

    timethief,

    I don’t think you have a blind spot. I was writing that to raincoaster.

    #1416843

    mikegantt
    Member

    For those who are interested, I installed the Chrome extension for Zemanta earlier today and have been working with it all afternoon.

    I find it easy to install and use. I can see why people would like it.

    However, when it provides related links from my blog, it only seems to pull from what’s been published in the last month. I’ve been writing a blog a day for over three years so I’d rather see the search cover the entire body of work with the idea of pulling the most closely related posts, not necessarily the most recent.

    I am going to give Zemanta some more time before uninstalling it. It may be that it needs a few days to fully index a blog’s contents. I can see, however, that their general bias would be toward the freshest content so I’m not expecting to see a change.

    As blogs mature and bloggers archive more and more of their own content, they are going to appreciate a “Related Posts” function that searches deep within their own blogs. Memory alone is not going to help when you’re over a thousand posts. And manual searches with cutting and pasting links is just too tedious.

    Thanks for listening.

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