'Related post' option disappeared from dashboard

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  • #1676586

    I can no longer find the related post option in my dashboard. I had turned it off but want to turn it on again, but the option has disappeared from the ‘Reading’ page settings. My blog is writingskin.wordpress.com.

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

    #1676686

    justjennifer
    Moderator

    Curious. I’m seeing it in Settings>Reading>Related Posts on nearly all my public sites but my test site, which is also public and which has 15 publicly published posts. According to the Support doc, it should appear there as well. http://en.support.wordpress.com/related-posts/

    I’ve tagged this for Staff assistance. Please be patient because they currently have a large backlog to work though.

    #1676691

    I noticed I have the same problem with another blog – http://cloudverse.wordpress.com/

    Thanks.

    #1676728

    rootjosh
    Staff

    Are you asking about the “related posts” feature as described here:

    http://en.support.wordpress.com/related-posts/

    Or about Zemanta, the feature that helped users find links and images to insert into their posts?

    #1676729

    Yes, I mean the ‘related posts’ feature as described in http://en.support.wordpress.com/related-posts/. Not the Zemanta feature.

    #1676730

    justjennifer
    Moderator

    Screenshot of ablogdemo’s Settings>Reading which is the only one of my 5 active sites where WordPress.com’s “Related Posts” settings doesn’t appear. On my other sites, it appears right after “Site Visibility” including one site whose Site Visibility settings are also set to discourage search engines.

    Neither of us are using the themes mentioned in the General Information section of the Support doc both you and I linked to above.

    #1676815

    rootjosh
    Staff

    Okay, so we may have tracked this down. Can both of you try getting some traffic to those blogs? Just ask a couple friends to visit them and click around a bit.

    #1676817

    justjennifer
    Moderator

    @rootjosh – Would be grateful to understand what isn’t or wasn’t working.

    I clicked around the OP’s two sites today so am waiting to hear from them whether the Related Posts setting now shows up in their dashboard>Settings>Reading.

    While I clicked around on my test blog while logged out, I’m not really overly concerned about it, because that is what it is and traffic isn’t much of an issue there. Nevertheless, the Related Posts option does not show up in the Dashboard.

    #1676818

    timethief
    Member

    I have also run into this as well.

    #1676819

    justjennifer
    Moderator

    On what site?

    #1676820

    timethief
    Member

    I can’t recall.

    #1676821

    justjennifer
    Moderator

    Meaning someone else posted this problem previously in the forums or on one of your own sites?

    #1676822

    justjennifer
    Moderator
    #1676826

    justjennifer
    Moderator

    This Staff answer appears to solve the riddle of why the option doesn’t even show up in the Dashboard>Settings>Reading

    https://en.forums.wordpress.com/topic/related-posts-option-not-appearing?replies=13#post-1684204

    #1676827

    @justjennifer, I was just coming here to post the same thing. :)

    Very low traffic blogs currently do not get the related posts option added. So if the blog in question is a test blog, it’s likely not to have much traffic and the related posts option may never show up for a blog like that.

    You should also note that this is the way it was initially setup, and it is subject to change—especially since it’s a fairly new feature and developers may make adjustments to it as needed.

    #1676831

    Okay, it’s the low volume of traffic. That makes sense since I never saw this option on my dashboard until recently and then it disappeared. Thanks justjennifer and designsimply for clearing that up.

    However I did try to generate more traffic to my blogs recently as requested, but still haven’t seen the option appear. How much traffic is needed before the related post option appears?

    #1676833

    justjennifer
    Moderator

    @designsimply-thanks for your clarification as well. It would be great if some mention were made in the Support doc about it. This is really an exceptional behavior as far as Dashboard settings go.

    Again, I was not so much concerned for my test site, but the OP’s sites. I did click around a bit on both from two locations so am also interested in the answer to @poojachowdhary‘s question about how much traffic is needed.

    #1676839

    How much traffic is needed before the related post option appears?

    To be honest, I’m not sure! I’ll see if I can find out more information, but do note that it’s a new feature and new features often get adjusted based on feedback sometimes it takes a little time for the dust to settle.

    In the mean time, you might like this related help page:
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/getting-more-views-and-traffic/

    #1676841

    It would be great if some mention were made in the Support doc about it.

    I already updated the support docs based on what I know so far before my last reply (super small mention though). :) And I’ll make sure to update it again as soon as I have more information.

    #1676843

    justjennifer
    Moderator

    Sorry if I wasn’t clear, but I was actually referring to the fact that there’s no mention in the Support doc that the Related Posts option itself won’t appear in the Dashboard>Settings>Reading until the needed conditions are met.

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