It’s a new feature. It was announced here. You should have a link to that announcement on your dashboard. If you (as many others) don’t like the feature, you can turn it off by going to design-extras and clicking the box to disable the feature.
There are quite a few other threads on this issue and the sum total is that if you don’t like it, you have to turn it off in your own blog.
I cannot get this new feature to work. I don”t have the feature disables in the “extras” in the dashboard.
Does it not work for older posts?
I would really like this feature to reach similar blogs.
Anybody else having trouble? know why its not working?
i don’t care either, here’s how you can get it off:
1. go to your dashboard.
2. go to design.
3. go to extras.
4. check the box: hide related links
5. update the extras
they are now off! hope this helps!!!
Sorry i should have proof read what I wrote:
I actually want the “possibly Related posts”
I cant get them to show up
If they aren’t showing up, then there aren’t any related posts.
no related posts? what is the criteria for “related”?. The Tags and categories I use are certainly used by others..
It’s definitely not tag/cat related. I’m thinking it’s related to the new WordPress.com blogsearch feature, which appears to be vocabulary-based. I posted an interview with a John Lennon chatbot, and all the related links used the word “mate.”
I saw on one blog the related content was a link back to another post on the same blog.
I havent seen a “related context link lead to a non wordpress.com blog, yet.
I was checking out sphere and they really don’t give away how the work.
what you say makes sense, they mentioned “text based” .
For an esoteric blog like mine, this feature could be a real nice thing. I just have to figure out how to use it.
The links will NEVER lead off WordPress.com. If they appear to, it’s because they link to a VIP blog and they’re styled so you can’t tell. Links to one’s own blog are supposed to appear at the top in bold. It looks like there is no extra weighting for your own blog, so your blog has the same chance of being linked from a post as any other blog, even if it’s a post you made.
Worst feature ever in my opinion. Thanks for the help in how to disable it.
Yeah – I have to say this feature sux0rz
I actually like the feature, though I’m not sure I agree that it restricts “related posts” to the WP community (or self made VIP blogs). The reason I say this is that my most recent entry contains 3 “related posts” that all go back to the NY Times. Unless the NY Times joined WP, that is.
Cool feature though – especially for someone like me with a niche topic.
John Lennon chatbot? I’ve got to try me some of that! : )
Related posts use Sphere.com for the backend.
Sphere analyzes blog posts, and decides which ones are related.
I’m not sure that the links at the end are necessarily VIP blogs. They may just be “mainstream media news blogs”.
I’m not sure if those mainstream media blogs are paying Sphere for the links or not, but I’ve heard that mentioned by other people.
Hi all – very active conversation – :)
The goal of the new feature is to create opportunities for readers to discover more content that is related to what you’re writing about. We’ve included content from your archives, from other WordPress.com blogs and for Mainstream Media sites (MSM). MSM’s are not paying Sphere, nor WordPress for the links.
Like any technology, we’re making lots (and lots) of tweaks on the fly to get the filters properly tuned. While subjective, we’ve been successful in making these tweaks on a large number of partner sites (www.sphere.com) so I’m hopeful (with a little patience and goodwill), we’ll make improvements as we go along. In the meantime, you’re input is really critical for us to make those improvements, so please keep sending.
Still trying to evaluate whether it is good for me or not. One thing that I think would be great would be that IF someone clicks on it that it OPENS in NEW window… thereby preserving our site still active.
fredrrr, that’s an excellent suggestion.
As for me, I want all VIP blogs and external to WP.com blogs eliminated from the service, because none of them use this feature and could ever conceivably return (via the same feature) the hits that we, the community, are giving them. Until that tweak is made, I will be keeping this turned off. If the New York Times wants hits from me, they can hire me to blog or pay me in traffic.
But rain.. think of the hits you’ll be giving up. Those lovely, juicy hits… :-)
All three of them? Look, if the Guardian’s not too big to link to me directly, the Times shouldn’t be either.
Besides, I have a long and successful track record of whining about things publicly until they are fixed to my liking. Everyone complains about it, but they do what I want anyway, so how am I ever to learn any other way of working through confrontation?
Threat alert: WP.com forum.
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