Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Cool New Widget For Your Blog - LinkWithin

There is a really cool widget out there from LinkWithin.com for your blog that allows you to show related stories to your current blog post under each of your posts.

The widget captures a thumbnail picture from the related post and title and places it at the bottom of your current post. It says "You might also like.... "and then shows 3, 4, or 5 pictures of other posts from your blog.

If you look at the screenshot above from my Linda's Blog you can see 4 pictures and titles from other Linda's Blog posts of mine under "You might also like...."

Here's what the LinkWithin website had to say about their widget:

Show Related Stories Under Each Post! - LinkWithin is a blog widget that appears under each post, linking to related stories from your blog archive. Don't Let Your Past Stories Go to Waste! We retrieve and index all stories from your blog archive, not just recent stories, making them accessible to new or casual readers of your blog who would not otherwise encounter them.

Increase Pageviews, Keep Readers Engaged - The widget links to stories that are relevant and interesting to readers of a particular post, keeping them engaged with your blog, and increasing your traffic.

Elegant, Unobtrusive Design - Our widget is minimally styled and blends in with your site design.

Free and Easy to Install - The widget is free and ad-free. It takes a minute to get the widget up and running on your blog,
no signup required!

The widget supports Blogger, Wordpress, Typepad, and Other types of blogs. And, it allows for you to display 3, 4, or 5 pictures depending upon the width of your post area.

All you have to do is enter your email address, your blog URL, the blog platform (i.e. Blogger, Wordpress, Typepad, or Other), and the width (i.e. 3 stories, 4 stories, or 5 stories)and hit "Get Widget." Then just follow the prompts for your blogs platform. If your blog platform is "Other" then it will generate HTML code that you can copy/paste before the tag of your blogs template.

I added it to each of my Blogger.com blogs and it was easy to do. Just select Blogger as the platform and follow the prompts. For most of my blogs it added a module to my layout at the top of the sidebar just under the "Add A Gadget." I then had to move the LinkWithin module from my sidebar to just below my Blog Posts module as shown in the picture below:

If you want to keep your blog readers engaged and provide them with older posts they might also like then the LinkWithin widget is great for doing that.

It's a cool new widget. Try it and see for yourself.

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