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[resolved] Best Practices for Getting More Relevant Related Posts (4 posts)

  1. cartar929
    Member
    Posted 10 months ago #

    So first of all this plugin works very well and is doing everything I need it to do. But, I was wondering what are the best practices for when you create a post to help with the searching of other related articles.

    I read through this posting: http://wordpress.org/support/topic/how-does-it-know-which-posts-are-related?replies=6, but it wasn't totally clear to me so sorry if this redundant.

    Now for example I have the plugin set up (http://junto.franklinstreetwebserver.com/) to show four related posts. Often times the first two are pretty relevant but the last two are kind of a stretch. There seems to be enough content on the blog to pull in four posts that are a little more closely related.

    I have a feeling the results I am getting are due to how we have setup posts over the years. Because the tags and categories we us are a little too general in my opinion. But, before going through a bunch of posts and trying to updated how they are organized I wanted to ask the question to you all about what the ideal setup should be in order to get the best results using this plugin?

    I know that there might not be a set order but could you give some general guidelines on the importance of how things are described?
    For example: 1. Title, 2. Category, 3. Tag, 4. Keywords, 5. Post Content.

    I have had this plugin on the dev site for more than a few days, so I feel that it has probably done its job of indexing the site.

    Please let me know if you need anymore info.
    Thanks,
    Carter

    http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/related-posts-by-zemanta/

  2. silvoslaf
    Member
    Plugin Author

    Posted 10 months ago #

    Hey Carter!

    Well, you came to the right place for answers. Our aggregator works more or less in the following order: 1. tags, 2. categories, 3. title + post content. This is the order in which it looks & finds relevant content from around your blog, so I suggest you do your editing in this order. :)

    Hope I haven't missed something out, but if I did, or if you have any other questions, do let me know!

    Take care & have a nice weekend!

    Silvo

  3. cartar929
    Member
    Posted 10 months ago #

    Silvo,
    That is the exact type of information that I was looking for. We will work on a tagging strategy in order to get the best results.
    Thanks for the info,
    Carter

  4. cartar929
    Member
    Posted 10 months ago #

    Just for anyone else that reads through this and has a similar question. I found some good articles here that can help point you in the right direction for category and tagging practices:
    https://managewp.com/wordpress-categories-tags-seo
    https://managewp.com/how-to-tag-effectively
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/posts/categories-vs-tags/

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