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External Related Posts

Grabs related links from Google Blog Search, inserts a link to them into your post and gives them a pingback.

The links I'm getting suck, they're barely relevant at all.

External Related Posts uses either your post's tags, categories, or title to search for related blogs. Try changing your tags, categories or title -- this will also change the results you get.

External Related Posts isn't working! My posts don't have any links.

Not every post will return results. There are a few potential reasons for this:

  • Chance of running External Related Posts contains a setting that determines how frequently it runs. If "Chance of running" is not 100%, then not every post will activate External Related Posts.
  • Use tags, categories, or a custom taxonomy External Related Posts uses either your post's tags, categories, or custom taxonomy to search for related blogs. If you're not getting many results, try changing which one you use.
  • Search criteria Try using different tags/categories/taxonomy term. For example, if External Related Posts is searching by tags, try changing which tags you're using. Do your own manual Google Blog Search with your terms and see what results come up.
  • Verify blog is accepting pingbacks Not every blog accepts pingbacks. You may not get pingbacks, but you will get links.
  • Wait a few days and try again Google Blog Search is always indexing new posts. If you're not getting any results, go back and re-publish your post at a later date and hope that someone has a post that matches your criteria.
  • Number of results In External Related Posts settings, increase the number of results to get from blog search. Note that this will increase the time it takes to publish your post.

Why does it take so long to post articles now?

External Related Posts needs to fetch and process Google search results in order to do its job.

Why do I get a "Page not found" error when posting?

The script is either running out of memory or executing for too long.

This can be remedied in two ways:

  • Increase PHP's max_execution_time and/or memory_limit in your php.ini, or
  • Reduce the "Number of links to make"

How can I prevent External Related Posts from running on a given post?

Set "Chance of Running" to 0% until you want to use it again.

How can I re-ping a given post?

Delete the previously added links (including the title added by External Related Posts) from the post.

Why don't my pingbacks show up at the sites I'm pinging?

  • Blog owners may delete your pingbacks.
  • Blog owners may mark your pingbacks as spam.
  • If you've been spammy with pingbacks in the past, your new pingbacks might be marked as spam by anti-ping-spam plugins.

Requires: 3.2 or higher
Compatible up to: 3.2.1
Last Updated: 5 years ago
Active Installs: 50+


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