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  • SunnyJim

    (@sunnyjim)


    I am currently working on transitioning my MT blog over to WordPress. I am curious, though, if there is anything that might work like MTGoogleSearch. I would like to include a list of related links found via the Google.

    The concept is explained here:
    http://www.sifry.com/alerts/archives/000045.html

    An example of such “Related Links” can be seen here:
    http://www.highway4.org/diversions/burning_ring_of_fire.html

    Supposedly, such links can help with search engine optimization. The results of a php implementation/plugin would probably need to be cached in order to ensure that a large site does not abuse the Google API license key.

    So, does anyone know of such a plugin/script?

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  • davidchait

    (@davidchait)

    Is it showing INTERNAL related links? If so, there’s a number of non-google plugins/methods already available.

    Otherwise, yes, something similar would need to be converted into PHP code equivalent — not that difficult to do certainly.

    It should have minimal impact on SEO if it’s NOT internal-only links. If it IS, then other plugins might do a decent job as well. But other methods/approaches are sure to make a much bigger impact on SEO than a blind google search on title words…

    -d

    SunnyJim

    (@sunnyjim)

    Thanks for the reply, David.

    I am talking about external links. You are correct that internal links help SEO — but that is primarily by spreading your Page Rank out over your site.

    However, external links to relevant sites do improve your Page Rank — at least in Google’s eyes. See the article at
    http://www.nicholascarvan.com/blog/optimizing_your_movabletype_blog_for_google.html on optimizing a MovableType blog for Google. Nicholas writes:

    Increasingly, Google is liking sites that link out. Remember what I said about Google coming to favour the context of links? By linking from a blog post to other pages on similar subjects, you are helping Google to identify what your own post is about – which can help you rank higher.

    The trick is not to link out just based on the title but to use key words which is what I used to do on my blog. It seemed to help. After implementing such a function, my site moved to the top of some searches.

    I suppose something similar could be done with de-li-cious tags but I don’t know quite how reliable they are. Using Google at least gets you Google’s top links for those key words which, I would assume, are already linked pretty high. In addition, it would seem to benefit the reader as they would have recent relevant links to continue reading about the topic.

    davidchait

    (@davidchait)

    Given that there’s been at least two refreshes in the last 18 months, I wouldn’t give much credence to that old an article on specific algorithms (or a single article, for that matter) — however, the general concepts it puts forth are great.

    I get the basic concept you are after. If in fact google ‘needs’ more context than you give it, or gives an individual page a bit more rank based on outgoing links, then I guess that might be an interesting plugin. But I think you’d be better off telling google what links YOU think are relevant to the topic, whether internal or external — a given set of keywords might get you the top 10 articles for those keywords at google, but they might be useless to ‘mapping’ your article in the cosmos. 😉 😉

    -d

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