I'm not saying that it is BAD to link out to other blogs, but the way this plugin does it serves absolutely no benefit to you, but it serves all the benefit to Zemanta who will want to profit off websites who are willing to pay to be "Sponsored" or "Promoted" links.
Again, I'm not saying that linking out to other bloggers are bad... Don't get my message twisted. It's just that the design of this plugin, and the way it has to be used will make your website look tacky/cheesy, and it will drive traffic away from your website much quicker than you would have expected. It looks just like a Related Posts design, and Related Posts should have posts coming from your website, not 3rd parties. So if you plan to input this feature at the end of your blog post, you can but it'll only negatively impact your website. You want to input this feature anywhere in the middle of a post's content? Sure, but again, that's why hyperlinks exist, if people are really interested in finding out more about a certain topic. You shouldn't give them an even bigger and intrusive incentive such as this plugin to achieve this goal. And if you REALLY want to promote other blogger's websites, mind as well get paid for it right? There are tons of services who will PAY YOU to have "promoted" links show up on your website in this exact same format.
What Zemanta does is simply take you out of the equation, and keep all the equity and cash for themselves, while seeming like they are "helping" the blogger (which is you) to better connect with other bloggers. Yeah, it helps "bloggers" in general, but not YOU.
Very easy to set and very useful. thanks a lot
The plugin itself is great and allows you to customize it even further. But the best thing that comes with this package is a support team that can help you tweak it. For my case, they helped me manually replace the title with a custom field, and made my blog look awesome.
Highly recommended !
After evaluating all related posts plugins available for WordPress, we concluded that WordPress Related Posts really is the best!
The plugin offers several different styles and customization options. We found the Pinterest style the most attractive and set it up with 6 images.
Our wildlife blog has several idiosyncracies, and the support has been truly outstanding - responsive, well-informed and successful in solving problems.
Don't waste your time on the other plugins - install WordPress Related Posts - it works right out of the box!
After trying many many plugins for related posts, this was the only one that displayed correctly the posts and images. Also understood that products at a woocommerce store are not regular posts so no related posts on that!
BIG thanks for this and for the personal support! :)
I don't really understand the bad reviews; the plugin is:
- Easy to install.
You get more page views and a better SEO (internal links). I really saw the difference on my main blog before/after (InternetBusiness.fr).
It is maybe not the best plugin if you want to control/customize everything. But do you have the time and the skills for this?
After trying several related post plugins, ones that didn't show images like they said they would, trying to get yarrp to show images, etc.. This plugin is fast, lightweight weight and actually shows images right out of the box. This is an excellent choice for a simple related post plugin.
I'M SOOO EXCITED!!!!
My blog (Beauty and Health Tips) has come alive! I just implemented your last email.
I feel like screaming it right on the rooftop, and let everyone know how you have transformed my blog today!!! Take a look and see!!!!
I had my reservations initially when i saw 'Awesome Support' at the top right hand corner of my wordpress admin page, because i felt there was no harm in trying, i decided to click the support hyperlink and email my issue. I was suprised when i got your response not long after.
I really really appreciate the work you guys are doing! I don't think i have contacted support for help like this before and got a quick & efficient response and resolution.
I am very happy, and all smiles!!!
I am going to recommend this plugin to all my co-bloggers and spread the word far and wide!
Thanks to you Petra!
Plugin was easy to install, works as advertised. Got responses to my questions quickly in the support forums :-)
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