What is LinkWithin?:
LinkWithin is a free plugin for your Web site. Its purpose is to promote other posts within your blog / site, generating more traffic.
Visit LinkWithin to get started.
While it works on a number of platforms, including WordPress (self-hosted), Blogger, TypePad and other - you'll see this in use more on WordPress sites more than any other.
Their slogan is: Free. No ads. No signups. More traffic. Doesn't get much better than that, does it?
Why I Love LinkWithin:
- First of all, its free. Nothing wrong with that. But it isn't like many free tools. It works like a premium plug-in.
- You don't need to register to use it. Simply fill out three fields (email, blog link and platform), download the plug-in and you're good to go.
- It adds visual interest to the blog - adding from 3-5 thumbnails with titles/links at the bottom of every post.
- But the most important reason I love LinkWithin, is that is works! Its sole reason is to generate more page views - and works amazingly. Because it is located at the bottom of each post, it encourages readers to click and read more on the same topic.
What are Related Posts?:
Related posts are pretty self explanatory. They are posts that contextually match the current post. They are important because if the reader is interested in the current post (which we'll assume they are, if they've read to the bottom) then they'll likely be interested in posts that discuss similar topics.
How LinkWithin Works:
LinkWithin considers other posts in your database based on context: keywords, tags, categories and titles and makes a set of up to five posts that are similar to the original post. It then generates a thumbnail image for each post and displays them along the bottom of the post.
Using a free tool like Site Stats (by Jetpack - a WordPress.com connection) allows you to see what type and quantity of traffic is being generated by the plug-in. The referral link will look something like: widget2.linkwithin.com/redirect?url= followed by the url that is sent to.
How to set it up:
To get started, visit LinkWithin to get started. You'll need to know just five things:
- email: this is for support issues, not an email newsletter
- blog link: not your domain name, but your blog homepage
- platform: WordPress (self-hosted), Blogger, TypePad
- number of stories: choose from 3-5
- light or dark color scheme: light is default
Simply fill out five fields. You will be directed to a download page for your unique plugin. Download the zipped plugin and then upload inside of your WordPress dashboard in the Plugin tab.
For an example of LinkWithin in action, check out GringosAbroad and scroll to the bottom of the post.
How Much Space Does LinkWithin Take?:
I use a width of five stories on all my blogs. The height is around 230 pixels and each story has a width of around 120 pixels. So a five story installation will be around 230px high by 600px wide. A three story install would be 230px high by 360px. It really depends your blog.
What LinkWithin Does for Traffic:
The LinkWithin plug-in generates significant traffic on my sites. It is currently installed on three of my four blogs. It generates more clicks within my site than any other navigation tool. If I had to choose just one navigation plugin - it would be this one. LinkWithin generates more traffic than our newsletter and Facebook community combined.
Something to keep in mind: Because the plug-in works on context, it will have problems if you don't have much content. I've noticed that until I had over 30 posts it wasn't that effective. If you don't use "featured images" in your blog, it will return results as links only - without thumbnails.