There are many reasons for linking to posts within your own blog, the very least being that it may have some SEO advantages. Three that come to mind include;
It can tie in other posts that may be relevant to the one you are writing at the moment.
Resurrecting old posts so that it brings peoples attention back to those posts.
Keeps readers on your blog longer if they choose to follow your links
One blogger that does this well is Mitch and his post Top Three Do’s and Don’ts is a good example of how this is done. Take note that he also links to other blogs which some bloggers of note say is critical to blog growth.
The thing is that all this takes time and many bloggers will not take the time necessary to link between their own posts. Yep, I reckon I am one of them, which is why I was pretty happy to come across YARRP, Yet Another Relatated Posts Plugin. Once installed and configured this plugin will find other posts within your blog and place ‘Related Posts’ links at the end of your posts, a great way of introducing related articles to the readers of a blog.
EDIT: According to s couple of my blogging mates, Stratos, author of Blogger Buddy, and Donace, Of Nexus, YARRP is a little CPU hungry and I’ve learned in a previous post how using too much CPU can be detrimental to your WordPress Blog. Now I’ve learned before that on occasion, this being one of them, it pays to listen to your friends and so I’ve installed Microkid’s Related Posts plugin istead. I reckon even Mitch will like this plugin as it gives you complete control of which related posts you want to include. Like the author says;
This plugin makes it super easy to manually select related posts. You can search and select posts that fit your criteria, all from within the write/edit post screen.
So, thanks for the tip guys, I like this plugin a whole lot better, and sometime this century I will go over my old posts to find Related Posts but at least I will use it for all my new posts.
When people market their blogs or websites they usually target either a keyword or a set of keywords that they want to achieve a high ranking for in the search engines. The reason for this being, if done correctly, when a person types that particular keyword or string of keywords then their blog or website is listed right at the top of the search page if not somewhere on page one of any particular search engine.
Personally I couldn’t be bothered with all that as I find it boring and time consuming. Still, having said that I find it interesting, if not amusing, some of the terms that people use that lead them to my blogs. I just want to share some of them with you.
melbourne mayor 2009: This actually ranked as no.4 and points to my Melbourne Mayor Is Full Of Shit Post, which I find amusing because it seems that the only way this poor excuse for a mayor can get noticed is by slagging off at other cities.
mastering thesis theme: This one actually made it to n0.2 and the word that helped it to get to those heights was ‘mastering’ so it just goes to show how important it is to pick the right word. Before I forget it pointed to my My First Impression Of The Thesis Theme.
cool blog links: Still ranked no.1 and every time this search term is used it leads straight to my Cool Blog Links site which may be a good reason to join, don’t you think?
london bridge before collapse: The Collapse Of The Great London Bridge ranked no.4 and shows the importance posting more than just photos on your photo blog. Think about it for a bit, if all you post is a photo how are the search engines going to find you. The title alone probably won’t be enough.
bullshit.com: I was pretty disappointed when I found out that someone beat me to the bullshit.com domain, but it’s not all that bad as my blog still ranks as no.4 even for that search term.
So, what does all this prove? That keywords are important and that by using them in your title as well as your post will usually improve your SERP rankings. I say usually because you never know what Google is going to do.
My intention for Wassup Blog has always been to inform and to entertain in the hope that if I achieve this more and more people will return to see what new content I’ve come up with. This has never been a niche blog and was never intended as such. I have posted on a variety of subjects from blogging tips to making money with a few of my own short stories thrown in. I think that I have been succeeding as I’ve noticed a definite increase in Wassup’s readership.
This post falls into the entertainment category. It’s a video from the Barely Political Series featuring the sexy Obama Girl. The video was produced as a fun reaction to Obama Barack’s stimulus package. I’ve seen a few of these and I must say that this is definitely one of the better ones.
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