Tuesday, November 1, 2011

WordPress Thumby Related Posts

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You have a WordPress blog and you have done what is required to turn it into a fantastic high traffic web site.
You definitively achieved and continue to assure with dynamism and perseverance everything you can on developing it with rich content, SEO and internet marketing... But strangely you notice that the outcome of your efforts are not reflected on stats...

Pageviews, Avg time on Page, Bounce Rate, Ads impressions and eCPM... unfortunately  web analytics persist to be fail your expectations...

 Blow up your Web Analytics!

Improve the effectiveness of your entry pages with an attractive and a charming  related posts widget all in pictures!

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WP Thumby Related Posts can help you improve your stats because all those metrics can be better if your entry page can introduce the reader to other relevant content on your site … You get then many page views for the price of one! 
Using WP Thmuby Related Posts, when visitors come in just for one entry, clean and high-quality thumbnails will attract them to see other stuff going on on your website.


  • Support custom post types and taxonomies
  • Fully customizable widget template and style
  • Theme sidebar widget and/or after posts content widget
  • Adjustable maximum related posts number
  • Variety ensured with a random order instead of the date based order
  • Adaptable thumbnails size for well-groomed and optimized pictures
  • Customizable default thumbnail for imageless and only-text posts
  • Internal caching system for better pages load speed
  • No “insecure” third party-libraries for image processing, only internal built-in PHP and WordPress functions are used

How thumbnails are chosen?

WP Thumby Related Posts candidates are selected in the following order :
  • The plugin looks if the related post has a custom field defining an URL as a thumbnail

  • if not, it tests if a featured image was set
  • if not, it picks up the first related posts attachment
  • if the post has no attachments, it searches for any eventual inserted images directly by its URL by “grepping” the first tag from the post content
  • if not, finally the plugin doesn't throw in the towel and use the default thumbnail you already set in the plugin settings page.
    With this order, we can be certain that the most attractive image will be selected to describe the best related entry... and of course, cropped and resized images are cached for further reuse to save your server charge load.

  • The related posts algorithm 
    Bounce rate is one of the most terrifying metric for web marketers, a bounce occurs when a web site visitor only views a single page, that is, the visitor leaves a site without visiting any other pages before a specified session-timeout.
    To prevent such a behavior, WP Thumby Related Posts plugin tries to suggest relevant posts to discover for your visitors basing on posts tags.
    1. First of all, the plugin load the viewed posts tag list... if this list is empty, it turns the title into tags (What better than the title to describe the best a post? ).
    2. Those tags are searched in other posts tags, then other posts content...
    3. If no result was returned, you can optionally configure the plugin to include also categories in search, this will not be as relevant as tags but at least related posts will belong to the same viewed post segment.
    This way, only pertinent related posts that really have a strong connection with the current post are served.

    Need a tweaked algorithm for your website? Just contact me using my profile contact form and I will be happy to do my best to implement your special case
    How to add the WP Thumby Related Widget
    Just drag and drop WP Thumby Related Posts widget in the desired Widget Area.


    Full Example

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