Sometimes the answers they have been looking for hours, days or weeks could be lies in one of the related posts / articles - making it easier to discover the relevant information.
LinkWithin is a solution that easy to install and unlike other services, no sign up is required either. But the post-implementation control over the widget is very limited and it doesn't provide the insights like nRelate does.
Personally, I've been using nRelate on this blog until they retire from their service. It was enriched with many advanced options I truly admired and offered statistics for the related posts too.
Now that nRelate has discontinued its service, I had to look for more alternatives. If you prefer more control over a widget, this post is exploring a new solution that you might also be interested in - Outbrain.
Further, it will allow you to manually remove irrelevant recommendations from the widget. And as this widget inherits the colors and styles of your blog, mostly it blends in with your template too.
However Outbrain prohibit installing their widget on blogs that promote some content types,
Simple Approach: You will only have to follow the first couple of steps to integrate the widget on your blog.
Advanced Approach: You will have to follow all the steps, but you can grab the code snippet for the widget and it allows you to place the widget where you want it to be displayed on your blog. So you don't have to settle with the default placement of the widget.
As always, eventually, it comes down to your preference. Now let's take a look how you can display recommendations on your blog with Outbrain.
1. Register for a new Outbrain account and activate your account following the confirmation email.
2. Navigate to Get Outbrain Widget page.
3. Select the recommendation type you prefer - Text or Thumbnail. You can preview the widget as you select.
5. Now enter your blog address and select the preferred language for your widget.
6. Tick on to agree with Outbrain terms and click Get Code button.
and claim code,
to be inserted into your template.
11. Search for following tag within your template
* Adding below <data:post.body/> will place your button under the post. If you need to place it elsewhere on post page, read How to Position Elements on a Blogger Post Page.
* You may encounter two search results for <data:post.body/>. Add this code right after the first resulted line of code.
14. Search for below tag within the template.
15. Paste the Claim code right before the </body> line.
16. Save the template.
17. Now navigate to Manage Blogs page at Outbrain.
18. You will find your blog listed under pending blog claims. Click Check Now! link.
19. If the verification was successful, you will be notified.
20. Now refresh the page and you will find Report and Settings are listed under the Actions.
21. You're all set up to use Outbrain Recommendation widget on your blog now.
* You can customize your widget anytime from Settings - The language, number of recommendations and the widget type.
* In case if you find Outbrain is displaying a recommendation that doesn't seem to relate to a post, you can remove it by clicking the red X icon next to the recommendation in question.
* Further information on this widget is available at Blog Widget FAQ.