I love testing new things out (which is partly why I love blogging so much). And I love how this community responds to change (a little bit better than most).
As you already know, we’re not shy about testing new features through these blogs, so here’s a new feature we’re testing: Google’s Related Links.
Some cool things of note of why I’m interested in keeping it long term (and why I may not):
Yes, Let’s Keep It
- As you can see above, it’s pretty customizable.
- Although it limits me to 8 links, that’s honestly more than enough.
- Statistics! See screenshot below. It can provide basic statistics on pageviews and click-thrus.
- Highlighted search! If you come through Google to one of our sites it’ll automatically highlight the keywords for you. Neato.
A search above returns the highlighted portions below:
- Although I don’t know Google’s logic and algorithms I honestly can trust their search results.
- I also like their “Related Searches” feature.
You can see these changes just below the content and before the comments:
Why We Shouldn’t Keep It
- We lose a bit of control in styling. For example, I used to have a little bullet next to each return.
- Google’s logic… can it be trusted?
- I can’t change the title or the linking of the title. Oh well.
- Very much in BETA in Google Labs.
One of the biggest reasons that I’d like to keep it is that I am pretty much fed up with the “Yet Another Related Posts Plugin” for WordPress. It’s a great plugin, don’t get me wrong, but it’s so database heavy it makes me cry. To put it simply, it requires a lot of database requests to pull it’s data and that provides load on my servers and slows things down.
Although this technically isn’t an issue with my W3 Total Cache that’s keeping everything zippy, the plugin also requires updates all the time, which is a good thing unless you customize the css and the core files, which I do all the time.
I’m going to try Google’s answer to “Related Links” for a bit, but I’d love your feedback as we test it for a bit!