Related Posts Plugins. Do they increase dwell time?
For all the bloggers out there (that’s most of you participating here), it’s always worth learning from our successes and failures with blog design and maintenance, and sharing any plugins that are particularly useful.
However what I haven’t found useful are related posts plugins. I’ve been using Efficient Related Posts, which is a very easy to use and very powerful plugin, but if you look at just some stats from the other day below, you’ll see that only 1 of the 5 recommended posts had much traffic, and that was because it was the post from the day before:
Plugins like this catch me – I always open up the related posts in other tabs – but the stats here are saying that they aren’t working.
I do wonder whether having it as a sidebar widget with pictures would work better. I have this plugin ready to go, so I’ll try it and let you know how it fares.
You’ll also notice I’ve left my pageviews in. I’ve done this to show that whilst I get very bad traffic but most people’s standards, even with that traffic I get about 20 – 30 comments a day. That is the value of a value based blogging.
Your Leading Thoughts
- Do you use related post plugins, and if so, what success have you found with them?
- Is there a better way to increase dwell time? (That is, the amount of time someone stays on your site for.)