A Simple Related Posts Widget For Blogger

In the last tutorial, we wrote about how to add the Related Posts widget with thumbnails in Blogger to display related posts from the same category based on the given labels, which would appear just at the end of your blog posts. However, maybe some of you may prefer a simple version of this related posts widget to display only the posts titles.

If you want to add it, follow the next steps below:

simple related posts widget


How to add Related Posts Widget to Blogger

Step 1. Go to 'Template' and hit the 'Edit HTML' button.

Step 2. Once the template editor opens, click anywhere inside the code area and press the CTRL + F keys, then type the following tag inside the search box (hit Enter to find it):
</head>
Step 3. Just above the </head> tag, paste the following CSS code:
<b:if cond='data:blog.pageType == &quot;item&quot;'><style type='text/css'>
#related-posts {
margin: 15px 0px;
}
#related-posts h2 {
font-size: 27px;
font-weight: normal;
color: #fff;
text-shadow: 1px 0px 2px #888;
margin-bottom: 0.75em;
}
#related-posts a {
font-size: 13px;
color: #949494;
text-transform: capitalize;
border-bottom:1px dotted #E2E2E2;
display:block;
padding:13px;
text-decoration: none;
}
#related-posts a:hover {
color: #555;
background: #F4F4F4;
}
#related-posts ul {
padding: 0px;
list-style-type: none;
background: #f9f9f9;
border-left: 5px solid #f2f2f2;
}
#related-posts li {
padding: 0px;
}
</style>
<script type='text/javascript'>
var relatedpoststitle=&quot;Related Posts&quot;;
</script>
<script type='text/javascript'>
//<![CDATA[
var relatedTitles=new Array();var relatedTitlesNum=0;var relatedUrls=new Array();function related_results_labels(json){for(var i=0;i<json.feed.entry.length;i++){var entry=json.feed.entry[i];relatedTitles[relatedTitlesNum]=entry.title.$t;for(var k=0;k<entry.link.length;k++){if(entry.link[k].rel=='alternate'){relatedUrls[relatedTitlesNum]=entry.link[k].href;relatedTitlesNum++;break}}}}function removeRelatedDuplicates(){var tmp=new Array(0);var tmp2=new Array(0);for(var i=0;i<relatedUrls.length;i++){if(!contains(tmp,relatedUrls[i])){tmp.length+=1;tmp[tmp.length-1]=relatedUrls[i];tmp2.length+=1;tmp2[tmp2.length-1]=relatedTitles[i]}}relatedTitles=tmp2;relatedUrls=tmp}function contains(a,e){for(var j=0;j<a.length;j++){if(a[j]==e){return true}};return false}function printRelatedLabels(currenturl){for(var i=0;i<relatedUrls.length;i++){if(relatedUrls[i]==currenturl){relatedUrls.splice(i,1);relatedTitles.splice(i,1)}}var r=Math.floor((relatedTitles.length-1)*Math.random());var i=0;if(relatedTitles.length>1){document.write('<h2>'+relatedpoststitle+'</h2>')}document.write('<ul>');while(i<relatedTitles.length&&i<20&&i<maxresults){document.write('<li><a href="'+relatedUrls[r]+'">'+relatedTitles[r]+'</a></li>');if(r<relatedTitles.length-1){r++}else{r=0}i++}document.write('</ul>');relatedUrls.splice(0,relatedUrls.length);relatedTitles.splice(0,relatedTitles.length);}
//]]>
</script></b:if>

Customizing Simple Related Posts widget for Blogger

- To change the size (27px) and color (#fff) of 'Related Posts' title, change the values in red.
- For the related post link color, replace the #949494 value in green.
- To change the background color, replace the #f9f9f9 hex color in red.
- For the background color on mouseover, change the #F4F4F4 value in red.

Note: You can use this Color code generator to pick your favourite color.

Step 4. Now that we added the script to make the related posts work, we need to add the code that will display it at the end of our blog posts. Find the line below:
<b:includable id='postQuickEdit' var='post'>
Step 5. Once you found it, you need to click the sideways arrow that will expand the code. Scroll down until you find the </b:includable> tag - see the screenshot for more info:



Step 6. Just above the </b:includable> tag, paste the code below:
<b:if cond='data:blog.pageType == &quot;item&quot;'><div id='related-posts'> <b:loop values='data:post.labels' var='label'> <b:if cond='data:label.isLast != &quot;true&quot;'> </b:if> <b:if cond='data:blog.pageType == &quot;item&quot;'> <script expr:src='&quot;/feeds/posts/default/-/&quot; + data:label.name + &quot;?alt=json-in-script&amp;callback=related_results_labels&amp;max-results=6&quot;' type='text/javascript'/></b:if></b:loop>
<script type='text/javascript'> var maxresults=5; removeRelatedDuplicates(); printRelatedLabels(&quot;<data:post.url/>&quot;); </script><a style="font-size: 9px; color: #CECECE; float: right;" href="http://helplogger.blogspot.com/2012/04/simple-related-posts-widget-for-blogger.html" rel="nofollow" >Simple Related Posts Widget</a></div></b:if>
Note: To change the number of maximum related posts for each label, change the "5" value from max-results=5

Step 7. Save the changes by clicking the 'Save Template' button and visit your blog. Now, go to any of your posts to see this simple related posts widget for Blogger in action.

48 comments:

  1. Hi

    I tried the code but it didn't work with me , plz help
    www.umdeema.com

    thanks

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    1. Hello,

      Add the same labels to your related posts, otherwise it's not working. Or you can try adding the code from step 5 after <data:post.body/>

      Good luck. And thanks for visiting!

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  2. Wow...this was a great post. I have already implemented this code in my blog.

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  3. It worked for me! Thanks! Thanks and Thanks. Look at a glance- www.healthy24.net, simple but how nice!

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  4. Great job. Thanks for sharing.

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  5. This is the shortest code I ever find for related post, thanks a lot for sharing this blogger SEO widget.

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  6. It doesn't work to my blog, I did what is your instructions but nothing happens. I have the same labels. linkwthin works but not yours.. please help!.

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    1. Try to add the code from step 5 just after <data:post.body/> and see if it works. Sorry for the very belated answer..

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  7. Yeah Thanks... This is Work.. But Related Post With Thumbnail doesn't Work in my blog... Link Within doesn't Work too... Only This That Work in my blog, if you have a spare times, please tell me Why? :) ... THank You Very Much :)

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  8. Thanks its working nice.But the title "Related posts" is not showing up

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  9. mantap... very nice blog... a have doing it..

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  10. working excellentely thanks a lot.
    I was looking for such an easy tutorial from a long time your one is really very good.

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  11. Hi, I don't have either of the Step 4 lines in my template html - is there another line I can look for? Thank you!!

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  12. Doesn't work for me at all. Tried both setups would you be able to help me out? Thanks!

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  13. Hi,İ did it but did not appear as I wanted,could you pls help me

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  14. Dosent find the code div class='post-footer'

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  15. works cool great tutorial for related post works perfectly

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  16. Nice, though I'm trying to figure out on which labels it's based on. Thanks! allsignlanguage.blogspot.com

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  17. Perfect..just perfect...worked for me ...thank you.

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  18. Hmmm...it doesn't work.

    And there're 3 places in the Template scripts that contain .

    Cheers

    http://ramblerwithoutborders.blogspot.com

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  19. sorry,it doesn't work for me....

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  20. I've been looking for this and tried to implement but it didn't work for me. I dunno why.

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  21. thanks, this widget is very good and simple

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  22. thanks very much, this is the best for me

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  23. great work dude, this is the best a simple related posts :D

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  24. It works perfect, Man! Great work!

    I'm just wondering if there's a way to avoid that the post itself appears in the "related posts" list.

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  25. Many thanks, it worked on my blog.

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  26. I dont Know why but Not Working..

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  27. Thanks for the great widget! In my theme I have two [div class='post-footer'] so I had to put code from step 5 after the second one in order to make it work. However I found one significant issue: it prints a link to the current post (itself) as related post.

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  28. To remove the post itself from related list just replace data:post.url with data:post.canonicalUrl in code from step 5. Easy!

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  29. This is not working http://www.dailyfresher.com

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  30. thank but, but i dont see Related Posts tittle, how can i fix?

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  31. its not working for me www.tusst.com

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  32. bro, it doesn't work.

    hopefully you can update this and if it can be used in blog post or static page, that would be... awesome....

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  33. Thanks alot, Http://nobleloaded.blogspot.com

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