A couple of days ago I noticed a new feature on my WordPress blogs. At the end of each post, there is now a list of “possibly related posts”. I’ll let WordPress explain it (http://wordpress.com/blog/2008/04/25/possibly-an-announcement/):
In a feature we’re calling possibly related posts we’ll now try to show posts related to yours a little section at the end. If we find any posts on your blog that are related, we’ll put those at the very top and in bold. Next we’ll show other posts from around WordPress.com, and finally we’ll check if there’s anything in the mainstream media.
The result is a handful of links that should provide you and your visitors something interesting to check out. On blogs that cover the same topics frequently related posts could cause a 5-10% increase in traffic overnight. You could also start to see traffic from lots of other blogs. It’s a bit of an experiment, and we’ll be tweaking it a lot based on your feedback and the data that we collect once everything is live.
I can’t decide if I like it or not. OK I guess I like my links on other blogs but I don’t necessarily like other links on my blog. If I wanted that link there, I would have put it there. There is a way to remove the feature:
If you want to remove the related posts from your blog entirely, just go to Design > Extras and check the box to do so. But if you remove related posts from your blog we’ll remove you from other people’s blogs, so you won’t get traffic from that.
I have removed the feature from my personal blog (http://10qs.wordpress.com/), but left it on the others (https://byteoftheweek.wordpress.com/). That way I can see if there is an impact on the traffic. (Also I’m not necessarily looking for traffic to my personal site.)