How To Add Blogger Related Posts: Step-by-Step Guide [With Code Snippet]

Blogger related posts

Blogger Related posts are a wonderful hack to catch your readers to remain on your site for a longer period of time.

I would like to recommend you to add related posts to your blogger blog, as most of the professional blogger use this feature.

The related posts to stories that are relevant and interesting to readers of a particular article keep the readers engaged with your blog, and hence increases your traffic.

Blogger related posts are useful in decreasing bounce rate by increasing the user retention. The benefits of related posts are to boost the interlinking on your blog and it’s highly helpful in SEO strategy.
We also add Breadcrumbs, Categories, Popular Posts and Archives for the very same reason.
Things like related posts are a good hack for the webmasters to hold their audience for a longer time on their blog and hence minimise the bounce rate.
Here’s what Google engineer Matt Cutt describes the importance of blogger related posts:
Since Blogger Related Posts feature is not available in blogger admin panel by default at this time, maybe in the future google understand it’s importance and update in the upcoming version.
Well, to add the Related Post feature we need to write a piece of code in our blogger theme.
Don’t worry!
The code is ready for you, just follow the instructions.

Preview:

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In the above screenshot as you can see that 5 related posts are shown with the title. See how attractive it is! You can add this to your own blog too
Here are the steps to proceed.

Step 1: Edit HTML

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In the blogger admin panel, go to Theme>Edit HTML

Step 2: Add Style to Related Post

  • In the Edit HTML, You need to find the closing head tag by pressing Ctrl+f and type
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</head>

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  • Now paste the given code before that close head tag.
<!--Related Posts with Styles Start-->
<b:if cond='data:blog.pageType == &quot;item&quot;'>
<style type='text/css'>
#related-posts { 
    float:left;
    width:auto; 
}
#related-posts h2 { 
    margin-top: 10px;
    background:none;padding:3px; 
}
#related-posts .related_img { 
    margin:5px;
    border:4px solid #f2f2f2;
    width:105px;height:105px;
    transition:all 300ms ease-in-out;
    -webkit-transition:all 300ms ease-in-out;
    -moz-transition:all 300ms ease-in-out;
    -o-transition:all 300ms ease-in-out;
    -ms-transition:all 300ms ease-in-out; 
}
#related-title {
    color: #222;
    line-height: 16px;
    padding: 0 10px;
    text-align: center;
    text-shadow: 0 2px 2px #fff;
    width: 100px;
}
#related-posts .related_img:hover{ 
    opacity:.7;
    filter:alpha(opacity=70);
    -moz-opacity:.7;
    -khtml-opacity:.7
}
#related-title:hover { 
    text-decoration: underline; 
}
</style>
<script type='text/javascript'>
//<![CDATA[
imgr=new Array();imgr[0]="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-ex3V86fj4dQ/UrCQQa4cLsI/AAAAAAAAFdA/j2FCTmGOrog/s1600/no-thumbnail.png";showRandomImg=true;aBold=true;summaryPost=400;summaryTitle=20;numposts1=12;numposts2=4;function removeHtmlTag(strx,chop){var s=strx.split("<");for(var i=0;i<s.length;i++){if(s[i].indexOf(">")!=-1){s[i]=s[i].substring(s[i].indexOf(">")+1,s[i].length)}}s=s.join("");s=s.substring(0,chop-1);return s}
  function showrecentposts1(json){j=(showRandomImg)?Math.floor((imgr.length+1)*Math.random()):0;img=new Array();if(numposts2<=json.feed.entry.length){maxpost=numposts2}else{maxpost=json.feed.entry.length}for(var i=0;i<maxpost;i++){var entry=json.feed.entry[i];var posttitle=entry.title.$t;var pcm;var posturl;if(i==json.feed.entry.length)break;for(var k=0;k<entry.link.length;k++){if(entry.link[k].rel=='alternate'){posturl=entry.link[k].href;break}}for(var k=0;k<entry.link.length;k++){if(entry.link[k].rel=='replies'&&entry.link[k].type=='text/html'){pcm=entry.link[k].title.split(" ")[0];break}}if("content"in entry){var postcontent=entry.content.$t}else if("summary"in entry){var postcontent=entry.summary.$t}else var postcontent="";postdate=entry.published.$t;if(j>imgr.length-1)j=0;img[i]=imgr[j];s=postcontent;a=s.indexOf("<img");b=s.indexOf("src="",a);c=s.indexOf(""",b+5);d=s.substr(b+5,c-b-5);if((a!=-1)&&(b!=-1)&&(c!=-1)&&(d!=""))img[i]=d;var month=[1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12];var month2=["Jan","Feb","Mar","Apr","May","Jun","Jul","Aug","Sep","Oct","Nov","Dec"];var day=postdate.split("-")[2].substring(0,2);var m=postdate.split("-")[1];var y=postdate.split("-")[0];for(var u2=0;u2<month.length;u2++){if(parseInt(m)==month[u2]){m=month2[u2];break}}var daystr=day+' '+m+' '+y;pcm='<a href="'+posturl+'">'+pcm+' comments</a>';var trtd='<div class="col_maskolis"><h2 class="posttitle"><a href="'+posturl+'">'+posttitle+'</a></h2><a href="'+posturl+'"><img class="related_img" src="'+img[i]+'"/></a><div class="clear"></div></div>';document.write(trtd);j++}}var relatedTitles=new Array();var relatedTitlesNum=0;var relatedUrls=new Array();var thumburl=new Array();function related_results_labels_thumbs(json){for(var i=0;i<json.feed.entry.length;i++){var entry=json.feed.entry[i];relatedTitles[relatedTitlesNum]=entry.title.$t;try{thumburl[relatedTitlesNum]=entry.gform_foot.url}catch(error){s=entry.content.$t;a=s.indexOf("<img");b=s.indexOf("src="",a);c=s.indexOf(""",b+5);d=s.substr(b+5,c-b-5);if((a!=-1)&&(b!=-1)&&(c!=-1)&&(d!="")){thumburl[relatedTitlesNum]=d}else thumburl[relatedTitlesNum]='http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-ex3V86fj4dQ/UrCQQa4cLsI/AAAAAAAAFdA/j2FCTmGOrog/s1600/no-thumbnail.png'}for(var k=0;k<entry.link.length;k++){if(entry.link[k].rel=='alternate'){relatedUrls[relatedTitlesNum]=entry.link[k].href;relatedTitlesNum++}}}}function removeRelatedDuplicates_thumbs(){var tmp=new Array(0);var tmp2=new Array(0);var tmp3=new Array(0);for(var i=0;i<relatedUrls.length;i++){if(!contains_thumbs(tmp,relatedUrls[i])){tmp.length+=1;tmp[tmp.length-1]=relatedUrls[i];tmp2.length+=1;tmp3.length+=1;tmp2[tmp2.length-1]=relatedTitles[i];tmp3[tmp3.length-1]=thumburl[i]}}relatedTitles=tmp2;relatedUrls=tmp;thumburl=tmp3}function contains_thumbs(a,e){for(var j=0;j<a.length;j++)if(a[j]==e)return true;return false}function printRelatedLabels_thumbs(){for(var i=0;i<relatedUrls.length;i++){if((relatedUrls[i]==currentposturl)||(!(relatedTitles[i]))){relatedUrls.splice(i,1);relatedTitles.splice(i,1);thumburl.splice(i,1);i--}}var r=Math.floor((relatedTitles.length-1)*Math.random());var i=0;if(relatedTitles.length>0)document.write('<h2>'+relatedpoststitle+'</h2>');document.write('<div style="clear: both;"/>');while(i<relatedTitles.length&&i<20&&i<maxresults){document.write('<a style="text-decoration:none;margin:0 4px 10px 0;float:left;');if(i!=0)document.write('"');else document.write('"');document.write(' href="'+relatedUrls[r]+'"><img class="related_img" src="'+thumburl[r]+'"/><br/><div id="related-title">'+relatedTitles[r]+'</div></a>');if(r<relatedTitles.length-1){r++}else{r=0}i++}document.write('</div>');relatedUrls.splice(0,relatedUrls.length);thumburl.splice(0,thumburl.length);relatedTitles.splice(0,relatedTitles.length)}
//]]>
</script>
</b:if>
<!--Related Posts with Styles End-->
Here you go! You’ve successfully added the blogger related posts. Refresh the page and see.
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