I recently installed the LinkWithin widget for thoo2 who always wanted a more pictorial way of presenting links to related content below each post over at her blog. LinkWithin just happens to be one such free(!) service which fits her needs admirably and comes without any annoying ads (yet )
Heck, the cool people at LinkWithin don’t even require you to register an account to get the widget (currently available for Blogger, WordPress and Typepad blogs). Installation for these blogs is a breeze – simply download the widget, follow the instructions at linkwithin.com and you’re done.
Of course, there’s a catch to LinkWithin being freely available – whenever anyone clicks on a link via the widget, it redirects to LinkWithin’s servers before navigating to the original link. While the redirection is very quick and unobstrusive, those concerned with privacy and data-tracking might want to take note of this little issue before installing it on their blogs. I personally assume it’s for statistics tracking at Linkwithin’s end but don’t take my word for it
For most bloggers, the LinkWithin widget is definitely a quick and very attractive way to add a related content section to each post automatically. I’m very sure that the automated selection of related links for each post will never be as relevant as manually handpicked links but there’s a price to pay for laziness, you know
Check out LinkWithin.
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