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Plugin Review: “Where Did They Go From Here?”

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Ajay D’Souza who regularly writes on Weblog Tools Collection had recently updated a plugin called ‘Where did they go from here?‘.  Originally developed by Mark Ghosh, this plugin keeps track of where your readers go after reading a post and displays this list at the end of your post.  This works just like Amazon’s “Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought” feature on their product page.

I never noticed this plugin before and I’m quite surprised that I have missed it considering how useful it is.

What makes it special?

Now you might think that this is just another related posts plugin, but actually it is not.  With related posts, you are using predetermined algorithms to pick related posts.  With this plugin, you let your visitors’ behavior decide which posts are related.

Having a combination of both a related posts plugin and this “Where did they go from here?” plugin can go a long way towards reducing your visitor bounce rate.  I have taken the dive and installed it on my blog.  Installation and setup was extremely easy (most likely because of Ajay’s admin facelift).  You can see in action it at the end of this post.

Minor drawback

Of course no software is perfect.  The only thing I don’t like about the plugin is that upon initial activation, you will see something like “Readers who viewed this post also viewed: -N/A” for all of your posts.  For a not so heavy traffic blog like mine, this will probably stay on some my post pages for a week or so depending on how popular they are.  It would be a bit cleaner to not display the plugin text at all if there are no records of visitors from that post page.

Bottom line

Overall I am quite impressed with the plugin for its usefulness and ease of installation.  I give it 5 stars and encourage you to check it out for yourself.  The 5-minute installation can help you reduce your bounce rate dramatically.

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5 Responses to “Plugin Review: “Where Did They Go From Here?””

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  1. redwall_hp

    So if you link to a few of your posts in the article that is being read, the "Where Did They Go From Here?" list would mostly be those then?

    Well that's helpful. ;)

  2. Ajay

    Thanks for the review Thaya. I'll be updating the plugin with quite a few changes. Especially not displaying anything as long no visited posts are found.

  3. Thaya Kareeson

    @Ajay
    Great! I'm looking forward to the update!

  4. redwall_hp

    Well, it seems to be working out that way for you. It's showing links from your Recent tab in the sidebar. Let me know if it increases your pageviews (per unique) or anything. :)

  5. Thaya Kareeson

    @redwall_hp
    hehe… it doesn't sound so good if you put it that way. I still like it though since, a lot of people click through to other posts via my sidebar links. It serves as a good summary of "what's the most interesting page to go to from here".

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