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Thursday, February 5, 2009

3 best ways to display most recent blog posts

Displaying recent posts prominently in your blog is one of the best ways to make your blog visitors to stay in your blog for a longer time. This will help your visitors to select interesting posts easily.Many people suggests that through recent posts widget you can rectify some of the indexing and crawling problems of search engines. We can display the recent posts in different ways.

Method 1
Go to the layout menu and click 'Add a Gadget' tab. Click add Feed ie Add content from an RSS or Atom feed to your blog. Add your rss or atom feed url in the feed box.

Your feed will be like this

Replace 'Yourblog' with your blog name. Click Continue.The head lines will be retrieved. Customize the heading to most recent post and click save. You will be able to display upto 5 most recent posts through this method. You can display the 5 recent comments also through this method buy giving the comment feed instead of site feed in the feed box.

Method 2
You can configure a java script from blog buster which will allow you to display more than 5 recent posts from your blog. Configuration process is simple but it has to run a JavaScript from blogbuster and hence is not a very efficient method.

Method 3
This method uses Feedburner and is the one which I generally use in my blogs. It is possible to display first 20 words from the blog post along with the blog title using this method. Go to FeedBurner and if you have already burned your feed for the blog, go to the feed and click the publicize tab.

Click the BuzzBoost-Republish your feed as html- tab.

Customize the widget to suit your requirements and click 'activate'. You will get the code which you can add to your blog. The advantage of this method is that it is highly customizable to suit your requirements.

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