Blogroll in WordPress, which is often found on the front page sidebar in most of the blogs and relates to link exchange policies. Blogroll is meant to manage links of your interest or the links which want to share with the fellow bloggers or readers.
Some bloggers use it as simple as it can be and some with a huge list of links under various categories and they use the same as an another big link directories.
Actually Blogroll is used to post links of the sites which you really like, you visit the same quite often or the one which you want to share useful links to your blog readers – agreed?
But now a days found that bloggers are using it for more of link exchange than linking the site which is of their interest. By this bloggers/readers like me are really missing the best resource within those 100’s of list in their Blogroll, means “more links less exposure!”.
As this Blogroll goes in sidebar of the blog and since it is very difficult to show the complete list in the sidebar, now bloggers are finding the ways to have a separate page than in the sidebar and trying to utilise that space for some other purpose.
Here are few plugins to implement Blogroll in a separate WordPress page:
Display your Blogroll links in a wordpress customized page, Blogroll Page WordPress Plugin.
WordPress Plugins: Blogroll Links Widget: This widget plugin displays the links in the sidebar as a simple drop down list (select box). If you have more link categories, every one will be shown in it’s own list. This is supposed to replace the original get_links_list() function and should be useful if you have a lot of links, but you don’t want to clutter up your sidebar with them!
Other Blogroll Plugins:
A WordPress plugin WP_LinkIt as been added to the download area. WP_LinkIt creates links in you content using your blogroll.
New and improved WordPress OPML Blogroll widget
WordPress Plugin – My Link Order, gives you manual control over the order of your WordPress link categories and links by letting you set an arbitrary order with built-in Widget support.
WordPress Plugin: Export Blogroll for del.icio.us, an easy way to export and automatically format your WordPress Blogroll for import into your del.icio.us social bookmarking account!
Here is an another interesting plugin named “Link Harvest“.
This plugin will go through all of your posts and pages and compile a list of all external links. Then it will create a linkroll for you based on your actual linking activity. You can have a full page display (like I do) or a little sidebar display. This is a complicated plugin, make sure you read the README. Instead of the standard link-roll, the list of links below is harvested from the actual content on this site (using my Link Harvest plugin for WordPress). The more links to a particular site, the higher it is on the list. Use the tools on the right side of the list to view the individual links to each site and the pages on which the links appear. You can see it in action at http://alexking.org/links
Here are the list of articles to know more about Blogroll:
Links Manager, complete documentation on how to use Blogroll and how it works.
So make sure you to KISS (Keep It Simple and Short) – I mean the links in the Blogroll :)
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