In relation to your Related Posts, When a person visits your blog you want them to stay for as long as possible. The best ways to keep potential visitors interested, is to show them other content on your blog that may be related to the post they are currently reading. The way i did this is by the ‘Related Posts‘ plugin. Upload using your FTP client into the wp-content > plugins folder, then login to your admin panel in wordpress and activate the plugin from the ‘Plugins’ page.
You can use “Site-maps” also to get the most traffic from search engines like Google Chrome, and Firefox. It is best to get as many of your pages indexed as possible. To do this, install theGoogle Sitemaps plugin. Upload it into wp-content > plugins via FTP and then activate from the Plugins page. This will then create an XML file that Googlebot can spider and then find all your content. You’ll need a Sitemaps account though where you can register your new Sitemap.
Also, Keep It Fresh. Search engines love fresh content. So when you are posting regularly you will find that Googlebot / Slurp / MSNbot will come round more often to spider your fresh content. One tip to suggest is to use the timed post feature to release posts that you have prepared for the future. This comes in particularly handy when you are off on holiday somewhere without any internet access. To set a date and time for a release date, click on ‘Post Timestamp’ and select your date and time.
Can you make it Unique? Keeping your content unique, takes away the risk of being penalised for duplicating content. Although it can be easy, and tempting to copy and paste someone elses content, or use a syndicated article, you will not benefit from it.
Building Backlinks are used to get more traffic. Ideally other blogs will like what you write and link to you, but if you are just starting out and need a little exposure then submit your blog to one of the many blog directories. Other ways to get backlinks is via commenting on other blogs and using trackbacks.
Take advantage of social sites also like Digg, Del.icio.us, Bebo and Myspace. One of the best ways to get your content out there, and exposed, is to install the ‘Sociable‘ plugin. All you need to do is upload into wp-content > plugins then activate from the Plugins page. Each of your posts will now have a link to submit it to one of many social websites. I find that if a story gets picked up on one of these sites it can go viral … so install Sociable ASAP!