---- Ranking Loss Following WP 'Related Posts' Plugin Installation
Robert_Charlton - 8:08 pm on Dec 17, 2012 (gmt 0)
I dont think the Plugin had any issues but since each page consisted of only 2-3 sentences and had 5-10 related links, Google may have thought the amount of useful content was too low for users.
These sound like tag pages by another name.
I'd think it would be far preferable to add links to related posts to pages containing individual articles... and in fact I think that's what most of us did assume. As Sgt_Kickaxe mentioned...
I can say without a doubt that displaying links to related content is a GOOD thing.
It's not clear after this discussion whether your "articles" were only 2-3 sentences long (and your related links kind of overwhelmed them), or whether this plug-in was creating new pages (like tag pages) just for the related links.
If the articles are that short, I'm guessing that you should look into beefing them up... as I think a site with content that sparse is likely to run into other problems down the road.