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I can also say that making changes to an existing site, such as by adding 7 new links to every page, may cause Google to re-evaluate your site which, in turn, may affect rankings at least temporarily.I am hoping its temporary. I did listen to your advice and replaced the plugin with what you suggested.
This is very popular plugin and it has never made any issue.Yes, I learned about it in an article stating the top 20 plugins. However, maybe the change in number of Links may have caused a penalty.
I would simply wait and ensure that the "Related Posts" not change (which means that they are just generated once).Wouldn't that be impossible considering that New Posts may change several older posts under the Related Link Section?
[edited by: dailypress at 2:41 pm (utc) on Nov 2, 2012]
Still, I would place my bets with those thinking Google is just re-crunching your site in light of these new links, and in the long run it'll all be good.I am hoping that's the case but a sudden drop to <10 referrals/day worries me especially considering the time I put into this site. I'll simply have to wait and see.
Wouldn't that be impossible considering that New Posts may change several older posts under the Related Link Section?
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.
I can say without a doubt that displaying links to related content is a GOOD thing.