Arkayne Review – Display Related Posts Around the Web

February 11, 2008 - Written by Gyutae Park  

arkayne.gifAre you using a related posts plugin on your blog? If so, you might be interested in Arkayne, a site that automatically links your pages to similar content around the web. All you have to do is simply install a widget on your site and Arkayne will compare your post against thousands of others to serve up relevant articles in the system.

Currently, widgets are available for both WordPress and Blogger and embedded Javascript source code can also be placed on any page. Widgets can be customized to blend into the theme of your site and are fully configurable including the adjustment of the number of links displayed and the minimum relevancy required. If this sounds interesting to you, visit the Arkayne website and give it a shot.

An example widget is shown below.

Screen shots of the WordPress backend

My thoughts

In theory, Arkayne sounds great. It’s a great way to direct your readers to related content they would be interested in and to receive targeted traffic from related sites. In a perfect world, that’s awesome. More realistically however, something like this is difficult to accomplish. Since individual blogs must sign up and install a widget to be included in the index, most of the best content will not be linked to. The quality of the sites using the program right now isn’t the best, but it should improve as Arkayne gains popularity and more acceptance in the blogging world. You can view some of Arkayne’s featured articles here: New Links at Arkayne

Another concern with the program is spam and abuse. Like any method of attaining traffic, Arkayne is subject to people taking advantage of it for their own gain. Blog Rush is a similar project that saw great success early on but died out because of issues with spam. In the end, it just didn’t provide value to users. Will Arkayne be able to fare better? We’ll just have to wait and see.

If you’d like to learn more about Arkayne, read the FAQ to get started.

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11 Responses to “Arkayne Review – Display Related Posts Around the Web”

Paul on February 11th, 2008 Subscribed to comments via email

Were actually addressing the content issue directly by beefing up API access and creating portals to Digg, TechCrunch, Wired, New York Times, etc. These portals will bring in richer content into the Arkayne network as well as provide exposure for all linked blogs.

For the curious:

AndrewPavelski on February 12th, 2008 Subscribed to comments via email

Arkayne reminds me of a Blogrush part 2. Hopefully it ends up being more effective. Are you using Arkayne?

Paul on February 12th, 2008 Subscribed to comments via email

I use it on my blog.

Its the part labeled “Similar Posts From Aware” and “Similar Posts From The Web”.

If you click on “More Links At Arkayne…” you’ll see click conversions and more information about each link. Arkayne is giving me 42% conversion on two of the pages in that list.

For an automated service I think its well in line with Gyutae’s link building articles, a few clicks here and there across my site has added up over time.

Unlike Blogrush I can tell you Arkayne has the spam thing under control. Its also not as intrusive as other widgets. Blends in 100%.

Shay on February 12th, 2008

Arkayne has impressed me thus far. The links that it produces are insightful, interesting and engaging…that says a lot! Even when I attempt to test it out and ‘trick’ it, it comes up with accurate links. And has anyone noticed how many hits the site gets?? That is impressive…

Kyle on February 12th, 2008 Subscribed to comments via email

Interesting… For a growing blog this might be promising. I am also a little weary of blogrush 2.0, but I do like the way that it integrates seamlessly.

lening on February 14th, 2008 Subscribed to comments via email

Okay, fancy app. but anyone has experiences with that in Europe? Like Dutch related articles to be found?

At least I could give it a try at my own personal blog…

Ruchir Chawdhry on February 16th, 2008

I’ll check it out…

Paul on February 17th, 2008 Subscribed to comments via email

It works for any language. There are sites in Spanish, Russian, Chinese, Polish, Portugese, and one or two in Dutch. Content is most prolific in english as most sites are US. Arkayne will link your Dutch site to more Dutch content as it becomes available.

Links in Arkayne are dynamic, meaning as better pages come along your links are updated automatically, regardless of how long your page has been linked.

Nicholas James on February 17th, 2008

In theory this is a nice idea, although im not 100% sure of it personally.

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