I see in the latest Github commits that Ghost is working towards adding a recommendations engine, which is good to see, given that it has worked at Substack. I hope it is cross-network, so we get out of these walled gardens of contents across Ghost/Substack/etc, so we’ll see what happens.
Added a random order and a limit of 5 to the Recommendations modal
- recommendations are rendered in a random order, using
- only 5 recommendations are rendered by default, the other ones are
hidden behind a "Show all" button
- recommendations are fetched all at once from the backend, as we
assume there wont be more than 100-ish recommendations per publication
Here’s what seems to happening in the source code:
In the admin area, you’ll be able to recommend sites to your readers. They could be other Ghost sites, but they don’t have to be.
A title, excerpt, image, and fav icon will be pulled in. If the external site is a Ghost site, the feature could support “one click subscribe”.
It seems you’ll also be able to see a report of Ghost sites that are recommending your site. You might also be able to see the number of clicks and subscribers that have arrived through each recommendation.
Seems like an interesting tool to help Ghost blogs cross-promote each other.