Editing the Incoming Links Module on the WordPress Dashboard

The Incoming Links module on the Dashboard lists all the blog-savvy people who wrote a blog post that links to your blog. When your blog is brand new, you won’t see any incoming links listed in this section. Don’t despair, however; as time goes on, you will see this listing of links fill up as more and more people discover you and your inspired writings!

In the meantime, the Incoming Links module shows the following message: This dashboard widget queries Google Blog Search so that when another blog links to your site it will show up here. It has found no incoming links ... yet. It’s okay — there is no rush. The phrase Google Blog Search is a link; when you click it, you go to the Google Blog Search directory, which is a search engine for blogs only.

The following steps show you how to edit the Incoming Links module:

  1. Hover your mouse pointer over the title of the Incoming Links module, and a new link labeled Configure appears directly to the right of the title. Click that link.

    Now you can change the settings of the Incoming Links module.

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  2. Add a URL in the Enter the RSS Feed URL Here box.

    You can enter the URL of any RSS feed you want to display incoming links to your site. Examples of feeds you can use include the following:

    You’re not restricted to using the Google Blog Search engine to provide your Incoming Links information.

  3. Specify how many items you want to display.

    The default number is 5, but making a different choice from the How Many Items Would You Like to Display drop-down menu lets you display up to 20 items (incoming links).

  4. Specify whether to display the item date.

    Check the Display Item Date check box if you want each incoming link to display the date the link was created. If you don’t want the date to display, leave that box unchecked.

  5. Click the Submit button to save all your preferences.

    Clicking Submit resets the Incoming Links module with your new settings saved.

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