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What is Related Posts in WordPress?
People barely spend time on a new website, all you’ve got is less than 9 seconds to grab the attention of a new visitor on your WordPress site. Yes, according to research by Statisticbrain, the average attention span of a human is less than 9 seconds, which is close to the average attention span of a gold fish. That means in just few seconds, you’ve to manage to grab the attention of your reader, and “keep him/her engaged.”
Now how those big websites with millions of daily visitors, tackles this issue?
Simple! they keep their visitor engaged by suggesting more related content.
You might’ve seen those recommended posts or articles on several major websites, with the heading “Now trending,” “the latest,” “Popular now,” “you might also like,” and so on. In WordPress, we call it related posts.
Benefits of adding Related Posts in your WordPress
That’s why I always recommend that every WordPress blog should always use a related posts plugin on their WordPress installation. After all, who wants to show a mere single piece of his writing when, you can show an entire book, to a potential visitor of your WordPress site. With related posts/articles, readers on your site will find more related content and you’ll keep him engaged to discover more of your content.
In this guide, I’ll show you the better ways to show related posts on your WordPress sites, and how to keep your visitors engaged, effectively.
Top Ways to Show Related Posts in your WordPress Blogs/Sites
Now, you can show related posts by many ways, such as :-
- Show related posts by popularity – It shows posts by total number of views
- Show related posts by latest – It shows posts from your latest WordPress site feed
- Show related posts by custom taxonomy/CPTs (Custom post type) – It shows more posts by the custom taxonomies
- Show related posts randomly – It randomly shows posts from mixed options, like a custom taxonomy, CPTs, no of views, etc.
- Show related posts by author – Show related posts by same authors.
It entirely depends upon your requirement, which way you want to show related posts on your WordPress website.
For instance –
If you run a WordPress Magazine site with news/articles related to specific topics,
- You can show related posts by popularity/no of views in your widgets,
- You can also prefer to show the related articles in-line, that means between the posts.
- You can show “more articles” from the same category, after the post.
- You can even show more articles, by the same author.
How to show related posts in WordPress ?
It’s super easy, even for beginner WordPress users to add related posts functionality to their WordPress sites.
- Using a related posts plugin – The easiest and safest option
- Using WordPress Theme’s built-in related posts feature – Depends upon your theme, built-in theme features are often restrictive.
- Custom code to show related posts in WordPress – Requires coding skills, and need to be maintained with WordPress updates.
Some popular WordPress themes, comes with a built in feature to display related posts, but majority of people, alike me prefer to use a separate plugin to display related posts from their respective blogs.
Why separate plugins for related posts?
- Better control – It’s always a great idea to add any custom feature to your WordPress site, using a standalone plugin.
In case if you’re switching the theme framework, then you can continue using your existing related posts plugin
- More flexibility – In case, if required you can quickly to turn off the related posts feature, by simply deactivating the plugin, instead of altering the code or deactivating your theme.
- Easier updates – It’s easier to update a single plugin, over updating an entire theme for pushing any changes to the related posts feature on your site.
In this guide, you’ll learn about the best WordPress related posts plugins, best WordPress themes with related posts functionality, and also, how to manually add related posts to your WordPress sites without any plugin.
Top WordPress related Posts plugin 2018
1. Jetpack by WordPress.com
The super popular Jetpack plugin by WordPress.com, is known to all and with over 4 million+ downloads, chances are high that you’re already using Jetpack on your WordPress blog. I personally, like Jetpack a lot because of range of features and services it offers as a single plugin.
The related posts feature offered by Jetpack is pretty neat, it allows you to show related posts beneath the single posts, in grid and list layouts. You can also use WordPress customizer to further customize the related posts layout to display thumbnails, date, category.
I am using Jetpack’s related posts on this blog, as I am already using the plugin, and it serves the purpose for me to list down related posts in just the way I want. However, if you want to customize the related posts section, display posts from other custom post types, then you should better look for alternative plugins below.Download free
2. Related Posts for WordPress
Related posts for WordPress is a popular new plugin to boost your page views. It’s a fairly simple plugin, all you need to do is just install and activate the plugin, it’ll launch a setup assistant and create a cache of related posts. The plugin is not just fast, but also requires no efforts from your side, it automatically links the post with the related content, and even allows you to manually pick the related posts, in case if you don’t like the plugin’s intelligence.
Although this free version of the plugin, ticks most of the essential needs of a regular WordPress blogs. However, if you want to show related posts from other custom post types like products, taxonomies, drag and drop configurator for advanced styling, WordPress multi-site support and priority support, then I would suggest you to better go with the premium version of the plugin, which starts at $5.99/per site.Download free Buy Premium
3. Related Posts Thumbnails Plugin by WPBrigade
Related Posts by WPBrigade is an another popular plugin to display related posts on your WordPress site. If you’re alike me, who likes to configure things in your way, then this plugin is for you. It comes with a wide set of options to configure, including support for custom post types.
Yet Another Related Posts Plugin (YARPP) by mitchoyoshitaka is most popular plugin in the WordPress Plugin directory. It uses a customizable algorithm that comprises post titles, contents, tags, categories, and custom taxonomies to display the most accurate and related content across your site. YARPP supports related posts, pages and custom post types as well, and elegantly renders the related content beneath your content pages along with thumbnails.
2. WordPress Related Posts
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The next most used plugin to display WordPress related posts under your blog articles. It’s constantly updated and has a lot of features to configure including, size & styling of the thumbnails, amount of posts to display, hide/show post excerpt, publish date, no of comments, categories to exclude and more .The most amazing part of WordPress related posts plugin is that it has a built-in statistics feature to analyze CTR, page-views and clicks from the mobile as well as desktop devices plus it’s responsive which means it automatically adapts the related posts according to the screen size of the device.
3. nRelate Related Content
Next comes the nRelate, it’s widely popular because nRealte uses their own servers to find and display the related content available on your site without harming speed of your blog server. It’s considered noticeably faster, than other local installed content related plugin like Yet Another Related Posts Plugin (added above.) nRealte offers an ample of styling themes to fit your needs, and there’s also on option to display the related content on your site using your own style-sheet. nRealte also runs advertising system within this plugin, that enables you to make out some money out of your related content, as well.MORE INFO | DEMO
Another Powerful and widely used WordPress related posts plugin in the directory. It displays related posts below your content or in the feed of your site automatically and allows manual placements too. The Contextual related posts uses title and/or content of the post to display relevant content. It also supports custom post types and thumbnails. MORE INFO | DEMO
5. SEO Auto Links & Related Posts
It’s a perfect plugin to improve your SEO along with trimming down bounce rate. The plugin uses tags and meta keywords to link content internally and also displays related posts with 8 layout & styles. There’s also a slide-out box that pops out with related and recent articles to increase duration of visitors on your site. Additionally, it caches the thumbnails and all results are served from cache for better load time and saves server resources.MORE INFO | DEMO
6. Related Posts Thumbnails
Related posts thumbnails is an another simple and highly customizable plugin to display related posts below your blog articles. You can modify the look and feel by background colors, text, excerpt length, no of posts, set types of relation by categories, tags, custom taxonomies & randomly.MORE INFO | DEMO
7. Efficient Related Posts
Efficient Related Posts as the name clearly describes, it works pretty efficiently saving the server resources. Unlike other related posts plugin which does their job when user views it, this one takes a different approach and grabs the related posts when a post is saved and reduce the number of queries and increases overall page load time.MORE INFO | DEMO
8. Related Posts Slider
Related posts slider is a lightweight jQuery based plugin, it displays related posts under post content. It can be inserted using template tag, shortcodes, as well as widgets. You can choose the render style or in horizontal carousel format.MORE INFO | DEMO
9. Related Posts
The WordPress related posts plugin offers variety of options to show the related posts. It has a bundled sidebar widget which is only visible on the single post pages of your WordPress themes. You can control the no of related posts to display, and sorted by the no of matching tags and by the post date.MORE INFO | DEMO
10.Related Posts for WordPress
The Related posts for WordPress is a simple plugin that allows user to manually select the related posts within the editor screen. It supports custom post types and with its built-in AJAX powered search utility that automatically find outs the related WordPress posts to select with a single click. It’s highly customizable, supports shortcodes, and offers multiple widgets.MORE INFO | DEMO
11. Wp-Thumbie – Related Posts with thumbnails for WordPress
WP-thumbie is an easy to implement WordPress related posts plugin that automatically integrates below the posts pages, feeds and requires no need to edit the PHP templates. It has exclude post features, using categories, pages, configurable image size, enable disable post excerpt, styling options and uses the updated version of Timthumb to generate images.MORE INFO | DEMO
12. BlogGlue Related Posts Network
BlogGlue related posts network plugin increases the blog visibility by displaying links to your posts on the network blogs and by picking a community partner under your dashboard and gives your blog post a much more exposure as soon as you publish the post. You can choose your partner in your community and control over the quality and content.MORE INFO | DEMO
13. nrelate Flyout
nRealte Flyout uses the same tech, as of nRealte Related content and it displays the related post content in a dynamic flyout format, pretty much similar to the one you’ve seen in NYTimes.com.MORE INFO | DEMO
14. ELI’s Related Posts Footer Links and Widget
ELI Related posts WordPress displays related posts via tags and categories below the post content area and in the sidebar using a bundled Widget. You can control the no of relate posts, post excerpt, display post dates and more.MORE INFO | DEMO
15. Related Posts via Categories
Related posts by categories is a quiet impressive plugin to show lists of related posts automatically by categories under any single posts pages of the selected post types. It has a variety of configurable options classified well under no of tabs including display type, order by, exclusion and post-type selection.MORE INFO | DEMO
16. Where did they go from here
You must have seen those Amazon’s product pages with those readers who have bought this, also bought sliders. Similarly, you can implement such element links under you blog post pages or feed without editing the template files. It tracks users movement across your site and also allows you to manually select your related posts wherever you need to display them. Supports exclude pages and displays thumbnails in the post list.MORE INFO | DEMO
17. Advanced Post List
Advance post list isn’t just a yet another related WordPress plugin instead it offers a lot more. You can create any design to display recent posts, related posts, future posts etc by just implementing a shortcode wherever you want to display be it posts or pages. It supports custom post types, add/require any of terms, show content from private, publish and more posts. Styling cone be configured using your own design style .MORE INFO | DEMO
18. Related Posts & Images by Zemanta
Related posts & images by Zemanta shows related posts from your own blog and network along with thumbnails. It greatly increases your authority by linking to the authoritative related posts and images. Get link love from the related posts by other bloggers and you can decide on your, which posts you want to link to, and they’ll get notified once you link them. Indeed, it’s an impressive easy solution for SEO.MORE INFO | DEMO
Similarity displays the WordPress related posts based on the tags, categories or both.You can configure the strength of the similarity as value, percentage, color or even with your custom text/code. You can also set as random to display the less-related content below your posts.MORE INFO | DEMO
20. All Related Posts
All related posts is a bit intelligent plugin, displays related posts by determining users behavior. It combines a multiple supports widget to show different group of links for different needs that renders a set of related posts using numerous factors such as posts related to search engine search terms (tags and categories,) the first post a visitor came to on a previous visit, posts related to the current posts and posts related to search engine terms using full content.MORE INFO | DEMO
Related is a simple plugin that lets you manually select related posts yourself. It supports custom post types using drag and drop interface and show them under your blogs posts or pages. To display the related posts you need to enter the php code in your template. It’s suggested perfect for small and mid size blog, blogs with (500+) posts it could be not that much easy to choose the posts using select box so, choose it wisely.
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22. Related Posts All in One – with Grid, slider and list styles
Related posts all on one is a neat plugin to display your related posts content in three difference styles using grid, slider or simple list styles, and can be flavored according to your taste such as image size, displaying modes, excerpt length, css3 effects and more. It uses post title, meta keywords and tags to display the related content and claimed to consume lesser resources.
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23. Search Engine Keywords Related Posts Widget
This plugin is basically a widget that query string from search engines and grabs the keywords that user had used in his search query. It then lists all those posts related to the search engine keywords. The widget will be only displayed to the visitors who arrives through search engines like Google, Bing, Yahoo, AOL, Baidu.
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24. WP e-Commerce Related Products
If you’re running a WordPress e-commerce based online site, then this plugin could be quiet useful. It extends the WordPress e-commerce plugin functionality by displaying similar products based on the same category or tags.
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25. Kalin’s Post List
Kalin’s post lists creates a widget, shortcode, php code for displaying dynamic and highly customizable lists of posts or pages including related posts, table of contents within your post content or theme. It comes with 11 different presents and you can create your own custom HTML presets too. It’s highly configurable, with lots of built-in shortcodes, supports custom posts, no of posts, orderby and a lot more.
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26. Manual Related Posts
You see, if you want to manually add related posts to your single post pages, then Manual related posts is quiet simple, just click on add related posts look for a post, select and you’re done!
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27. Widgets of Posts by Same Categories
It has widget that lists posts of the same category as of the current posts and works on any single post page. You can configure it using number of posts, order-by values, order of posts, link to category, and comes with an option to exclude categories.
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28. Related Content by Wordnik
Related content by Wordnik is a super easy to configure, WordPress related posts plugin, that does all the hassle to find related content using their own servers,which results in no extra server usage on your site’s end and delivers recommended posts content asynchronously using advanced webSocket tech to further minimize the load time. You can show content using your own blog as well as other related content from the website you add into your Wordnik dashboard.
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29. Related Posts via Taxonomies
A handy plugin that displays related posts via taxonomies such as categories, tags and custom taxonomies too. It can display the related post automatically on any single post of your chosen post types. It has a fair amount of settings to configure visibility such as order, exclusion, and post type selection. It’s same plugin as of Related Posts via Categories, but it expands support with all taxonomies.MORE INFO | DEMO
30. Random Related Posts
Yeah, a pretty 1,2,3 Go! type of widget plugin to display random posts in your sidebar. All you need to do is simply install it, activate the widget in sidebar, select the no of posts, and it displays the lists of posts along with the publish date and author.
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31. Serial Posts
Serial posts plugin, is quiet useful in case if you’re writing posts in series. It allows you to assign a serial name using WordPress custom fields in your posts/pages and automatically renders a list of other posts/pages with same serial name when you view a posts or page that belongs to the same serial name.
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32. External Related Posts
As the plugin name clearly illustrates its functionality, it displays links from external sites by taking the category, tags or custom taxonomy from your post (or custom post type) and looks for Google Blog search for finding out related posts. Then it link that external related posts to your posts and cleverly ping the linked blog posts by informing them that you had published a relevant post on the similar subject. You can configure, the no of blogs to search for, how many ping-backs to perform and more.
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33. Random Related Posts Based on Category
Want an ultra light weight WordPress plugin to randomly / order by show related content from the same category of the single post page? install this plugin, place the php code on your template and its sizes mere 3 KB. Additionally, you can set what to display with the related posts like no of posts, posts title, tags, post excerpt, orderby and more.
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34. Related Posts Picker
Now happy with those related posts types plugin works automatically to find related content? choose related posts picker, simply install it and select those posts which are related as according to your personal views.MORE INFO | DEMO
35. Related Posts – Beautiful & Customizable
Yet another simple WordPress plugin that simply displays related posts and pages that’s highly customizable using two different preset themes and you can also use your own custom settings to suite according to your needs.MORE INFO | DEMO
36. Other posts
It simply fetches the related posts for a specific post and displays them after the body, all automatically. However, you can manually place the php code wherever, you want the plugin to show the related posts.
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37. My Related posts
My related posts plugin is an another simple WordPress plugin to easily show related post links along with thumbnails, just install this plugin. place the php code and you’re done!MORE INFO | DEMO
So , that was a complete up to the date and best free plugin list of 2012 to show your WordPress related posts content. Hope you had enjoyed this read, if you’re using one of those plugins then share your thoughts on why you’re using it and what feature makes it unique, plus how much it had helped you in decreasing the bounce rate of your blog. If I had missed any of the similar plugin in the list do let me know in the comments below.