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5 Best Related Posts Plugins for WordPress (Compared)

Are your users leaving your site after reading the first post?

Increasing pageviews and reducing the bounce rate is a big challenge for site owners. By showing related posts, you can keep people on your site and boost engagement.

In this article, we will show you some of the best related posts plugins for WordPress with their pros and cons.

Best related posts plugins for WordPress

Why Show Related Posts on Your WordPress Website?

The best way to keep users engaged on your website is by showing them related content. It has proven to be an effective way of getting more pageviews.

It also helps users discover content that they may not be able to find otherwise. Many popular WordPress blogs use this strategy to increase the time users spend on their sites.

Showing related posts also gives you an opportunity to internally link content. This makes it easier for your visitors to find less popular articles and improve your WordPress site’s SEO.

There are many related post plugins for WordPress that can automate the whole process for you. However, these plugins use different approaches to find related content.

For example, some may display posts in the same category as related posts, while others may use multiple factors to increase relevancy.

Let’s look at some of the best related posts plugins for WordPress websites.

1. MonsterInsights


MonsterInsights is the best Google Analytics plugin for WordPress and is used by over 3 million people. It also allows you to set up Google Analytics on your WordPress site without editing code or hiring a developer.

With MonsterInsights, you can easily display related posts in your content using the Popular Post feature. You can choose from different themes and customize the related post’s title color, font, size, and more.

MonsterInsights Popular Post Templates

MonsterInsights lets you sort your related posts based on comments and social shares.

You can also manually add posts that you want to show in the related post area or automatically display the top 5 posts from Google Analytics.

Related post preview in MonsterInsights


MonsterInsights offers different themes and customization options to display related posts. You can even show popular products if you have an online store. Plus, you can automatically determine which posts to show.


If you want more powerful and advanced tracking features such as eCommerce tracking, custom dimensions, and form conversion tracking, then you’ll need the MonsterInsights Pro license.

2. Yet Another Related Posts Plugin

Yet Another Related Posts Plugin

Yet Another Related Posts Plugin aka YARPP, is one of the most popular related posts WordPress plugins with over 100,000 active installs. It supports both thumbnails and text displays of related posts.


YARPP uses a built-in algorithm to find related posts. It has a great template system, allows for thumbnails/text display, supports custom post types, and RSS feed display.


YARPP is not compatible with the WPML plugin. If you are going to create a multilingual WordPress site, then you should choose Polylang instead.

If you are running a very large site, then YARPP can be very resource-intensive. The pro version of the plugin solves this problem by performing heavy lifting on YARPP’s own servers.

Lastly, YARRP is blocked on managed WordPress hosting providers like WP Engine because it could slow down your site.

3. Contextual Related Posts

Contextual Related Posts

Contextual Related Posts is another WordPress plugin to display related posts. It tries to improve relevancy by contextually matching posts. It can display related posts as thumbnails and text.


For text-only related posts, it works out of the box and has a simpler settings page. It tries to use images inside a post as a thumbnail when no featured image or post thumbnail is found.


The plugin does not come with any template to display thumbnails. Instead, it just displays thumbnail images in a bulleted list. Users can add their own CSS to style it, but beginner-level users may find it difficult.

Just like YARPP, this plugin also does not scale well on larger sites. Managed WordPress hosts like WP Engine have blocked this plugin from being used by their customers because, on larger sites, it will slow down your site.

4. Related Posts Thumbnails Plugin for WordPress

Related posts thumbnails plugin

Related Posts Thumbnails Plugin for WordPress lets you add related posts with thumbnails to your WordPress website. It is super easy to use and offers different customization options.

You can customize the thumbnail size, specify the number of posts to show, display the post date, include or exclude tags and categories, and more. The plugin also lets you edit the style of related posts. There are options to change the background color, border color, font color, font size, and more.


The plugin offers a WordPress block to add related posts with thumbnails on your site. This makes it very easy to show related posts anywhere. Besides that, there are basic customization features offered in the free plugin.


You don’t get advanced options to select which posts to show in the related posts widget. The plugin will randomly select blog posts or show the latest articles.

5. Inline Related Posts

Inline related posts

Inline Related Posts is different than other plugins in this list. Instead of showing related posts below content, this plugin shows them inside your articles. This kind of inline display of related content is quite popular on news and blog sites.


It displays related posts when users are more engaged in the content and are more likely to click. It has an easy setup and allows you to control where you want to display inline-related post links in your content.


If you want to display related posts at the end of each post, then you will need to install another plugin. Two related posts plugins on one site can be very resource-intensive.

Bonus Tips

You may have noticed that we have repeatedly mentioned that related posts plugins can be resource-intensive. It is possible that some of these plugins may not work well on shared WordPress hosting.

In that case, we recommend using MonsterInsights to show related posts. It’s a beginner-friendly plugin that doesn’t compromise your site’s performance. Plus, you can easily show related posts anywhere on your site.

Another option is to manually display related posts with thumbnails without using plugins.

Frequently Asked Questions About Related Post Plugins

Here are some most common questions users ask about related post plugins for WordPress.

What are related posts?

Related posts are relevant content that you can display at the bottom of a page, within the content, or in the sidebar. These might be additional blog posts that are similar to the main topic or your evergreen or pillar articles.

How do I add a related post in WordPress?

There are many WordPress related post plugins you can use to display your content. However, the easiest one is MonsterInsights. It lets you show posts based on views or comments.

You also manually display your related posts or let the plugin automatically select them from Google Analytics.

How do I display related posts by category in WordPress?

First, you will need to add a Latest Posts block to the widgets area or anywhere on your website. In the Latest Posts block settings, you need to scroll to the ‘Sorting & Filtering’ section and choose the category that you want to display posts from.

For more details, please see our guide on displaying recent posts from a category in WordPress.

We hope that this article helped you find the best-related posts plugin for your WordPress website. You may want to see our tips on how to increase pageviews and reduce the bounce rate in WordPress and our expert picks for the best WordPress plugins for business sites.

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  1. Has this changed since 2015? Is there any easiest way to add related blog posts at the end of a blog post because I have no knowledge related to web design/ developer.

  2. You might want to refresh this one. I was looking for a “related posts” plugin and found this page, but it looks like it is about 4 years old.

    • Thanks for your recommendation, we’ll certainly take a look at updating this article but some of the plugins should still fit your needs


  3. You better update your list. Yuzo related posts plug-in causes redirecting problems and it has been abandoned by the owner.

    • Thank you for letting us know, it appears the plugin author is working on fixing the problem.


  4. Hi there, thank you for your post.
    Actually, I am using a theme which there is a portfolio section. And I’ve created a custom post type as a blog.
    Now I am trying related both and I wonder if that’s possible to do and if has a plugin could do that?

    The idea is write posts and matches that into the pages.
    Thank you

  5. Hi, I have a video blog (no text at all) and I want my related posts plugin to show a thumbnail that it the video or video thumbnail. I can’t use featured images because that just ads a huge image above the video and is confusing. Do you know any plugins that have this feature? Thanks!

  6. I must commend you on your website. This is one of my go-to websites for tutorials. Lots of great content and so informative. You provide lots of options for each tutorial and I love that! It always works. Thanks.

  7. Please mention, which plugins work with bbpress, and which don’t I tried using YARPP. It does not work with bbpress.

  8. Hello Thanks for these helpful Plugins. I need a Plugin to show related Posts at the above of Post Page. Would you please tell me any plugin for this?
    Thanks in Advance

    • related post by jetpack lol…..well you can use it well i am not blaming anyone of them, but according to me use contextual related plugin

  9. Thanks. I see what am searching for. I mean something like the ‘inline related posts’ that show your post inside articles.

  10. Hi
    I read your comments on Yuzo that i use for over one year and the dev has been really helpful
    it absolutly not slow at all

    i do not know how did you run your test on what server but really this is super fast


    It is inevitable not to compromise on speed when you are offering this many features. It is fast, but it is not lightweight.

  11. These are all great plugins, however, as noted in the article, they are all data intensive. in fact, some hosting environments (WP Engine) will not even allow a lot of these plugins.

    The “Manual Related Posts” plugin looks interesting.

    It’s also possible to code a “Related Posts” function without using a plugin. This technique uses tags to relate posts to eachother.

  12. Don’t really know that something of this stuff exists. I’m using the default one , which I think is not good enough for my site. I will lay my hands on some of this plugin.


  13. Hi,

    Just wanted to update that since this post, Contextual Related comes with an inbuilt style to display the posts as users want. Additionally an aggressive cache makes the plugin super fast after the first load.

    Lastly, you can also specify any manual posts for users who prefer the additional finer control.

  14. Great list.
    You should consider Related Post for WordPress plugin in this list. I found it light and nice. And related post from jetpack is great too.

  15. I hate to be one of those people that just says “Great post!” … but this really was exactly what I was looking for today! Love the pro/con approach. Thanks!

    • Outbrain is crooks they show 6 outbound links which is actually more links than your site. So actually you are doing a free service for them to send your traffic to it. There are better plugins than outbrain crook crap.

  16. I just want to say that YARPP does not deserve to be No1 related post plugin for wordpress.
    I don’t know which one to choose but, after whole day struggling with YARPP (all basic stuff) I decided to give nRelated a chance and take a guess, all works without my interfering at all.

    I have installed plugin, and wait for about 5 minutes nRelated to reindex my site 1k+ posts. I check his functions and style and I saw that it is much more ‘user ready’ plugin than YARPP.

    That is my opinion and I wanted to share it with you guys.

  17. Is there any plugin which can fetch posts from another similar websites on the basis of minimum 5 comments on them?

    For e.g. I have technology blog then plugin search technology blogs from internet and give result of that posts which have more than five comments and post author comment.

    • As a user, seeing a related post after reading an article indeed encourages me to read on about something, but only if that something is interesting enough.

      But anyway, thanks a bunch for this list of plugins that will take care of the technical aspects of relating posts.

  18. Thanks for this list! I’m trying to decide between YARPP and nRelate. For YARPP, you mentioned the site size issue, but what do you consider to be a “large” site? And for nRelate, does it have a template system too? I’ve installed and played with Contextual Related Posts, but as I AM a beginner user, I am having trouble getting the thumbnails to look good.

    • YARPP – if you have a few hundred posts on a shared hosting account, and you are getting 1000+ visitors a day then your host will probably shut you down. nRelate can be styled by targeting CSS classes, and its definitely more scalable.


  19. Using YARPP is really great, and with 2.4 million downloads the author’s will be encouraged to update and upgrade it forever. User engagement at it’s best. Good post btw wpbeginner.

  20. My choice is nRelate Related Content. It proves to be very reliable in work and fast with accurate related content to articles… and free too. Thumbs up!

  21. We use Disqus as a commenting system that also provides a similar posts functionality in one of our client websites. Works like charm. I wish we can use Disqus’ similar posts system and Jetpack’s commenting system.

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