Are your users leaving your site after reading the first post?
Increasing pageviews and reducing 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.
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 blogs use this strategy to increase the time users spend on their time.
Showing related posts also gives you an opportunity to internal link content. This makes it easier for your visitors to find less popular articles and improve your WordPress site’s SEO score.
Now, there are many related posts 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.
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 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.
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.
Yet Another Related Posts Plugin aka YARPP is one of the most popular WordPress related posts plugins with more than 100,000 active installs. It supports both thumbnail and text display 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.
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.
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 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 WPEngine has blocked this plugin to be used by their customers because on larger sites it will slow down your site.
Taxonomies in WordPress are used to sort content into different terms. Categories and Tags are two default WordPress taxonomies used by most WordPress blogs.
Related Posts by Taxonomies plugin allows you to display posts using the same taxonomy terms. For example, you can select to display posts by ‘Category’ or ‘Tags’.
The plugin will then display related posts filed under the same category or tag as the one currently displayed.
Easy to use and gives you limited control on what is displayed as related to each item. It event works for custom taxonomies and post types, this allows you to display related items for other content items as well.
You can display related posts in posts, with or without thumbnail, or in a sidebar widget.
The plugin offers limited options than some other related posts plugins. It only uses taxonomy terms as a metric, which means your results may not be the best 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.
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.
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 a shared WordPress hosting.
In that case, you can use MonsterInsights for showing 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.
We hope that this article helped you find the best related posts plugin for your WordPress website. Check out this guide for more tips on how to increase pageviews and reduce bounce rate in WordPress and the best WordPress plugins for business sites.