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How to Add Inline Related Posts in WordPress Blog Posts

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Inline related posts are becoming really popular thanks to larger news sites. An inline related post is basically a link to a relevant article in the middle of a blog post which is proving to increase pageviews. In this article, we will show you how to add inline related posts in WordPress blog posts.

Add inline related posts in WordPress to increase pageviews

Why and When You Need Inline Related Posts?

In most cases, you simply interlink your blog posts naturally when writing. For all the other times, bloggers usually rely on related posts plugins that shows related content at the end of the post.

Showing related posts allows your readers to see more great content on your site that’s relevant to them.

Now since the traditional related posts plugins add related posts at the end of the article, what if the user never gets that far?

This is where inline realted post links come in handy. You can style them to stand out without distracting the user from reading the current article.

See how Mashable is doing it in the screenshot below:

Inline related links displayed on Mashable

Pretty cool right? Aside from improving pageviews, it also helps your SEO because this is basically interlinking your content. See our guide on how to optimize blog posts for SEO.

Let’s take a look at how to add inline related posts in WordPress.

How To Add Inline Related Posts in WordPress?

First thing you need to do is install and activate the Inline Related Posts plugin. Upon activation, you need to visit Settings » Inline Related Posts page to configure the plugin settings.

You will need to click on the Active option to be able to view the plugin settings.

Inline related posts settings page

You can change the appearance of how the related posts will appear in your posts.

There are two free themes that you can use, and you can also customize them by changing the colors.

Below the appearance options, you will find an option to add inline related posts into existing posts. You can select how many links you want to add in each post. You can also enter the amount of words that should be used as gap between two related post links.

Inline related posts configuration

Don’t forget to click on the save button to store your settings.

Now in some cases, you may not want an individual post to display inline related posts. In that case, it’s very easy to disable these inline related posts for specific posts.

Simply click to edit the post and scroll down a bit. You will notice the related post metabox with the option to disable it in the right hand column.

Disable related posts feature on a particular post

We hope this article helped you add inline related posts in WordPress blog posts. You may also want to check out these 21 plugins to efficiently manage a WordPress multi-author blog.

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  2. Nithya Pravinkumar says

    Can we choose the article to appear as a related post? Or, it only picks random recent articles? My requirement is to choose them on my own.

    • WPBeginner Support says

      You are not currently able to select specific posts but you can limit the posts it is able to select.


  3. Alok Patel says

    I refreshed my page 3 times yet its font is showing overlapping in a mobile phone. I checked all the settings but I am not able to improve this. please help me out. as soon as possible. thank u for sharing this article.

  4. Paul Olyslager says

    I have integrated the plugin as well. I was just wondering how I would track the clicks on these links through Google Tag Manager. It seems that the class name (used for tracking) is dynamically changed for every separate link. Any idea on how to define the trigger in GTM?

  5. Sumit Kumar says

    And also how to change no. of links from 1 to 5 of inline related post. Please guide me. I am on beginners stage on wordpress

  6. Sumit Kumar Gogawat says

    it is showing bottom of the post, how can add this in between post or right after first paragraph of post

  7. Sumit Gogawat says

    Thank you very much… I was comment on another post on your site for this post and I m surprised you reply very fast. I become your fan.

  8. Jeff M says

    Thanks for the article. I took your advice and installed the plugin on two sites I manage, including my personal resume/portfolio/blog site. I’ll keep track of things using Google Analytics and see if it makes a difference. Easy to install and customize. Always glad to find some new, cool stuff to add to WP. Nothing tested, nothing gained.

  9. Gaurav Khurana says

    good one, yes they play an important role , but i think we should make them to open the new posts in a new tab

  10. Catherine says

    Thank for sharing.
    Question: do you know how “inline Links” impacts on the article? For example, readers read less and leave for the other page? Or do they read to the end and then leave?

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