6 Awesome Related Post (Thumbnail) Plugins for WordPress

When we think of visitors landing on our blog, we usually think of them landing on our homepage.  However, most people land via search engines, links from other blogs, twitter, facebook, and are landing on individual posts.

One of the best ways to increase pageviews and have your newly landed visitors stay around longer (and maybe subscribe to your blog like we talked about last week) is to start using a related post plugin for your WordPress blog.

Even if you have your homepage set up in a more magazine style – with excerpts, your visitors are only seeing one post at a time when they come.

There’s tons to choose from with different features and styling to match your blog design and see what works best for you (also be sure to read to the bottom of the post to find the one plugin you should avoid):

nRelate

nRelate has 3 different related posts plugins with 7 different styling options to make sure you can pick something that looks best with your blog.  There is also an optional advertising component where they show related posts from sponsored sites alongside your original content. When visitors click on the sponsored content, you get paid too.

These plugins also come with the added benefit of a sidebar widget to display your posts there as well!

All nRelate plugins are available through your Plugins–>Add New menu in the WordPress dashbaord.

Related Content Plugin

A very simple plugin that sits nicely at the end of your posts, it showcases thumbnails of related posts to help readers further explore topics of interest. Download the plugin.

Most Popluar Posts Plugin

The most popular plugin in contrast to the related posts, uses some social proof to encourage readers to explore different posts from your site. By showing your most popular posts, the reader is exposed to your best content first which may help turn a one time visitor into a subscriber. Download the plugin.

Flyout Plugin

You’ve likely seen this one on sites – the related post flyout. When a visitor gets to the end of the post, a small box with a related post slides out to encourage further reading. It’s a nice change (or addition) other plugins because the movement of the image draws attention but not in a disruptive way since the reader has already stayed long enough to read your post. We’re not talking annoying pop up here, it doesn’t cover content or interrupt the user experience. Download the plugin.

Related Posts Thumbnails

Related Posts Thumbnails is a really simple plugin but its customization is really where it stands out.  The most basic application of the tool allows for images of your related content to show up under your posts, with or without excerpts.

Just look at all the customization that is possible right in the settings screen without any coding needed:

You can easily change color, font and borders along with the way the plugin chooses the posts, all with a few clicks.  This can help you easily change the look of the plugin to help it stand out while matching the overall aesthetic of your site. Download the plugin here.

Related Posts Slider

This plugin does the same as all the others but has a cool slider effect added to the mix. If your site leans towards the modern and sleek, this plugin can jazz up your page and help build up those page views. Download the plugin here.

WP-Thumbie

If you’re looking for something different than all the other blogs out there, WP-Thumbie definitely has a different look. With the vertical post listing and excerpt included, the plugin catches the eye simply because it’s very different that other sites. If you’re pretty handy with writing great opening paragraphs, your text, along with your image can draw the reader in. Download the plugin.

Linkwithin is another very common plugin that you can use to display related posts. I’m not a huge fan because when you click the thumbnails at the bottom of your posts, the visitor is sent to linkwithin’s site first, then redirected back to yours. It siphons your traffic before sending it back to you. You can easily get the same benefit with the plugins listed above without the drawbacks. Win-Win.

What related posts plugin is your favorite?

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Comments

    • Rita says

      I think that largely depends on which look you prefer right out of the box unless you can style them as you like. Other than not being a fan of linked in, they all pretty much live up to expectation. And depending on your content strategy, for most blogs, I would say the important part is to have one.

  1. says

    Thanks for sharing them. I have tried WP-Thumbie so far. Even YARRP plugin works like a charm. One more addition could be Dhiti plugin which shows many thumbnails with sufficient information.

  2. says

    Ok Rita . . . I’m testing you out. I’m new and absolutely ignorant about making a blog look awesome. If this stuff works I’ll remember you when I get famous. Thanks for helping little guys like me.

    • Rita says

      My pleasure. I appreciate that, I like being remembered when folks become famous, great connections. Loved your broken blog post, well written and funny but not awesome that happened. That’s tragic stuff there.

  3. alex says

    N relate is really cool,(nice out of the bos and many customizations possible) but not always working….I tried it on different WP…. On a WP multiste he sudenly stopped working for of the sites.

  4. PABLO says

    I’m new in the blogging and WP world. I came across your article and it was perfect, I was able to use one of the suggetsed plugins. Thanks

  5. says

    Hi Rita, how’s it going? Why aren’t YOU using a related content plugin yet? :-) Just kidding..
    With so many related posts or related content plugins around, it’s not easy to stand out from the crowd and some extra added value is required to choose one and not the other.
    With Engageya plugin, on top of having some beautiful related posts thumbnails at the end of the posts, you’re actually getting additional related traffic from other websites to your own – an exchange of traffic, for every reader that leaves your site to other related blog, you will be getting other related readers to your own.
    How’s that for standing out ? :-) Looking forward to see you become a part of that network as well!
    Cheers.

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