Do you know the benefit of showing related posts under your blog posts and pages? Related posts keep the visitor on your blog longer by offering them similar topics. You also give your visitors the option of digging deeper into your blog’s content by showcasing similar topics. Doing this even helps your bounce rate! Increasing the time visitors spend on your blog means their more likely to subscribe to your email service or connect with you on social media. For our email service, WPoutcast uses the Bloom plugin and some custom coding.
Previously, WPOutcast used the free version of the Contextly plugin for our related posts but we found it lacking in features, customization, and control. With that being said, we recently switched to the free Yuzo Related Posts plugin. They have a pro version, but we found all the features we wanted with the free version. Here is a guide to the settings and features I enabled for this blog.
Related Posts Settings
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This next section allows you to place related posts anywhere you want to. We recommend you use the settings you see here on WPoutcast, but ultimately it’s your decision. Keep in mind the user experience when setting up this plugin.
I do internal linking when it’s relevant on the blog page.
You should be adding Featured Images to all of your blog posts but in the event that you forget, you can use a default image for a blog post or page so it looks more professional. My choice is our very own logo.
You can do so much:
There is another section that has even more options. This plugin is totally awesome and there is no need to use the pro version.
Here is a preview of the settings we have enabled:
Enable the setting below to achieve this:
Here is a brief screenshot of some of the settings:
Wrapping It Up
Overall, the Yuzo Related Posts plugin is the best related post plugin on the market. I know there are plenty of them out there, but this one is light-weight and easy to edit. I didn’t even bother to read the installation instructions because everything is clearly labeled and easy to understand. Check out the pro version to see if there is a feature you must have, otherwise, the free version is more perfect!
Another plugin that I think is so easy to understand and set up without reading the instructions is the a3 Lazy Load Plugin that we wrote a tutorial on. Both of these plugins are great for any type of blog. The related posts plugin helps the visitor dig deeper into your content and the lazy load plugin helps speed up your blog.
If this plugin has improved your blog in any way, do share your experience in the comment section.
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