5 Best Related Posts Plugins (With Thumbnails) For WordPress

[This post is part of the WordPress Guide for Beginners – Step by Step Tutorials]

All of your posts may not be equally interesting or useful. Actually it depends on readers. When a visitor come to your blog post by following a link or from Search Engines, he/she may not find your landing post interesting. And he/she will leave your site immediately which will increase your bounce rate.

Interlinking can be a good idea to keep visitors on your blog. But the problem is that sometimes visitors skim blog posts without reading. They barely notice your interlinking posts.

To get their attention, you can place some related posts below your blog posts. Using Related Posts Plugin is the best way to do it. In this post I will be sharing 5 best related posts plugins for your WordPress Blog.

WordPress Related Posts Plugins

Yet Another Related Posts Plugin (YARPP) 

YARPP is the most popular related post plugins for WordPress with over 2 million downloads. It includes both thumbnail and textual display of related posts.

Folks like Matt Mullenweg (WordPress Creator) and Matt Cutts (Head of Google Webspam) recommend this plugin.

Some noticable features of the plugin.

  • Related Posts, Pages and Custom Post Type.
  • An advanced and versatile algorithm
  • Templating
  • Caching
  • Related posts in RSS feeds.

Yet Another Related Posts Plugin

The only downside of this plugin is that it’s resource intensive. If you are running a large site on shared hosting then it could be a problem. To solve this problem, you can use YARPP Experiments Plugin.

nrelate Related Content

nrelate is another popular plugin for displaying related posts on top or bottom of your blog post. It also offers advertising options for publishers who want to make money by showing sponsored posts.

It’s a third party content provider and doesn’t consume much CPU resources of your web host.

nrelate related content

nrelate related content2

It offers several style like Bloginity, Linkwithin, Huffington Post, Trendland, Polaroid, Engadget and more.


WP-Thumbie adds related post with vertical listing. It includes thumbnails, post name and  first 1 or 2 lines of the article. It has great customize option.

If you are looking for a clean related posts box, then this plugin is for you.


upPrev Plugin is animated flyout box with related content. A box will slide out from bottom left or right corner with a related post when readers scroll to the bottom of the article. This sliding  will draw readers attention for further reading.

upprev plugin

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Contextual Related Posts

Contextual Related Posts is the another powerful WordPress plugin that allows you to display related posts. It supports thumbnails, short codes, widgets and custom post types.

This plugin shows related posts based on post title or content of the posts that will be interesting for the readers.

Contextual Related Posts

Read: How to Show Recent Posts (Thumbnail) in WordPress Sidebar

Hope this post helps you to choose the best one for your blog. Do let us know which one you like most via comment. Feel free to share this post on Facebook, Twitter and Google Plus.

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