The 10 Best Related Posts Plugins for WordPress


Contextly WordPress Related Posts Plugin


The Pros: Pleasant user interface, good recommendation results

The Cons:A�Monthly fees for websites with >10.000 page views/month

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The Details

Contextly is actually a very interesting related posts plugin developed by a startup going by the same name. Founded by Ryan Singel, a former WIRED editor, it comes with Singel’sA�editorial background. In fact, SingelA�said he simply could not take all the bad content recommendations and poorly disguised native ads anymore. He actually has a quite impressive (and funny) video on how bad the so called recommendations of some other plugins are (unfortunately, we can’t find it anymore. Give usA�a shout if you know a YouTube link)

So, Contextly set out to go back to the roots of a related posts plugin: show related content. No native ads, no fuss. You can imagine Contextly in the opposite corner of Outbrain and Taboola.

Let’s get to the juicy details then: Contextly is easy to install and overall appears to be well thought through in terms of user interface. You can select from several design templates or make your own via CSS. In addition, Contextly can recommend videos just as well as texts with thumbnails.

And just like Zemanta’s WordPress Related Posts, it offers the option to manually change the recommended content that was selected by the algorithm on a per article basis. This is not just a detail but a major advantage over other related posts plugins. Want an example? Well, say you have a couple of really well performing blog posts. The algorithm suggests some good recommended posts. Yet, with those well performing posts it might actually make sense to hand-select the recommended posts yourself. The likelihood that you beat the algorithm and select better content manually is pretty high. In the end, Contextly offers a nice balance: automated recommendation for the majority of your articles with the option to do the groundwork yourself for your top performers.

There is another thing that makes Contextly stand out from the rest: it’s only free for up to 10,000 page views per month. That is enough for the average personal blog. Anything beyond costs between $9 (25,000 page views) and $99 (250,000 page views) per month. The pricing appears steep, but perhaps the saying “you get what you pay for” applies.

In the end, it’s a classic cost/benefit decision: Contextly is a very nice related plugin tool, no question. Whether it’s worth the money you’ll probably find out best byA�trying it.


>>A�Next: nrelate



Eric co-founded Followistic and is usually busy with talking to customers and our developer team alike, trying to get everything running smoothly. Besides that he is crafting content for the blog of course.

  • Barry Kooij

    I’m wondering why you left out Related Posts for WP?

    • followistic

      Hi Barry,

      thanks for pointing that one out. Looks cool! I’m gonna collect some more suggestions and then I’ll update the article.

      • Barry Kooij

        Hey there,

        Any update on this? I’d love to hear your opinion on it 🙂

        Kind Regards,

        Barry Kooij

  • redcrew

    Hi Eric,

    Thank you for the in-depth analysis of the different related posts plugins. I loved the table comparing the features for each option. With nRelate closing down, I’ve discovered monetization, personalization, and performance are three key factors people are looking at for related posts.

    • followistic

      Hi Deborah,

      thanks for the kind words. The post was a lot of work and it’s great to know you appreciate it 🙂
      I hope I can update the post in the future whenever there are new and interesting related content plugins, so that it’s always up to date.

  • FizX

    Outbrain show more outbound links than links from your site. So you are doing FREE service to them to send outbound traffic to them and NO you cannot OPT out from it. So bottom line you will show 6 of their links and 4 of yours.. If you are lucky..

  • Dan Knauss

    I think you’re understating the performance issues with the plugins that have been banned with some hosts. This is a serious issue. It’s not just about the size of your site, it’s about visits/users, especially concurrent users. These plugins do not do well under load. Benchmarking them for performance would probably be the single most useful selection criterion.

  • Ivan M
  • Isabell Gr

    Is this only available at the bottom in posts? Is it possible to get it at the top of the first page?

  • Sarah

    Thanks for this, decision made, Zemanta it is for my blog.

  • James Montgomery

    Great list, you should try out Related Posts Pro, it has a really cool “post pool” visualization –

  • M Teguh A Suandi

    Hi Eric,

    I just published my related posts plugin on You may want to check this Hopefully it can help someone out there.

  • CockShowcase

    Thanks for the post

  • Vladimir Unguru

    Hi Eric,

    Thank you very much for your in-depth article. The table helped me to compare the plugins very eficiently. After playing around with YARPP for a week or so, based on your post I definitely would choose Zemanta.

    A small clarification: YARPP is in fact a 2 in 1 plugin. The standard one is self hosted with no registration, whereas the pro is external with registration.

  • Ozer from Limk

    Hey Eric,

    First, thanks for great article. We built Limk as related posts widget for WordPress, Tumblr and Blogger.

    Launched early in this year and the platform served over 500 million recommendations with hundreds of happy publishers.

    Key advantages of Limk:

    – Limk related posts widget is using the direct internal URLs, no redirection urls. Good for SEO juice.

    – Mobile ready, looks great on mobile phones and tablets

    – Stats panel gives all the data you need.

    – Optional monetization is available for publishers.

    Bloggers can give it a shot (it’s free by the way):

    Would love to help anyone to try our platform: [email protected]

  • Clement Chau

    Thanks for such detailed analysis Eric. Speaking about plugins, usually I will try out all of them first from and if it works well and great, i’ll then only purchase from the official develop, lower risk and they do really have hell lot of extensions and plugins and even themes =)

  • Gerald Stade

    Really helpful, well-sructured article for getting a profound good overview about related-post-Tools. Good work.

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  • kate sheren

    I have only heard and use the Outbrain plugin, But these all are new for me. I will definitely try them to see which works best for me.

  • Pankaj kadam

    Hi Eric,

    Many thanks for opening our vision towards such plugins. I would definitely explore them.

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    Thanks for sharing these resources.

    Related post plugins are really important for bloggers because it helps them retain their readers, gives their readers option what to do next when they have finished reading your content, and improves the bounce rate of your website – very important for SEO.

    I have also included other related post plugins in my blog post:

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