The 10 Best Related Posts Plugins for WordPress

Contextual Related Posts

Contextual Related Posts WordPress Plugin

 

The Pros: Recommendation based on context, many options for customization, no registration required and it’s free

The Cons: Requires basic CSS knowledge, blocked for some hosting companies

Publishers site:A�www.ajaydsouza.com/wordpress/plugins/contextual-related-posts/
Wordpress link:A�www.wordpress.org/plugins/contextual-related-posts/

The Details

As its name indicates the idea behind Contextual Related Posts is that recommendations are made on a contextual basis, meaning that a post can be recommended as related although it is not from the same category or has the same keywords. In fact, the plugin “understands” the meaning of an article (as far as a WP plugin can do that…). Especially for the lazy ones around who do not tag their posts this is great news (you should tag them though, Followistic works way better then 🙂

Beyond this key point of differentiation the Contextual Related Posts plugin actually offers a clean user interface with many different options to customize the displaying of the widget. Text links work out of the box while thumbnail recommendations are a bit more tricky to set up. CSS knowledge sure helps.

The plugin is self-hosted, meaning just as with YARPP, it can actually slow down your website if it is very large. That is why some hosting companies such as WP Engine actually do not allowA�the use of Contextual Related Posts. So, if you are with WP Engine you should better look for a plugin with external hosting such asA�ZemantaA�orA�Contextly.

As Contextual Related Posts is self-hosted there is no registration required and the plugin is free of charge. The developer behind it, Ajay Da��Souza, is very customer-friendly and answers all questions in the WP forum himself. Pretty cool 🙂

On a side note, there is no option to monetize with Contextual Related Posts. However, if you came here looking for a pure related posts plugin you were probably not looking for that option anyways.

 

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Eric

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? https://wordpress.org/plugins/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.

  • http://www.fiz-x.com/ 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..

  • http://newlocalmedia.com 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?

  • http://www.themommycity.co.za/ 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 – https://99robots.com/products/related-posts-pro/

  • http://mtasuandi.com M Teguh A Suandi

    Hi Eric,

    I just published my related posts plugin on WordPress.org. You may want to check this https://wordpress.org/plugins/sebar/. Hopefully it can help someone out there.

  • http://cockshowcase.com 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.

  • http://Limk.com 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):

    https://app.limk.com/auth/signup?utm_source=register

    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 http://www.socialambush.com 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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  • http://www.wordsuccor.com/ 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.

  • http://www.abiwrites.com abiwrites

    Hi,

    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:
    http://www.abiwrites.com/best-wordpress-related-posts-plugin-for-2016

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