The 10 Best Related Posts Plugins for WordPress

WordPress Related Posts by Zemanta

Zemanta WordPress Related Posts Plugin


The Pros: Nice interface with attention to detail,A�ability to manually select related postsA�and it’s free

The Cons:A�Not much to put here really 🙂

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The Details

Zemanta is well known for its plugin and browser extension enhancing blog content. And they have been at it for several years already. So, those guys build a lean related posts plugin simply calledA�”WordPress Related Posts“. And it delivers: Out of the box the plugin suggests content, either as thumbnails or text links.

And there is one thing that makes the WordPress Related Posts plugin really stand out: While editing a new post you can A�manually change the content suggestions that the plugin chose for you automatically. That might sound like a small thing, but if you’ve ever used a fully automated related posts plugin and had some nonsense suggestions below your article that you could not change, you’ll actually appreciate the option very much. Zemanta clearly has an ear for the needs of bloggers.

If you have used Zemanta before, you’ll feel right at home with WordPress Related Posts. It’s easy to setup, does not require you to register and has a very neat user interface. Unsurprisingly, we are not the only ones who like the plugin as it has more than one million downloads under its belt already.

The hosting happens externally which means your server does not have to keep up with computing the recommendation algorithm. That makes the WordPress Related Posts plugin suitable for any sort of hosting provider. In case you prefer a related posts plugin that does not call a 3rd party server you should check out YARPP or Contextual Related Posts (link).

Zemanta offers some very handy statistics on the performance of the plugin. You can see the click through rate (CTR), page views and clicks in realtime. This is worth to point out as many other plugins are falling short on analytics.

Finally, there’s the option to include native ads and hereby monetize your blog. Of course, that requires you to register first.

All in all, WordPress Related Posts is a great plugin for every blogger focussed on editorial quality. The option to manually change the content suggestions is well implemented and comes in handy more often than expected. Also, if you came looking for a nrelate alternative WordPress Related Posts by Zemanta is a good way to go!


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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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