Day 7: Keeping Visitors from Leaving with WordPress’ Yet Another Related Posts Plugin

Keeping Visitors from Leaving with WordPress' Yet Another Related Posts Plugin

In the same vein with using popular posts to keep visitors from leaving, using related posts is also a great way to keep visitors clicking around on your WordPress website.

How to Display Related Posts with WordPress

The Yet Another Related Posts Plugin (YARRP) is a fantastic plugin for displaying related posts.

YARPP has an advanced, versatile, and customizable algorithm providing your visitors with posts that are actually related. YARRP takes many things into account – including post titles, content, tags, categories, and custom taxonomies. With many other features like templating, caching, exclusion, related posts in RSS feeds, and more – YARPP is a no brainer.

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Adding Related Posts to Your WordPress Site

YARRP automatically adds related posts to the end of each post upon installation. If you wish to move the related posts elsewhere, then uncheck the “automatically display related posts” checkbox on the YARPP Options page found under “Settings.”

WordPress Related Posts Options
Yet Another Related Posts Plugin Options Page

Related WordPress Posts Through Widgets

Related Posts WordPress Widget

It doesn’t really get any simpler than this. To add related posts to a widget area, add the widget. No customization necessary.

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Related WordPress Posts Through PHP

For the WordPress theme developers out there, this simple function inside The Loop will add the Related Posts Widget wherever you want it to go.

<?php related_posts(); ?>

Conclusion

Providing visitors with Related Posts help increase the total time on site as well as increase the chances of getting subscribers. Doing so is as simple as installing the Yet Another Related Posts Plugin and letting it do all the work. While possible, customization isn’t necessary.

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