Display Related Posts in WordPress More Relevantly and accurately. It is important to make your blog readers feel comfortable, so that they will spend more time on your blog. There are many methods to make readers indulge in your blog and most proved working ones are through Internal Linking, Related Posts and Post Navigation Links.
Display Related Posts in WordPress More Relevantly
In this tutorial, we are going to show you, how to display related posts in WordPress more relevantly and accurately. Generally, related posts are displayed at the end of each article and readers will click on them only if they find those links relevant to the article they finished reading. Related posts can be displayed in different methods based on different factors, but nothing can beat a perfect algorithm.
Problem and Solution
In most of the blogs, related posts displayed are not relevant to that article. This is because of the method they are using and sometime they dont assign taxonomies (categories and tags) properly. Solution to this problem is, just install YARPP plugin and configure it.
Yet Another Related Posts (YARPP) plugin
YARPP helps to display a list of related articles on every post. If you dont want to mess up with code and looking for a hassle free plugin, here it is.
Features in Yet Another Related Posts (YARPP)
Noteworthy features in YARPP:
- Advanced algorithm helps to find related content across the site.
- Includes a templating system to customize the look and feel.
- YARPP caches related entries data and hence no load on server.
- Disallow particular tags and categories from this plugin.
- Display related posts in RSS feeds also.
Yet Another Related Posts (YARPP) plugin algorithm is clearly explained by its author Mitch. Check out this slide for complete info on how this plugin works.
Install and Configure YARPP
Step 1: Install YARPP plugin and go to admin console.
Enter the number of posts to be displayed (by default 5). You can also customize the styling and heading of related posts by using the options available.
Step 2: Display excerpt along with the article link.
Post Excerpt is a piece of content and just can be treated as a teaser. Enter no of words to display and also sort the order of results using the options.
Step 3: Display Related Posts in RSS Feeds
Here is an awesome option that helps to display related posts in your feeds that too along with post excerpt. Just enter the number and click on save options.
Voila, you have successfully installed and configured Yet Another Related Posts plugin, if you need any help drop a comment here and we will get back to you.