You must have visited many blogs and websites. Each blog gives links to its readers to read other posts published on their website. Now, these links give it in different forms. For example, some links he gives his post by hyperlink text to different places. He gives some links in the Recommended Reading section and gives some links at the end of his posts as suggested readings or related posts.
By default, WordPress has the option to show related posts, allowing you to display 3 related posts below any of your posts.
There are many benefits to showing related posts to your visitors, such as:
- User-experience is great
- Your pageviews increase.
- Bounce-rate decreases.
- Engagement increases.
- Internal-linking is a total important factor of SEO.
But whatever by default is an option with related posts in WordPress, it is not so advanced. In this, you have enough limited options. With this, you can not show more than 3 related posts too. If you do not manually manual linking, then in this case if you show more than 3 contextual related posts, you will also benefit in SEO.
Because by doing this you are promoting other content by getting your blog post related to the content of this page, which is a positive ranking signal according to the search engines.
Today we will learn to show Contextually related posts in our WordPress posts by using a plugin. This will help you increase your blog’s page views by automatic internal linking and your Search Engine ranking will also improve.
The name of this plugin is also Contextual Related Posts and it is a very popular plugin with 60,000+ active installs.
Install and activate this plugin. (How to install WordPress plugins?)
After this, you will need to go to Settings> Related Posts.
Its settings page is very long and has many configuration options. You do not have to confuse. You will not even need to edit most of the options.
I am giving screenshots of different sections below. After every screenshot of a section, I will tell you what you actually want to edit. You can use it as settings in this screenshot as well.
Basically, in the above section, you can set whether you want the cache to enable or not, (this will reduce the load on your web server). You can also set which of your post types to show in this, as I have just selected the post type and not the pages.
In the above section, you can configure things that are related posts, which are posts and how many posts are there. As you can see, I have set up to show up to 16 posts.
You set your count accordingly. I have set 16 on this because it is a very rich and multi-page website with much content. You can also exclude and prioritize posts.
These sections above are for output settings, most of the users do not need to edit it.
You can customize the output further in the section below. You can configure the thumbnails in this section and also set can have, if any post featured image may not be what default thumbnail display help.
For most users, default settings are also recommended in this section.
In the section below you can show contextually related posts that will be shown in the feed. Again, normal users are not required to edit this section as well.
Once you have successfully configured all the settings, be sure to save them.
After that, you will be able to see that the posts below your posts, which are contextually shown (according to the relevancy of the content), will be shown below given a screenshot given below your post.