Bounce rate is one of the most common issues that every blogger faces and let’s admit it, it’s hard to deal with it. You may keep trying different strategies and still the visitor retention rate might not improve. It’s at this time that a related post widget comes handy, as it works quite well in catching a reader’s attention after he finishes reading a post, thereby making him stay longer on your blog.
Since wordpress comes with thousands of plugins, some great, and some not so great ones, it is important to choose the right one that works most effectively. For this purpose, let’s take a look at the top 5 stylish related post widgets that you can install on your blog:
Easily the most stylish related posts widget that comes with a host of advanced features to customize the plugin according to your needs. You can choose to display related posts only on posts or in the feed as well. There is also an option to manually add a code to your template if you want Wp-thumbie to be displayed at a particular spot. Some of the other useful features is the ability to exclude posts from categories and select different styling for displaying the thumbnails.
Another very elegant plugin that seems almost similar to the Linkwithin plugin that had become a rage recently. However it is better than Linkwithin as it comes with a lot more functionality. Thumbnails are displayed along with the post title and you can choose to display it either at the top or bottom of the post. You can also include the excerpt for each related post if you like.
There are a variety of styles to choose from, including one that looks similar to the one used by Huffington Post. A shortcode feature is also available that makes it easy for you to include the plugin in any post or page whenever you want.
Yet Another Related Posts Plugin or YARPP as it is popularly known, is one of the most popular related post widgets in the wordpress repository. However more than being stylish per se, it is more of a simple yet effective plugin that displays a list of the related posts after each post/page. It also allows you to display related posts in your RSS feeds. One of the best features of this plugin is its ability to disallow certain tags or categories which means related posts will not be displayed on the any posts/pages with those tags & categories.
Another useful related posts plugin that does what the above plugins do but also comes with a little extra functionality. You can exclude posts from categories from being displayed in the list and it comes with thumbnail support as well. You can also choose to display the excerpts in posts and also select the length of the excerpt in words. One extra feature in this plugin is that you can style the list using custom CSS styles from within the Admin area itself.
Similar to nRelate, this plugin adds related post thumbnails after the post content. The plugin is quite customizable and allows you to change the thumbnail sizes and display settings. Not only that, you can also customize the background color, border, text, text sizes, title and excerpt length. Overall, it is a very nice plugin and highly recommended from my side.