Generating and maintaining traffic to your blog is not just about SEOs or great content (which are needful by the way). To really maintain continuous traffic, you must convert every visitor into a loyal fan (who eventually become paying customers). How do you do this? Simple! Give them more great content and find a way to keep them on your site longer. The key to doing this is to make your site as easy to make your website as easy to navigate as possible, so that your readers can easily find what they are looking for.
The best way to keep your readers moving all around your website and keep them reading your articles is by showcasing related content either at the end of your articles or as internal links within the articles. The problem with the latter is that as your articles grow in volume, it becomes increasingly difficult to link internally, but you can always display as many related articles as possible at the end of your articles. Below are some of the best related-post plugins for WordPress.
- Yet Another Related Post Plugin (YARPP): This is indeed one of the most utilized free related-post plugin for WordPress powered websites, as it currently boasts over 3.4 million users. This plugin gives you the ability to link to your older but relevant articles, either on the sidebar or at the very bottom of your article.
Depending on your preference, you can also choose between the thumbnail view and the list view. The plugin has an impressive algorithm that automatically selects and suggest related articles based on the content of the body, the title, tags and the categories where the articles are placed.
- Contextual Related Posts (CRP): This is another great WordPress plugin and it is also free. It allows you to highlight related posts at the bottom of the content, as well as on the sidebar. It also allows you to do the same at specific points in your article, by using short codes. Aside from this, you can dictate the number of posts you want it to display and how recent you want them to be.
- Yuzo: This is also another free related-post plugin. The major problem witnessed when using YARPP and CRP is that they can be very resource-intensive, which makes them slow. With Yuzo however, this problem is completely annihilated. Yuzo, is not only optimized for speed, but also features a slicker design as well as immense customization allowance, that enables you to tweak around a lot of details until you have the perfect display for your specific article.