Displaying a short list of ‘Related posts’ below every post can be a nice way to increase pageviews and decrease your blog’s bounce rate. But I find most ‘related post plugins’ to be very inaccurate. They either display posts having the same tags or posts that belong to the same category. Newer posts are more likely to be displayed first. Honestly, that’s the best they can actually do! Sounds foolproof right? But what if you know of a post that’s related but is very old. These plugins seldom display the older posts.
The only solution could be to manually select posts that you feel are related. Here’s a plugin that will definitely simplify the entire process. It’s called the Microkids Related Posts plugin.
This plugin neatly integrates into your Write Post page. Every time you write a post you can very easily search for a post that you know of and add it to the bunch of related posts. Check out the screenshot below to know more.
So when I install this plugin, do I have to do this for all my previous posts manually!! The answer is a mix of both yes and no. When I write post A and mark B as related to A, A is also marked as related to B automatically. So when I edit post A, I don’t have to edit post B. That’s half the job done!
So here’s a plugin worth giving a shot. Try it out. If you don’t like it, you could always dump it!
Note: The ‘Similar Posts’ you see below were not generated by the plugin. I’ll be using it when I have the time to do it.