When ever we talk about lower down the bounce rate of a website, we highly recommend to use internal linking and show related post by the end of the blog post. By showing related posts, you are giving your users to take some action and read more posts. Now, if you wish to show related posts links only, one of the best plugin is YARPP but to increase the CTR of related posts, it’s always a good idea to show related posts with thumbnail.
WordPress plugins to show posts with thumbnail
There are third party services like Linkwithin which does this job pretty well and without requirement of coding knowledge, but it gives very less or negligible SEO value, as all your related posts are not directly linked. Here are few plugins, which you can use to show related posts with thumbnail after your blog posts.
nRelate related content:
This is the plugin that I’m using here at ShoutMeLoud, and of all the related post plugin, this one is lighter and faster. It will not consume too much of your server resource, and you get plenty of configuration option. This is the first plugin that I recommend, and you can download it from here.
My friend Sandeep from BlogsDNA has come with a very useful plugin to show related post in WordPress with thumbnail. This plugin will show related posts based in context and you can configure lots of settings from plugin option page.
Here is screenshot of Plugin in action and its option page.
This plugin is another plug and play plugin. You can make changes in CSS and design from the plugin editor page. Though even if you don’t this plugin will look good to start with.
Download plugin (not recommended anymore, as this plugin has not been updated for long). A good alternative is Zementa related post plugin, which is also thumbnail enabled. You can download it from here.
Now, many premium WordPress themes come with in-built feature of showing related posts along with thumbnail, but when you are using free themes, such plugins are life saver. Optionally, if you are good with PHP and CSS, you can look for some resources and tutorials on Internet to code it yourself.
I use custom code here at ShoutMeLoud to show thumbnails in my related posts, and I would love to know what method you prefer?