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Show Related Post In WordPress With Thumbnails : WordPress Plugin

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Show Related Post In WordPress With Thumbnails : WordPress Plugin

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:

nRelate related thumbnail plugin

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.

 

WP-thumbie:

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.

Wp Thumbie Wordpress Thumbnail Related Posts

WpThumbieOptionPage

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?

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  • Vivek Nath.R

    Like it, Going to install WP-Thumbie in my blog.

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  • Igwe

    I have been using linkwithin plugin,it seems i will deactivate and start using YARRP plugin since you have suggested that YARRP is good for CTR,what do you suggest?

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  • Daniel Lee

    Thanks for the great piece of code! Via the WordPress forum, I found some extra code to adapt it for showing multiple tags. However, I’m running into a problem I cannot fix: I’m using posts with several tags. The effect is that some posts are turning up twice in the results. I’ve checked the loop page on WordPress, but cannot get the code right. Do you have any idea on how I can fix this? You can see the code I’m using here:

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  • Jon Page

    how did you made that… I have just installed that plug in now… but I deactivated because it shows different post?

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  • Rakesh Narang

    Hey harsh, i agree with you, this is a heavy plugin so i think to reduce load time i would probably use YARRP. What say?

    – Rakesh

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  • Leiwei

    I had a problem with WP-thumbie before not generating thumbnails on another site but I figure it’s probably the theme. I’d like to incorporate it but was wondering if it works with the atahualpa theme. Also is horizontal column styling available now?

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  • Sriharsh

    Thanks for the post “Wp-Thumbie”

    I am going to try it on ma blog.

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  • SEOux

    Hi, you aren’t using it at the moment :)

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    • Harsh Agrawal

      Seoux I was using it, but due to server load I have to remove it, since pulling lots of thumbnails, create lots of php calls. I will be moving to more powerful dedicated server and than I will use it.

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  • Extreme John

    I am using this plugin thanks to your referrel, I do have a question though. How did you get rid of the silly link that they forced into the box?

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  • radikal

    Did it working with external image, like from other server :)

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  • Extreme John

    As always I find something else to help me out at Shout Me Out Loud, just installed Thesis and wasn’t happy with how YARPP was displaying along with my Twitter and Facebook share buttons.

    This looks much better, now I just need to figure out how to color it and I will be set. Thank you and RT

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    • Harsh Agrawal

      Extreme I’m glad you find it useful. Here are my codes. Hope it will help you to design your theme related post.
      /******************************************************************/

      /* WP-Thumbie */

      #wp_thumbie {background:#FFFBCC; font-family:verdana,arila,serif; font-size:12px; font-style:normal; color:#4E4848;margin-top:10px;margin-bottom:10px;}

      #wp_thumbie_image { float:left; margin: 2px 10px 5px 7px; padding: 2px 2px 2px 2px; border:1px solid #EBDDE2;}

      #wp_thumbie_title {padding:2px 2px 2px 0px;}

      #wp_thumbie_title a{font-family:Georgia,serif; font-size:14px; font-weight:bold; text-transform:none; letter-spacing:0px; line-height:1.1em; text-decoration:none; color:#386990;}

      #wp_thumbie_title a:hover{color:#386990; text-decoration:none; }

      #wp_thumbie_thumb, #description {margin-left:0px;}

      #wp_thumbie_li {border-bottom:1px solid #EBDDE2; padding: 5px 5px 10px 0px;}

      #wp_thumbie_li:hover{background:#fafafa;}

      #wp_thumbie_rl1 {color:#333333; font-family:Georgia,Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif; font-size:1.1em; font-weight:bold;line-height:1.4em;margin:0 0 8px;}

      #wp_thumbie_rl2 {font-size:10px;font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;}

      /******************************************************************/

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  • Ed

    Hi, I also use Thesis theme but according to the thesis team, it’s imossible to display thumbnail retrieved from the post image as it’s stored in custom fields and I’ve talked to Sadip about this problem. Surprisingly you use Thesis and it works here. Could you advise how to make this plugin compatible with thesis theme. Thank you in advance.

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    • Sandip

      Hi Ed,

      Yea I have got couple of users reporting issue with thesis theme, dont worry next release of wp-thumbie will provide you option to use image as attachment or using custom field.

      That will take care of all thesis theme users.

      Reply
  • Rajesh Kanuri

    hope that the author releases the latest version soon with the option to leave the credit… :)

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  • Rajesh Kanuri

    far better when compared with link within..

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  • VISHAL

    Thanks for the post dude….

    I am going to try it on ma blog :)

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  • Harsh Agrawal

    Dinesh it is and it has extra edge over SEO . Since Likwithin only helps in reducing bounce rate but no extra edge for SEO.

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  • Nihar

    Harsh,

    I must admit that linkwithin is very good. it has improved the bounce rate. But this is very good as the link is internal not redirected from other site.

    Thanks for sharing. Will head to blogsdna and install it.

    I like the CSS you have applied above for related post and also sidebar.

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    • Harsh Agrawal

      Thanks Nihar. You are right about the internal linking advantage and that’s why now I prefer this one over linkwithin.

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  • Surender Sharma

    Thumbnail in related posts is an awesome feature and it can reduce the page bounce rate.
    But I am struggling to get it done correctly on my blog.

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    • Harsh Agrawal

      Surender I guess that’s because of your blog CSS. Please check with that or let me know in case if I can help you with it.

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  • George Serradinho

    I guess if you want the thumbnail then it’s ok, I doubt if this really makes any difference to the user having thumbnails. It’s just my opinion thogh :)

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    • Harsh Agrawal

      George Thumbnail make it interesting and increase the CTR. Remember images speaks 100 words, same thing is here… I have seen the difference in my no. of page views after using this plugin.

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    • Sandip

      Have you ever tracked how your visitors utilizing your related posts links ? I am sure you haven’t.

      Give it a try and see the difference.

      Reply
  • George Serradinho

    I will have a look at the plugin, what’s the difference between this and YARP?

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    • Harsh Agrawal

      George
      The basic difference is thumbnails..which make them more attractive..

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  • Shahab Khan

    I tried this plugin on my blog…but its not showing up the thumbnails. Don’t know why?
    Anyway i’ll try it once more

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    • Harsh Agrawal

      Shahab check with the settings and also permission of cache folder..

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      • Shahab Khan

        There are some requirements for this plugin to work.
        1: WordPress 2.5+ : this is no problem for me.
        2: Php GD library in webhost: but what’s this???

        Going to google it!

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        • Sandip

          Php GD library is for image processing. since wp-thumbie on fly generates thumbnails it requires Php GD library to do so.

          99% of webhost has php GD library so it wont be issue for most users.

          have you set wp-thumbie and wp-thumbie/cache folder permissions to 777 ??

        • Shahab Khan

          yes i’ve set wp-thumbie permission to 777 but i am still getting problems!
          I think the problem may be due to css!

  • techprism

    Nice Thumbnail Related Posts Plugin but i want to ask that can these posts in vertical or in columns.Thanks ..

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    • Sandip

      As of now we have vertical and row format listing (when you want your own styling) and soon horizontal style listing will be added in next plugin update. So you will have complete freedom with styling part as well as full customization to suite your need.

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      • Sourish Nath

        Thanks Sandip.Waiting for the next Update :)

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      • Ravi Kochhar

        The plugin is not compatible with the latest version of wordpress (3.4.1). Its better you come up with the update soon so as to make it compatible with the latest wordpress version so that more people can take benefit of it. I for one am waiting for it.

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  • Tech Buzz

    will use this on my blog now, Thanx for sharing

    can u suggest the best Adsense plugin for WP ?

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  • Sourish Nath

    The plugin looks good but takes more space than LinkWithin.

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    • Harsh Agrawal

      Sourish the benefit of this plugin is interlinking along with usability. Link with in does not provide SEO benefits as your posts are not directly linked with each other.

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      • Sourish Nath

        Thats true.Either Linkwithin or Blogs DNA should come up with a more compact version with the above features meantioned by you.

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        • Harsh Agrawal

          Sourish I think that’s fair. If you are using link with in plugin, they also put the same link. I guess plugin author deserver a link back.. How does it make a difference? Specially when you getting better feature then link with in plugin and just one backlink like link with in?

      • Shahab Khan

        Thats the real benefit of this plugin. I didn’t noticed that.
        Anyway one more thing they also put their small link too after related posts… thats really irritating!

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        • Harsh Agrawal

          Shahab I had a word with Sandip , the author of the plugin and he confirmed me that inn upcoming update, they will give an option to remove credit..

    • Sandip

      I am not sure how you comparing Linkwithin space consumption with wp-thumbie. Wp-thumbie provides you option to change thumbnail size along with option to change number of posts to show.

      Feature plugin update will let you to have horizontal styling too. so your space concerns wont be any issue with wp-thumbie.

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  • Sandip

    Thanks alot Harsh for reviewing Wp-Thumbie. I hope your blogger readers will find it useful.

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    • Harsh Agrawal

      Sandip its a very useful plugin and I’m sure users will love to use it. Thanks for wonderful plugin.

      Reply

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