There are various methods to increase blog readership and traffic, among which linking related posts is the most widely used one. When asked about how to display relevant contents in a post, it is very possibly that you will say adding internal links or utilizing some related posts plugins.
However, the problem is that most readers do not click on these plain links or to some extent messy related posts usually presented on the footer of your site. In this case, how can you attract more attention from readers to your great site contents? The cure is adding inline related posts boxes.
Starting by giving a brief introduction to what are inline related posts and how they benefit your site, we will, in the latter sections, render a detailed guide to help you show inline related posts on your WordPress site.
What Are Inline Related Posts?
Just as their names suggest, inline related posts are frankly links added to the middle part of a post to show readers some relevant contents in which they may get interested. Nowadays, the using of inline related posts is gaining an increasing amount of popularity among experienced site owners and operators over the web. This is because inline related posts are beneficial to:
- User experience -With these posts inserted in the middle of a post, readers are able to find out more relevant information about your site without distracting themselves from reading the current article.
- SEO – Inline related posts in nature play the role of internal links that promote your website contents. Therefore, they are able to help your search engine rankings to a certain degree.
- Site visibility – The displaying of inline related posts is helpful for lessening the amount of bounce rate, which, in turn, increases your web page views and improve your site visibility.
How to Show Inline Related Posts in WordPress?
With the help of plugins, it is not a difficult job to show inline related posts on your WordPress site. Here, our editors have selected the Inline Related Posts plugin out of the rest to help you thoroughly with the whole process. Check the detailed steps to see how the plugin is utilized.
Step 1: Install the Inline Related Posts plugin
To use the plugin, you need to download it to your dashboard at first. Head over to “Plugins” > “Add New” and enter the plugin name in the search field. Then, click on the “Install Now” button and activate it. If you have any question during the installation process, turn to our in-depth beginners guide about installing WordPress plugins.
Step 2: Style the inline related posts
After activating the plugin, you can find a new item in the “Settings” menu, that is, “Inline Related Posts”. Click on this item to enter the configuration page of the plugin. Here, you will find several setting options provided after you have checked the box next to “Active” option below “Style Settings”
As the screen capture shows, in the “Style Settings” section, you are able to customize the appearance of how inline related posts will be displayed on your site. Since this type of settings mainly revolves around color matching, you can define the items available according to your preference.
What worth mentioning is that the plugin now provides only two free themes, including Minimalist and Shock. The other three themes – Button, kangoo, and Ruby are charged. Therefore, you can only style one out of the two free themes that are enough for most site owners to create simple yet custom boxes to display inline related posts.
Step 3: Change the plugin settings
Below the “Style Settings” section, you are offered with multiple “Plugin Settings” options. As you may see, the plugin endows you with much flexibility to set its behavior. You can define the amount of inline related posts boxes displayed in every single post. It is also possible for you to decide whether to enable inline related posts on existing posts (pages) or not.
Step 4: Decide how the plugin discovers similar posts
In the next, we come to the “Engine Settings” section, where mainly involves determining how the plugin finds similar posts. Presented as below, you can allow the plugin to search for similar posts using only categories, only tags, or both categories and tags. Moreover, you are granted with the ability to modify the attributes of “rel” and “target” links.
Step 5: Choose to enable inline related posts or not in certain posts
In the last section, “Metabox integration”, we suggest you integrate an inline related posts metabox in both pages and posts. By doing so, you are able to publish some individual posts or pages without inserting any inline related posts.
For example, we have newly added a post named as Example Post and do not want it displayed with inline related posts. In this case, all we need to do is entering the post editing page, finding the meta box integrated on the upper right corner, and selecting the checkbox next to the “Post without related posts” option.
After you are done with all the settings mentioned above, remember to click on the “Save” button to store changes. Then, you can visit your site, preview a post, and find the inline related posts in action as below.