Would you like something that automatically finds all of the related posts on your WordPress site and adds links to them in the relevant articles for you? How about if it added links to the related posts in your RSS feed too? Well, there’s a nice little WordPress plugin that does just that called Yet Another Related Posts Plugin (or YARPP for short).
I’d been looking for something to do that for a while and decided to give this one a try. I first heard about the YARPP plugin on a podcast by Yaro Starak when he interviewed David Risley. David runs a very attractive blog about running an internet business and mentioned several plugins he uses on his website.
It seemed like a good way to make this website stickier by showing visitors content that was relevant to what they were already reading. I know linking to your other posts and self-pinging does that too but it isn’t automated. I also don’t like the self-ping “feature” of WordPress much at all.
I was skeptical about how well it would work but it actually does a pretty darn good job. In fact, it found a few related posts for some articles that I’d forgotten I’d even written. It didn’t always find what I wanted but overall it does great job. This was using the default settings for the most part too. I’m sure as I play with the options the results will get even better.
There was a note in the FAQs about performance issues but I haven’t seen any problems yet. The programmer suggested using a plugin to cache your site. I’m already doing that and YARPP does some caching of it’s own too.
Unless you’ve already got something you like, or have loads of time for doing it manually, give Yet Another Related Posts Plugin a try and let us know how it goes.
Do you already use this plugin or one like it? How well does it work for you?
Thinks magically finding related posts is super cool.
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