Do you ever wonder what happens when your readers reach the end of your posts? What do they click on? Where do they go next? What if you’ve piqued a reader’s interest and left them wanting more, but don’t give them the option to do so?
Today, we’re so happy to announce Related Posts on WordPress.com — one of the most requested features from users. Now, we’ll search your site for similar posts you’ve written and display a “Related” section at the end of every post, like this:
If you post a lot of images, you can jazz this section up with post thumbnails as well. To activate image thumbnails, head to Settings → Reading and scroll down to the “Related Posts” section.
It’s mobile ready of course:
We’re excited about this feature — it allows your readers to dive deeper into your site and discover more of your content, keeping them satisfied and intrigued, and helps to drive more traffic to your site and its archives, giving your visitors more options to click around and stay engaged.
We’ve turned Related Posts on for all WordPress.com sites, but if you don’t want to use the feature just yet, or don’t think it’s for you, go to Settings → Reading, scroll down to the “Related Posts” section, and turn it off.
We hope you enjoy it — do let us know what you think about it. In the meantime, we’ll continue to fine-tune it so your experience is the best it can be!
I’m thrilled to see this. Almost changed themes just to get this feature. I hope the “Relateds” will actually be related, but given the fallibility of algorithms, perhaps something more general like “Also on this blog” should be used. Or maybe an option to leave off the heading. Or fill in something of our own choosing. In any case, thanks WordPress.
Xiao, thanks for the reply. I’ve now made the setting change and have got thumbnails showing for my related posts. Very cool. Keep up the great work you guys! =)
This is awesome! Have been waiting for this. Thank you.
While I was reading I got excited. “Yes, another new feature,” then abruptly realized I already been using it, prior to this news. Now, I have a place to say load and clear, THANK YOU!
Bravo! Bravo! Bravo!
Hooray for WordPress.com!
This is a very cool option. Do like the thumbnails
But like Pied Type have a feeling some of the “related posts” won’t be related. A choice of title/phrase would be nice.
Still – very cool!
Yes! I’ve been wanting to do this for so long. I saw that some of the bloggers I follow have related posts at the bottom of their blogs already.
It´s fantastic!!!! but I can´t see that in my blog… And I´ve just came to visit the settings- reading place and check that related posts is on….
It could be because I´ve just 9 or 10 posts? I´m blogging just for one month…
Can I turn it off? My readers are only interested in going to the next post, being a chronological novel… So it’s kind of annoying for me.
Thanks so much for this excellent feature which many bloggers have requested and waited so long for. I’m sure it will be appreciated.
Thanks a lot for making WordPress experience better than it already is! ;)
That’s nice to see. Its a neat feature to be implemented. Keep up the good work WP.
OMG This is WHAT I Need…THIS!! THANK YOU
Just noticed this feature in one of my posts and came looking for more information. It was a nice surprise to see it there. I recently started doing a ‘Kitchen Memories’ feature at the bottom of each post (okay, when I remember), providing links to posts one, two … years ago. That’s a lot of work! I may use both, one being chronological, and the other ‘related,’ (I’m assuming based on tags or categories?). Anyway, thank you! Off to change the settings now to enable the thumbnails.
Its supercalifragilisticexpialidocious !! Thankyou kindly ♥
Related Posts,,, at last! :-)
I think it is a great idea, I love it. I think wordpress is awesome and it just keeps getting better.
I’m so excited to see this! Can I “like” this post 10 more times?
Wow! I’m so happy about this! I’ve always been secretly jealous of other blogs which have this feature. Not any more! :-)
Good, good, good! I’ve been waiting for this. Happy :) Thanks.
Thank you so so much! <3
I love wordpress.com every day even more!
Yay! Have been wanting this feature, so thank you. Jane
Nice addition. One of the comments I get (in person) from followers and others who check out my blog is that “comments” is not a very helpful word when they wish to do more in terms of my blog. Now that clicking “comments” at the end of a post includes Related as well as Like and Comments, perhaps a new term is needed to indicate what viewers/readers can do
This makes me VERY HAPPY!!!! Is there are way I can choose what posts appear as “related”?
Interesting feature, so far so good. Thank you.
Love this feature. Thank you WordPress:)
Great !! had always wanted this option, especially when I usd to see on other blogs.. Thanks…:)
that’s awesome! It will be a great widget to be attached on my blog. :)
So the related posts are based on category similarities? Can you make it (either additional or optional) so that tag similarities are calculated in the algorithm as well?
Question: Do the thumbnails come from featured image? What if I have a related post which does not have any featured image but does have images in the body? Will WordPress grab the picture from the body?
Thank you very, very much!! A so long wanted improve that will add more value to the reader experience (and to WordPress.com as well). The last very important thing it´s already here. Thanks to all the team and keep the good work!
Cool feature to have. I’ve been doing the related articles manually, but this will be useful to have to connect readers to other recommendations.
This is great, have been wishing for this. In fact, I saw that it was already activated on my blog a couple of days ago, but now I need to wait for a new post before it’s turned on?
I am glad this feature is now available. For the past several months of blogging I’ve been manually adding my Related Posts at the bottom of each blog entry (I’ve even asked an app developer friend to whip me up a code to generate the thumbnails) and it has definitely driven up my stats. If I have a particularly nice post, I see that people check out Related Posts almost automatically, so it triples (or even quadruples) my views each time.
Question, though: What factors contribute for a post being considered “related” to another post? Tags? Common phrases? I have noticed that the Related Posts have taken effect on my blog two days ago (so they now appear after my self-generated ones), but so far I can’t figure out how a post is deemed related to another.
Is there any way (or, can I possibly request this feature for the near future?) that we can select what appears on Related Posts? For now I’ll be sticking to my semi-manually added Related Posts. :D
Thanks for heeding our requests, though! You rock, WordPress!
I love this feature and just set it up on my blog! Thanks WordPress!
This ia a great idea. I don’t have enough posts to warrant “related post” yet as I’m only on the 4th one but I do so look forward to that crucial time!
Brilliant! I’ve been looking for this feature. Thank you WordPress!
Yep love it!
I love this feature! Finally it comes to WordPress.com! It would be better if I can choose how the related articles are display. Eg bigger thumbnails, in point form, number of related articles to display. Anyway, thank you WordPress team!
Thanks nice feature
A great feature! I think that the content is more magazine-like now.
Thank you wordpress!
Lovely & exciting feature!
Thank you so much.
But does it work for all themes? It doesn’t work for “twenty thirteen”.
This is great! Thank you!
If my images are hosted externally on a service like photobucket, flickr or instagram, will they show in the thumbnails? Thanks!
This is a good feature, but I wish I had the option to choose the related posts manually when desired. I’ve put my own “related links” at the bottom of posts at times, and usually like to include one or more links from other blogs too.
It is a nice feature and will work great on many sites but sadly I’ve had to turn it off as it doesn’t quite work for me as the suggested related posts are misleading. Thank you for allowing us the opportunity to enable or disable it though, very much appreciated.
My blog is a technical blog about restoring old Land Rovers and my categories are already setup to break posts down into specific areas of the vehicle so for example a post about fitting a new water pump will be in the ‘cooling system’ category, a post about repairing an alternator would be in the ‘electrics’ category etc, etc. The related posts feature is picking up posts across mutliple categories so is ending up virtually random.
It would work great if it could select posts from within the same category as that would then select genuinely related posts in my case.
Thank you for the related feature… I am keeping it turned on :) :)
Fantastic! Thank you! I’d seen this on a friend’s blog and wondered how it could be done – thank you for introducing this feature here for those of us who aren’t tech-savvy enough to do it ourselves :)
I love the feature but I have a question. How does it decide what’s related? Is it by categories, tags or something in the text?
This feature makes me happy.
OMG, It’s about time. I am excited! woohoo
Such a great feature! Just another reason why I will never hassle with going out on my own for my blog when I can get everything I need right here :)
It would be good in future updates to consider removing the word count limit, as photo-blogs that rely on the images telling the story (rather than articles with several sentences of words), will miss out on this feature, and it would be a shame as a lot of people that visit these “gallery” type blogs would probably make greater use of the related content feature. It wouldn’t be such an issue if WordPress was purely for writing, but with so many photoblog themes relying on the images to tell their story, it means unless they add a few sentences they will get neglected.
For example, my humour site is purely for visual fun and is highly social media shareable and therefore does not need 100 words of explanation with each image. And yet misses out sharing related funny images of a similar subject matter because of the need for a large word count on each post.
I do however agree the need for a 10 post minimum, and maybe even a 3 tag minimum to allow for the system to correctly find related content, something even photoblogs can easily accomodate.
Excellent work all the same!
Thank you so much !
I’m very happy with this new feature, but … I would prefer that the “Related” section appears just after the text of the post and not after other sections like “share with” etc
Thank you so much for this – I was manually adding something similar to the ends of my posts and now I don’t have too! Yay :)
This is cool. It would be especially cool if STATS cold be provided showing the number of hits specifically from the related links.
When you grab thumbnails, what are the ratios? If the original is a rectangle, does it make it a square? Also, what if there are no images on some posts and images on others and you use the thumbnail option? Will it leave a space as if there was an image?
Love this feature.
I had initially turned it off, kind of startled by the change. I appreciate stability.
I just turned it back on and the first post I clicked on showed posts that for the most part are truly related. I was pleasantly surprised as it seemed to use text within the post, rather than categories/tags. I use so few of them, that most posts will have maybe one or two. The only question I have is, will these related posts stay within my blog? I am kind of particular about content and would be concerned if links take readers to sites I would not visit myself.
Thank you so much for this new feature.
VERY happy to have this feature! Is there a way to adjust this so the images and fonts are larger, images and headlines are stacked, and so that it could display the full headline, etc?
Hi all, as much as I like the general idea: The “related” posts now showing are in no way related to the posts where they show, possibly leaving my worried readers to wonder if I was entirely sober when I established those “relations”. So I am sorry to report I’ll turn them off (decision wht is related to what should – in my eyes – be left to the post authors).
It’s an amazing feature!
I’m not seeing the related posts section show up on my blog http://illustrationage.com.
This is wonderful news – WordPress is the best! A question in relation to the Expound theme which I have been using lately. Expound has had related posts before, this is one of the features I choose it. But it seems like its related posts feature is different than the new feature for all other wp.com blogs. In the future, is Expound going to switch to the wp related posts feature, or will it remain an outsider in this regard? Thanks again.
You rock, thank you Xiao!
Yes. I really liked this. It’s so long I look forward to this feature. Until I do it manually on each end of my article. And it seems now I can leave the manual way and handed it to the fitus.
Thank you wordpress
I would like to suggest having a little more text appearing. On my blog (wordstodeeds.com) only part of the title shows (often not enough for readers to understand the content and know whether they want to click through or not).
Otherwise, like many others here, I’m delighted that the function has finally arrived.
Good Idea to inform readers others topics and keep them a bit longer on your site!
I was waiting for this for a so long time. WordPress.com Team and Community is the best. Thank you so much.
Thank you, Love it, Love it, Love it!!!
Sounds like a great feature! Doesn’t seem to be working right now for my blog posts….I did turn on the feature. I’ll check tomorrow. My theme is Twenty Eleven. Would this be for new blog posts going forward only?
This isn’t a new feature though, is it? I remember this from when I started, about five years ago.
So happy ; this is a real blog booster!
I have to agree with everyone else. Totally love it. Been waiting for this feature for years. :cool:
Why is the top border only assigned to the string “Related” and not to the “jp-relatedposts” div? The small line looks weird compared to the Likes, Rating, Sharedaddy and G+ sections. All these sections have a border that – at least on Truly Minimal – stretches across the whole content column. How about removing the border-top from “div.jp-relatedposts .jp-relatedposts-headline em:before” and assigning the “sd-block” class?
A downside is the worsening of the pagination problem. With another section below our posts, the pagination links tend to move even further away from the content.
Thank you so much for this! Really helpful!
Related post? Can’t wait to get there!
This is a great idea, thanks very much for implementing it. Is it possible to set this feature so that the entire title of the “related” post appears, rather than just the first few words of the title? Not all of my posts have short titles, and for some of those posts it is difficult to tell what the post is about without the whole title showing – so it is unlikely that readers will click through to look at it.
I’d also like the option of choosing what the related posts are, or even just seeing what they are before publishing. Thanks!
Thanks! This is an awesome feature!
Fantastic, I have been craving for this function for so long. Could you tell us what is the logic behind it? I mean does it take into account more the “Categories” or the “Tags” of each post, or other? Thank-you, great work :)
@HoarderComesClean, that is a great suggestion for further improvement! :)
Hmm. I was really excited to see this feature since I’ve been wanting it for awhile, but I don’t even have the option to turn it on. Grrr.