Related Posts

The Related Posts feature pulls relevant content from your blog to display at the bottom of your posts. It uses your post content, tags, and categories to automatically generate a list of relevant posts on your site.

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When this feature is enabled, a section of related posts appears just underneath your Sharing Buttons and Likes (if you’ve turned these on). To turn related posts on and off:

  1. Go to the My Sites Switch Sites and select your site (if you have more than one).
  2. Click Tools → Marketing.
  3. On the Traffic tab that appears, scroll down to the “Related Posts” settings.
  4. Select either “Show related content after posts” or “Hide Related” content after posts” to turn the feature on or off.
  5. Don’t forget to scroll to the bottom of the page and click Save Settings.

You can also opt to display a “Related” header to better separate the section from the end of your post — just check the box to show a “Related” header.

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To make the section more visual, you can check the box next to “Use a large and visually striking layout” to display accompanying images next to the post titles.

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You can also display related posts directly inside the content of a page or post by inserting the Related Posts block. See our guide on how to use this block.

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If your blog meets the following requirements, then a “Related posts” section will appear on your My Sites → Tools → Marketing Traffic page:

  • At least 10 published posts (to avoid simply cross-linking posts with one another).
  • At least 500 bytes (about 100 words) per post
  • Must not be using a theme that already has a built-in related feature (like Traveler or Opti). For those themes the feature is disabled.
  • The site must be public and not in Coming soon or Private mode.

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General Information

  • Related content is automatically generated. At the moment, you can’t manually override any of the post links.
  • If your site is upgraded to Premium or a higher plan, you can customize the appearance of the “Related” section using custom CSS.

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Details on Related Post Thumbnails

  1. A post’s featured image will appear as the thumbnail. If you haven’t set a featured image for the post, we will look for slideshows and galleries, and then for any images that may be attached to the post. If we don’t find any image attached to that post, we’ll look for single images you may have inserted in the post.
  2. If you’ve used a 3rd-party service image (for example, Flickr) in a post, as long as it’s publicly accessible, servers will pull the image, scale it to the appropriate size, and then set it as the post’s thumbnail.
  3. Images must be greater than 350px wide by 200px tall, otherwise, they will not be included.
  4. Thumbnails are resized and cropped automatically to be 350px wide by 200px tall (1.75:1 ratio) to allow for a consistent visual display. Since this is done automatically, there’s no way to fine-tune where the image is cropped.

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These instructions are referring to the WP Admin interface. To view this interface, click the Screen Options tab in the upper right corner and select Classic view.

To turn Related Posts on and off in wp-admin, go to Settings → Reading there. Scroll down to the options next to “Related posts” and select either “Show related content after posts” or “Hide related content after posts.” Don’t forget to scroll to the bottom of the page and click Save Changes.

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