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Display Thumbnails For Related Posts in WordPress

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Display Thumbnails For Related Posts in WordPress: I have been a huge fan of related posts in blogs for some time. They really help your readers by drawing them into the conversation and increase stickiness of your blog. WordPress.com has a similar feature with related posts from various other blog on the network. Variations of the related posts plugins include our very own “Where did they go from here?” plugin and more centralized version such as the Waypath service.

The tutorial linked above explains one way to add thumbnails to your related post links in order to draw your readers attention to the links. The method is not as automated as I would like it to be and does require a few bits of code that is provided but I believe it can really help keep readers on your blog longer. I remember when small pictures were added next to AdSense ads and it raised clickthroughs to such an extent that Google had to re-examine their policy and ended up making them illegal. My suggestion is to keep the thumbnail small and relevant. Automated generation of thumbnails would be much more preferred. As part of the Weblog Tools Collection Plugin Competition 2009, George Spyros has also released his Rich Related Posts plugin that might be of interest.

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  1. Epic Alex (18 comments.) says:

    Hm, strange you chose to link to this, when it was originally posted here: http://buildinternet.com/2009/.....wordpress/

    Images are just copied, and I think it’s word for word copied as well…

    • Mark Ghosh (386 comments.) says:

      Wow, that is embarrassing! I linked to a copied version and did not notice how phony it looked. Link changed to the correct version.

      • Epic Alex (18 comments.) says:

        You’re welcome! And whilst I’m here, I also wrote about using thumbnails with YARPP, but with some jQuery for changing the image on link hover: http://epicalex.com/yarpp-templates

        • sriganesh (1 comments.) says:

          sir, i haev tried , and i got only text and the image is like broken/cracked. i cant get thumbnails. iam new to this, canu help me. iam not fililiar with this

  2. Tinh (11 comments.) says:

    Thanks, that is what I have been looking for a long time, tried some but not happy. Hope this can fit my blog. T

  3. V.C (44 comments.) says:

    Lots of stuff to do =.=
    I don’t like the idea.
    Just keeping it simply is ok.

  4. Shekhar saxena (1 comments.) says:

    well.. i just use linkwithin widget to do so.. you can also check that

  5. E. Ali (1 comments.) says:

    I have tried but it doesn’t work. Linkwithin also doesn’t work on my wordPress blog. So I found another one but it shows random posts with images and if you are on single post pages it can shows related posts for categories, that’s all.. I need this one (your plugin) but like I said above it doesn’t work on my blog.

  6. Blogsdna (1 comments.) says:

    I have developed one WordPress plugin Wp-Thumbie which can display thumbnail related posts with full customization of thumbnail size, number of posts along with post excerpt.

    WP-Thumbie can also display related posts with thumbnails in feeds (know issue – styling gets messed up)

    Here is link to Wp-Thumbie :- http://www.blogsdna.com/5038/w.....na-lab.htm

    P.S Plugin uses Contextual Related posts plugin as base plugin.

  7. shoaib (1 comments.) says:

    this is just awesome,m still playing with these plugins,thnx

  8. Dzinerfusion (1 comments.) says:

    Thanks for the post! I was just looking for a thumbnail mod for my wordpress theme!



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