The Related Posts feature pulls relevant content from your blog to display at the bottom of your posts. If the feature is enabled, a section of related posts appears just underneath your Sharing Buttons and WordPress.com Likes (if you’ve turned these on).
To turn the feature on and off, go to your Settings -> Reading page and 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.”
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.
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.
If your blog meets the following requirements, then a “Related posts” section will appear on your Settings > Reading page:
- At least 10 published posts
- At least 500 bytes (about 100 words) per post
- Enough traffic (sites with very low traffic will not get the related posts option)
- Theme other than Expound, Traveler, Opti, or Currents
- Your blog must have at least 10 published posts for related content to appear (to avoid simply cross-linking posts with one another).
- Related content is automatically generated. At the moment, you can’t manually override any of the post links.
- The feature works on almost all themes hosted by WordPress.com. For themes that already have a built-in related feature (Expound, Traveler, Opti, and Currents), the feature is disabled.
- If you have the Custom Design feature, included the WordPress.com Premium and WordPress.com Business plans, you can customize the appearance of the “Related” section using custom CSS.
Details on Related Post Thumbnails
- A post’s featured image will appear as the thumbnail. If you haven’t set a featured image for the post, the feature will pull the first image in the body of the post.
- If you’ve used a 3rd-party service image (for example, Flickr) in a post, as long as it’s publicly accessible, WordPress.com servers will pull the image, scale it to the appropriate size, and then set it as the post’s thumbnail.