The Best Way to Keep People on Your Site

Judi Knight
Judi Knight Owner , New Tricks

Posted on September 11th 2013

The Best Way to Keep People on Your Site

decreasing bounce rate

If you are blogging on your WordPress website (which you should be doing for oh so many reasons) you want to keep people on your site as long as possible. No, you don’t have to resort to tying them up, but the next best thing to keep them reading is by using a related posts plugin to display a list of related posts with thumbnail images under each of your posts.

Yet Another Related Posts Plugin
(YARPP) is one of the most popular related posts plugins and is recommended by such heavy hitters as Matt Mullenweg, founder of WordPress, Matt Cutts from Google and Joost de Valk developer of the WordPress SEO plugin.

This is handy to have since it will direct visitors to other posts you’ve written on the same or related subjects. When people stay on your site you will decrease your bounce rate, since people are going to read your other entries while at the same time increasing your pageviews.

Joost, an SEO guru, likes this plugin since leaving a trail to other related posts makes it easier for the search engines to get to your older content.

The plugin uses an algorithm to calculate a matching score for the current post and each of your other posts to find the ones to be listed as related under a particular post. You can control the threshold for relevance in the settings, and you can also disallow certain tags or categories so entries in categories such as Portfolio or Press so they won’t be considered.

Judi Knight

Judi Knight

Owner , New Tricks

Judi parlayed her valuable business, coaching, technology and design skills into her business, New Tricks. Judi and her team work with small businesses and entrepreneurs to create an on online presence that reflects their business brand and converts visitors into sales. Not only does New Tricks set up creative, useable WordPress websites, they train their clients to use new technologies and social media tools to reach their business goals. Judi is the co- coordinator of the Atlanta WordPress Users Group with over 800 members, and speaks and consults with organizations on topics such as web design and social media marketing. You can visit her website at, or follow her on Twitter @judiknight.
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Simple message: Use Yet Another Related Posts Plugin (YARPP)

I think it is as simple as giving your audience something to come back for. Maybe you could tease a post that you have been working on at the end of your current published post. But it all first comes down to creating engaging content for your targeted audience. Give your audicence some useful advice that they can take in and share with others, which could turn and affect get those people to your site. Make sure that you post and blog often so that you can sustain your audience. If you aren't coming with content, then they won't come back.

Yes I agree, its better to use Yet Another Related Post Plugin.