Alternatives to nRelate – related posts for Blogger

nRelate announced rather suddenly yesterday that as of December 31st 2014, their services will be shut down. This means that if you have a related or popular posts widget or plugin that is by nRelate on your site they will no longer work come January and you will need to find an alternative.

They advise you to remove and delete all plugins or widgets before that day. As an avid nRelate user, I’m pretty disappointed! I use it for all sites I own and create because I love the custom CSS feature. I know many of you are using it too so here are some alternatives.

Related posts can be a great way of regenerating old content and keeping readers on your blog longer, increasing engagement and reducing your bounce rate.


Linkwithin a very well known related content widget for blog platforms like Blogger, WordPress, TypePad and many others. There’s no need to register, you just enter a few details and it installs instantly. If you’re on a different platfrom from those mentioned above, you’ll have to install it manually which requires adding a few lines of code to your template. Linkwithin is very simple, it doesn’t offer any themes or settings but has a clean design that you can slightly customise depending on your coding knowlege. You can install it here.

Alternatives to nRelate - related posts widget and plugin for bloggers and publishers


Engageya is another well known related posts widget for WordPress, Blogger and other platforms. Enter your details and signup to install. It has quite a few themes to choose from as well as being able to customise it using CSS. There’s an option to add sponsored content as you could on nRelate. This would be my top recommendation at the moment. You can install it here.

Alternatives to nRelate - related posts widget and plugin for bloggers and publishers


Shareaholic provide a related content and recommendations plugin for Blogger, WordPress, Tumblr, Drupal, Shopify, Wix, Squarespace and many others. To install – you enter your details, choose the look of the widget, add the script to your template above </head>, click verify site and finally add the code snippet where you want it to appear. There are several themes to choose from and an option to customise your own. You can get it here.


Content.Ad are another related content system to use on your site, there’s also a quick install for Blogger and WordPress. They have a few themes to choose from, including a custom theme to use your own CSS and you can change the type of widget to be text only, image and text, 2 columns or banner. There’s an option to add sponsored content as you could on nRelate. You can sign up for it here.

WordPress Plugins

There’s a number of Related Posts plugins for WordPress such as CP Related Posts, Jetpack Related Posts, Sharaholic, Contextly Related Links, Related Posts, YARPP, Contextual Related Posts and Related Posts for WordPress.

Taboola, Gravity and Outbrain are other alternatives, although they are targeted at larger, high-traffic publishers. It’s also possible to code you own, I’ll do a tutorial on this in the future.

Only want them on your post pages?

Check out this tutorial if you want to hide related posts on your blog / home page and only show them in the post itself.

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48 responses to “Alternatives to nRelate – related posts for Blogger”

  1. Thanks for this! I’m going to check out ENGAGEYA. I’m also interested in how to code it on our own. Hopefully that’s a possibility with Blogger ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. It is, will have a post up soon! ๐Ÿ™‚

      1. Awesome! Looking forward to your post ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Thank you so much! I just switched my LinkWithin to Engageya as it looks so much cleaner as it is customisable.

    Ivana @

  3. I love Engageya! I was wondering if you knew how to make it not show up on the home page though.. I have page breaks so it says “read more” underneath every post, so I don’t want my recommended content to show up underneath every “read more”.. I just want it so that it’s only at the bottom of a blog post..does that makes sense? Haha, do you know how to do that by any chance?

    1. Hello, will be doing a post on this shortly.

      1. Looking forward to that post on Engageya. I’ve been banging my head against a wall trying to figure out how to get it to show on my post pages ONLY. Love your blog – it’s been a great help!

        1. Hello, thank you so much! Here is that tutorial for hiding related posts on the homepage.

          1. That worked perfectly! Thank you!! ๐Ÿ™‚

    2. Hello Katya, here is that tutorial for hiding related posts on the homepage.

  4. Hi Xomisse,

    How do i make engageya not show on my blog homepage? It’s on blogger.


    1. Hello, will be doing a post on this shortly ๐Ÿ™‚

      1. Hi Elaine, Thanks for this info. just checking to see if you’ve posted the article about removing Engageya thumbnails from the homepage yet. I’m in need of this fix also. Thanks for all your informative posts!

        1. Hey Lori, not yet as the site was down for maintenance for Dec / Jan. Will be coming up this month though!

        2. Hi Lori, here is that tutorial for hiding related posts on the homepage.

    2. Hello, here is that tutorial for hiding related posts on the homepage.

      1. Thanks Misse…Much appreciated!

  5. Hi Elaine,

    You might try out Contextly as well. We’re third-party with awesome related, trending, evergreen and personalized recommendations. There’s editorial controls, while the recommendations are constantly being A/B tested.

    Unlike other plugins we respect reader and publisher data.

    We have a free tier and then paid tiers above that. Think of us as the Cadillac.



    1. Hi Ryan, thanks for letting me know. I’ve added it into the above list ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Hey Elaine!

    When looking for a related-posts plugin to install on my then-new WP blog last year, I thought I wanted LinkWithin since I had had it for a while on my Blogger blog, but then I came across a post w/reasons on why it’s not so good: And I went w/nR instead.

    Now this post comes at a GREAT time! I’m looking fwd to checking out those other plugins. I switched to YARPP recently b/c of how you can still see the related posts on RSS feeds but I’m open to checking out other ones. Which do you have/recommend?

    PS- (Kinda unrelated..) Like you, I also have a plugin that notifies people of replies to their comments on my blog but I like how you can keep the convo going on here rather than elsewhere via email. What plugin do you use :)?

    As always, THANK YOU for this!!

    1. Hello, yeah I mentioned those reasons briefly in my tutorial on nRelate here, I don’t like LinkWithin overall due to the lack of custom options. I actually haven’t had a chance to switch over to a new one yet, planning to do so over the Holidays so will let you know. For comment replies I use Comment Reply Notification, it hasn’t been updated in years though so will probably be changing that over the Holidays too. I do have some people who reply via email instead as it quotes the reply in the email rather than just notifying them but I don’t mind too much.

  7. Oh thank you for this. I had Linkwithin on my blog when it was over on Tumblr but had to remove it when it suddenly started linking to dodgy looking external sites! I emailed them a couple of times about it but had no response. I tried reinstalling it again when I moved over to Blogger but I wasn’t keen on it sitting above my signature and social media links. I think I’ll have a play around with it again or try some of the others you’ve suggested x

  8. Thank you for this post! I just switched to nRelate from LinkedWithin, and I love nRelate! So sad to see them going away!

  9. Hello, thank you for your advices !
    I’ve just installed Engageya, it’s really great. Just one question (may be you had to deal with that to), is it possible to add an default image when the plugin can’t find the thumbnail of the article ? My website and blog is professionnal and for the moment, it shows pictures of women and flowers… Thank you again !

    1. Hey, I don’t think there is but I’m not 100% sure. You’d have to contact them directly to see.

  10. I’m trying out engageya but I hate having it on my homepage, when you speak on this subject again could explain how to hide it from that area. Thanks.

    1. Hey Bria, I have a post on that here.

  11. Hi this is a great post, I started using Engageya and also wanted to know how to fix it so that the related posts section was only on the posts and not on every one on my homepage.
    Here is a super easy fix! Contact the help people on Engageya, with your problem and your URL and I got an e-mail back the next day saying, “Fixed, Happy New Year!”

    Was so happy! x

    1. Hey, that’s awesome. I actually have a post here on how to do this yourself and it’s pretty simple.

  12. Thanks for the recommendations. I’ve tried Engageya on my blog but it’s only suggesting posts within the last year. Is there a way to get it to show posts going back since the blog began? Or can you recommend an alternative widget which doesn’t place a time limit on the posts it displays?

    1. I believe Engageya recommends post that haven’t been read by that user. If you clear your cache you should see posts from various times.

  13. Thank you for sharing this info! I was nervous when I found out nRelate was going away, but this post had my blog fixed up in just a few minutes with Engageya!

  14. I have a problem with Engageya. ๐Ÿ™ It shows on my pages too, not just in my posts. ๐Ÿ™

    1. Hello, this tutorial will help with that ๐Ÿ™‚

      1. Thank you so much! โ™ฅ

  15. I read a post from awhile back saying that linkedwithin was bad for SEO because it redirected people off your site and then back to the new article. This also slowed load time. Does anyone know if that is still the case?

    1. Hi Elizabeth. Yeah I mentioned it in the post about installing nRelate that Linkwithin shows as Referrer Traffic and redirects clicks, I believe it still is the case as I haven’t heard an update on the subject.

  16. Thanks so much I am using engageya on my blog

  17. Thank you! I just installed EngageYa on my blog and so far, so good!

  18. Thank you very much ! At last I could find something to suit my blog ! Thanks !!! xo

  19. Hi I installed engageya on my blog. It was working fine for a while but now for some reason the widget drags across my page and shows up all blurry. I’ve tried deleting the widget and reinstalling it. But it didn’t make a difference. Do you know what could be wrong with it?



    1. I think I might know what the problem is. I looked at your blog post for automatically resizing blog pictures and added that to my html. I am thinking that’s why the engageya widget is blurry. I just looked at the resizing blogpost again. But you didn’t give a code for how to stop engageya widget pictures from automatically resizing. Could you please tell me what code to use for that. Thanks!

      1. Ah apologies, I’ve just answered your previous question before seeing this. It is .eng_inner_img ๐Ÿ™‚

    2. Hello, it sounds like a CSS issue. Do you have a width set in your template to automatically resize post images? If so you’ll need to add code to stop it from altering the related post images, I explain the steps in this tutorial.

  20. Hi, Thank you so much for sharing. I have added Engageya in my blog. However, the alignment of my round hover buttons are all off (one of the button falls down to the second row and some an icon is invisible). What can I do to fix it? Thanks!

    1. Hey. There seems to be an error in the HTML part where one of the text parts is outside of the code and therefore creating that space in the centre and offsetting the grid. I’d recommend removing it and the associated CSS, then re-installing it to see if the error is with the gadget itself or if something on your blog is conflicting with it.

      1. Thanks for the suggestion and I will give it a try! Thank you !!!!

  21. Just wanted to add a few in case you wanted to check them out and see if you wanted to add them to this post. Outbrain (which I’ve been using lately, but has no real customization) and Limk. I haven’t used Limk really, but still liked it

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