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Wordpress Users - Sticky Post or Latest Post on Home Page

  1. TerryGl profile image60
    TerryGlposted 7 years ago

    I have read a lot of conflicting information lately about having a static post or sticky post always on the front page.

    I have one blog set up where I have one post giving an overview of the keyword topic and made it a sticky. I then have the blog to set two posts for the front page, meaning my sticky post followed by my latest post.

    I maybe over thinking the matter now and I am starting to confuse myself.

    I am looking for the optimal way for the power of Wordpress to weave it's magic for serp positioning. Have you had success with only the latest post appearing on the home page or more posts following each other. Am I right about the sticky post or should I not use sticky.

    What are your thoughts on the matter?

    1. kubth profile image66
      kubthposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      You're certainly not overthinking it, it's a good plan depending on your situation and the intentions of the blog.

      Posts which are permenantly linked to from your home page should retain more authority, get crawled more often, and end up with higher pagerank than posts which are linked to from the home page only for a few days.

      This is a technique that is sometimes used when running a blog which uses articles published by other authors.. for example - you might be running a blog to promote or sell Dog Collars, but in order to have fresh daily content, you allow posts and articles about all kinds of pets.
      In this situation, it's possible you might go as far as filling the entire home page with stickies. This way, you are getting fresh content from authors, but not giving away a great deal in terms of backlinking or pagerank. Any link away from your site is only on a post page.. which is only linked to from a category page, never the home page.. whereas your money pages are channelled pagerank from your home page.

  2. WryLilt profile image92
    WryLiltposted 7 years ago

    I wasn't even aware that you COULD sticky a post. How do you do that? I just did a quick check and can't see it in post options...?

  3. TerryGl profile image60
    TerryGlposted 7 years ago

    HI WryLilt, under new post go to the tab at the right that says "Visibility" thats where you will find it.

    1. WryLilt profile image92
      WryLiltposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Thank you very much! Hopefully someone will be along to answer your original question soon. smile

  4. WryLilt profile image92
    WryLiltposted 7 years ago

    Since no one replied, I did a search.

    Don't know if this helps...

    http://www.stephanspencer.com/search-en … icky-posts

  5. TerryGl profile image60
    TerryGlposted 7 years ago

    Thank you WryLilt that is a great help.

    I hate it when I over think things. It makes me lose track.

  6. TerryGl profile image60
    TerryGlposted 7 years ago

    Hi Kubth, it makes sense to me. Thanks for that. I have one sticky, reasonably keyword rich with the latest post underneath on the homepage.

    All original content with a categories widget sidebar.

    I understood the new content being added on the home page but was unsure about the sticky. What you say here sounds fine to me with the homepage crawled more often. Looks like I am on the right track..

    1. Glenn Raymond profile image56
      Glenn Raymondposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      I am so glad you asked this question (all of you).  I had no idea either about sticky posts on there, and since I don't really have a techy grasp on things I just blurb and blog and never have gotten in to the static page thing either.  I just put links everywhere I go.

      I don't think you could ever over think anything.  How would we human's get anywhere if we didn't?

  7. TerryGl profile image60
    TerryGlposted 7 years ago

    Thanks Glenn, I seemed to have confused myself. Its good to get reassurance.

  8. Bill Manning profile image74
    Bill Manningposted 7 years ago

    I actually hard coded some top text right into the page.php file, or maybe it's the index one. So it's always on top.

    However lately I've been thinking of changing my blogs into full sites. I already make pages and so on like a normal site.

    But on the main page, I'm thinking of using a sticky post to make it look like a normal site about 1/4 of the way down.

    Then below that the normal blog post will start. I think more people enjoy the look of a "normal" site. This way I'd have both on the main page.

    You also can put more of your main keywords on there, with links to your main pages if you use them. I think I'm going to do that too all my blog sites soon. smile

  9. TerryGl profile image60
    TerryGlposted 7 years ago

    Sounds like a good idea Bill.