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Hello,

I'm currently building my very first affiliate website, where I create reviews for Amazon products. ( Taking action rocks )

My question is should I use posts or pages?

The page looks best, but it dosen't show up on the homepage, and I guess post is better for SEO?

Thanks in advance,

Frederik
#pages #posts
  • Profile picture of the author weblink29
    Different people do things different ways. I use pages myself so my blog looks like a website. But that's just my preference.
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  • Profile picture of the author ChristineCobb
    If you would rather use pages, you can find a theme that will put featured pages on the home page (like Studio Press themes). You would then want to get a plugin that provides categories and tags for pages. And if your theme doesn't have built in SEO features, then get All In One SEO plugin instead.
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  • Profile picture of the author bhuff85
    Originally Posted by Random101 View Post

    Hello,

    I'm currently building my very first affiliate website, where I create reviews for Amazon products. ( Taking action rocks )

    My question is should I use posts or pages?

    The page looks best, but it dosen't show up on the homepage, and I guess post is better for SEO?

    Thanks in advance,

    Frederik
    You can create a page and go into your "Reading" settions in Wordpress and select a page you want to stick on the front page. This will place your selected page as a static page on the root domain.

    You can also "sticky" a post as well to the front page, but it will still have the most current post (or posts) under it - it'll just send your stickied post to the very top.

    Personally, I like to create a static page and use that as the main page of my site, then everything else are in post form.
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  • Profile picture of the author MikeMorgan
    I use posts and pages .

    I put the pillar articles and reviews on pages and I post regular content on posts .
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    • Profile picture of the author Fernando Veloso
      Originally Posted by Mike Morgan. View Post

      I use posts and pages .

      I put the pillar articles and reviews on pages and I post regular content on posts .
      ^^ This. But in the end it's a personal choice, really. If you check big G you'll find both techniques at top 10.
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    • Profile picture of the author Sheryl Polomka
      Originally Posted by Mike Morgan. View Post

      I use posts and pages .

      I put the pillar articles and reviews on pages and I post regular content on posts .
      I'm another vote for this one - I do this with my review sites. I choose a few products to review and put them on pages and then I add more content later as posts and link to the pages from those posts.
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  • Profile picture of the author Random101
    Thanks for the replies!

    I think I'll go with pages, because I like it better.
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  • Profile picture of the author Abledragon
    I agree with Mike - create pages for each of your products and then write reviews and updates in posts, linking through to the relevant page.

    Cheers,

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  • Profile picture of the author dark witness
    I would go with a page as well. as pointed out above, it's quite easy to set them up so they are fixed as the homepage.
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  • Profile picture of the author Random101
    Why is it important it's on the homepage?
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    • Profile picture of the author weblink29
      Originally Posted by Random101 View Post

      Why is it important it's on the homepage?
      It depends on what type of site you are building. I created a couple a web host review websites using wordpress. Had I set it up with posts it wouldn't have looked like a hosting review site. It's hard to explain....easier to show. If you look at this site www.webhostsites.org you will see that every review is a separate page. I use the main page as the overview of the reviews. This would not have had the same effect if I would have used posts.

      Hope this helps...
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      • Profile picture of the author Random101
        @weblink29
        Thanks, I'm gonna stick with pages too.

        I don't know why, but I love your sig
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  • Profile picture of the author vinug
    Originally Posted by Random101 View Post

    Hello,

    I'm currently building my very first affiliate website, where I create reviews for Amazon products. ( Taking action rocks )

    My question is should I use posts or pages?

    The page looks best, but it dosen't show up on the homepage, and I guess post is better for SEO?

    Thanks in advance,

    Frederik
    you can configure to set any post as home page too.its better to have a static page as home page as it provides sufficient keyword density in home page.
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  • Profile picture of the author iuditg
    There are lots of good review themes around, you gotta checkout and find one.

    Either way you can go to Settings -- > Reading and make your posts (aka blog page) as static page.
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  • Profile picture of the author SundOgsmukdk
    Its dosent matter if you use post or pages.

    But with post you have the rss feed.

    You can change the design om your posts, so it looks the way you wanted.
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  • Profile picture of the author omk
    If you knew how to get inside WP you could manipulate the posts/pages whichever way you wanted. For now, I'd suggest that you use pages until you learn more about WP, templates and plugins.
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  • Profile picture of the author seo jack
    yea i do pages for my blog as well
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    • Profile picture of the author arijitdas
      Pages are the best option, specially for better search engine optimization.
      I believe, sitename.com/your-page gets good Search Engine impression then the normal post permalink sitename.com/2011/06/your-page
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  • Profile picture of the author sal dawod
    pages my friend
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  • Profile picture of the author Vulk
    Both work fine but just make sure your SEO'ing your permalinks right.

    sitename.com/weight-loss
    and not,
    sitename.com/32/1/2/1/post=219
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  • Profile picture of the author Derek Solomon
    I prefer using pages since there is a better display options than posts.
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  • Profile picture of the author lemmyxuz
    Hi Randome101,

    You can actually have a homepage using any created page of your website. You can use pages for your product reviews if you think they are meant to be there forever. However, product reviews have to be varied so you need to keep on posting several product reviews. You have to use "Posts" instead as they are also good for SEO.
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  • Profile picture of the author Random101
    Thanks for all the great replies.
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  • Profile picture of the author Alex Copeland
    I always use pages for what I call my 'Featured Content' - the stuff I really want to target and usually the stuff I think I will sell the most of. Then I build links etc back to these.

    The posts page I use for everything else, maybe even a couple of auto posts here and there from Amazon feeds, UAW articles, that sort of thing. Beefs the site out but I don't tend to focus any links etc to them.

    I have done it in the past where a post will get some good interest and I will make a page as well to hopefully cash in... I always leave the post too though just in case it was pure luck and I don't want to destroy where the traffic is going!
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    • Profile picture of the author CatherineMay
      Originally Posted by RockstarMedia View Post

      I always use pages for what I call my 'Featured Content' - the stuff I really want to target and usually the stuff I think I will sell the most of. Then I build links etc back to these.

      The posts page I use for everything else, maybe even a couple of auto posts here and there from Amazon feeds, UAW articles, that sort of thing. Beefs the site out but I don't tend to focus any links etc to them.

      I have done it in the past where a post will get some good interest and I will make a page as well to hopefully cash in... I always leave the post too though just in case it was pure luck and I don't want to destroy where the traffic is going!
      RockStarMedia, what you've described is what I'm trying to set up on a particular site, but I don't know how.

      On this site I have several pages of product reviews, and one post, which is an article related to the product niche. I set the post in a category I called "Articles," in the expectation of adding more articles, which I haven't done.

      Now what I would like to do is have this article be a sticky post, and start adding other posts like amazon feeds you mentioned, and other small articles I will write to link to my product pages.

      Do I eliminate the category in order to have the post operate this way?

      I would love some advice from anyone who can help me. I'm afraid to start fiddling with this myself without more guidance.
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      • Profile picture of the author Alex Copeland
        Not sure if this is exactly what you mean but there is a great plugin called WP-Sticky which will keep a post at the top no matter how old it is.

        Originally Posted by CatherineMay View Post

        RockStarMedia, what you've described is what I'm trying to set up on a particular site, but I don't know how.

        On this site I have several pages of product reviews, and one post, which is an article related to the product niche. I set the post in a category I called "Articles," in the expectation of adding more articles, which I haven't done.

        Now what I would like to do is have this article be a sticky post, and start adding other posts like amazon feeds you mentioned, and other small articles I will write to link to my product pages.

        Do I eliminate the category in order to have the post operate this way?

        I would love some advice from anyone who can help me. I'm afraid to start fiddling with this myself without more guidance.
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  • Profile picture of the author Random101
    What should I write about in the posts?
    Because I already do product review on the pages.
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  • Profile picture of the author Istvan Horvath
    1. You can NOT "eliminate" the category/categories of a post: posts can NOT exist outside of categories; in other words they always must belong to at least one category. However, you can always re-name and/or re-organize your category structure.

    2. There is a feature in WP when you write a post to make it "sticky" - just look at the options in the right sidebar of the Write/Edit posts subpanel.
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    • Profile picture of the author CatherineMay
      Originally Posted by Istvan Horvath View Post

      1. You can NOT "eliminate" the category/categories of a post: posts can NOT exist outside of categories; in other words they always must belong to at least one category. However, you can always re-name and/or re-organize your category structure.

      2. There is a feature in WP when you write a post to make it "sticky" - just look at the options in the right sidebar of the Write/Edit posts subpanel.

      Thanks for the input. The "re-organize your category structure" suggestion is what has me scared. Is this what I need to do to have additional posts follow my sticky post?

      Can anyone recommend an easy-to-understood tutorial for this?
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      • Profile picture of the author Istvan Horvath
        Originally Posted by CatherineMay View Post

        The "re-organize your category structure" suggestion is what has me scared. Is this what I need to do to have additional posts follow my sticky post?
        I cannot tell... because I don't really understand your question.
        You may want to get more familiar with WP before trying to come up with questions. Sorry, nothing personal but in my experience the answers for most of the WP related questions are there in the admin panel... users just don't go through their options to get out the most of their WP installation.

        Originally Posted by CatherineMay View Post

        Can anyone recommend an easy-to-understood tutorial for this?
        "This" meaning what? Sorry again but vague questions will never get you useful replies. The art of getting help starts with knowing what to ask...

        So you have a WP blog with several Pages and one post in a category called "Articles".

        As you know, because you have read the documentation, Pages are quasi-static content, meaning they are NOT part of the chronological stream of the posts and they do NOT belong to categories.

        On your main/home/front page you can have your posts listed in chronological order (newest on top by default) - this is the out-of-the-box layout of any WP blog.

        Or, you can have as front/main/home a Page - just go Settings > Reading and learn it. If you have a Page as your front page you MUST define another (empty, blank, no-content) Page as your "posts page". Your posts will be displayed there.

        Regardless whether you have your posts on the frontpage or on another Page - the order of posts is always newest on the top... unless you mark a post as "sticky", which will always sit on the top of the rest.

        [Sidetrack: re-organizing categories is NOT necessary, unless you come up with a different categories idea/structure. E.g. when having categories like apples, pears, cherry, apricots with posts in them... I figure out it would be useful to have a "parent" category for those, called "fruits" - creating the category "fruits" and making the existing categories "child categories" or "sub-categories" for "fruits".. would be restructuring]

        Go and play, experiment with your WP installation and when you get stuck ask a precise question.
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  • Is it possible to add a page to a category?
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  • Profile picture of the author Istvan Horvath
    I am satisfied with the posts acting as static pages,
    I want one post I can add new content to that goes to the top of the post
    Those quotes are complete nonsense in WP context...

    I don't know why something that obviously is easy for everyone else is hard for me.
    Because you don't take the time to learn the tool you are using and you still don't understand what a post or a Page is in WordPress.

    But whenever I go in the back of wordpress to add another post, it results in a post that acts like a static page. I just haven't figured out how to create "real" posts that puts new content at the top.
    QED: you are always editing the same post, instead of adding/creating new posts...
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  • Profile picture of the author JBIG1994
    It depends on the structure and function of your site.

    For one of my sites, it's more 'bloggy', so I use posts.

    On another site, I want it to be more like a 'real' website, so I go with pages.
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    • Profile picture of the author CatherineMay
      Istvan, if the only issue was that I am "always editing the same post, instead of adding/creating new posts" then I would never have felt the need to seek assistance.

      Obviously, I'm trying to create new posts, and experiencing a problem.

      But never mind. I'm out of this thread.
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  • Profile picture of the author gskesavan
    If you want a blog then use posts. If you want a website then use pages. It's just about personal preference.
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    • Profile picture of the author Conjur
      I use pages for the homepage and the housekeeping pages like privacy, contact, conditions of use, etc.

      I use posts for the rest of the site and I set a static homepage. The pages can be omitted from the sitemap, as there is already navigation to them on each page or post in the footer, including the sitemap page, at least with my theme.

      Then I use plugins like RelatedPosts and NewTagCloud to group and link individual posts into clustered sections pertaining to particular niches.

      From a search engine's perspective there is no real distinction between a post and a page.
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  • Profile picture of the author gillzManiju
    I actually use both. I have static pages and a blog page. The blog page has all my posts.
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  • Profile picture of the author xavierfok
    Hi,

    I use pages for my home page, about me, contact us page etc. These tabs are reflected at the top of my blog

    Posts are then used for regular updates to my blog. These are not reflected in the tabs of my blog but i placed a widget at the top right hand side where users can click to view my recent posts.

    Hope it helps!
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    Istvan always makes me laugh.

    A little ray of sunshine to brighten my day.
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  • Profile picture of the author celente
    use both, test both.

    That is what marketing is all about.

    You will then have a control and learn what is workind and what is not working.
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