Built A Resource Page Using The Block Editor, Advice Needed!

Last Update: March 06, 2021

Hello everyone, I hope you are well?

Looking for a bit of advice today, I have built a resource page listing everything I'm an affiliate for to point people to in my blog posts. This way there won't be as many posts on the site with affiliate links in.

Now I'm wondering if I should make it a static homepage instead?

The build was completed in Generate Press and it's a clean page without sidebar and comments disabled.

Which way would you go?

Going to leave you with this quote:

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You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who’ll decide where to go…Dr. Suess,

Have a great weekend and stay safe.

Lisa :-)

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tdbabineaux Premium
Hi Lisa

I am in the process of building a static homepage. I think the blog roll, in reverse chronological order, makes it difficult for visitors to find things, especially if you have a lot of posts. This new homepage will point to my blogs and review pages where my affiliate links live. I am planning on using some graphics to make this homepage as friendly as possible. This way, visitors will always see the same homepage instead of whatever is at the top of the blog roll, which may confuse some visitors.

Another reason for doing this is that Google does not like seeing lots of affiliate links on a single post, which can be difficult if you have lots of products to sell.

Again, review pages solve this problem.

WordPress was originally designed to be a blogging platform and has a lot of features not well suited for marketing. The new home will let new users know immediately what the site is about without having to click all over the place. Otherwise, they will probably just bounce off.

Make sure you have an easy way to get back to the home page. A menu item is a good way to do this.

I don't put a lot of affiliate links in my blog posts. That's what's good about review pages. I believe that's where visitors would expect to see affiliate links. Blog posts can talk about things somewhat but not directly relevant to my niche. My niche is about kitchen knives. One of my blogs talks about making steel. This may not be, in my case, the best place for affiliate links. I don't like putting marketing stuff in my blog posts either. It makes them seem, for want of a better word, artificial.

I read somewhere that you should shoot for a 3 to one relation between blog posts with affiliate links and those without. In other words, three pages without links for every one that does. This lets you write freely without having to include marketing stuff explaining why you should click the affiliate link. Another reason to use review pages.

By all means, use a static home page if it will help you

Just some thoughts I've been thinking about.

Terry
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1Rudy1 Premium
Perfect example of a home page, Terry!

The home page is exactly that, a welcome to your website...

Rudy
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LMH1968 Premium Plus
Thanks for the great explanation Terry :-)
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richardgb Premium
@tdbabineaux @LMH1968
I currently have my About as a pinned post in the blogroll ... and have been wondering how best to handle ease of use as the blog grows.
Thanks for these ideas!
:-)
Richard
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tdbabineaux Premium
A menu is another option. I have my About and Affiliate disclosure set up as pages, not posts, along with a couple of other things I want my users to have easy access to, all linked as menu items. These are very simple and easy to use.

Years ago, I helped put together a neurology web site. Our subscribers (this was a paid, pretty expensive site) we had to assume were computer illiterate and we had to explain everything to them, including how to use a menu. This was a little worrisome. Most of us would consider neurologists to be a pretty smart bunch of people. But if they can't use a website, it really it makes you wonder.

Terry
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richardgb Premium
Hi Terry
I have a menu heading set up for About which points to the About post. That way, someone reading the blog can find it, or they can select the menu item, whichever they see first.
:-)
Richard
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tdbabineaux Premium
Sounds Good.

Terry
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1Rudy1 Premium
The menu is a list of pages/posts that you can find easily. The great thing is you can create sub menus to accommodate more pages.

If you're talking about scrolling through a long page to find a particular blog, you could categorize your blogs. Makes 8t easier to find them.

I also add page links to my footer, disclosure, contact etc. A balancing act, in retrospect.

Rudy
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richardgb Premium
Thank you Rudy.
Those things are exactly what I do at the present time.
:-)
Richard
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LMH1968 Premium Plus
My about me page is in my top navigation menu and at the moment I have put a new tab there for the resource page.
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LMH1968 Premium Plus
I have the same. Mine are pages, not posts.
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LMH1968 Premium Plus
I have everything leading to the menu with tabs for the posts and pages, I usually only put 2 affiliate links into a post but that is in every post. That's why I made the resource page, now I can take out the affiliate links and put a link to the resource page instead.
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1Rudy1 Premium
Oh man! That comment was meant for Terry...
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richardgb Premium
No problem Rudi.
:-)
Richard
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ParthaB Premium
Hey Lisa,

Hope you're well.

It depends on the importance of that page to you.

What do you want your visitors to see if they visit your site via the main homepage url?

If you want them to see to this page immediately, then yes make it a static home page.

If you prefer that they see your blog roll, and then be directed to this page afterwards, then no.

You can create a menu tab - READ ME FIRST - and link directly to the page from there.

So, first decide what it's more important (in your mind) that your visitors see when they visit your site.

And then you can make an informed decision from there.

Partha
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LMH1968 Premium Plus
Great answer my friend.
Thank you :-)
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1Rudy1 Premium
Yes, make it a static page.
Male sure to add it to your menu so people can check out your resource page when searching for something specific.
Also, add any resource type , not just your affiliated products.

A Great place to feature an affiliated product, add banner images for WA, etc.

Just my thoughts...

Rudy
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LMH1968 Premium Plus
Thanks, Rudy. I have added it to the menu. :-)
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Rupert4U Premium Plus
Hello Lisa, I would spend more time with generateblocks in terms of making block work, faster, easier, and responsive.

With regards to a static home page, one one of my sites I created a type of hybrid, where I used elements to emulate sections of a static home page, but my posts still run below that.

You have more control over a static homepage to determine how you want to share your content.

Regards,
Rupert
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LMH1968 Premium Plus
Thanks for the help, Rupert. :-)
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Rupert4U Premium Plus
You are welcome Lisa.
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JrzyGrlBJ Premium
Sorry, I can't help you, I don't use block editor. I'm still a classic editor gal!
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LMH1968 Premium Plus
I still publish my content with the classic editor!
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JrzyGrlBJ Premium
I like static homepages, because it's the first thing everyone sees when they go to your website. Just my opinion though. 🤷
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LMH1968 Premium Plus
Ok great. Thanks for giving your opinion :-)
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JrzyGrlBJ Premium
You're welcome, my friend ⚘
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LMH1968 Premium Plus
Have a great day :-)
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JrzyGrlBJ Premium
You as well.
Thank you.
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