Conflicting Theories About Page And Post Rankings

Last Update: July 25, 2017

Hi friends, I have been looking into whether Google and other search engines rank Posts & Pages differently and let me tell you, there sure is a lot of conflicting theories. Then things began to get a bit too complicated for me to even follow.


Here is why I am inquiring about this issue. I am working on a new website. I guess you can say, I want to go against the grain.

I am thinking about writing all my content as Pages and leaving the blog roll for just that. Blogging. Post that are of course relevant to the site subject but not as relevant as the Pages. Hopefully that makes some sense. For example I have a blog post that is more motivational then it is let's say, a product review, or training tutorial etc.

I am using the Twenty Seventeen Word Press Theme that has several main pages that are somewhat set up like a blog roll.

There is the home page which welcomes and explains the website. As you scroll down the page, I have another page (with a header image), introducing another aspect of the website, scroll down farther, there is another header image with another aspect, scroll down further and you see another header image and introduction to another aspect, then another header image and my blog roll and then another page that is a contact page.

So you see, my front page is not a blog roll but more like a static page that rolls with several different introduction pages with headers. I told you I was wanting to step out of the "box" and do something a bit different.

This theme supports three different menu's. I am thinking about adding pages to a top menu that has non-clickable titles for the remaining pages that I create.

With all that being said, (and hopefully explained adequately)

What are your thoughts about ranking and user experience with this type of set-up?

I know that Kyle said Google likes seeing the date on posts. I am also wondering and will be looking into a possible plug-in that will add dates to the pages as well.

Your input will be greatly appreciated and I will take them into consideration before getting too deep into the creation of more content.

Thanks My Friends,

Suzette

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GlenPalo Premium
I suggest looking at google results for your niche and keywords. Do you find pages or blog posts in the top results? That may be a consideration for your content development.

I follow what Jovo said.
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jvranjes Premium
I have around 70 pages in my site and most of them are on the top page in Google. There is no difference in ranking. So go ahead and do it as you wish.

You can always change them to posts if you need to.

Pages can be in categories, my all are, I am using a small plugin for this.

The number of items in menus is limited to 80 or so, so at some point you will get in trouble with this. But there are tricks around this, easily done.

Some themes allow for a part to be static plus the part with a blog roll. This is what I have in my site.
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SuzetteH Premium
Thank you so much Jovo. What plug in are you using to place pages in categories?

I am far from having 80 pages created so I will cross that bridge (an probably seek your advice is I may) when the time comes :)
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jvranjes Premium
I was using pType Converter, simply deactivate when the job is done. There is yet another Post Switcher or something.

Long ago I reached this limit in a site and could not add; adding new page caused some existing to vanish. Bear this in mind, you must get there sooner or later.
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@RICH. Premium
I think it's less a ranking issue and more about what works for the actual site. You can't apply and group pages by categories for example, and many sites rely on returning visitors who will want to see fresh content provided by a home page blogroll every time they land.
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SuzetteH Premium
Good to hear from you Rich. Thanks for replying.

So, from what you said, blog roll homepages are better for the visitors experience, correct?

Let's say that most of my visitors would be coming from external links to a specific page from Social Media, emails, etc.. (Landing Pages)

They wouldn't be landing on my home but on that specific page on my website where as they could view the site from that page.

As for the post being grouped by categories. After everything I could possibly read about categories, I still can't wrap my head around them. Other than being able to group posts, how significant is it to use them? Is it an SEO thing?

Wow, am I making too much of this?

I am just really passionate all this and a little desperate to turn things around. I gave myself till October. If It doesn't happen ????? Lot's of soul searching. And possibly job hunting which I don't want to do!
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@RICH. Premium
It depends on some variables.

For example, 70% of my business in a month can sometimes be repeat customers, so I always want to give them something fresh to look at. However, if you're a "one hit wonder" where you never expect them to return to your site again, then this isn't important.

Whilst they may land on a specific page, will they also stay to look around, or will they click through and be gone, or simply bounce away if there's no obvious path to keep them on your site?

Posts can be grouped into separate blogrolls using categories. For example, you might have "News" and "Reviews" categories. You then put those categories on your menu, so when a visitor clicks on say News, all they see are a blogroll of the News posts.

Hope this helps! :)
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SuzetteH Premium
Yes indeed, a big help to me Rich ( and others also, I hope). Again, thank you.
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@RICH. Premium
You're most welcome! :)
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Kiminni Premium
Hi Suzette, I am currently making my site and will be utilizing pages as resources and blogs for miscellaneous topics and discussions. I have noticed that most sites within my niche weigh heavily on blogs, but I noticed that it's hard to find information on their site unless you are using the search function. Here is my site, if you want to take a peek. http://zenimperium.com/.

I am also wondering how to put dates on the pages as I want to make sure people know that I update and keep the information fresh. Happy successes to you!
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SuzetteH Premium
Thank you for the reply Kim. I will be sure to visit the site to see what you have done. That is a good point you make about having to use the search function to find a specific post!

Perhaps another member will suggest how we can add dates to our pages. If I find a way, maybe with a plugin, I will be sure to update this post with that information. If you find something, please let me know. I would appreciate that :)
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Kiminni Premium
Definitely!
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bigrog44 Premium
Thanks for sharing, Suzette.
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SuzetteH Premium
Sure thing Roger, what's your thoughts about this approach?
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