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3 SEO-Friendly WP Plugins to Display Featured Posts

Giving your selected content more exposure via featuring it is a good idea because this way:

(1) You attract more attention to your best articles (or those that you need more attention for);

(2) You allow your best and most important posts to be easier accessed by search engine bots.

The three WordPress plugins compared in this post have two things in common:

  1. They all allow to select which posts to feature manually (there are other types of plugins that automatically generate the list by the number of comments, amount f traffic, visitors’ preferences, etc; this post doesn’t mention those at all);
  2. They are all SEO-friendly (the links to the posts are in HTML and easily accessed by spiders).
How the list is createdThe placementAdditional settings
YAFPPYou pick any postsInsert anywhere in the templateCan display excerpt; you can set permissions to edit the list
WordPress Featured Post List2 WITH IMAGEYou pick any postsInsert anywhere in the templateCan display image
Hungred Feature Post ListFirst selected then random (configurable)Sidebar (via widget)CSS class on the feature container and / or widget

Now, a few details on the installation process:

Yet Another Featured Posts Plugin (YAFPP)

The steps:

  1. Download and activate plugin;
  2. Go to “Edit pages” and “star” pages you want to features;
  3. Within your site template you can include a list of featured posts by calling:
    <?php get_featured_posts(); ?>  
  4. Go to plugin settings (under SETTINGS) and configure:
  • Which pages to feature (from those which are already selected);
  • To show the post excerpt or not (if yes, its length);
  • Permission settings (who can add/delete featured posts):

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WordPress Featured Post List2 WITH IMAGE

Steps:

  1. Download and activate plugin;
  2. Within your site template you can include a list of featured posts by calling:
    <?php featuredpostsList2(); ?>  
  3. Go yo plugin settings (under SETTINGS) and configure:
  • Post IDs (use comma to list multiple posts);
  • Thumbnail image size (for each featured image source you will need to create a new custom field called FeatureImage with the image URL);
  • Effect to list the featured posts (if any):

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Hungred Feature Post List

Steps:

  1. Download and activate plugin;
  2. Go to Appearance => Widgets and drag their widget to where you want the posts to appear:

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  3. While editing each post, mark the post as featured:

    featured posts hundreds 02 3 SEO Friendly WP Plugins to Display Featured Posts

  4. Go to plugin settings (under SETTINGS) and configure:
  • Number of feature
  • CSS class on the feature container
  • CSS class on the feature widget
  • Feature type available, ’selected only’, ‘random only’ and ‘both

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 3 SEO Friendly WP Plugins to Display Featured Posts
Ann Smarty is the blogger and community manager at Internet Marketing Ninjas. Ann's expertise in blogging and tools serve as a base for her writing, tutorials and her guest blogging project, MyBlogGuest.com.
 3 SEO Friendly WP Plugins to Display Featured Posts

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9 thoughts on “3 SEO-Friendly WP Plugins to Display Featured Posts

  1. Thanks for sharing Ann, I’ve been looking for an SEO-friendly version of this utility for awhile. Please note, the third plug-in is actually “Hungred” not “Hundred.” The link works fine but it may confuse those who attempt to search via WP.

  2. Hey Ann, thanks for including YAFPP in this list.

    I’d like to note that YAFPP does provide image functionality that ties into YAPB (Yet Another Photoblog).

    Additionally, YAFPP is really handy for developers, which is the main reason I built it. Besides the automatic insertion options, it allows you to use the list of featured posts to build any markup you need.

    YAFPP can return an array of data, or even use the featured posts list with WP’s The Loop. And don’t worry, non-developers can still use a basic template tag anywhere in their template.