The Stallion Responsive WordPress SEO Posts Widget is by far the best and most flexible widget you’ll ever use, it is awesome :-)

The SEO widget can be used to form links to no fewer than 6 post types AND reverse those results, so each widget type is doubled other than random posts giving a total of 11 possible core WordPress widgets.

This is the most flexible widget available for WordPress and is ONLY found in the Stallion WordPress SEO theme, no other theme has this WP widget.

Flexible WordPress SEO Widget : Recent, Popular Posts

The Stallion Responsive WordPress SEO Posts Widget can be used to create: WordPress Popular Posts Widget, WordPress Recent Posts Widget, WordPress Recently Modified Posts Widget, WordPress Random Posts Widget, WordPress Alphabetical Posts Widget and WordPress By ID Posts Widget.

Responsive WordPress SEO Posts Widget
Popular Posts by comment count
Recent Posts by date
Recently Modified Posts
Random Posts
Reverse Alphabetical Posts by title Z-A
Highest Post ID

Reverse Option results in
Least Popular Posts by comment count
Oldest Posts by date
Oldest Modified Posts
Random Posts (no change)
Alphabetical Posts by title A-Z
Lowest Post ID

The above covers all possible ways to order your WordPress sites posts. To see a screenshot of all the WordPress SEO Posts Widget Options click the image above. It’s a screenshot of the options for the Popular Posts Widget from this site and also shows the options for the Widget Cache (options at the top – cache widgets for improved performance) and the Widget Display (options at the bottom – set which parts of the site should use this widget), two more features built into Stallion Responsive.

WordPress Popular Posts Widget

Depending on which of the above is selected determines what heading you give a widget. For example set to “Popular Posts by comment count” and title the widget Popular Posts or Popular Articles…
WordPress Popular Posts Widget
For example on most of my sites I set a Popular Posts and Recent Posts widget (the Stallion WordPress SEO Posts Widget is a multi widget and can be added multiple times) and tend to name them Popular Articles or Popular Posts, Recent Articles or Latest Articles or Recent Posts or Latest Posts or something more unique to the niche of the site like Latest Recipes for a recipe site, really all depends on the site.

Choose the number of posts, I tend to set to 5.

Now we come to the interesting features, the Stallion WordPress SEO Posts Widget can generate text links, image links (using a variety of image sources for the thumbnails on the fly), both image and text links and excerpts from posts.

Each post can range from a thumbnail image (you choose the dimensions) that’s not clickable (could be used for adding some images to a sidebar) to a linked image, text link and excerpt all with fully SEO’d anchor text and alt text.

The thumbnail images are selected automatically by Stallion from the following sources.

WordPress Featured Image as set on the posts edit screen : tends to be a 150px by 150px wide thumbnail image that WordPress created when you uploaded the image: if it currently doesn’t exist use the Stallion Regenerate Thumbnails feature (another built in feature) to rebuild your images, will use the settings under “Settings >> Media” and some sizes used by Stallion Responsive to build various image sizes of all your images in the WordPress Media Library. Note this image isn’t used in multi-site setups, had a bug (not a problem, set a Stallion Featured Thumbnail).

Stallion Featured Thumbnail Image as set on the posts edit screen : Stallion Responsive uses Timthumb to resize the image on the fly to whatever height/width you set so don’t worry if you set a large image to use in another Stallion feature.

Stallion Random Thumbnail Set Stallion includes random thumbnail sets, many are available for free as part of Stallion Responsive Child Theme. An image from the set will be loaded at random on every page load and resized using Timthumb. So if you haven’t set a featured image for a post the SEO Posts Widget will load a random thumbnail, so you always have a thumbnail image.

As you can see without doing any work all posts can have a random thumbnail added to this widget, with a little effort adding Stallion Featured Thumbnails the images can be specific to the post.

Google Post Panda WordPress SEO

Now we get into unique Stallion Google Panda Busting SEO Features, that take advantage of the new Hummingbird algo there are two settings:

Link Anchor Text AIOSEO Priority and Image Alt Text AIOSEO Priority.
When the Stallion All in One SEO ON option is set under the “Stallion SEO Advanced Options” page these SEO widget settings check for what you added in the “Stallion Google Panda Buster Related Keyphrases + All In One SEO Pack Options” or “Stallion Google Panda Buster Related Keyphrases + Yoast WordPress SEO Options” fields on WordPress Post and Static Page edit screens (edit a post and you’ll see the options).
Stallion Google Panda Buster Related Keyphrases + All In One SEO Pack Options
Every post and page when you create or edit it has 7 fields (click the image to the right for screenshot) for adding SEO data about the post/page, (you can use the Yoast WordPress SEO Plugin data format or the All In One SEO Pack Plugin data format) 5 of those fields and the Original Title of the Post are available to use by the Stallion Responsive WordPress SEO Posts Widget:

All In One SEO Title Tag or Yoast WordPress SEO Title Tag
Keyphrase 1
Keyphrase 2
Keyphrase 3
Keyphrase 4
Original WordPress Title

If you set an SEO widget

Link Anchor Text AIOSEO Priority to All In One SEO or Yoast SEO Title Tag

and

Image Alt Text AIOSEO Priority to All In One SEO Related Keyphrase 2

That widget will use whatever text you added to those two fields for the anchor text and alt text of links etc…

Hummingbird SEO

The SEO reason for having this option is to mix up the anchor text and alt text (alt text of linked images is the same as text link anchor text) of internal links to both combat the latest Google Hummingbird Search Engine Algorithm that is looking closer at links and increase the number of SERPs a post will rank for.

The anchor text of text links and alt text of image links to a page are very important, by mixing up the keyphrases used not only does it increase variability in what Google sees as your posts backlinks (internal links are backlinks), but makes your internal links more natural.

Go do some research on the Google Hummingbird algo and you’ll find Google has increased their understanding of natural human language, what that means to us is Google is better at determining natural search phrases. Consider when a person adds a link to your site they won’t always use the posts title, this Stallion SEO feature better mimics this natural linking behavior and when used correctly takes advantage of the new Hummingbird ranking factors.

This still isn’t perfect post Panda SEO, the links though using different alt/anchor text than other internal links to those pages they are still sitewide links with the same anchor/alt text sitewide. In a perfect SEO world the links would use a variety of keyphrases so there are no sitewide links using the same anchor/alt text. And that’s where the “All In One SEO Google Panda Buster” options come into play.

Stallion Responsive All In One SEO Google Panda Buster

In Stallion Responsive it gets closer to perfect Panda SEO with six All In One SEO Google Panda Buster options for the anchor text and six for the alt text options.

All In One SEO Google Panda Buster Widget

Where the first settings for this widget set sitewide options for anchor text and alt text, for example always use the Yoast WordPress SEO Title Tag for anchor text, with the All In One SEO Google Panda Buster options each section of the site (front/home page, posts, pages, categories, tags etc..) uses a different keyphrase for anchor and alt text, which means the internal links are really mixed up a LOT.

All In One SEO Google Panda Buster Anchor/Alt Text

Below are what the All In One SEO Google Panda Buster settings output for both anchor text and alt text. The Panda Buster Sets are organised for maximum variability in the anchor/alt text usage.

All In One SEO Google Panda Buster 1

Home Page/Front Page
All In One SEO Title Tag or Yoast WordPress SEO Title Tag

Single Posts
Stallion All In One SEO Related Keyphrase 1

Static Pages
Stallion All In One SEO Related Keyphrase 2

Categories
Stallion All In One SEO Related Keyphrase 3

Tags and 404 Errors
Stallion All In One SEO Related Keyphrase 4

Search, Dated Archives, Author Archives
Original WordPress Title

No Stallion Keyphrases Set
Original WordPress Title

All In One SEO Google Panda Buster 2

Home Page/Front Page
Stallion All In One SEO Related Keyphrase 1

Single Posts
All In One SEO Title Tag or Yoast WordPress SEO Title Tag

Static Pages
Stallion All In One SEO Related Keyphrase 3

Categories
Stallion All In One SEO Related Keyphrase 4

Tags and 404 Errors
Original WordPress Title

Search, Dated Archives, Author Archives
Stallion All In One SEO Related Keyphrase 2

No Stallion Keyphrases Set
Original WordPress Title

All In One SEO Google Panda Buster 3

Home Page/Front Page
Stallion All In One SEO Related Keyphrase 2

Single Posts
Stallion All In One SEO Related Keyphrase 4

Static Pages
All In One SEO Title Tag or Yoast WordPress SEO Title Tag

Categories
Original WordPress Title

Tags and 404 Errors
Stallion All In One SEO Related Keyphrase 3

Search, Dated Archives, Author Archives
Stallion All In One SEO Related Keyphrase 1

No Stallion Keyphrases Set
Original WordPress Title

All In One SEO Google Panda Buster 4

Home Page/Front Page
Stallion All In One SEO Related Keyphrase 3

Single Posts
Stallion All In One SEO Related Keyphrase 2

Static Pages
Original WordPress Title

Categories
Stallion All In One SEO Related Keyphrase 1

Tags and 404 Errors
All In One SEO Title Tag or Yoast WordPress SEO Title Tag

Search, Dated Archives, Author Archives
Stallion All In One SEO Related Keyphrase 4

No Stallion Keyphrases Set
Original WordPress Title

All In One SEO Google Panda Buster 5

Home Page/Front Page
Stallion All In One SEO Related Keyphrase 4

Single Posts
Original WordPress Title

Static Pages
Stallion All In One SEO Related Keyphrase 1

Categories
All In One SEO Title Tag or Yoast WordPress SEO Title Tag

Tags and 404 Errors
Stallion All In One SEO Related Keyphrase 2

Search, Dated Archives, Author Archives
Stallion All In One SEO Related Keyphrase 3

No Stallion Keyphrases Set
Original WordPress Title

All In One SEO Google Panda Buster 6

Home Page/Front Page
Original WordPress Title

Single Posts
Stallion All In One SEO Related Keyphrase 3

Static Pages
All In One SEO Title Tag or Yoast WordPress SEO Title Tag

Categories
Stallion All In One SEO Related Keyphrase 2

Tags and 404 Errors
Stallion All In One SEO Related Keyphrase 4

Search, Dated Archives, Author Archives
Stallion All In One SEO Related Keyphrase 1

No Stallion Keyphrases Set
Original WordPress Title

Each of the 6 All In One SEO Google Panda Buster sets are unique, the idea is choose two different sets (one for alt and one for anchor text) for each widget.

With most sites you are unlikely to need more than 3 Stallion SEO Posts Widgets, easiest way to use these options is on one widget set the anchor text to All In One SEO Google Panda Buster 1 and the alt text to All In One SEO Google Panda Buster 2. On another SEO Posts widget set the anchor text to All In One SEO Google Panda Buster 3 and the alt text to All In One SEO Google Panda Buster 4, if you use a third SEO Posts Widget set them to 5 and 6. This will ensure even if all three widgets output the same links (say you set three Popular Posts Widget for a weird reason :-)) the anchor text and alt text of all three would be unique even though the links are identical.

The above All In One SEO Google Panda Buster options are also available in the Stallion WordPress SEO Recent Comments Widget, if you have used sets 1, 2, 3 and 4 for SEO Posts widgets use 5 or 6 for the Recent comments widget (the comments widget doesn’t use thumbnails, so alt text isn’t needed). If you managed to use all 6 sets on your Stallion SEO Posts Widgets and need another one choose one at random.

Want to see it on action look at the Popular Posts widget for this site on different sections of the site, load the home page, a category, use the search feature and note how the anchor text is different for each section of the site: view source and you’ll see the alt text is unique as well.

More Stallion Google Post Panda Busting SEO

Under the Stallion Layout Options page is a setting Widget Display ON that adds new options to all multi-widgets (not just the SEO Posts widget). The new options include the ability to show/hide a widget on a single post, page, category and other options. By using this Stallion feature you can set a widget to load or not load on sections of a site.

For example you could set a Popular Articles widget built with the Stallion WordPress SEO Post Widget to only show on the home/front page or to not load on pages or only load on two categories and search results, the options are limit less.

This feature could be particularly useful on larger sites, for example a Recent Posts widget is usually a good idea for most sites so when a new post is live Google finds it quickly, any page Google spiders will have a Recent Posts. However on a site with 10,000 posts do we really need 10,000 links to a new post? Not really, maybe 10% (1,000 posts) of the site linking to new posts are enough, so limiting a Recent Posts widget to some categories can reduce the number of identical links.

The Stallion WordPress SEO Posts Widget is a must use widget and used alongside the Stallion All In One SEO Keyphrases can help with the latest Google Panda Algorithm Changes.

The Google Panda Busting SEO concept is used through out Stallion Responsive, the Yoast WordPress SEO/All In One SEO Title Tag and Keyphrases 1 to 4 added on Post and Page edit screens are used by different parts of the theme. Look at this page and note how the title tag of the post is different to the “Leave a reply to …” heading output below. No other WordPress Theme has this level of Advanced SEO built in.

The screenshot below shows a Stallion SEO Posts Widget with options to load the Popular Posts (20 of them), with the first two having an thumbnail image and an excerpt of 15 words. Silo SEO options set to only load Popular Posts from the Categories the Post is viewed in. Also works seamlessly with the Display Widgets SEO Plus Plugin

Stallion SEO Posts Widget Silo SEO Widget Logic

Stallion SEO Posts Widget Silo SEO Widget Logic

This is such a flexible widget it’s a MUST use part of Stallion Responsive.

David Law

David Law > AKA SEO Dave
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: 20+ Years Experience as a Freelance SEO Consultant, WordPress SEO Expert, Internet Marketer, Developer of Multiple WordPress SEO Plugins/SEO Themes Including the Stallion Responsive Theme (tested to WordPress 4.8.1 August 2017).

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