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The Best Way to post Show Dates, Exibitions, Concerts, Ticket Availability

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We have several Automatic Websites which are now also updated and maintained by Andrew Wilson and Crew.

By the way we also joined his latest services as it became available this AM, go on and check it out here.

http://littleautomaticmoneymaker.com/peace-of-mind-with-your-wordpress-sites

Now to our title question: How do we best post Happening Dates on our Automated WP sites and get maximum traction or exposure?

Should we create a text widget and place it in the widget location 'before the entries'

OR

Make a sticky post with a name such as Farm events and then set it as a sticky post that can be edit and update as one needs to?

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Re: The Best Way to post Show Dates, Exibitions, Concerts, Ticket Availability
« Reply #1 on: February 14, 2013, 09:45:07 AM »
Different themes have different widget locations and some even have none. On our sites we use Semiologic which has the location 'before the entries' which is above any blog post content and below the header.

If you use a widget in that location you are going to need to format the content with HTML whereas if it is done as a sticky post it will have the HTML formating sorted out for you and you can use the editor to easily make the thing look how you want it to look.

Also, if you use a text widget then the content will not be visible to the site search, tagging system or rss feeds. We use this location to place banners, although we have become less keen on that since Google started getting upset about not having enough content above the fold. These days, for many sites this is a good location to run slideshows of images or promotion of internal content on some kind of an image slider.

Re: The Best Way to post Show Dates, Exibitions, Concerts, Ticket Availability
« Reply #2 on: February 19, 2013, 01:27:12 AM »
Different themes have different widget locations and some even have none. On our sites we use Semiologic which has the location 'before the entries' which is above any blog post content and below the header.

If you use a widget in that location you are going to need to format the content with HTML whereas if it is done as a sticky post it will have the HTML formating sorted out for you and you can use the editor to easily make the thing look how you want it to look.

Also, if you use a text widget then the content will not be visible to the site search, tagging system or rss feeds. We use this location to place banners, although we have become less keen on that since Google started getting upset about not having enough content above the fold. These days, for many sites this is a good location to run slideshows of images or promotion of internal content on some kind of an image slider.
Thanks Andrew,
would love to find out more about this process: "These days, for many sites this is a good location to run slideshows of images or promotion of internal content on some kind of an image slider." especially the promotion of internal content

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Re: The Best Way to post Show Dates, Exibitions, Concerts, Ticket Availability
« Reply #3 on: February 19, 2013, 03:01:17 AM »
In the theme that we use there is a widget location, 'before the entries', as I noted. You can drop a text widget into that spot and then just add HTML code to do whatever you want. I'd take care to make sure that the content is informational rather than commercial though because Google's preferences are that above the fold should have a good balance of content over commercial intent.

I have not tried it but this plugin looks like it is a good choice: http://wordpress.org/support/view/plugin-reviews/easyrotator-for-wordpress
You can use it to have rotating images that are clickable through to chosen posts or pages.

My only worry about these tools is that if not done with good quality graphics and layout they look nasty and I am no graphic artist.