Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Recycle your old blog posts.

I saw this article by Michael Hyatt's, Recycling Your Blog Content, recently and I had to share it with you.  I didn't wright this article but I knew it would be helpful.  
Don't let the great posts you've written in the past get buried in all the new stuff you are publishing today!
Recycle old postsPhoto by Mykl Roventine
Old content with a timeless quality about it is often referred to as "evergreen" content. Here are a few ways to get it seen again:

1. Tweet 'em.

As Michael Hyatt recommends, tweet your old posts once a day.

2. Facebook 'em.

Reposting works on Facebook too. Sometimes I've posted older posts on Facebook and labelled them "oldie but goodie" so people know it's not new.

3. Book (or eBook) 'em.

Combine a bunch of your old posts into a PDF or even an ebook. You could give it away for free or you could sell it. A lot of people will pay for the organization of old content.

4. Link 'em.

Link internally of course. Always link to older posts in your new ones whenever possible.

5. Archive 'em.

In my new design I added an Archives page and I've gotten a lot of great feedback from people who say it's been so helpful to see all my older posts at one glance.

Bonus Tips for Recycling Old Content

  • Read through your post quickly before highlighting it to make sure it's up to date.
  • Don't change the permalink (!) but consider freshenin' up the title.
  • I'm a big fan of linking to old posts, but I think the actual re-posting of them should be done very sparingly. By that I mean, I wouldn't recommend copying and pasting an old post into a new one and republishing it as new (not so good for SEO). Just work a link to the old one where you can.
  • Why not make recycling content part of your regular blogging routine? It doesn't take long and has a lot of excellent benefits!
What about you? How do you make sure your older content doesn't get buried?

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