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Blogging 102: Rework Your Old Content

Blogging 102: Rework Your Old Content

In order to maximize page views and with that your ability to maximize your potential to monetize your blog,  I find it wise to contemplate reworking your old content, especially the content that has in the past gained some interest with readers. One of the biggest mistakes a new blogger can make is to have the write it and forget it attitude and ignore this potential.

Some of these posts though might need some serious reworking. Links might no longer be functioning, the content might not be optimized to fit today’s reading habits, or your blogging goals have changed, and your content from 2 or 3 years ago does not fit into that picture.

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No worries, here are a few steps you can take in order to optimize the content and make it shareable again:

1. Does your blog post have a call to action?
Your call to action should reflect your current blogging goals, therefore you might want to change your previous CTA to fit your campaigns of today. Examples of effective CTA would be to ask people to share your content, to add a comment,  or follow a link to a related blog post. You can also ask people to subscribe if you are trying to grow your email list.

2. Images
Does your blog post have an image that is optimized to be shared on social media? Ideally, you have two images to share per post, one at the beginning, and one further into the content. Each of those images should have a solid description, as well as an ALT description that features the keywords you are trying to rank for. Make sure you are using a consistent style and font for all of your images, so that they are easily recognized as your brand. If you do not already have created a style guide for your blog and brand, do that before you optimize your images and posts.

3. Optimal formatting
Your blog posts should be easily scannable with multiple subheadlines, in complementing colors (see my thoughts on style guide above). While people appreciate a long-form content, it is much easier to read it if it is not written in a long blob of text. Enter bulletin points whenever necessary and possible, and break up the text by using images, as well as a click to tweet box.

4. Links
Add relevant affiliate links to your post, and check those you have already added to your content. If you have written relevant content since writing the old post, add a link to it.

Make it a habit reworking your content on a regular basis, in order to optimize your page views.

Question: What are your best tips for optimizing old blog content? Share your thoughts in the comment section below!

Fiercely Independent Blessings

Claudia

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8 Comments
  • Debbie-jean Lemonte Dec 26,2016 at 10:28 pm

    I just recently took an old draft and revamped it and it blew right up. You are so right. Fixing these small details do help.

  • Mary Dec 23,2016 at 2:16 pm

    I’ve never thought of going back through old content. What a great idea!

  • Elizabeth O. Dec 21,2016 at 5:13 pm

    It’s nice to be able to do something about your old content. Revamping it can help with the traffic that you’re driving to your blog. These are great tips!

    • Claudia Blanton Dec 21,2016 at 7:54 pm

      thank you, Elizabeth. Indeed it can increase your traffic. Blessings and Happy Holidays!

  • Sara Fergie Dec 21,2016 at 7:43 am

    Some useful tips you got there. I totally agree with doing some rework on old blog posts. Especially adding CTAs.

    • Claudia Blanton Dec 21,2016 at 7:55 pm

      too many underestimate the power of CTA’s. Blessings!

  • Tania Potter - Soul Sense Coaching Dec 20,2016 at 10:42 am

    Useful tips for any blog post, Claudia, not just reworking old ones. And you are quite right, checking links is something i hadn’t thought about.

    • Claudia Blanton Dec 20,2016 at 10:14 pm

      thanks, Tania, glad you found something useful you can take action on in this article, blessings!

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