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Bringing Old Content Back to Life. 5 Ways to Revive a Blog Post

It’s an all too familiar scenario. You write a blog post that you are convinced will sweep the Web. A catchy headline coupled with a well-written article will grab the attention of millions across the globe, resulting in lucrative offers and unadulterated love. At least that’s the plan. Then you hit publish. And wait patiently. Waiting. Waiting…

At this point, even a single comment would make you happy. But all you hear are crickets.

Looks like your hard work has fallen to the wayside…an instant blog archive relic. While any good blogger knows that is not the case, it can be frustrating. That’s why today I want to bust out the defibrillator paddles and talk about how you can give a blog post a second chance at life.

REPOST

This tactic is frowned upon by some, but I have had it be effective in the past. Search engines do not like when they see the same article posted again and again on the same domain. However, reposting archived articles a few times a year, will not kill your search engine standing.

FEATURE IN A LIST

The end/beginning of the year is the most popular time for “Best of” lists. Many bloggers use these posts as “throw aways,” designed only to have an easy entry so they can show they are still updating their blog. Consider incorporating a monthly feature that highlights your most popular posts and the posts that deserve more eyeballs. It’s sort of like during ratings season when you hear TV critics say “It’s the best show you’re not watching.”

MAKE A PROMINENT LINK IN FUTURE POSTS
We here at Splashpress always encourage our bloggers to include at least one link from a previous post within the body of a new post. Not only will this help you combat against blog scrapers (the lowest sc*m on earth, well, except for spammers), but it also gives your previous content a second chance to get some buzz. Every new blog post is another chance to grab some social media love. You never truly know what will catch on and what won’t. Increase your odds by putting your best content forward every chance you get.

SPIN DIFFERENTLY IN SOCIAL MEDIA

I started my primary blog back in 2007, before Twitter was such a major traffic-referring vehicle. In order to breathe some life into my archives, I have set up a schedule where once a week I will resubmit a previous article.

Newer isn’t necessarily better, but when it comes to the Web, people always are on the hunt for the “next big thing.” In conjunction with this plan, I have moved the post date to the bottom of the post as to not turn off new readers.

RE-WRITE

As time passes, you are likely to have new opinions and views on something you previously wrote about. Don’t be bashful. Feel free to take an existing post and re-work it with a new angle or perspective. Do a better of encouraging feedback.

Bringing back a blog post from the dead is a challenge, but one well worth taking. You need to be realistic; more often than not, success on the Web is dictated by several factors, many which boil down to sheer luck and timing. Plan all you want, there are too many variables to get it perfect every time out. So get out your CPR kit and start reviving. Share the tactics you plan to use in the comments section below.

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  1. Dev - Technshare.com ) says: 7/23/2010

    Some awesome ways there. Great Post. Doing feature round-ups is really great idea.
    Thanks for sharing this great Post.

    ~Dev

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  2. Joe Boyle ) says: 7/23/2010

    Today, on my own blog, I wrote about a plugin that will tweet out your old articles without you even being online. It’s called Tweet Old Posts.

    It’s great because you can bring your old articles back to life. If you work the 9-5, you can be at your job and not have to worry about promoting your content. Promotion is one of the most important things when it comes to the success of your blog.

    Great post! :D

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  3. Justin Popovic ) says: 7/23/2010

    Some solid suggestions here. I have used the Twitter idea to retweet posts that were quite old and it actually helped them get a flow of comments started. Maybe it was the timing? Who knows but always worth a shot. And if other people RT, even better.

    Regarding re-posting, I wonder how many times you could get away with that before getting in Google’s bad books :)

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  4. Ely Valendez ) says: 7/24/2010

    Thanks for sharing your great ideas! I’ll surely do this to revive some good, dead posts of mine. More power! :-)

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  5. Dean Saliba ) says: 7/24/2010

    I have recently started reposting my old blog posts on Twitter and Facebook and have seen a nice increase in traffic and interest in my old posts. :)

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  6. Blog Angel a.k.a. Joella ) says: 7/25/2010

    I’ve always been a little bit leery of re-posting old articles, but if you say you’ve done it with no ill effects, perhaps I’ll give it a try.

    There is also a neat plugin for WordPress that will retweet your old posts automatically.

    http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/tweet-old-post/

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  8. Karen @ Pledging for Change ) says: 2/7/2011

    I’m not sure that its a good idea to repost old post but it might be a good idea to do a review on an old post and discuss how some of the ideas you mentoned in the originall post may have changed over time. I think you could probably generate at least two backlinks to the post maybe even those links that land on a particular section.. “jump to”… (you know the ones I mean)..

    Another thing you could do ,but probabaly not as successful, is add RSS for all posts which updates randomly so it sifts through everything you have posted. Maybe your readers might click through and add comment …
    “Tweet Old Posts” plug in sounds good… Ill go check that out thanks Joe!

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