But don’t let your old posts just sit and decay, you should make the most of them and bring them back in to the limelight, showing your readers, old and new, that your blogging has changed over the years or some of your old posts can still be relevant today.
There are several ways of revitalising your old blog posts and today I’m going to give you just 5 simple ideas that will enable you to bring some of those old blog posts back to life.
Tweet Old Post
A simple WordPress plugin that will allow you to automatically tweet out some of your older posts, by simply setting the plugin up with your desired options it will sit in the background and tweet out some of your “classic” blog posts.
Though this is the simplest method and a favourite with a lot of bloggers, you must remember to use Tweet Old Post with caution and setting up the plugin correctly, remember to exclude categories you don’t want tweeting out as well as setting enough time between tweets so they aren’t sent out too often.
Updating And reposting Your Old Blog Posts
There may be a time when simple updating one of your older blog posts is an ideal way of bring it back in to the limelight, if one of your blog posts is on par with something that is happening in the news or people are searching for a certain subject or keyword that the post is about then update the post.
By simply updating the post with more recent information and then reposting it will give the post another lease of life, not only will be reappear on the front page of our blog, but, it will also be the latest post in your RSS feed, this in turn means that it will appear in your subscribers RSS readers and some of them may have missed the post first time round.
Backlinking To Your Old Blog Posts In Newer Blog Posts
It’s such a simple thing to do and yet a lot of bloggers do leave this out of their list of things to do when writing a new blog post.
By simply linking back to some of your older posts, via keywords or related articles, you can show readers does some of the posts that you have already written on a subject. When using WordPress this is really easy to do with an option when adding links, simply select “insert/edit links” to add a link and then click on “or a link to existing content” then search for your keyword etc.
This will now give you a list of your posts containing your search term, then select which ever one you want to link to, it’s that simple.
Another method is to use a plugin such as SEO Smart Links, this allow you to add set keywords to posts and when these keywords are found they are automatically added to the newly published article.
I use both methods for my back linking and they do actually work like a charm and on the plus side they certainly improve your blogs SEO (Search Engine Optimization)
Using The CommentLuv Plugin
I know what you are saying “How can this be used to for old posts?”
It’s ideal for bringing some love to your last 10 blog posts, ok they may not be very old, but think about it. There you are leaving comments on blogs enabled with CommentLuv and they will give you the option of which one of your last 10 post you would like to show (depending on the blog admins settings).
By selecting the older posts in the list will bring you not only a mention on another blog about that post, but as it is maybe 10 days old (depending on how often you post), it will also bring that post back in the minds of those reading the blogs that you may have commented on.
This is one of the methods I use myself when commenting on a CommentLuv enabled blog, unless my latest blog post is about a most recent subject, but then replies are useful to add one of the earlier posts
So There You Have It!
Just some of the methods that I use myself for my blog, I know there are other methods and bloggers have their ways of bringing life back to old posts, but hey, I don’t want to do all the work
So let me know, how do you revitalise your old blog posts?
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