Dec
08

Recycle Your Old Blog Posts If Get Stuck For An Idea

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making money on the internetReading about Jane Fonda’s new workout DVD made me think about how you can recycle your old blog posts. Just as Jane has given a new twist to her original best selling exercise videos you can give a new twist to your old blog posts.

By the way this post came about from one of My 5 Top Tips For Getting Ideas For Blog Posts which I wrote a post about not long ago.

I am talking here about recycling your old blog posts by re-posting them on your blog. There are other ways of recycling old blog posts by posting them elsewhere but that will have to be a subject for another blog post.

Recycling my old blog posts is something I do from time to time on my detox blog without really thinking about it. After you have been blogging for some time using the same set of keywords it becomes hard to think of new material all the time.

The same things crop up at the same time each year in that niche. There are not a lot of searches for detox right now coming up to Christmas so I write more about healthy eating.  That doesn’t change so I  write an article  about it from a different angle or in a different way from ones I have written in previous years.

Check your keywords

Of, course keywords can and do change overtime according to what’s popular and it’s worth checking them to see if you can come up with new long tail keywords ones to give you ideas for new posts. But if you haven’t found any and you are stuck for an idea you can look back over your past posts to see if there is one you can recycle.

I take an old blog post and rewrite it so it is not exactly the same. I add new material to it, update it and polish it up generally.

If your posts are very old you can probably find ways to polish them up as your writing has probably improved.  Sometimes I cringe when I look back at articles I wrote a couple of years ago!

It pays to check your Google analytics to see what keywords have brought people to your blog. Look at the most popular blog posts. If you have a post that was popular why not bring it back to life?

On the other hand, if you have a great blog post that didn’t get any comments or people haven’t read you can recycle it by giving it a better title, rewriting the introduction and alter the paragraphs. You can maybe add an image, a video or some screen shots if it lends itself to that.

Give it new life

Depending on how long you have been blogging you have probably got posts on your blog from the early days when you weren’t getting much traffic that have not been read and deserve to get another chance. I know I have posts on this blog that spent a lot of time writing from when I started it that probably have not been read.

Another idea I had for my detox blog which I haven’t done yet is to make a list of some relevant content with links to them. I thought I could write a little introduction to each post so it is not just a list of links.

I am not saying you should recycle your old blog posts a lot but if you get stuck it’s something you might want to consider. If you have any ideas to add please share them with my readers in the comment box.

Comments

  1. Adrienne says:

    Hi Sandy,

    When I saw the title of this post I was afraid to actually read it. I did a post not long ago and one of my pet peeves is people recycling their blog posts. It seems that some “gurus” say that it’s okay to do. Personally, I think it’s a huge mistake.

    But here in your post you aren’t suggesting to actually repost them but to change the headlines, add some fresh content and rewrite the posts. I don’t necessarily see that as a bad thing but here’s the deal.

    No one should ever pick a topic for their blog if they can’t keep coming up with new content. Sure, some of the things we’ve posts about maybe a year ago, the way to do some of what we suggested may have changed so include those changes in a new post. I fight with this all the time, especially with my videos.

    That’s why there is always something to write about because of the way things are always changing. That is specifically if you are in the “make money online” niche.

    I have never been short of topics to write about because I’m always learning new things, chatting with people and the way they are doing things, reading the latest news on my specific niche, going through training material to learn new ways to do things, you name it. There is always new content to be had.

    I enjoyed reading this one though Sandy. Thanks for not sharing what I was afraid I was going to read. Great job on helping those who may have this problem once they’ve found that niche.

    Enjoy your weekend.

    ~Adrienne

    • Sandy says:

      Hi Adrienne,

      Thanks for sharing your views and glad you approved! When people pick a niche for their blog I doubt if they are thinking about what they will writing about long term if they last that long but I take your point.
      Have yourself a great weekend too.

      Sandy

  2. Henri Liikelahja says:

    I haven’t ever thought about recycling old blog posts, but I think that can be sometimes a good idea. Like you said that things change all the time so why not give your readers updated information something they are looking for. You might have write some good article few years back about something what the readers are looking for but now it’s outdated so why not polish that up and give your readers updated info so they consider that article more reliable than the old one.

  3. febe says:

    Hi Sandy! I like your idea. When you recycle, you don’t post the same content. You can improve the idea, add something new and be creative enough to discuss the topic better. Recycling content is enhancing the post.

  4. Candice Michelle says:

    This would certainly be a wonderful idea to put into action, since recycling your old blog posts could be a way for you gain additional traffic to your website.

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