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How can you update old blog posts?

I’ve been blogging for a few years now, and never really went back to look at my blog posts that had been posted for a while. I was in the middle of working on my new site layout, and noticed something. Some of the first posts that I ever created had not been updated in years. So, I set out on a mission to update my old blog posts. While it is something that I am still working on, it has been really fun to go back and work on it. I’ve compiled what I’ve been doing to my blog so that you can update old blog posts too!

What you should always be doing to update your old blog posts…

I know that for me, my photography has evolved over the years. In some of the oldest posts on my blog, I still had stock photos from when I did not have a camera set up! Not only is this killing the authenticity of your blog, but it is killing your overall blog appearance. When you are looking to update your old blog posts, updating your photos should be your main priority. While my photography is not necessarily where I want it to be, it seriously is so much better than it was before. What I did was went through and did a ton of updated photos for my blog, and then I was able to knock quite a few posts out doing that.

Speaking of updating photos, start thinking about your Pinterest graphics! I’ve been really focused on building up my Pinterest game, and graphics are such a huge part of making it work for you. When you go to update old blog posts, take a couple of minutes and create some graphics to promote the blog post on various social media platforms. When I create graphics for Pinterest, I do about three different images to really maximize the exposure of my blog post. There is a blog post coming about Pinterest, so be sure to sign up with your email to receive posts in your inbox! Now that you have spent all of this time perfecting the appearance of your post, don’t forget to share them on your accounts! Let new readers know about everything you have written!

How is your SEO looking?

When I first began blogging, SEO was definitely not one of my major concerns. Since working in marketing, SEO has not only become vital to the life of your blog, but it can even cause you to not have any new readers! If you haven’t already done so, I’ve done a ton of posts about SEO (here, here). Also, if you haven’t installed Yoast SEO to your WordPress blog, then get with it! It makes SEO almost foolproof, and almost makes it part of your daily routine. I won’t get into SEO right now, but it helps your blog get noticed through search engines. More appearance on search engines, more views!

Another big aspect of that you need to consider if you update old blog posts is your keyword selection. Keywords make a huge impact on how SEO is looking at your blog. When updating your blog posts, try to use long-tail keywords! These are going to be more specific, and lead to better views, and potentially better search results. One last idea to update old blog posts is to link back to old posts and new posts alike. While you are updating, if you have written a post about a topic that is related, throw a link in there! This can help keep your audience on your blog longer.

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  1. August 3, 2018 / 11:17 am

    These are all great tips and things for me to remember as I progress through this process. I am still very new but I am already going back to make things better on my first posts as I learn.

  2. August 6, 2018 / 11:49 am

    Thank you for sharing these useful tips Ashlee! I must admit you have a great blog and extremely interesting content! Love it 😉

    • admin
      August 6, 2018 / 12:49 pm

      Thanks so much, that is super sweet of you!

  3. August 6, 2018 / 1:34 pm

    Girl, these are wonderful tips! I think this is a great idea and something worth doing for sure! Also, can’t wait for your Pinterest post! <3

    • admin
      August 6, 2018 / 1:41 pm

      Thanks so much Hannah! I’ll for sure let you know when I am finished with it! There is so much information to compress into a post, haha.

  4. August 6, 2018 / 2:53 pm

    Great post. I’m just now getting back to posting on a regular basis and definitely need to apply these tips. I have some post with only 20 to 50 views and then others with 1,000’s of views. I’m thinking, are the ones with a 1,000+ a fluke, especially since they were posted around the same time as the ones with only 20 to 50 views. I’ve gotta figure this all out and as you share, “get to it.” Especially with my Pinterest and SEO game.

    • admin
      August 9, 2018 / 8:54 am

      Yay! I’m excited for you to be posting more. I’m constantly working on updating old blog pots and making sure that I am sharing those on my social platforms as well. Especially with posts that performed really well. Thanks for reading!

  5. August 12, 2018 / 12:45 am

    Such useful tips. I am definitely going to work on my old posts after I have generated some content on my blog. As for the photos I am now using stock photos, so will have to work on that.

    • admin
      August 12, 2018 / 2:09 pm

      Thanks so much! Once you get into the rhythm of taking your own photos, it becomes second nature! Stock photos are great to use when you are starting out though. Thanks for reading girl!

  6. August 13, 2018 / 10:58 am

    ahhm this is such a helpful blog post. I will keep all of these great tips in mind as my blog continues to grow and my posts get older and older.

    thanks, Kate XXX

    • admin
      August 13, 2018 / 11:34 am

      Awesome! I hope they help you in the future! It is definitely a great habit to start!

  7. Kim
    September 9, 2018 / 5:38 am

    Thanks for the tips. I’m currently going through my old posts (all 300 of them), checking SEO, linking to newer posts, rewriting if necessary and updating the photos. I’ve used Pinterest for years but never thought to pin my own posts! Seems so simple now you’ve mentioned it lol.

    • admin
      September 9, 2018 / 10:03 am

      I’m not always obsessed with updating my older posts, but sometimes I get a ton of enjoyment out of it!

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