How to repurpose blog content

repurpose blog content

Earlier this year, I blogged about how to audit your web content, and today I want to look at how to repurpose blog content that may need a refresh or is worth pushing to the top of your feed with new thoughts. In essence, this post is a repurpose of a post about repurposing!

Inspired from this article from Yoast, I set out to get a handle on my ten years of blogging and 125+ posts! You see, just because you blog about something once, doesn’t mean you can’t give your thoughts new life or break down complex subjects into more digestible bits. Maybe you’ve got old content that was applicable at the time but now, not so much. Perhaps your opinion has changed about something.

If you make minor changes…

If you make minor changes to a post, you can simply click the “Update” button in WordPress. The Last-Modified date will change and the Publish date will stay the same.

If you make major changes…

If you’ve completely overhauled and revised the post, you can change the Publish date to the current date. Just be sure to delete any old comments if you don’t mention that the post has been updated. Otherwise, comments that are older than the post date will look strange.

Don’t do this when you repurpose blog content

Don’t simply copy the old content and publish it which would create two posts on your site with duplicate content. Google does not like that and will ding you for it. If two posts exist on your blog about the same topic, make sure they are different enough.

Posts I repurposed include:

Reasons to repurpose blog content

To recap, tweaking old content and re-releasing it is great when:

  • You’re running out of new ideas (here’s 8 Tips to Find Blog Ideas)
  • You’re running out of time
  • You want to put a new spin on a topic
  • Your copywriter is on maternity leave

I’m participating in Melanie the Marketer’s Blogust Blogging Challenge, so repurposing this post about repurposing content is a no-brainer so I can get the last of my four posts published for the month! And done!

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About Jill Anderson

Hi, I’m Jill, a WordPress web designer/developer who partners with talented designers, copywriters, and agencies on their websites, and their client’s sites. I’m passionate about crafting beautiful and innovative WordPress websites focused on clear positioning and positive user experiences.

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