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How To Make Over Your Old Blog Posts

By Apr 20, 2016 6 Comments

When I started blogging seven years ago, I just wanted to share things with others. While that’s still true, I now know how to do it better. Not to sound conceded or anything, but back then you just posted things. There wasn’t an outline or proven methods that worked. You just wrote stuff and hoped others got to see your posts. It doesn’t mean that the content in those posts is bad; it just means that you need to change some things up in order to get people interested in looking at your old posts now. We all need a blog post makeover for at least one of our old posts.

How To Give Your Old Blog Posts A Makeover

It’s Time For A Blog Post Makeover

Most of us have posts from our beginner days that are lifeless and might not be so pretty. By changing a few things within the post, you could possibly see some traffic to these posts.

The Images

Do all of your posts include images?  I had a few from my beginner days that didn’t. You want to draw people into your post and adding an image increases your chances greatly.

Are your images clear? When I started I didn’t have the best camera and my images were grainy. Change your images if they’re not clear. If you’re unable to take your own images check out the many sites that offer stock images. If you’re adding or changing images, don’t forget to make images that are ideal sizes for social media.

The Text and Title

Do you have large paragraphs? Break up your large blocks of text with another paragraph, headings or images. People love to see bullet points and numbered lists so if you’re able to add lists within your posts, go for it!

While you’re changing up the text, now would be a great time to double check for spelling errors. Depending on the text you change within the post, you might need to change the post title. BUT I would only change the title if you have no traffic or social media (Pinterest) shares to it.

Affiliate Links

Add in affiliate links where you can. Remember to place them effectively without making your post look like spam or an ad.

SEO

When I started blogging, they didn’t have SEO options. Or at least I don’t think they did. Back then you would hope that the major search engines picked up your content or you paid for them to show it. Now there are many SEO plugins to help with this. Spruce up or add the elements (keywords, title, tags) of your SEO in your makeover posts.

Related Posts

Make sure you link to other posts on your blog that are relevant. Readers are on your site because they are interested in the topic within that post, so if you show them that you have more content related to that topic, you’ll get more page views and exposure.  There are plugins to help you add related images to the bottom of your posts, but try adding links within the posts.  They’re more likely to open a link within the post as they’re reading.

Recycle Your Old Content

Now that you gave your old posts a makeover, now you need to get them seen.  Be sure to check out the ways you can recycle your old content here.

I hope you are inspired to go back and give some of your posts a makeover. You probably have some gems there that just need to be revised so that readers are intrigued to read your post.

What are some ways you give your old blog posts a makeover?

About Laura Gelnett

Laura resides in Pennsylvania with her husband and their 3 daughters. Laura is addicted to social media, online window shopping and all things mint flavored. She’s also a Pretty Little Liars addict and will probably need therapy when the series ends. Laura was a home business owner for over 7 years and left that income to become a full time blogger. She shares her tips on how she did it over at her blog, Laura Gelnett. She also blogs over at The Mom Who…, where she also talks about parenthood, recipes, DIY, blogging tips, saving money and more. Connect with Laura on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.

6 Comments

  • Hey Laura, good tips. I can say from my experience that it is a good idea to make changes to old posts. I’ve gained a lot of traffic and new customers thanks to detailed post makeovers.

  • Zoe says:

    That’s a great idea! Do you know that honestly hadn’t occurred to me? But now I have another thing on my ‘to do’ list. That isn’t so bad I guess. I used to write very pragmatically but now I try to add a lot more fun to my posts. Maybe check out my blog? https://www.byronbaygifts.com.au/index.php?route=news/ncategory

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  • Colli says:

    I recently did that! 🙂
    Add ALT to all my pics, def my made some big changes!

    xoxo Colli

  • Cheryl K says:

    All good advice…especially checking for spelling errors. I think you meant “conceited” and not “conceded” in your first paragraph? Lots of times it’s that dratted autocorrect that’s the culprit so it’s important to double check!

    Thanks for this important reminder…dig out the old posts and refresh them. I haven’t been blogging very long but it’s still a good idea to go back to my first posts. On my calendar!!

  • Kelly says:

    I’ve been trying to do more of this lately to increase my traffic. Thank you for the great tips!