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How to Optimize Old Blog Content

We see you over there making big moves in your business.

You’re crystal clear on what you do and who you do it for. You’re confident that the work you do matters. We’ve convinced you that you still need a blog and you have your blogging content calendar planned.

But what about all that other content on your blog? You have incredible posts that you’d love to repurpose and you know that if you got them into the hands of the right people it would make your business grow by leaps and bounds.

Here’s the thing: updating your old content can increase your pageviews if you’re strategic about it.

More pageviews means more eyes on your product or service and more eyes on what you’re selling means more potential clients. Instead of letting those past posts just sit in blog purgatory, make them work for you!


Here’s what we recommend doing to make those old blog posts shine:

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Update titles to make them more SEO-friendly.

SEO stands for “search engine optimization” and is the process of getting traffic to your site from search engines. We could talk about SEO all day, but if you update your blog post title to include keywords that Google likes, you will get higher priority on search engine results. There are plenty of websites out there that can help you research what keywords are best!

Update the formatting to improve readability.

By making your post easier on the eyes, people are more likely to stay on your site. Break up longer sections of text into smaller, bite-sized paragraphs. Utilize headings and try bolding important information. Use lists. Make sure that everything is visually top-notch.

Update any timely content and make it evergreen.

Or delete those posts altogether if they aren’t relevant anymore! There’s no shame in that. You don’t want your customers wading through posts about your new puppy or an outfit from 2013 if you want to be serious about your biz. In our post about your blogging content calendar, we talk about narrowing your topics down to around five categories. That way, your content is focused and streamlined.

Check all links to make sure they aren’t broken.

If you’re optimizing a post from years ago, chances are the links you provided have a new home on the internet and they’ll need to be updated. We like to use the free website BrokenLinkCheck.com to do this quickly.

BONUS TIP: Speaking of links, you should always be doing what is called “deep linking,” which is when you link to other content of yours within each blog post. This helps your readers find other content they are interested in and keeps them on your site longer. It’s a win-win!

Add new opt-ins.

You probably have created some killer opt-ins since you started blogging that would be relevant in your old content. Get those added to old posts so you can make them do some work for you!

Update graphics to match current branding.

Chances are, you’ve rebranded at least once since starting your blog and biz. Make sure all your graphics reflect that so you are consistent across the board. It’s a good idea to make them Pinterest-friendly too!

Add to your Pinterest schedule and group boards.

Pinterest is an epic visual search engine that can bring your content to the next level by connecting you with your dream audience. Why wouldn’t you want to utilize it?

BONUS TIP: Hiring a Pinterest manager can make all the difference for your biz. Let us help you!

Share on social media.

Make sure you are adding optimized content to your social media sharing schedule. Get some tweets written and some Facebook posts created so that you are getting eyes on your newly polished content!

Repurpose for new content.

Do some brainstorming while you’re optimizing. Could old blog posts be repurposed into a email course, ebook, or other content upgrade? Probably! Get those creative juices flowing.


If you take this nine suggestions to heart and take the time to make them happen, you’ll see changes on your blog. Set aside some time each day to make your way through your old content and it’ll make a big difference!

If that isn’t your jam, but you know that you have old content that can bring you new customers, we have a content optimization package and a team that would love to help you. Schedule a call with our content manager today to find out more!


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Before you go, we have a free, 17-step checklist that will make every blog post you write shine.

Get your checklist below and get writing that awesome content, boss babe!


6 Things to Do After You Hit Publish

Whew! You just researched and wrote an incredible blog post. You created the gorgeous graphics. You checked your links twice. You did all the things to make your blog post happen. It’s time to relax, put your feet up, and enjoy a piña colada. Right?

Not so fast! Checking off every box on our blog post process checklist is a great start, but there’s more you can (and should!) do after you hit publish that will help your post succeed and be seen by your people (and potential clients).

We’re here to help. Let’s talk about everything you should do after you hit publish on your polished blog post.


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1. Share your post immediately on social media.

Remember those graphics you created before you hit publish on that post? Put them to good use! Write an Instagram post sharing a little peek of the content of your blog post and then direct your followers to your website to read more. Take to Twitter and use those 280 characters to their best ability. Share that Pinterest-optimized graphic.

BONUS: Don’t say the exact same thing on each social media platform! Tailor the message of each post to fit the vibe of each platform.

By sharing your posts immediately, you’re keeping your readers updated on what’s going on on your website. Don’t feel like you’re annoying them — that’s why they follow you!

2. Schedule your future social media shares.

One reason why you should focus on creating evergreen content is so your posts can be shared anytime and they will still be relevant and useful to your readers.

Share a link on Twitter later in the week and ask your followers if they’ve had a chance to check out your most recent post yet. Schedule another social media share a month from when the post went live to keep directing your followers back to your website.

You can even schedule links that will go live a year from when your content is published! Keep driving that traffic back to your past content and make it work for you.

BONUS: If you pull quotes from your blog post before you hit publish, it will make scheduling future social media shares easy peasy!

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3. Add your post to your Pinterest board schedule.

Pinterest is an epic visual search engine that can bring your content to the next level by connecting you with your dream audience and cultivating a new group of raving clients. Use it to your advantage and get a Pinterest board schedule in the works!

There are over 150 million active users just waiting to see what you have to offer.

If you aren’t looking to learn all the ins and outs of Pinterest or take your own time to create a schedule and strategy, let us help. We have a Pinterest manager just waiting to help you increase your page views.

4. Do a Facebook or Instagram Live about your post.

After you hit publish, hit “go live” on whichever social media platform you prefer and tell your followers about your most recent post! One reason why using this feature is so effective is because it gives a peek at the face behind the computer screen. People want to buy from people! Don’t be afraid to show your personality — get a little kooky and don’t worry about messing up. The more “real life” you share, the better!

5. Share your post with your email list.

Chances are, people are signing up for your email list because they aren’t visiting your site on their own every day to see if you’ve posted something new. Give the people what they want and let them in on when you have something new to share with them!

6. Answer your comments.

Nothing turns a reader off more than a blogger who doesn’t take the time to post even a short reply to their comment. Keep the conversation in the comments going and your readers will keep coming back again and again. Remember… people want to buy from people! If you have to, schedule time in your week set aside just for answering comments. It'll be worth it — we promise!


There you have it! Six steps to do after you hit publish on your blog post that will take it to the next level.

If you haven’t read it already, make sure to check out our list of everything that goes in a polished blog post so you know what to do before you hit publish too.

 

We put that checklist into a fun freebie so you won’t forget any of the steps. Sign up below and we’ll send it to your inbox!

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Does reading posts about blogging make your head spin a little bit?

Are you convinced that you still need a blog, but aren’t sure that you have the time to make it happen? She Can Coterie has just the thing for you… a Content Management package that will take your blog from mediocre to thriving!

All you have to do is write…
let us take care of the rest.

Now go enjoy that piña colada. You deserve it.


Why Blogging is Still Crucial for Business

Did you know that the first blog was created in 1994? You might be thinking, "How can something that’s been around on the internet for 20+ years still be relevant?" We promise you… it’s anything BUT irrelevant.

Yes, blogging takes time. Yes, the platform has changed over those couple decades. But, most importantly — blogging will bring more traffic and potential clients to your website.

We here at She Can Coterie believe that blogging is still valuable. You still need a blog. Here’s why.


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SEO

Those three little letters can be kind of scary sometimes. SEO stands for “Search Engine Optimization” and, basically, it is methods that you can use to make your website most visible to people when they’re searching on Google. This is the number one reason why we believe you still need a blog.

There are things you can do behind the scenes on your website to make this happen, but one way to get more eyes on what you’re selling is by posting high-quality, SEO-friendly blog posts. By paying attention to SEO, you’re not only going to get more eyes on your website, but you’re going to get the visitors (ahem, potential clients) you want looking at your content.

Here are a few tips to make search engines love your posts:

  • Use keywords. These are words and phrases within your post that make it possible for people to find your website through search engines. You want to write about keywords that your ideal client is searching for and use these keywords throughout each of your posts.

  • Use paragraphs and headings. Search engines love blog posts that are readable, and using headings and paragraphs to break up your writing and help your reader follow along does just that.

  • Optimize your graphics. When you upload graphics to your blog, make sure the file name includes your keyword and that you have changed the alternative text (or “alt-text”) to a description of your post that — you guessed it! — includes your keyword.

  • Link to relevant content throughout. If you mention it, link to it! Not only will that get potential clients clicking around on your website, but this is great for SEO.

BONUS: If you are using WordPress, there are plugins that can help you make sure every post has been optimized! Yoast is a great one.

PEOPLE WANT TO BUY FROM PEOPLE.

Potential customers are more likely to become clients if there is a face behind your website. Share the story about why you started your business. Give your readers tips that are based on your real-life experience. Write about why they need the service you provide.

People are more likely to buy from someone if they have a relationship with them and having a blog is a great way to start that relationship.

WHEN YOU GIVE, GIVE, GIVE, PEOPLE WANT TO BUY YOUR PRODUCTS + SERVICES.

If you are providing top-notch information and content upgrades (freebies, resources, etc.) on your blog, your readers will know the kind of quality that you provide and they will feel comfortable buying from you. They’ll think, “If she gives this much valuable FREE content out on her blog, I can only imagine what she’s going to share when I pay!”

Build that relationship and provide first-class content every time and you can’t go wrong

YOU HAVE SOMETHING VALUABLE TO SAY.

You might not think so, but it’s true. And we believe that. There’s not a single person online that has the exact same ideas, services, products, or thoughts that you do, so share them. The world needs to hear what you have to say and you’re the perfect person to say it!


HAVE WE CONVINCED YOU THAT YOU STILL NEED A BLOG? GOOD.

Here are the next steps for making your blog work and work well:

First, get your ideas down on an blogging content calendar. The phrase “content calendar” can sound intimidating, but it’s not. We promise. This calendar will help you find your niche, stay organized, and get your ideas down on paper. We have a handy dandy spreadsheet that can help get you started and entire blog post dedicated to how to use it well.

Download your blogging content calendar spreadsheet below!

Second, hire a content manager. We here at She Can Coterie have a team dedicated to helping our clients plan their content, editing their posts until they’re flawless, creating gorgeous graphics that readers will want to share, and so much more.

You know that blogging will help your biz. Now let us take care of all the details so you can focus on the big picture. All you have to do is write - we’ll take care of the rest. Check out our content management packages here and schedule a discovery call with our Content Manager to get all the details.

And before you go… don’t forget down download your free blogging content calendar spreadsheet!

Happy writing, boss babes!