They say that nothing lasts forever.
We guess it’s true, because even marketing content has an expiration date (yes, even evergreen topics).
The reality is that your fresh content usually gets the most traffic within the first couple of weeks of publishing. But over time it starts to get outdated, old and irrelevant, which is when Google and other search engines start filtering it out in preference of others.
And in today’s competitive world where content is king, old content can dampen your overall digital marketing strategy – something that you don’t want your business to experience.
Luckily, there are ways to refresh and make your content up to date.
Here’s why refreshing old content is important and how to do it.
What is the importance of content marketing for your business?
Behind the success of any recognised brand is a well-planned and effective content marketing strategy.
Marketing content refers to the valuable and entertaining information you provide your target consumers to assist them in making smart purchasing decisions.
It’s through different types of content like blogs, eBooks, infographics, podcasts and videos (etc) that you build trust and establish long-lasting relationships with your wide variety of target customers.
When done properly, content ensures that you’re visible across all platforms and channels by increasing your website’s traffic, improving your searchability and strengthening your authority.
This is why content can be your most
Why is it necessary to refresh old content?
Content gets old.
Even ‘evergreen’ content that is supposed to last forever ends up out of date in Google’s eyes, as new content on similar topics get published.
When I say ‘refreshing content’, I mean applying tweaks, edits, updates and completely new sections to your existing website content and marketing collateral.
Think of it as “maintenance” to continually improve your content in order to guarantee that what you provide your target audience is always quality.
Here are the reasons why refreshing old content is vital not only to your marketing, but to your overall business:
Refreshing old content usually takes far less time and can generate some great results.
What’s your content like right now?
Right now, your content can be classed as:
You don’t want the latter two to hurt your business.
The goal is to get all of your content into category (1).
So, to make sure that your content is performing well, increasing your rankings and generating quality leads, focus on the last two and apply these following tips.
How to refresh old content
There are many ways in which you can refresh your old marketing content.
Whether you plan to update some information or rewrite it completely, here are some helpful suggestions:
1. Review your content.
To know which among your older content should be updated, you must do a thorough review of each piece. When doing this, it’ll be helpful to ask some questions like:
“Is this out of date?”
“Does this have poor stats?”
“Does this still reflect my branding?”
“Would my target audience find this helpful?”
2. Check the readability of your content and make some necessary changes.
It may not actually be the information or the wording of your content, but the formatting or readability that’s the issue.
Ensure that your punctuation, grammar, headlines, subpoints and text styles are easy to read and correct. Include modern photos, take advantage of whitespace and make the overall look of your content accessible.
3. Update and add relevant links.
Broken links are really frustrating for your audience. So, make sure that the embedded links are still working. Also, add some more internal links to related and relevant content to help your SEO and provide a great customer experience.
4.Include other forms of useful media like videos and images.
Adding updated and relevant media like videos and images into your blogs can strengthen your overall message and improve user experience. They can also make your written content more pleasing, entertaining and easier to read.
5.Produce new formats of content using your older content.
You can also convert your old content into new formats – this is called repurposing content.
For example, you can use some important points from your blog and make them into individual social media posts. You can also convert your videos into a podcast, or an infographic from your eBook.
This way, you can start to attract different users with different preferences.
6.Consolidate old content together.
Running out of new topics to write? No problem.
Combine multiple articles which share a similar or same topic to create one ultimate guide that will be useful to your users. This also tends to be great for SEO.
Ok, it’s your business’ turn!
Now that you’ve seen the importance of updating content, you can reap all the benefits by actually doing it. If you’re finding it hard to do this on your own, you can always rely on freelance copywriting experts to help you “just get it done”.
How to hire the right Copywriting Services?
Not everyone can do copywriting on their own.
You may lack the time, the ability and resources to do what needs to be done. But this definitely shouldn’t stop you!
There are professional copywriting services offered by many local freelance copywriters who can cater to whatever your business needs.
Quality freelance copywriters with Marketing backgrounds are quality content writers who can help you create and refresh the right types of content (audio, visual or written) for your business through their expertise and experience.
They offer various benefits without the ongoing costs of a full-time employee.
See: How to hire a copywriter – the 7 steps your business should take.
A copywriter can produce engaging content while you focus on the bigger picture.
You have a lot of tasks that demand your attention every day.
So, while content creation is extremely important for your company, you don’t always have time to do it yourself. It’s best to reach out for help.
Since content writing is a professional specialty, you can guarantee that quality copywriters are versatile when it comes to incorporating your marketing strategy.
Furthermore, freelance copywriters understand the role copywriting plays in digital marketing success (i.e. website copy, social media copy, blogs, articles, SEO, SEM, etc.), which is important in unlocking numerous opportunities for your business.
Just make sure you pick the right copywriter!
How Can Melotti Media Help You?
We understand that you want to achieve business success by developing relevant, engaging and entertaining content.
We also know that you’re time-poor and spread thin, and it’s possible you still have a lot of unanswered questions.
But you don’t have to worry!
At Melotti Media, we can assist you with your content marketing needs while you focus on what matters most to you – growing your business.
Let’s start getting the results your business deserves by updating your content!
For more information or to speak to a trusted copywriter, contact us now at firstname.lastname@example.org
We can sharpen your words to achieve your goals today!
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