4. Schedule reviews and refreshes for dated content
It can be tempting to disregard content once it’s on your website and bringing in traffic, especially when it performs well initially.
But what works today might not work in a year’s time, especially if the topics or trends you’re covering in your content develop over time. Posts that once ranked well and generated traffic might have grown dated since you originally hit publish.
When this happens to high-performing pages, it can have a dramatic impact on your online visibility. At this point, you’ll have two options:
You can aggressively ship new content and target new keywords to try and compensate for these losses
You can try to increase yield from your original content by updating and refreshing it
The latter requires less time and resources, but it can still be highly effective. In fact, research by HubSpot revealed that updating old blog posts can increase traffic to these by 106%.
A rewrite won’t always be a quick fix, though. First, you need to diagnose what elements of your content might be causing it to underperform and why. It could be that you need to introduce more user-generated content for a high-intent page or an angle that isn’t covered elsewhere in the SERPs.
Consider what the reader would want to know in this climate, what’s already ranking well right now, and how you can deliver unique value.
Not only will this increase the reach of your content, but it will also improve the quality of it, encouraging people to return to your site for similar content in the future. This is critical to sustaining your online presence.
5. Bring external voices and thought leaders into your content
Thought leadership content is often viewed as separate from search-optimized content. Different people own the two types of content, and they rarely collaborate on content production.
But this can be a big mistake. By segregating the two types of content, you miss the opportunity to enrich your search-optimized content with real-world experience, opinions, and expertise.
Even if you host thought-leadership content in a separate collection on your website for hygiene reasons, you can still benefit from drawing upon these interviews and perspectives within your search-optimized content. Combining the two types of content enables you to create pages that not only get found in the SERP, but that deliver unique, authoritative information for those that click through.
The need for this crossover has become even more apparent in recent years, with Google’s Search Quality Rater Guidelines describing the importance of the writer’s experience in high-quality content. While experience hasn’t been recognized as a ranking factor, Google will aim to “reward” pages that can showcase first-hand experience.
That’s why we regularly include contributions from thought leaders and experienced in-house lawyers in our search-optimized content at Juro.