Update the Current Year to Headings
This is a really quick and simple tip for how to refresh your content; simply add the current year to your blog post’s heading!
Not only does this one simple action improve click-throughs, it also helps with your SEO and brand trustworthiness.
Just be sure that you actually do update the body of your blog post so that the content matches the new heading!
Optimize Your Meta Tags for Better Click-Through Rates
Be sure to carefully and frequently check your Google Analytics in order to assess your click-through rates on pages.
Carefully analyze the pages with a low click-through rate, then update their titles and metadata. Be sure to check out your high-ranking competitors, too, so you can work out what you need to do to rank better than them.
By optimizing your meta tags and titles, you can beat out your competition and drive more traffic to your pages.
One way to update your blog posts and content is by simply adding FAQs and answering them.
Use Google’s ‘People also ask’ feature to target specific FAQs and include them on your updated blog post.
This can help your SEO, increase your word count, and make your post stand out as relevant to high-volume search queries.
Kinsta found that most old content needed to have a minimum of 15–20% of updated content in order for the traffic to increase significantly. An FAQ section could be the perfect way to hit that mark.
Match the Search Intent
What your blog post is about and what the search intent may be could be entirely different things.
When updating old content, read through it and then try to see if it answers the question that Googlers are asking. If not, then you can update your content accordingly.
This won’t always be keyword related, either. You may need to update article topics, add tools, images and videos, in order to make the old post more relevant. It may also mean breaking up longer posts into a few shorter posts.
One tip is to check what Google ranks on its first page in order to discover what they classify as search intent, and compare that with the content that’s ranking well. That way, you can see what you may need to add to your older posts!
Adding Internal Links
Internal links are a great way to improve both your blog’s SEO and user experience. This is due to the fact that internal links are how both visitors and search engines explore and index your site.
By linking internally, you’re also encouraging your audience to spend longer on your website– which is a statistic that Google takes into account significantly!
Go through your older content and link to newer content; if you’ve been actively blogging for some time, you’re more than likely going to have plenty of internal links to add.
Adding internal links will not only help Google and your audience– it’ll also increase your authority on all pages, both old and new.
Link to Fresh Content and Better Websites
Remember: Nothing is constant except for change! If you have outdated links on your old blog posts, change those links to better websites or fresh content.
This is a quick way to improve your older blog posts and make sure that you remain relevant, provide up-to-date information for your audience, help your trustworthiness, and establish yourself as an authority.
Check for Secondary Keywords to Target
While you may have your primary keywords all set up, it’s worth it to check what secondary keywords you could slip into your older blog posts in order to help it rank more highly on Google.
While there are various paid tools you can use, such as Google Keyword Planner and Ahrefs, you can also check Google’s search bar autocomplete for secondary keywords.
Scan and Remove Broken External Links
In addition to making sure that your external links are up-to-date and relevant, you should also make sure that they continue to be valid.
Content is removed from the Internet all the time, whether that’s because the domain name expired, or the creator removed it specifically.
While you can check this yourself manually, you can also use the tool Check My Links to scan through your pages and ensure all of your links are still working, valid, and relevant.
This simple fix can help with your rankings as well as user experience!
Add a Schema Markup
Schema markup is a specific code that helps Google understand and rank your pages better.
Simply by updating or tweaking your content and adding schema markup, you can effectively have Google analyzing your pages in an entirely different way. This can result in thousands more impressions– increasing traffic and improving rankings.
Improve Layouts and Format
What may have worked in the past may no longer be relevant, both for user experience and SEO.
As best-practices for SEO have changed rapidly, you should consider updating and improving your layouts and format in order to really benefit from the current landscape.
For example: When it comes to Google Snippets, there are specific ways to increase your chances of being featured, leading to great click-throughs and traffic.
This could include adding definitions or summaries of target keywords, using headings and subheadings in order to specifically hit keyword clusters, and adding keyword-related numbered lists at the start of your post.
Match and Exceed Your Competitors
The only way to know that you’re beating your competitors for sure is to keep an eye on them! By knowing who you’re up against and how they’re ranking, you can ideally exceed them.
With older blog posts, make sure that you at least match your competitors’ posts on the same topics. This will help with driving traffic to your site and not theirs.
Also make sure that you’re continuing to research and stay up-to-date with industry innovation.
This will help you ensure that your older blog posts are just as relevant as your newer ones, as well as the absolute authority on your topic.
Boost Rankings for Non-Ranking Keywords
If it’s relevant to your content, make sure that all of your keywords are optimized.
One benefit of having older content is that you can clearly see what your post has ranked for over time, and what keywords it should be ranking better for.
By updating the posts, you can boost older content and help it to appear more highly in the SERPs overall!
Target New Keywords
In addition to boosting low-ranking keywords, you should also be targeting new keywords and making sure they’re placed effectively throughout your titles, headings, and more.
Keywords with lower search volumes may be ideal, as you can then become the authority on those keywords.
Remember: Fresh content will add value to both your readers and your overall SEO practices!
Insert New Videos or Photos
People love images and video, and Google loves it too, as it increases the amount of time that someone spends on your website (again, indicating valuable information).
Consider creating video content that matches your blog post, or adding new images to older content.
While it may be a little time consuming to create, it can only add value to your post as a whole, and help it to rank better in the short and long-term.
Improve Product Photos
One of the most off-putting things a user can come across are poor product photos.
Spend some time making sure that your older blog posts have updated, hi-res, and pretty photos.
This will not only increase the value you’re providing to your audience, but show that you care about your content.
Update Image Alt Texts
Alt text isn’t just important for SEO, it also improves the accessibility of your website.
Some good tips for alt text are to:
- Make sure you describe the image accurately
- Keep your text to under 125 characters
- Avoid stuffing keywords into the description.
Adding expert quotes into your older blog posts shows that your post has authority and isn’t just opinion driven.
This can be a great way to improve both your SEO and authority, as well as user experience.
Your introduction should try to hit the reader’s pain points straight away. If your older posts aren’t doing that, then that’s one simple thing you can update!
Of course, it’s not just important to keep your reader hooked, but also to improve your SEO as well as increase the chances of being featured as a snippet.
Hooked readers will spend more time on your page, which Google will love.