Repurposing Content to Drive SEO Results

Repurpose Content Marketing Material

Repurpose Content Marketing MaterialBrands are investing a significant amount of time, effort and money into content marketing. We all know that content is the best way to increase brand awareness and attract the right kinds of customers. After all, substance is more important than style in the world of web marketing.

Considering the significant value represented by a brand’s accumulated body of online content, getting the most from this precious resource is critical. There are a few ways that a business can repurpose its content to maintain its long-term validity.

A Quick Polish & a Few Updates

The best way to bring your content into the present is with an honest appraisal of its relevance to a current audience and a thorough refurbishing. If you’re smart, then every piece of content you’ve crafted or commissioned will be fairly easy to bring up to speed.

If not, that should be a priority in the future. Go through older content and spruce it up to be relevant in light of current trends and viewpoints.

Markup to Strengthen Structure

While Google and its rivals have gotten quite good at assessing quality online, webmasters still need to help out search engines by structuring their content intelligently. You can do that by using things like rel=canonical tags and 301 redirects to make content easier to index.

Restructuring your content will ensure that it’s found by the right consumers via organic search. In addition, you’ll definitely want to look into using Google Authorship markup to establish either yourself or your brand as a thought leader in your niche.

Consolidation for Clarity & Brevity

Oftentimes, content that once seemed to be quite original and relevant loses a lot of its impact over time. What seemed like a good idea at first might not fly in the present day. What was once cutting-edge knowledge might now be common knowledge that doesn’t require as much explanation.

If you knew a bit of HTML in 1997, you qualified as a full-fledged web design geek. Nowadays, everyone is at least casually familiar with it. Consolidate older articles into truncated versions for a savvier, more modern audience.

Using Social Media to Find New Audiences

Even if you place an emphasis on creating evergreen content with a long shelf life, you may find that your original audience has outgrown it. That doesn’t mean that it’s not good anymore. It just means that you need to find a new audience that will appreciate it.

If it’s truly evergreen, you can use social media to push it in front of the right eyeballs. Rather than ditching seemingly dated information, nudge it in the direction of a new crowd for a second life.

Where to Turn for Help

Though it may seem like a simple task to repurpose content, it’s actually a bit more complicated. In fact, repurposing content can be more difficult than building it from scratch for those that aren’t exactly in the know on the content marketing front. If you’re not a suave content maven, it might make more sense to hire a content repurposing expert rather than tackle the project on one’s own. With a little elbow grease, older content can clean up nicely and continue to deliver value over time.

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Earl is a writer at Crowd Content and creates content for a mix of technology and mobile marketing websites. To work with Earl and other great freelance writers, create a free client account at Crowd Content today!

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Skye MacLeod
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Skye MacLeod

Thank you, Earl. Repurposing content is an important topic. I agree that it takes an expert to redesign content that isn’t working, but it also might take an expert to realize why the content needs to be changed. An important marketing skill!

Georgia Potts
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Georgia Potts

Repurposing content saves an enormous amount of time and money. Consolidating several old articles into one newer one is a particularly good tip. Thanks for this article!

Earl Dotson
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Earl Dotson

Time and money, two things you want to save whenever possible.

Georgia Potts
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Georgia Potts

One way to repurpose your content is to consolidate it all into an ebook. If you have a lot of content about one subject, creating an ebook about it may be more convenient for some readers, and you can make a little money for each purchase.

Earl Dotson
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Earl Dotson

That’s a great suggestion. I’ve never written an ebook (or any book for that matter) and have long wondered what doing so would be like.

auntieemily
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auntieemily

I love the idea of repurposing content. It cuts back on the amount of work that I need to get done/effort that I need to put in.

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