Have You Read Your Old Posts Lately? Do it Now!

by Tushar · 19 comments

This is a guest post by Tushar Agarwal from BloggersPassion.

I need to ask you a question before I further move on with this post. When was the last time you read your post that you wrote a month back?

99% will come up with “NO I didn’t” answer to this question and this 99% included me too until a week back.

And that gave me few reasons to go through my older posts at regular intervals

What Happened Exactly A Week Ago?

I was going through one of my post updating it with Insight wordpress plugin, a plugin that interlinks your articles using specific keywords. Very causally, I glanced at the contents of the post. Therein, I found three typos in a very same page.

It was very shocking for me because I pay special attention to my grammar, spellings and word usage. But still, there were 3 errors. I corrected them and checked 5 more articles. In all, I found 7 typos in all. It was very annoying and I vowed to check my articles periodically.

What Benefits You Can Get?

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1. Remove Typos

Very obviously, the major advantage and it does not take more than a minute per post. I hate typos and I can understand how my readers feel when they read my post with these silly errors. And once you have removed every error, you do not need to check them ever. It is a one time exercise and if you can check it very thoroughly at the time of posting, this can be avoided.

2. Update Information

There are many articles that contain information and figures. It is always good to update them whenever you find some changes.

For example, I was searching for a post explaining how to create Facebook Fan Page. I checked the same post which I read when I was creating fan page for my previous blog. But the Facebook has updated their page creation procedure and that old post was of no use. So, I had to Google for latest results and found a new post explaining the procedure in the new Facebook. Updating data will help you in retaining readers.

3. Analyze Yourself

No doubt, your writing capability will keep on increasing with every post. So, you can always go back to old post to see what changes you need to make in your writing style.

It’s a good way to analyze your style and find your flaws. I personally feel that I have improved a lot just by reading my old posts. It helped me decide how I could improve my posts and writing style and I work on the improvement. Self assessment is a very important activity and you could do it time to time through this exercise.

4. Interlinking Your Blog Posts

The old articles can be interlinked to new articles through the keywords of the old articles. The internal linking is a very strong factor to help you make a better blog for PageRank and SEO purposes and it also helps in reducing bounce rate.

I will recommend you reading some old posts again and again to make necessary changes to it that suits Google crawlers and your readers to make your blog a better blog. Also, I would love to hear what are your views on this?

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Steve June 10, 2010 at 2:44 pm

Whilst I agree with going back through them for interlinking opportunities, I disagree with having to check them for typo’s, surely everyone should be running a spell check and re-reading before pressing “publish”, so there should never be any typo’s in your posts in the first place.

Dennis Edell June 13, 2010 at 6:53 pm

In an ideal world, for sure. I don’t know many that don’t find one or two after the fact; sometimes way after the fact. lol

naki June 12, 2010 at 7:50 am

I’m included in that 99%. But i’m always linking my new post to old post if it’s related. But i’m agree of all the points above. Beside the point above, reading own old post is interesting, it’s so nostalgic 🙂
Ok, from now, i will read my old post again. Let’s see if there is an interesting one (i almost forgot what i write haha)

Karen June 14, 2010 at 7:52 pm

I do read my old posts from time to time and if it’s something needs to be updated then I do, I think it can bring a fresh bit of life to your blog 😉

baterya June 15, 2010 at 11:16 am

Hi… thanks for this wonderful post.. Actually I am reading my old post once in a while and share them to my social network if I find them still useful and sometimes linking them back to new post but I never did check my old post for typo error and etc. thanks again good article

Darrel Ellis June 19, 2010 at 3:53 pm

The 4th point is something I am always missing. Will have to go through my older posts and add some iterlinks where possible. Hope that the results will be worth the time spend. Very informative article. Thanks for sharing!

Usama September 30, 2010 at 9:44 pm

Internal linking is an awesome advice. Not only it helps get better PR but readers get to read your older posts.

Anthony Burke January 25, 2011 at 12:39 am

I really think #1 is important to consider further. The bottom line is that if you are not blogging grammatically correct information, it will be very difficult for people to take you seriously and come back to your site. Make sure you proofread!

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