You Ask, I Answer: Keeping Old Links in Content Recycling?

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You Ask, I Answer: Keeping Old Links in Content Recycling?

Marya asks, “Would I ever need that old link to have “permanence” online and history? By changing this to an updated “new” link, do I lose any ‘clout’ or historical SEO points if I take them ‘away from the past’ and ‘borrow them for the future?’”

As long as links are redirected properly, you shouldn’t lose any search value. The only reason you’d really want old links is for tracking purposes, and that’s not essential. Some folks would even argue that dates in URLs is aesthetically unpleasant.

You Ask, I Answer: Keeping Old Links in Content Recycling?

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In today’s episode, Maria asks, would I ever need that old link? This is about a video from a couple years ago on content recycling, whatever need that old link to have permanence online and history.

By changing this to an updated new link, do I lose any cloud or historical SEO points, I take them away from the past and borrow them from the future.

So when it comes to content recycling, as long as you redirect the links properly, you shouldn’t lose any search value if you are keeping things on the same domain.

And you were just putting a 301 redirect link from your old content to your new content.

The recycled article, then any links that you have and the way search engines see that their value will simply flow through to the new target destination.

In terms of why you would want the old links, I can Really think of a reason why you’d want to hang on to the older URLs.

Now, there are some folks and I can see the argument for this that would argue that dates in your URL strings are aesthetically unpleasant.

And there is no impact one way or the other.

With dates and URLs.

I personally like them, because I like to be able to group URLs by date to see how a certain month or a certain year performed.

But that’s more of an analysis thing that has no SEO impact one way or the other.

If you don’t have dates in your your URL, your URLs.

Then when you go to refresh the article, and you change the date, and you’ve updated the content, you don’t need to do any redirects because the URL has not changed.

When you have the dates, obviously, then you have to do some updating.

Again, the only reason you’d want to maybe have some records about The date is for tracking purposes.

And even then that’s not essential.

If you know that an article from 2014 has been refreshed in 2020.

You don’t necessarily need to try and manipulate and consolidate that down to just the slug, which is the non date part of the URL to do analysis on it, it’s it’s functionally like a new article.

Now, would you is this still the the best way to recycle old blog content? I think so.

There’s something to be said for playing to the strengths of the algorithms.

And in this particular case, we’re talking about taking stuff that already did well by traffic purposes or by rank purposes and essentially reinforcing it continuing to improve it.

We know that absent other features, law longer, more in depth, better researched content tends to do better.

Because of the way that search engines Google in particular views things like expertise, authority and trustworthiness.

Having more credible information, having more original new content also serves the algorithms, like for diverse, fresh and relevant content.

And so is recycling your old posts in the process of taking them, updating them, and then changing the URL still relevant? Yes, yes, it absolutely is.

In fact, there are some companies that have like 60 blog posts.

That’s it.

I mean, just keep recycling improving them over and over and over again.

backlinko does that I believe.

Is it better than new content? It depends.

It depends on what’s happening in your field in your industry.

I would be hesitant to ever say stop creating new content.

If it no other reason, then there’s actually frequently new things to to create content about.

But if you do have winners, it’s not a bad idea to keep those winners brush up.

When I do it, the winners that I pick the ones that have performed well and have high amounts of search traffic built into them.

So if you would go in Google Analytics or Google Data Studio, you can look at content.

And not only the number of visitors and users to that content, but also the number of organic searches visits that came to that piece of content.

I like to look at that number as the ones that keep refreshing and the ones that refresh.

Generally I refresh them about once a year, the top ones so typically, what I will do is I have the these shows during weekdays, and keep content fresh, I will simply refresh a piece of content and then backdate it to the nearest previous weekend so that it looks like there’s content On a regular frequent basis, but I’m not clobbering people who subscribe to my blog by having, you know, two pieces of content drop on the same day ones, enough ones more than enough.

So you may want to do the same thing.

I also like to have it be at least 48 hours in the past so that there are some there’s some like Twitter accounts and things that will subscribe to your blog and just retweet posts blindly.

And that’s fine.

But again, I want to make sure that if they’re going to share stuff, I want them sharing the most frequent stuff.

We backdate something and have it set for to be the most previous weekend.

Sometimes those bots won’t pick it up, right? That’s fine because again, social media shares have no statistical relationship to search value from every test that we’ve done.

Over huge, huge datasets there’s just no correlation between the number of shares something gets The search rank that it has.

So we should do a show on that that would actually be really interesting to look at social and search data together.

Other time.

So that’s the the answer.

Yes, keep recycling this way.

You don’t need the old links, as long as you’ve done the redirects properly and cleanly.

And you can multiple redirect, like I have a post, I’ve updated it five or six times, just make sure that all the old ones don’t go to the next one in the chain, they all go to the most current version, you don’t want to create a redirect loop that looks bad.

It’s a bad user experience.

So just have it go from whatever the oldest version is, and the old version, the most second most recent version, all of them redirect to the current version.

They’ll just keep things nice and nice and pleasant for the user.

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