Blog Housekeeping – Should You Recycle or Purge Old Posts?By
Let’s say you have been blogging for a few years and your post count is rather impressive. Some of those posts are real gems with timeless information and advice; and some of those posts that continually get search results that provide value (for the reader or the blogger because they make money of some sort). But, what about those posts that are either no longer relevant or somehow got lost in the shuffle? What do you do with them?
Yesterday I recycled a post called Does Your Domain Have Skeletons in its Closet. I recycled it because it had a really cool Halloween graphic on it and yesterday was Halloween, but I also recycled it because the information was still important and some of my readers may not have been readers the first time I published it.
Darren at Problogger has also had success with this technique at his Digital Photography site. Its good for search engine ranking, you introduce new readers to solid information they may not have seen before, and readers who did see it the first time through may get additional value out of it the second time through.
How about a post that you really liked but it was early on in your blog’s life – you know, before you discovered Stumble Upon and Digg? Reintroduce it and promote it on the social sites – it can give those hidden gems a new lease on life.
Just Trash It
So what about those posts that were very time sensitive (like I’m going on vacation posts) or just admin updates? Are they really worth keeping? At what point should you just delete them? Are they just taking up valuable space or do they serve a purpose?Â I have deleted old posts from time to time, but haven’t really made an exercise of it.
Anyhow, this is one of those “I’m Thinking Out Loud” posts and would really love your take on these questions!
And here’s a bonus question – is there limit to the number of posts (records) that a WordPress database can handle? If so, what is the number?