Why'd You Have to Bring That Up Again?? Because You Didn't Hear Me the First Time!

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Why’d You Have to Bring That Up Again??  Because You Didn’t Hear Me the First Time!  (or Why You Might Want to Rewrite that Old Post!)

deafA few weeks ago Bob Stewart encouraged us to revisit some of our old posts and consider rewriting and reworking them (I’d like to think of Redesign) for another chance.  I love this idea because as Bob said... sooner or later you’re going to hit a brick wall and just can’t think of anything to write.  Since I’ve been here for 4 years and writing daily for over a year, I can tell you sometimes the ideas just flow like water... and at other times you feel as if your mind is just blank.

You don’t want to just copy and paste an old post.  That would be like putting the same color of paint over an already out-of-date color.  Think Fresh!

Tammy Emineth followed up with another one of her great informative posts about just why you’d want to “redesign” some of your older posts.
 Go and read her explanation but in a nutshell, Google looks for fresh material.  So giving an older post a “face-lift” (and goodness knows I’m all in for face-lifts) can help Google find you again.

So here’s what I did... I found an old post on “What to Do Before Your Stager Comes to Your house- 8 Helpful Tips” that I did just over a year ago.  I freshened it, redesigned it and gave it a new title.... “Home Staging Tips in Palm Beach County-4 Things to Do Before Your Staging Consultation”.  

Here are the results:

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Now they may not be monumental but my post has been given more exposure to not only those here but perhaps through Google.

Why reinvent the wheel when you don’t have to?  

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Rainmaker
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Janis Borgueta
Key Properties of the Hudson Valley ~ 845-527-7115 - Newburgh, NY
LIC R.E Salesperson - Homes for Sale Newburgh NY

Wow~~ I am too new to rewrite an old blog I guess. Too much to say, but I do see that the concepts can be similar and the ideas that flow are to be consistant and stay on topic. Glad to see though that this all makes sense to keep blogging. Everyday is a lot of content to think of and write. I'm impressed!

Feb 21, 2012 04:27 AM #5
Rainmaker
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Debbie Gartner
Floor Coverings International - Westchester NY & Stamford CT - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl - Westchester hardwood flooring

Nice work, Kathy. I've been doing some of this on my wordpress blog - reworking old popular posts from here.  I also need to do some others on here and link to the original for some more juice.  Lots of opportunity.

Feb 21, 2012 04:47 AM #6
Rainmaker
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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
"New Franklin MA Homes"

Good morning, Kathy.... good thought....I think I'll put some time into this today and take a page from Debbie's book and repost on my wordpress blogs....

Feb 21, 2012 04:53 AM #7
Rainer
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Cathy Tarrant
HOMESTYLING BY CATHY - St Johns, NL
CCSP

Awesome idea!  I'm going to do it...

Feb 21, 2012 05:38 AM #8
Rainmaker
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Roger D. Mucci
Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092 - Euclid, OH
Lets shake things up at your home today!

The proof is in the numbers BARFF................very cool!

Feb 21, 2012 05:56 AM #9
Rainmaker
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Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD
Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs

I have tried this a few times with good results as well.  The old posts can always be improved.  

Thanks for sharing your tips!

Feb 21, 2012 06:17 AM #10
Rainmaker
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Al & Peggy Cunningham Brokers, Brampton Ontario Homes For Sale 905-450-5500
RE/MAX Realty Services Inc. - Brampton, ON

We are all for saving time in this busy time Kathy. Wow we couldn't believe the change in the numbers, but numbers never lie. If anyone needed motivation to 'redesign' their blogs, this is it! Great post Kathy, gave it a little push.

Feb 21, 2012 06:23 AM #11
Rainmaker
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Ron Marshall
Marshall Enterprises - Saint Michael, MN
Birdhouse Builder Extraordinaire

Kathy, I like this idea.  And, since I rewrite most of my posts anyway.  Why not?  Thanks. 

Feb 21, 2012 06:41 AM #12
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Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Josh- thank you.

Rob- same to you!! We're having great weather here.

Andrew- you make a good point. "One post for life is not going to do it".

Dorie- I always felt like I was "cheating" if I did a post on the same subject but it really isn't.  You just need to rework it.

Janis- I've gone back to some of my first blogs and I know they can or need to be redesigned!

Debbie- you are great at reworking yours!  It's all fresh information and Google likes that.

Cathy- we all have posts that we can redesign and improve!

BARFF- I have some others that can stand to be refreshed!

Roy- And, even if you post something that doesn't mean that everyone has the opportunity to read it.

Al & Peggy- Thank you.. we all can put a different twist, spin or perspective on our older posts.  Just give them a "today" look.

Ron- absolutely.  And so many here have other blogs like Wordpress .. .why not share!

Feb 21, 2012 07:11 AM #13
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John McCormack
Albuquerque Homes Realty * www.AlbuquerqueHomes.com - Albuquerque, NM
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Kathy - Thanks for the reminder.  I need to go back and check out my first posts.  I've learned so much since last August I'm sure much tweaking needs to be done in many areas! 

Feb 21, 2012 07:31 AM #14
Rainmaker
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Kim Gaston
Colorado Home Sales LLC - Colorado Springs, CO
Colorado Springs Realtor, (719)661-6987

Genius, Kathy! I'm still finding my "voice" here, so will bookmark for future reference.

Feb 21, 2012 07:47 AM #15
Rainmaker
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Donna Foerster
Cherry Creek Properties, LLC - Parker, CO
Metro Denver Real Estate Agent

I'm not sure I really have anything worth revisiting at this time, maybe in another year or 2.  I'm going to visit your posts (old and new).  I never thought too much about what to do BEFORE your home stager arrives.

Feb 21, 2012 02:31 PM #16
Rainmaker
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Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

I didn't see Bob's post suggesting this, but I've been doing it for some time now.  Started out as me being me....needing to clean house in a way.  After going to an old post (don't remember the reason) and thinking how poorly laid out it was...I  couldn't resist rewriting it and adding new graphics.  The results were similar to yours and that's all it took for me.  

Feb 21, 2012 03:42 PM #17
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Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

John- take a lead from Debbie Gartner... she does a great job of it.  

Kim- One of the hardest things is figuring out what to write but Tammy makes a lot of sense... Google wants fresh information.  

Donna- I'm so glad you're back here.  Market reports and localism posts are ones that can be made current. 

Sharon- you are so clever!!!! Your posts are always so well written and thought out so just a tweak will help with Google. 

Feb 21, 2012 04:40 PM #18
Rainmaker
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Ellen Caruso
Daniel Gale Sotheby's International Realty - Glen Head, NY

Kathy, these days some of my design needs (freelancing, and creating a website) are taking up my time, I've been thinking about recycling blogs....its a good plan! Now where do I start?

Feb 21, 2012 06:28 PM #19
Rainmaker
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Lou Ludwig
Ludwig & Associates - Boca Raton, FL
CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO

Kathy

That's what i would call effectively re-working an old post.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Feb 21, 2012 07:03 PM #20
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Tammy Lankford
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Your Lake Sinclair Expert (706-485-9668)

I find that when I look back at some of the posts I wrote in the first year... I can do a much better job on the subject after all I have learned here on ActiveRain. 

Feb 21, 2012 08:05 PM #21
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Janet Jones
Just Your Style Interiors, LLC - Kihei, HI
Home Staging, Interior Redesign Kihei, Maui, Hawaii

Hi Kathy--your statistics say it all.  I have not been writing long enough I think to "redesign" my posts, but I do love this idea.  And it is clear to me that the topics never get stale. 

Feb 22, 2012 12:09 AM #22
Rainmaker
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Joanna Cohlan
Fresh Eyes For Your Home - Chappaqua, NY
Designing, Decorating & Staging Westchester Homes

Kathy, redesigning older posts is a fabulous idea and I intend to do this because our perspectives often change a bit on the same subject.

Feb 22, 2012 10:42 AM #23
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Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi & Corinna Birgit Cromartie
Charles Rutenberg Realty - Palm Harbor, FL
Palm Harbor & Dunedin FL Residential Real Estate

Many of our older posts could use a facelift.......especially those from the first years of ActiveRain.

Feb 22, 2012 12:44 PM #24
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