How To Become A Successful Blogger: Part 4 – Why Republishing, Reblogging and Rescheduling Your Posts Always Work

Take a look at the posts you’ve published in the early days of blogging and many of us would see that most of those posts received little attention compared to the posts we’ve recently published.

I find it such a shame that some of the posts from our early days of blogging get little attention. There could be a ‘gold nugget’ of a post you wrote last year that if republished, reblogged, or rescheduled could bring lots more comments and likes, as well as new followers.

Let me give you one such example of a post I republished last October. Take a look at the details below.

Post: The Day I Almost Married Lara Croft.

Originally Published: May 2014

Number of likes: 13

Number of comments: 23

Republished: 18th October 2015

Number of likes: 82

Number of comments: 117

Okay, I know some of you are going to say “but Hugh, you had more followers when you republished the post, so it’s no wonder the post got more attention” but that’s my point. I really enjoyed writing the post and 17 months later I wanted to bring it to the attention of new followers since it had been originally published.

By republishing the post, I did lose details of the original 13 people who liked the post, as well as the 23 comments that had been left. Of course, anybody could have come back to me and said “I’ve read that post before”, but given the 17 months time difference I wasn’t too concerned by it. But why did I choose to republish rather than reblog, or reschedule the post?

I wanted the post to have a new look and feel. I made a few adjustments to the original, added more tags to it (something I later learned helped bring more readers since the post was originally published) and added an image I much preferred.

Had I reblogged the post then whilst I could have edited it and then reblogged it, the post would not have had a brand new look to it. By reblogging I would have kept the 13 existing likes and 23 comments, but I knew that many of those comments would probably be quoted again once the post was republished (and they were). There are no problems with reblogging your own posts providing you don’t overdo it and, in my opinion, only reblog posts that are more than six months old. If you reblog more recent posts then people may point out they’ve read the posts before and I have heard it said that this can lose you readers and followers as you may be seen as just recycling old stock.

Rescheduling a post is a whole different ball game because, like republishing, it gives a post a brand new look. You can also make adjustments and keep any existing likes and comments. In the video below I demonstrate how to reschedule an already published post. If you are reading this via email then you may need to log onto my blog to view the video.

*Video was recorded on 21st February 2016

One word of warning about rescheduling a post. When the post is republished, any links on emails, social media, or on existing blog posts (such as pingbacks) will no longer work. This is because the new rescheduled post has a new date and timeline and, therefore, the links to the previously published post will become invalid. Look at it as if you’ve just moved the post from one room to another. Anybody clicking on the link in the original email or clicking on a pingback link to the original post will arrive in the wrong room and receive an error message beacuse you’ve moved the post to a new room.

I often find broken links to posts in email notifications from WordPress that are only a few days old and also on my WordPress reader because the blogger has rescheduled the post just a few days after originally publishing it. Just as in reblogging a post, my recommendation is not to reschedule a post that is less than six months old beacuse any links to it will almost certainly still be being clicked on. As I’ve mentioned in Part 3 of this series many people will unfollow or stop reading a blog if they come across too many broken links. I don’t know about you, but if a link in an email does not work I usually end up not bothering to find the post so don’t get the chance to read it.

One last area to cover is that when you reblog or republish a post, not only will your followers get an email notifying them that you’ve issued a new post, but the post will also appear again in your WordPress reader. When you reschedule a post no email is sent out but the post will appear again in your WordPress reader.

Do you have recommendations on reblogging, republishing and rescheduling your own posts? Do you reblog, republish or reshedule your own posts?

How To Become A Successful Blogger

Also from the series –

Part 1 – The ‘About Me’ page

Part 2 – How To Create A PingBack

Part 3 – How To Ensure Readers Will Keep Coming Back

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  1. Once again another little gem Hugh…I love this way of learning much better than sitting @ a school desk..I think I have learned as much in my short time as a blogger as I did in 5 years at school 😉 Hope you are liking your new home and have settled in 😉

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  2. This is a wonderful reminder of those old posts, thank you again Hugh for your excellent tutorial. But you know, I’ve never scheduled a post, not one! Still, I love the idea of reblogging (or republishing) some of my older ‘stuff’. Republishing is better I think as I would want to tidy the post up, plus I used too many tags before. Speaking of which, are you going to do a post about tagging and categories in your excellent series? I found out a while ago that we shouldn’t have more than a total of 15 tags/categories when posting, as if so, the post won’t show up in the Reader. Republishing might be the perfect way around this, a whole new look to a whole new audience who didn’t read the earlier posts. But…and I am not au fait with this at all, but I read somewhere, a long time ago, that Google is ‘funny’ about republishing articles. I don’t understand that, or what that means. If you do, I would love to know your thoughts on all this. SEO and all that is definitely not my bag! Thanks so much Hugh! xx

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    1. It’s true, Sherri. Use more than 15 tags on a post and your post won’t reach the WordPress reader. Interestingly, I’ve recently read a post by another blogger who has claimed that by reducing the number of tags on your posts you will increase the number of search engines referrals to your blog. I’m currently testing it out and I have been quite surprised by the results. However, it’s still early days

      I’d certainly recommend you republish or reschedule rather than reblog your older posts. It’s give the post a brand new look and feel and the only disadvantage between the two is that if you reschedule older posts then they won’t show up on the WordPress reader of your followers.

      I’ve heard lots of different stories about Google and what and what will not show up on search results. The most recent is that Goggle give priority to blog posts that contain more than 2,500 words. To me, that is going against what a lot of bloggers (including myself) believe as most readers prefer shorter posts.

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      1. Thanks so much for this Hugh, most helpful. Very interesting about less tags and about republishing rather than reblogging. I’ve heard that recently too about longer posts and Google. Can you imagine if we all did posts that long? None of us would be able to get anything done! I’ve never done a blog that long. We’ll do what we do and go with that!

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  3. Such an interesting blogging topic to raise, Hugh. I’ve noticed some bloggers whom I follow reschedule their posts quite frequently – sometimes twice a day, or a few times each day and I see them again and again in my reader. Perhaps they want views and likes, or they want to reach as many bloggers as possible by making their post more recent. The more recent your blog date is, it will go to the top of one’s reader and to the top of the tag’s pile.

    In all honestly, I find seeing posts rescheduled appear in my reader highly annoying. Sure, it can probably catch my attention if I haven’t been checking my reader for a while. But if I was genuinely interested in their blog, I’d be over there regularly to read and comment on posts anyway.

    I like your take on republishing the post after around six months or so. Not only does it gives your (new) readers a chance to engage in your older material, but you get to have a look at it and rework it with fresh eyes. I’ve considered republishing my older content – but each time I look at it I cringe at my writing and tell myself to write a fresh post altogether with better sentences and more ideas 😀

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    1. Yes those rescheduled posts do go to the top of the WordPress reader list again, Mabel, but for those (like me) who read blog posts via email (because I still don’t trust that the WordPress Reader shows all posts) the link in the original email will no longer work once the post is published again after rescheduling. Links to social media sites and any pingbacks in other bloggers posts also become invalid. That is why I believe posts should not be rescheduled for at least a few months again so that links continue to work. I get really put off by following a blog if I keep finding links to posts that no longer work. I don’t have the time to find the posts so will miss reading them altogether rather than spend precious reading/writing time trying to find them.

      Like you, I’ve also read many times how annoying seeing the same post in the reader can be. By rescheduling every six months that will put pay to that problem.

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      1. “I don’t have the time to find the posts” Me too. If a link to a blog doesn’t work, most likely I’ll be wondering if the post has been taken down and not if it has been republished.

        When you reschedule a post, if a reader has their notifications to that blog turned on, then they might get multiple emails and that can be just annoying seeing it in the reader.

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      2. It must probably be me, but I am pretty sure I received emails when some bloggers I’ve been following rescheduled their posts. Or maybe they were republishing. Or it could be me. Or it could be the reader and sometimes this whole technology thing gets a bit funny 😀

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      3. Whenever I reschedule a post no emails go out to my followers, Mabel. I know other bloggers who reschedule posts and I don’t receive emails either. However, when a post is republished then am email does go out because it’s like a brand new post has been published.

        Reblog: New email is sent out and reblog appears on reader
        Republish: New email is sent out and post appears on reader
        Reschedule: Post only appears in the reader. No email is sent out.

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  4. Hi Hugh: Thank you once again for this invaluable tip. I’ve never rescheduled a post. I’ve got some great old posts that I’ve edited, copied and re-posted, but that’s not quite the same thing, is it? What is the difference? Can I edit if I reschedule? It would be really nice to reschedule ahead of time. 🙂 Thanks, Hugh.

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    1. Hi Kim, yes, you can edit a post first and then reschedule it. The only real differences between rescheduling and republishing are that when you republish a post there’s more work involved in attaching tags, categories etc. Also, when you reschedule a post your followers do not get an email notifying them that a new post has been issued. When you republish they do get an email, as it’s as if you’ve published a whole brand new post.
      We all have these hidden bits of treasure within our blogs and I wanted to highlight to everyone that there is nothing wrong is republishing, reblogging or rescheduling old posts.

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      1. Oh, makes a lot of sense. E-mails do help a lot a bet. Do you have to make a notation that this is “re-posted from an earlier date,” etc? I have always done so in the past, but I just did one today and forgot to do so.

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      2. I don’t think you do, Kim, providing you don’t reschedule or republish a post within six months of it originally being published. By then we have a new audience and followers and those that have been with us since before the post was originally published will often enjoy reading the post again.

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  5. Hi Hugh,
    I love your blogging articles, as you know. I have saved the ones from this year in my Email. I finally had time to read this. I am planning (one day) to do another article on repurposing old posts. Great ideas.
    Janice

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  6. A related question: I often find that some bloggers posts appear more than once in my reader for the days after they post it. I know it’s the same as I’ll see I’ve already liked it but it’s in the middle of a bunch of nee blogs. Is this a fault in my reader or is there something these bloggers are doing to make it appear more than once?

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    1. No, there’s no fault with your reader. What these bloggers have done is reschedule their post. This is usually done to get the post back up to the top of the WordPress reader of their followers. However, this can backfire on those that do it because the email link in the original WordPress notification email to their followers will no longer work (as won’t any of the links to the original post in social media links or any pingbacks). My advice is that a blogger should never reschedule a post until it is at least six months old. By this time the links in the original post will probably no longer be is use.

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  7. More great ideas, thanks Hugh. I haven’t reblogged anything yet but I have been thinking about rewriting some of my earlier posts in a different format and with more photos. If I ever catch up with my diaries I definitely plan to do that.

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  8. This is a great idea to rewrite your old posts ,as a result it will make your posts SEO friendly and will keep your blog/domain away from Google Panda update Penalty. I do this once in awhile, I thought about going through some of the older ones that I believe would be helpful and plan to reschedule them or post them as newer blog entries. You should change the date to latest date..but don’t dig and bring the oldest article because the user may think you are lagging behind better to update the previous date.

    Also, Interlinking old posts within the new articles will play a major role in proper indexing of those articles. It works most of the time. These old posts have good page rank, so we can share the page rank to other new posts. This will increase the SERP ranking also. I think Related posts and putting them on the sidebar is the best option to get them noticed.

    Really this post will be of great help to make the blog look and behave like a website so that the good content remained evergreen. Thanks!

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    1. Thank you very much for your comments.

      I have no idea what Google Panda Update penalty is, but providing I’m not going to get into any sort of trouble with anybody, then I’ll keep reposting and rescheduling older posts that are more than six months old.

      I’ve never reblogged one of my own posts because I don’t particularly like the look of the post when it’s one of your own posts being reblogged on your own blog. I think rescheduling or reposting the post looks far better and, from what I have seen, they get more hits, likes and comments when rescheduled or reposted. I do enjoy reblogging other bloggers posts on my own blog and I am always very thankful to any blogger who reblogs my posts. I always ensure I pay the post a visit and thank them for what they have done.

      Thanks again for your comments. I appreciate them very much.

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  9. These are great tips, Hugh. I have been cleaning up my old posts to make them more SEO friendly, but I’ve just edited and left them. I will promote them in social media. I had never thought about reblogging them. I have repurposed some of my posts and republished them – adding in the information I’ve learned in the meantime and deleting time sensitive info that dates the article. You have a great following here. 🙂 I’m borrowing a quote from you for my next post about time management. “I find it such a shame that some of the posts from our early days of blogging get little attention. There could be a ‘gold nugget’ of a post you wrote last year that if republished, reblogged, or rescheduled could bring lots more comments and likes, as well as new followers.” Have a great week. 🙂

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    1. I recently deleted over 50 posts that I knew I could not use again, Marsha. However, some of the posts that find themselves deep within our blogging archives do deserve a second or third showing. As we gain new followers, many of these posts are new information for these readers and updating and republishing them can bring in even more traffic to our blog. Earlier posts probably don’t get as many comments but republish them and see an even bigger audience get involved in the comments section.

      I’m not a big fan of reblogging my own posts, preferring instead to publish the post as a brand new updated version. I just think it looks a lot better that way, although I don’t mind occasionally using the ‘press this’ button or reblogging other bloggers’ posts.

      Please feel free to use any quotes from me. I’d be delighted if they do go on to helping anybody who has a question about blogging.

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      1. Hi Hugh, I don’t usually delete mine. I archive them, though. I have about 800 posts in my other blog and about 120 in this blog. I have repurposed some of my old ones for this blog, but like you say, I put a lot more into them. Sometimes it takes even longer to write them because I do a lot more research on them. Thanks for sharing so much. I pasted your beautiful long answer into my blogging journal for later use. 🙂

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