How to Maximize the Value of Your Content: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

by Stephanie Ward on January 4, 2013 · 0 comments

in Articles, Blog, Marketing, Social Networking, Valuable Giveaway

As a business owner you’ve worked hard to create fabulous content that rocks.

And you will continue to do so going forward. But that doesn’t mean that all of your previous work can’t continue to be utilized and shared with your community.

Don’t ignore your previous content, it’s extremely valuable. Just make sure it’s the best it can be and that it is organized. Let’s see how the three R’s of sustainability can be applied to your marketing.

Reduce

Eliminating content that is not relevant and reorganizing what remains will improve your visitors’ experience when they visit your website. Here are some suggestions to get you started.

Get rid of outdated information on your website. Do you still have information on your website about an event that has already happened? Remove it.

What about posts that are no longer relevant? Get rid of them.

Is your website’s sidebar too cluttered? Take a hard look and make sure that all of the elements are valuable. Delete anything that is not compelling for your visitors.

While you’re reviewing your sidebar this is a great time to make sure the elements are in the most effective order. It could be time to rearrange them.

The most important element should be at the top of your sidebar. I hope that this is where you have your offer for your valuable free giveaway and ezine. The search box should always be the last element in your sidebar.

Reuse

Think about how you can take content on your website and convert it into additional formats. Repetition is a good for learning, plus some people prefer to listen, some like to read, and others like to watch video.

You can read and record your posts to create an audio podcast. You can take that same content and create videos. Find out more about this in my post: How to Create More Profit With What You Already Have.

You can also repost past blog posts on the social media platforms (Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Google+, and Pinterest). Because believe me, not everyone saw them the first time around. And even if they did, like I mentioned, repetition aids in understanding.

In addition, you can take excerpts from your posts or extract quotes from them and share those on the social media platforms.

Recycle

Recycling is about transforming something so it once again has a useful purpose, improving its value. Some of your content may still be relevant and just needs a bit of polishing. Once changed, it can be recycled into a fresh and juicy upgraded version.

Think about making updates to current posts by adding links to your other amazing related posts. You can also improve an article by adding a fabulous image or updating the current image to a superior one.

And if you have a ‘RePin’ button on your posts for sharing on Pinterest, be sure that you assign a ‘Featured Image’ otherwise no image will show up. Here’s how to do add a featured image.

Another way to improve existing posts it to make sure they are optimized for search engines. You want to have solid keywords and effective descriptions and meta tags. If you use WordPress this is a cinch.

If you take action on any or all of three of these areas (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle) your best content will reach even more people, which will help you grow your business.

The bottom line is not to underestimate the power of a few small changes. To quote Vincent Van Gogh:

“Great things are done by a series of small things brought together.” [Click to ReTweet]

For more on this, check out my post about how small things can make a big difference.

Don’t wait, get started today and watch your tiny efforts bloom into enormous benefits.

© Stephanie Ward

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