Have you ever watched a movie that you loved as a kid, and found that now there are certain things about that movie that you completely missed or didn't pick up on? It's understandable. As adults, we have different tastes because we've experienced more, and we've learned.
Your portfolio of Zujava leaves works much the same way. What you published a few months or weeks ago may seem very different to you when you read it now. You are a different person than you were yesterday, a week ago, or a few months ago. That's why going back to your old leaves and refining them is such a great idea. You've likely learned more about the subject, or can provide some fresh insight today that you couldn't have back then. Or, you just might be more rested and ready to write today. Whatever the reason, editing your old content can bring about some great positive changes.
Like what, you ask?
Here's what you might find if you visit one of your previously published leaves:
- The dreaded typo or misspelling. Maybe you used the word "too" and the proper usage would have been "to." Or, maybe you put an apostrophe in the word they're and there shouldn't have been one.
- You completely forgot to add the perfect Amazon product, or a new one just hit the market that you think would be the perfect addition.
- You've published a few different leaves on similar topics, and now you can link to those leaves.
- You're not a fan of the introduction photo, and think there are better out there. This can be a big change, and leave a totally different first impression to the reader.
- Visiting the leaf gave you inspiration to add two new text sections of fresh, meaningful content, plus start a spinoff related leaf.
Some say Google prefers updated content. While that may or may not be true, the truth of the matter is that Google does come back to reindex pages to see what's new. If the changes that you've made make the page more relevant or optimized, that's a good thing.
If you have plans of adding much different content to a leaf that doesn't really fit with the rest of the content, then it might be time to publish an entirely new leaf.
And, if you're experiencing some severe writer's block, head on over to Variety Writer's leaf on 100 Things to Write About.
Intro photo source: Walknboston on flickr.
What do you think about how Google reacts to new content? Does it seem to favor it, or is that a myth? Tell us your side of things in the comments.