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Do Blog Readers Find Old Posts and Comment?

I have been thinking that when blogs first get started and build their traffic and audience, they don’t get many comments. This makes me think about whether or not blog readers go to the old posts and comment on them after the blog gets big.

GoogleAs a marketer, I do this sort of thing. You have to keep in mind that the oldest blog posts have been indexed by Google for a long time now. This means that there is a good chance that those posts will get good pagerank on the next update. With that blogs success, you can actually receive some traffic and pr by commenting on old blog posts.

I find myself often browsing to the oldest post for other reasons though. One of those reasons is that in the beginning of the blog, the owner was more hungry for success. Chances are that their oldest posts were the most extensive and well researched of the lot. I have found some excellent posts by browsing to the first page of the archives.

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Brandon Connell

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  1. tushar
    Twitter: bloggerspassion

    readers always has found a problem in finding my old posts through google and this is why i have to interlink them
    .-= tushar´s last blog ..Who are You Writing For- Google Spiders or Real People? =-.

    Posted on 23-May-10 at 2:03 am | Permalink
  2. Brandon Connell
    Twitter: Brandon_Connell

    That’s one thing I have yet to really get into. Referencing my own materials.

    Posted on 23-May-10 at 8:25 am | Permalink
  3. Joe Boyle
    Twitter: websitebegin

    I usually tweet out about older articles I’ve posted. I notice that I do get some comments on those posts. For example, I had an article from 4 and a half months ago with no comments, but when I tweeted it, two or three people came and commented on it. The bigger following you have, the more you’ll receive.

    Posted on 23-May-10 at 6:54 am | Permalink
  4. Brandon Connell
    Twitter: Brandon_Connell

    Excellent idea Joe. I can utilize all the social networks to get attention for older posts.

    Posted on 23-May-10 at 8:25 am | Permalink
  5. I have been tempted to recycle my old stuff to my front page again. (but I haven’t)

    I doubt many people really look at old stuff, for the main reason of time. An example is your website. I just recently found my way here, but haven’t had time to read everything you’ve written. I’m sure I would enjoy and learn a lot, but that could take 8 hours or more. Then I would want to comment, etc.
    .-= Scott Barron´s last blog ..How Safe Are You? =-.

    Posted on 23-May-10 at 12:51 pm | Permalink
  6. Brandon Connell
    Twitter: Brandon_Connell

    I don’t really have a lot of time either. But I do make the occasional rounds and see what’s interesting. I also get to see how the blogger started out, and how they have changed since.

    Posted on 23-May-10 at 12:53 pm | Permalink
  7. Thats true. I deleted all my original stuff. I classified it, “What was I thinking?” and “Who cares?”

    Funny. Hey, is that a bad thing to delete old stuff? From what you wrote, maybe I shouldn’t delete things?
    .-= Scott Barron´s last blog ..How Safe Are You? =-.

    Posted on 23-May-10 at 1:10 pm | Permalink
  8. Brandon Connell
    Twitter: Brandon_Connell

    Yeah. Bad. I would rather classify what I said as a bad day rather than hiding it. People understand you are human when you have bad days.

    Posted on 23-May-10 at 1:19 pm | Permalink
  9. Michael Pedzotti
    Twitter: michaelpedzotti

    Brandon, I use the Insights plugin to pull up relevant posts from all over my blog and then link to those posts as appropriate. It saves a lot of time trying to remember everything I wrote and it helps with site interlinking as well as providing some navigation options for readers to locate those older and still relevant posts.

    By the way, some bloggers do read old posts 🙂


    Posted on 27-Feb-11 at 8:28 am | Permalink
  10. Mari@blog names
    Twitter: blognames

    I too actually make it a point to look at a blog’s earlier works, simply because I want to see how the blog evolved and also because earlier posts don’t have comments and I’d like to do my part. 🙂

    Posted on 28-Jun-11 at 4:29 pm | Permalink