Okay… so it has been a long time since I have been here. I was starting to do an offline marketing Case Study. It actually went pretty well, but I never updated on here like I started to. I thought about just deleting that last post because it almost seems out of place, but I rethought that idea. And I am glad I did. I logged in to my blog today and to my surprise, a good amount of traffic is still coming here daily, despite me not updating it in months. So I went over the good and bad points of doing so in my head. Here are the reasons why you should NOT ever delete your old blog posts:
1. You will lose all those inbound links
All the backlinking you have done for each blog post, such as twitter, facebook, and that bulk of social bookmarks, will be invalid. Those backlinks wont disappear, even worse, they will just give people that try to go to your site 404 errors and never see your site. At least if it is just a bad post or ireelevant post, they can browse your site and read other content, if you don’t delete the post. Also if someone else linked to your post in their blog, people that read their blog will get errors and tell that blogger. That could lead to them not linking to you anymore for the fact they do not want it to happen again. So you could lose out on future link juice as well!
2. You will lose the SEO benefits
Blogging frequently gives you good SEO benefits over other companies and websites. We know this. Every piece of content you write adds more search engine juice for you. Deleting a post will remove the benefits of that. By the time you have blogged for a few months regularly, your site gets decent traffic (if you have been doing proper SEO!). Imagine where you would be without any of those blog posts; you wouldn’t have that SEO traffic! Don’t delete your posts.
3. You lose lead generation opportunities
The more blog posts you have the more legit your site and company looks. Each blog post is actually a lead generation tool! Or lead generation opportunity. I actually still get inqueries from a blog post that is over a year old, because it is indexed in google and ranking, and people get the number from that post. If you delete that post, you delete that reference, and therefor that lead opportunity.
4. Basically, you waste time.
Trying to figure out what to write about can be a long process, then actually writing it and formatting it the way you want (this post took me 2 days). Maintaining and creating a blog takes a lot of time and effort! Now I am not saying I’d rather have a blog with 365 posts of junk content over 12 posts of super quality, at the same time I want a good amount of content and do not want to delete them after the time I took to post them.
What are your thoughts, did I miss out any reasons not to delete posts, or do you think its no big deal to delete blog posts. Put your thoughts in the comments.