Search engines love fresh and original content. Even more, search engines love a steady stream of fresh original content.
I am sure we have all heard people talk about the website they are about to launch and say, “I am having a website built and it is almost finished.” When I hear that exact phrase – and I hear it a lot- I cringe just a bit feel like responding, “Really? Well, my website will never be finished.” That’s because a website should be alive and constantly changing. The old way of thinking about websites is that when a website was finished, it would sit frozen and immovable until the next redesign. Even the word “site” implies something fixed in the ground, not something constantly in motion.
A search engine sees a website for what it is; if a website has static content that never changes, the search engine knows it. Over time, the search engine spiders will come less often. Why send a search spider for content that doesn’t change? The site will not be seen by search engines as high-value to its users. On the other hand, publish regular content to your site and the search engines will know it. In fact, search engines are moving toward real-time search results, although this technology isn’t yet fully developed. The search engines will send spiders to your site more often looking for both new content and changes to old content. Your site will rise in the rankings. And, if that wasn’t enough, new content will get a fresh content bump.
The fresh content bump refers to supplemental boost in ranking power that search engines assign to fresh content served up from blogging platforms like WordPress for the first few weeks after the publish date.
WordPress began as a pure blogging platform and the search engines see new WordPress posts as timely, topical, and potentially newsworthy items. The search engines reward new posts with a little boost in position. As time passes, the posts will settle down in the rankings. You can use the fresh content bump to cleverly schedule prime rankings for matters of seasonal interest to readers. For example, you could write a post titled “Monsoon Activities in Kerala, 2012,” where you deftly advertise your scuba diving service along with other activities. If you time it right, you’ll get a boost in ranking right when the last tourists are having their vacations.
Your fresh content need not be entirely free giveaways with no benefit to you. Your new content can be a post or page about how you now serve a new area; put the name of the new town in the page as a keyword, and you’ll rank for searches in which that town name appears. Or, how about a page announcing a summer sale? Google likes new content-but it doesn’t have to be completely fantastic content every time.
Another benefit: new content is great when it is new, but new content is also pretty great when it is sold. A site with continually fresh content becomes a very large site very quickly. We discussed the benefit of a large site in the previous section.
If you are reading this artilce, you likely have a WordPress site or are considering a WordPress site. With WordPress, your ease and speed of publishing is unmatched you’ll create new and better content faster than other webmasters, and your site will be alive with regularly fresh content and your site will grow up quickly.