Does Your Business Site Need Decluttering?

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How many times have you gone to a site for information and found outdated content? If that site has been around for any length of time, there will be a lot of stuff on it — which is good for SEO because you have more reach — but that content could be clutter. That clutter is bad for SEO because it is poor quality.

Demian Farnworth and Copyblogger just put out A Brief Guide to Fixing Your Old, Neglected, and Broken Content. In it there is a list of 10 pieces of content you need to remove, improve, or redirect (that’s the subtitle) along with the steps to do so. Those 10 pieces of content are:

  1. past events
  2. obsolete products
  3. product or company name changes
  4. sales that have ended
  5. expired job or house listings
  6. closed membership site registration
  7. out-of-stock or seasonal products
  8. repetitive content
  9. outdated reviews
  10. old guest post landing pages

It wouldn’t surprise me that anyone who has had a business site up and running for more than a few years starts having at least one of this kind of clutter. But much of the time clutter just needs to be organized in order to be useful, which is why we keep it around. This guide does a good job of explaining what you can do to make your own site clutter useful.

We have talked about site and content audits before because it really is one of the best ways to keep a site from turning into a junk pile. When people visit the site and see that it is organized, updated, and easy to navigate, they can find what they need. Those visitors may need old information because it is a reference authority — but if you can’t find it, then it doesn’t help.

The clutter of old content may hide the good information from the people who visit your site. It doesn’t take that long to fix it and the results are going to be rewarding. Thanks Demian Farnworth for giving us this simple guide to make decluttering our business sites easier.

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Make Decluttering Easier by Ditching Items You’ve Kept Out of Guilt

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Make Decluttering Easier by Ditching Items You’ve Kept Out of Guilt

When you’re trying to minimize the amount of clutter you have around the house, there are a lot of things that can hold you back. Don’t let guilt be one of them.

You probably have a gift or item of clothing that you don’t care for, but you keep around because you’d feel guilty getting rid of it. Emily Co at PopSugar suggests it’s time to be brutal and find a new home for those things. The truth is it’s just stuff taking up space like the rest of the clutter you want to get rid of. You don’t have to throw it away, but keeping it around to sit there isn’t doing anything for anyone. Don’t feel guilty, take control and clear it out.

12 Golden Rules of Decluttering | PopSugar

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