As we all know, with Wordpress is super-easy to create content.

And similarly, it's super easy to edit or update an already published post or page ...

All you have to do, is to make the desired changes and to hit the "Publish" button again ...

Simple isn't it?

Well ... the truth is that is not always that simple.

Why?

Because, saving your "new work" in an already published live post or page, will make those changes instantly visible ... And obviously, that could create weird outcomes if you can't implement all the changes in one single session ...

A possible option is to duplicate the live post (into a new draft), to edit the new draft, and finally, to paste it into the original or to publish it as a new version while the old one will be deleted ...

Recently I published a tutorial discussing a simple solution that will allow you to easily duplicate your posts or pages ... Here it is again:

Why & How to clone a post or a page with one single click

The above method can be very useful when you want to quickly create an initial frame for a new post or page with content structure, formatting attributes, SEO settings, featured image, etc included.

However, it could be also problematic when you want to update an already published live content piece. And there are various reasons: different publishing dates, automatically created new slugs, a newly published "replacement" isn't indexed, etc.

But don't wory, there is a very easy solution that will allow you to avoid the above issues ... And I've decided to create this short tutorial to show you how easy is to properly update live posts and pages without affecting the live version ...

Interested?

Let's do this!



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JohnJStanley Premium
Hey smarketeer, I simply went into the post and edited the year in the title, since then my traffic has dropped dramatically. Was this a silly mistake and must I use this plug-in in future when updating the year in the post title?
My full questions and screenshot of traffic is here
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smartketeer Premium
No, for a simple title change you dont need the plugin.

In my opinion the year change has nothing to do with the title change you made. Is the usual Google dance ... And the question is if your ranking has been changed or not ... For example, other new content pieces have been published meanwhile and they got better rankings than you had
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MikeLanning Premium
ok, so, I have edited all my pages even after they were indexed by going in to my website, viewing page and hitting edit and then making changes.... :By doing it this way it has been removing it from being indexed or something which would explain why I don't get visits ?
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smartketeer Premium
No Mike. A content update won't remove you from the Google index.
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nathaniell Premium
Your site is pretty new, so "no traffic" is unlikely an issue with your website. It's probably because you haven't written enough content yet.

Traffic is tough, so I feel your frustration. I think there are 2 main areas where you can improve traffic.

1. Keywords. Keyword research is going to be a frequent task for you, or at least something you should sit down for an hour and do once week/month. Keywords will till you WHAT people are searching for, and HOW they are searching for it.

Here are some training videos that can help: 2. Content volume. Longer posts means more information for your visitor. Though not always true, more content usually means more information, and that's what Google is looking for. It also keeps people on the page longer, and more engaged on your site.

500 words should be a minimum, but I usually shoot for 800-1200 words per article. This training can help with writing longer, cohesive articles: Those two things should at least help with giving you a better chance of ranking and getting traffic. Not to overload you with info, but two other main strategies I try to do to help with rank (and thus traffic) is internal linking and getting comments. (there are MANY more trainings on comments, and all of the social media stuff applies here too)
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MikeLanning Premium
I haven't written so much my whole life LOL.... I did write my first 2000+ word article day before yesterday but then it took yesterday and today to write this 1028 word.. still need to add more images to it yet.

I currently have 14 posts on my website plus the about me, affiliate disclosure, privacy policy and a page recommending one of my affiliate products.

Making progress but all the set backs I've run in to and with Christmas thrown in there I should be 5-7 days further. Being I started right before Christmas, not sure how productive I have actually been when I have lost time/days in there.

Still moving on though... I don't want to have to start a lawn mower come April unless it's to mow my own lawn LOL
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Maddy55 Premium
I have a lot of plug ins already, but I'm going to download and activate this one to try it out. I often update my older posts and pages, and have not experienced any problems as you've mentioned.

I have often laughed to myself though, while I'm adding content or changing something, that if someone is on that page, they'll possibly see content appearing that was not there before LOL! Poof! Magic! I have also put a Published article back into Draft mode temporarily, with no problems either. Maybe I've just been lucky. Thanks for sharing :)
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Terand Premium
Lol :o)
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smartketeer Premium
You are so right Marilyn!

Those magically appearing and/or disappearing content pieces won't make your readers happy ... They are bad for user experience ...

And you can always deactivate/reactivate the plugin to use it only when you are performing updates
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Terand Premium
Oh, how come I missed Zed's training?
Thank you for sharing, Zed! Useful tips! Recently, I just made some changes to my website. Have bookmarked it too!
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smartketeer Premium
Thank for the time Terand!
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Terand Premium
Don't mention it, it's my pleasure too, Zed! Take care!:o)
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MizEllie Premium
Revising old posts is on my to-do list. Thanks for showing me a simpler way to do it!
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smartketeer Premium
Thank you for the time and the feedback Ellie!
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dowj01 Premium
Another great tutorial. Thank you.
Justin
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smartketeer Premium
Thank YOU!
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beachwood Premium
Very cool! Definitely going to use this in the future! Thanks!

Chris
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smartketeer Premium
Thanks for the time Chris!
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BTakahata Premium
Nicely said!
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smartketeer Premium
Thanks!
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JMatonge1 Premium
An admirable piece of work. Thanks for sharing Smartketeer.
Joseph
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smartketeer Premium
Thanks for the time Joseph!
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Gordon-D Premium
So what problems occur in updating published posts Zed?
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smartketeer Premium
As I said in the tutorial, your changes are instantly visible in the live version ... If you can't make your changes in one session, that could generate different confusing "versions" for your readers who are on your site in a given moment ...

But that's the smallest problem ... When you update a post or a page, you could get a bunch of errors .... inaccessible media elements, broken URLs, failed publishing, etc ... And obviously, you don't want to "crash" your live content with an untested new version.
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Gordon-D Premium
Ok thanks, still confused tho
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LouiseBT Premium
Oh man, I wish I'd remembered your duplication trick before - I've been updating the same post for 3 days now, just hit a mental block on it. Ah well, least I know what to do tomorrow, though I expect it will be completed tomorrow. Will follow your process just in case :-)
Thank you so much, valuable information as always!
Louise
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smartketeer Premium
Thank YOU!
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MarkA1 Premium
Interesting! Thanks for sharing this! I have to run right now, but I'm saving this to delve into later tonight. This is something we all need to know.
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smartketeer Premium
Thanks for the time Mark!
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Barley1 Premium
Great post, smartketeer. Enjoyed reading it
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smartketeer Premium
Thanks Danny!
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