What you will learn
Ever since Google started using Freshness as a ranking factor, publishing frequency and content dates have been a debate in the small world of SEO.
- If I don’t publish often, will Google see my site as not fresh and lower my rankings?
- If I publish all my content at the same time, will I be seen as a spammer?
- If so, does that mean I need a schedule for my content?
- What happens when I want to scale and publish more often?
So many questions that only found lousy answers from the Google reps over the years.
Google’s Side of Things
On Google’s side, John Muller came out and said that publishing tens of thousands of pages simultaneously is no issue for them. You just need to budget server resources for Google’s more intensive crawling. He even went as far as saying that trickling content tends to create more issues than it solves.
The Human Side of Things
For users, it depends on how people use your website. If you get the majority of your traffic from search and don’t try to fidelise them, then publishing in batches as soon as content is ready is the most viable solution as leaving content on your hard drive produces no revenue. On the other hand, if you work on building a relationship with your audience and sell them products, then dripping content publication is an excellent way to develop and maintain engagement, which is necessary for conversions.
Why you should still drip content production at first
While batches seem to be no problem on the SEO side, it’s another story when you try to produce very high-quality content. The keyword here is the feedback loop. If you produce large batches of content at the same time, chances are, you don’t have your eyes on it until the whole batch reaches your desk. And what that means when you outsource is that the same mistakes will most likely be repeated across all pieces of content produced and fixing them is going to be costly. This is why we recommend people write their first 10 articles in The Authority Site System.
So Should You Ever Batch Content?
Yes, if you have very refined and documented content templates, doing small batches of similar content can be highly efficient and profitable. The one thing you clearly should batch though is content planning, especially if you work with content hubs. It allows you to plan your site in a way that will enable pages of that hub to flow with each other better and to avoid keyword cannibalization.
So What Should You Do?
The takeaway of today’s discussion for us with Mark are:
- You should batch content planning for your site to be more coherent
- You should drip content production to have a better feedback loop with your writing team
- You can either batch publish if reader relationship is not too significant or drip publish to maintain engagement.
What about you? Do you Drip or Batch? Let us know in the comments!