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Emergency Posts: Always Keep Some Ready

Steven Jan 22, 2013 8 responses Blogging 10 views

You’re on a roll. You’re posting five days a week to your blog and the traffic is really rolling in. Every day you see repeat visitors lapping up your new content and they’re bringing along new visitors, too. And then suddenly, it happens. Your best friend comes from half-way around the world to visit for a few weeks or you don’t want to miss a single episode of Shark Week. You’re too busy to blog, but you know, if you don’t, your traffic will quickly dry up. What are you going to do? Dig into your stash of emergency posts!

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What’s that you say? You don’t have a stash of emergency posts? Well, how in the world are you ever going to take a day off? Here’s what you need to do…

Create evergreen content

It’s always a good idea to keep up with the trends, blog about the day’s hottest topics. That’s what keeps your repeat traffic coming back for more. They know you’re the go-to source for the day’s hottest news.

But trends quickly fizzle and die on the Internet and that’s one of the reasons you’re in trouble. Chasing the news is exhausting but if that’s the only reason people are coming to your blog then you can’t afford to slack off, even for a day or two.

Start adding some evergreen content to your blog, and while you’re at it, write a few extra evergreen articles to hold back for emergencies.

What’s evergreen content? Evergreen content is timeless. It’s not related to a season or a holiday or an event. Here’s how you tell the difference.

At Christmas time you might write a blog post about your favorite Christmas Chocolate Cake Recipe, using candy canes for decoration. That’s a trendy article that’s only going to get a lot of traffic at Christmas time.

A comparable evergreen article would be your favorite Chocolate Cake Recipe. Period. People look for a good chocolate cake recipe all year long but when they see that word Christmas in the title when it pops up on the index, they’re going to skip over it – unless it’s Christmas.

By adding evergreen content to your blog you’ll be attracting those readers who are looking for good, solid information all year long. And by writing evergreen content for your emergency blog posts you’ll be able to post them any time of year – whenever you need some time away from your blog.

How many posts should you have in your emergency stash?

That depends. If your readers expect a new post out of you every day, then you’ll want at least 10 posts on hand so you can take two weeks off and have a vacation or spend time with family, or even start another blog. Your current posting frequency will determine how many posts you should have backed up in case of emergency.

But don’t stop there. Now that you’re used to doing that extra writing, get started using article marketing to promote your blog. Or put together an ebook. Or go build a Squidoo lens!

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  1. Glen

    This is definitely something I need to do. Create evergreen content and have emergency posts!

    Thanks for the kick up the butt ;)

    1. Steven

      That’s really essential if you want to keep up with your blog. It’s a fact: you will have some down times, like everyone else

  2. Jason Mathes

    Yup I learned this one the hard way when my Dad passed away recently. I had no material to post during the time I was gone. No more! I will always have a few posts in the “Drafts” folder to hold on to when that rainy day comes again!

    1. Steven

      I’m sorry to hear about your loss, Jason. Wish you the best with your blog!

  3. David Paul Krug
    David Paul Krug

    This is a great idea. You never know when you want to take a vacation or hit a writers block. It’s better to produce the content when your on a roll than to try to force content when you’ve hit a wall.

    1. Steven

      Exactly! You’re spot on, David.

  4. Alana Mander

    This is something I definitely need to work on, the best I’ve manger so far is two days ahead! Although I do have a few brainstormed ideas for future posts.

    1. Steven

      When you have some emergency posts, your blogger’s life becomes so much less stressful…