What Re-Purposing Is
Re-purposing content is conveying the same topic, point, or answer in various formats. Examples of different forms are:
- Blog posts
- Slideshare decks
- Email messages
- Success Stories
An article I found recently goes a bit overboard (in my opinion) by suggesting you can re-purpose content at least 10 different ways, but that’s a bit overboard to me.
What Re-Purposing Isn’t
Re-purposing content is not publishing the same words in many places on the Internet.
It is conveying the same information but in different ways.
There Are 2 (Main) Reason’s Re-Purposing Content is Important
A very good example of this is publishing a blog post to your website, then shooting a video on the same topic, the creating a transcription of the video, then creating another blog post into which you embed both the video and the transcription.
When the words used in the original blog post and the video transcription are different, you have not duplicated the content, but you have made it available in 3 different pieces of content to the two main search engines (Google and YouTube), as well as a few others (Yahoo and Bing).
The second is that different people learn better in different ways.
Some of us like words (I’m one of them) and prefer to read over watching a video. Some of us like video and prefer to see someone talk or present over reading a blog post.
Using the example above of the blog post and the video, if you really want to cover extra ground, strip out the audio of the video and publish it as a podcast.
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