Why We Removed 3,000 Pieces of Outdated Content From the HubSpot Blog

You know what sounds like a really bad idea? Deleting 3,000 pages from the HubSpot Blog. You know what our SEO and Web Dev teams did in February? Deleted 3,000 pages from the HubSpot Blog. No, this wasn’t some Marie Kondo-ing team-bonding exercise gone horribly, horribly wrong (although those posts were definitely not sparking joy). It was a project that our head of technical SEO, Victor Pan, and I had wanted to run for a long time — because counterintuitively, getting rid of content on your site can actually be fantastic for SEO. In the SEO world, this practice is called “content pruning”. But, while a good idea in theory, content pruning doesn’t mean you should go crazy and hack away at your content like it’s a tree and you’ve got a chainsaw. Content pruning is far more methodical than that — like trimming a bonsai. I’ll get to the results we saw at the end of this post. But first, let’s explore what content pruning is, and then dive into a step-by-step content audit[…]

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How to Rank Your Old, Outdated Content

What percentage of your search traffic is driven by your top 10 pages? Chances are, it’s a large portion. Just look at the screenshot below. You’ll see that my top 10 pages drive 28.7% of my search traffic. That may not seem like a high number, but I have 5,441 blog posts. In other words, 0.1% of my pages make up 28.7% of my search traffic. Typically, with smaller sites, the percentages are much higher in which the top 10 pages make up the majority of their search traffic. So, what does that tell you? You should just focus on your top 10 pages and ignore the rest? Or, even worse, just focus on cranking out more new content? Quality over quantity I used to have the philosophy of “more is better.” I was cranking out dozens of articles each week. At one point, I was publishing 2 articles a day on this blog. And, over time, my traffic grew, but not by much. I was spending all of this time writing and realized that[…]

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