The value of ‘evergreen’ and ‘cornerstone’ content
First of all let me start by answering the question on your lips “what the flip is an ‘evergreen’ post?”. An evergreen blog post is essentially a post that has content that doesn’t date and has longevity of value. It may be that it answers a common problem that people always have or is a topic that isn’t time sensitive and people will be interested in reading about well after many short-lived trends have passed. I would like to tell you that I have been familiar with the term evergreen post for a long time but alas, I only heard it for the first time recently when an SEO specialist that I recently started working with, Ryan Gibson, threw the ‘e-bomb’ into the convo assuming that I was all over it. My bad. That said, I am of course always striving to create content that has long term value that enriches user experience (do I sound like I work for Google?!) so while I may not have heard the term, I am certainly familiar with the concept.
So, what constitutes an evergreen post?
Should all posts aim to be evergreen?
No. Evergreen content is great but most sites will benefit from timely posts as well. It is one of your blog’s jobs to capitalise on the zeitgeist of your industry; creating content around the things that people are interested in right now, the seasonal trends, the industry developments, the changing events and whims that are relevant to your audiences. Piggy backing onto these topics can create great opportunities for you while interest in the topic is piqued – just maximise it while you can because it will have a limited shelf life. Both types of content collaborate to create a varied and interesting blog.
So, talk to your customers, talk to your staff and look around online to see what people are talking about. Use these themes to develop your evergreen/cornerstone content and let it drive your content for a long time to come.
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