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What To Do With Previously Published Items on Defunct Sites

Updated on March 26, 2016

When the Sites Go Down

When a site goes down taking your work with it, you have to republish.

Yet, can you take that item, as is / where is and publish it on another site? What if it was networked or quoted?

Or should you take the item and rewrite it?

Or should you change the article, breaking it into pieces, reorganising it, making it different?

As Is Where Is

The copy and paste, when a site no longer exists, seems 'knee jerk'. But then is it wise? To take something you published before and dust it off and pop it onto another site?

Or should you do a bit of work on it?

If the site went down and you hae a copy or can get a copy and it's a good item, and you don't have time, then publish it as it is...

You might need to spruce it a bit, but if the site went down and there is no copy of your item anywhere, go ahead.


You take the item onto a editing application, and go over it.

Is it the best it can be? Does it have images and are they the best?

Has you writing ability increased to the extent that you can substantially change the item and make it better?

Rewriting an item, substantially, actually makes it a new item. Once can virtually publish the original on Site One and the Rewritten item on Site Two without breaching any rules of originality.


In the Old Days many sites demanded 2000 words; some 1000. Today, many sites want 500 or less.

There are hack writers who will take a 1000 word item, and just chop it. Make three items and feel good about it.

There are others, good writers, who will also make three or more items, but each item is rewritten and can stand alone.

Long items, for example, historical ones, can be cut and retitled so that; (for example) One can take an article; Prime Ministers of England and chop it into; Prime Ministers of England in the 18th Century, Prime Ministers of England in the 19th Century...

So that each item is complete in itself.

Where there is an item which doesn't automatically allow such easy splicing you will have to read an carefully check how it can be broken without any false or silly headings.

Writing; "Comedies of the 1960s" and having Part One and then Part Two might seem intelligent, but perhaps it would be better to find another set of titles, perhaps on "Family Comedies" or "Office Comedies" so that the sites would show up better on a search.


When you republish, think about what you are doing.

Think if there are other copies, if there can be a rewriting of extensive nature which makes the item different,

Be conscious when you splice an item not just to count words and cuts. Pay attention and try to make each item stand alone.


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