981 posts on my passive blog, should I delete some posts for SEO?

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I have a blog of mine that I have had for about 8 years but haven't updates content since 2011. The website has a very health amount of backlinks and used to get about 500 organic visits daily before I redirected the website to another one of my site.

When I redirected it, the new blog didn't really gain that traffic and it stayed redirected for about 2 years until October when I decided to remove the remove redirection and start working on the website again.

Now I am wondering if I should leave all the 981 posts on there or should I delete them and leave a few with good back links so I can freshen up the content for SEO?

Another unrelated question: Is there a free software to check how competitive the keywords I am trying to rank for are?
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  • Profile picture of the author bdenzer
    You can archive the posts but I wouldn't delete them. If you know that some of the posts haven't had ANY hits, you could delete them I guess, but deleting posts won't help SEO. Each page has it's own ranking.

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  • Profile picture of the author SEO Power
    Since bdenzer has already answered your first question, I'll answer the second one.

    Sorry, no free software. Even if one existed, it wouldn't be accurate enough to be relied upon. The best way to evaluate keyword competition is manually analysing the top 10 sites ranking in Google for your keyword and their link profiles, and you don't need a software to do that.
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  • Profile picture of the author johncalkovich
    Yes I delete them and leave a few with good back links so you can freshen up the content for seo ,If your blog have many oraganic backlinks ..So i think dont delete this blog ...
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  • Profile picture of the author elcidofaguy
    Don't do it!!! You would be crazy to delete your old posts and with that your hard work down the toilet... Those posts add credibility to your site... as well as a great index count....

    I'm a little confused why you started a new site with redirect from the old one? If I was to do that I would have also migrated the old posts and used the canonicalization tag on the old site so that the link juice credit would flow to the new site.... and/or redirect those pages/posts mapped to the new location via .htaccess file...

    As you have now gone back to your old site... Then the first thing I would do is amend each post with a revised date - assuming that the content is still relevant... You could add an opening sentence last revision date XXX - and perhaps add some additional changes... Also keep adding new content and look into building silo's with building internal links within your site which leverages the 900+ posts and hopefully when G comes crawling again it will begin resurrecting your old site...

    Hope that helps and good luck ;-)
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  • Profile picture of the author sherry_d
    Thank you. I think I will keep the posts and freshen up the ones with backlinks.
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