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  • Resolved brit77

    (@brit77)


    I’d like for Jetpack to send an email notification to subscribers when I republish a post. I have a couple of posts that I republish every year. I could have sworn once upon a time I would get emails when these were republished but not recently.

    To republish, I have tried changing the date of the post to schedule it for a future date. Also, I have changed the post to a draft and then published with a new date after making changes to the post. Neither method seems to send an email.

    It would be nice for subscribers to get an email notification for republished posts. Is there any way to achieve this?

    Thanks!
    Sarah

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  • Plugin Contributor James Huff

    (@macmanx)

    Volunteer Moderator

    At this time, we can only send subscription emails for new freshly written and published posts.

    Thanks for the quick response, James. I hope you will consider this as a feature request then! Without this ability, republishing posts doesn’t seem as worthwhile.

    P.S. I just found in my emails that as recently as this past January, Jetpack DID send an email notification when I republished a post. Has something changed since January 15 that has changed this behavior?

    Plugin Support KokkieH

    (@kokkieh)

    Hi there,

    I hope you will consider this as a feature request then! Without this ability, republishing posts doesn’t seem as worthwhile.

    Something like that would be too easily abused to start spamming subscribers with repeated notifications for the same post. For the same reason republished posts are also not moved back to the top of the WordPress.com Reader feed, but will remain in the Reader at the date it was originally published, no matter how many times you republish it at a new date on your site.

    I actually don’t recommend republishing at all. Speaking for myself, few things would make me unsubscribe from a site faster than getting notification emails for posts I’ve already read because they’ve been republished after a minor edit.

    There are also SEO factors to consider – each time you republish a post this way you change the post’s permalink (depending on your site permalink settings, of course), and while WordPress does try to redirect it, search engines won’t like it if they check the post and finds it’s no longer at the location where they originally indexed it.

    If you want to revisit an older post on your site, consider rather creating a new post that links back to the old one. You can even close comments on the new post, including a direct link to the comments section on the original post to encourage people to reignite the original conversation.

    I just found in my emails that as recently as this past January, Jetpack DID send an email notification when I republished a post.

    I asked a few people and no one is aware of it ever having worked that way, nor any recent changes to how this works. Are you sure you republished that post, rather than just copying the full post into a new post?

    Can you please give a link to the republished post in question that generated that notification email? And what is the subject line and date of the email?

    Thanks @kokkieh for the response and thoughts on republishing.

    I hadn’t considered the possibility of abuse, and perhaps mine is an edge case, but republishing makes sense for my scenario (other than the lack of notifications!) and is not an abusive use of such. I manage a website for a horticulturist, and we use the blog in part for a handful of seasonally appropriate posts. For instance, there is a spring garden events post which I republish yearly with updated dates/links.

    The permalink doesn’t change (I’m not using date-based permalinks), so there is an SEO benefit to using the same post. But besides SEO considerations, I mainly didn’t want to clutter up the blog list with a bunch of outdated events posts!

    There are also a few seasonal garden tasks posts that I republish with updates every few years as they are perennially of interest.

    The post that I recently republished that generated a notification was one such post: http://www.dubberleylandscape.com/winter-tree-care-and-planting/
    Subject: [New post] Winter Tree Care & Planting
    Date: January 15, 2019 at 5:05:35 PM CST

    And yes, I am 100% sure I republished and did not create a new post!

    Clearly, I’ll have to rethink how I approach this, as without the notification going out, there’s not as much use in republishing other than to get the post back up at the top of the blog listing. (oh, and I suppose there is an SEO benefit to keeping the same permalink; so I guess I need to weigh that against generating a notification email!)

    Question: if I were to delete the original events post and make a new post with the same slug/permalink, would that be considered a new post that triggers a notification email? Or would Jetpack see it as an existing post?

    Thanks again!
    Sarah

    • This reply was modified 1 year, 7 months ago by brit77.
    Plugin Support lizkarkoski

    (@lizkarkoski)

    Howdy –

    You should be able to do this, reusing the slug. Just make sure the post is out of the trash and completely deleted. It will provide a duplicate slug if it remains in the trash.

    Thanks, @lizkarkoski! I will give that a try next time I have an events post to republish (in the fall).

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