What’s seasonal SEO and why optimise your blog for it?Rhonda Chapman
Looking for a new way to bring more traffic to your website? Have you tried seasonal SEO? It’s a strategy successful bloggers often use to increase exposure in search engine results — and increased visibility via social media.
Seasonal SEO brings additional traffic to your website during – you guessed it – a specific season like Easter, Christmas and the End of Financial Year when these keywords are at their highest peak.
You could even target a popular one-off event like a Kylie Minogue concert, a movie launch or when your favourite Royal comes to your city!
Let’s take Easter, for instance. When Easter is approaching, people would be searching Google for various products, services or information about:
- “hotels for Easter weekend”
- “gift ideas for Easter”
- “where to buy Kinder Easter eggs”
- “how to make Easter eggs”
- “things to do on Easter Sunday”
If you have a beach house on offer for Easter weekend, you could adjust your SEO strategy and optimise your website to attract people who are searching for any of these keywords.
Yes, I know it says “hotels…” but you could convince a mum or dad that it’s better to book a beach house when they have kids.
Optimising your content could give an advantage over your competition because you’ll not only have content appearing in Google (therefore gaining a boost in your ranking) but you’ll also have relevant, current content to share on social media to drive traffic to your website.
Want to know how to optimise your blog for seasonal traffic?
Here’s a quick guide:
1. Decide what you’re promoting
What are you promoting that you could frame your blog post around or mention in your blog post?
E.g. a post about baking for Easter to promote your new book on cake decorating.
2. Decide on a call to action
Before you do anything else, determine your end goal. What do you want readers to do once they’ve read your blog post?
E.g. the post about baking for Easter motivates people to download your free ebook.
3. Find relevant keywords
So what did people search for this time last year in the lead up to the Easter season?
E.g. the post about baking for Easter could use the keywords “Easter ideas”, “Easter cakes” and “how to decorate Easter cakes”.
Here’s the trend in March-April 2014 for the keyword “Easter ideas” — it also shows the post “10 Easter ideas to give your kids an alternative treat to the usual choccy-fest“.
4. Write and design unique content
Do some topic research and write at least one blog post for the season. Also, prepare some graphics to accompany the post. You could use free images, paid images or design your own. If it’s possible, write it as an evergreen post so that the content can be easily re-shared next year without you needing to update it too much.
5. Optimise the finished seasonal blog post
Use your main keyword in the title, at least once in the body and if possible in your call to action. Do not overdo it by stuffing your post with the same keywords. If you have an SEO plugin, then go on and fill in the meta title and description.
Let’s now move to social media to grab more traffic from there…
6. Track trending keywords via social media
Are people mentioning the seasonal keywords? Are they sharing a lot of content in an effort to take people to various websites? What hashtags are they using? Could you use the same in your social media posts for further exposure? If so, optimise your social media posts with those keywords for increased traffic.
7. And then… let them come
Once the holidays are over, ‘forget’ the blog post. Don’t delete, hide or archive it. You’ll be using it next year. Just continue blogging as usual and let people find the seasonal post when they need it. That is, you don’t have to promote your Easter blog post during the Christmas season but it should still show up in search results if someone is looking for the content.
8. Next, plan ahead
- April Fool’s Day
- Good Friday
- Scrabble Day
- Tax Season
- Earth Day
- Mother’s Day
- Twilight Zone Day
- Bike to Work Day
9. Go back to the beginning
Yup! Start writing your drafts for the next season or special day. You could use the post as a template for your next post (e.g. the Queen’s birthday) if you find that the layout worked well. Just write a new post with new keywords and BAM! You’re done in less than half an hour. Park it and then tidy it up closer to the big day.
10. Repeat seasonal SEO for your guest posts
Think about seasonal GUEST blogging, which is when you write seasonal blog posts for other blogs! Hey… you want more traffic to your blog, right? Pitch to your fellow bloggers and grab seasonal traffic from their blogs.
Seasonal SEO will benefit your blog year after year.
Obviously you won’t be able to cover every single holiday. But you can determine which ones mean most to your readers, reflect your values and could bring more eyeballs to your services or products.
They don’t have to be public holidays or religious days. You could target keywords associated with popular TV shows, industry events and your own events. So go on… Give it a go by writing for the next holiday. Don’t worry if you haven’t yet mapped out your SEO strategy, just write and publish useful content, use a strong headline and you’ll surely win some additional traffic.
So how about you? Are you taking advantage of seasonal traffic for SEO?