Let this special time of year, or any special time of year, provide a little inspiration for your next article set!
There is always another holiday or season right around the corner, so there are many opportunities to reach your readers throughout the year. Sprinkle a couple dozen seasonal articles into your inventory to generate sure-fire page-view spikes while you further define your niche and have a little fun in the process.
- Select a Holiday, Season or “Day” (like St. Nick’s Day) – Find an angle that allows you to keep your content as “evergreen” as possible so your article maintains some value throughout the year.
- Introduction – Describe the holiday or season (perhaps give a BRIEF history if it’s appropriate) and how it relates to your niche.
- Body – In the next paragraph(s) of the article give an overview of the value provided in this article. Be sure to keep it within the context of your niche and the holiday or season you’re writing about. For example, tell them how your tips or ideas can make it more festive, cheaper, safer, easier or even flashier.
- List of Examples – Now give a list of examples of your great holiday or seasonal ideas. Expand on those ideas to add value to your article. If you’re talking about decorating on a budget – then give your readers places to get great deals in addition to ideas for decorating.
- Conclusion – Conclude on a positive, fun or festive note. No one wants to read a dour consequence in a holiday article. Make sure you end your article with why the reader should follow your ideas.
Remember: Be unique. There are usually a lot of articles around the holidays or at the beginning of seasons. Don’t be discouraged by articles with similar headlines. Make your article reflect your voice, your niche and your value.
Celebrate the holiday season by writing and submitting some new articles today! When you’re finished, spend a few minutes mapping out all of your holiday and seasonal articles for 2010.