The Shut-in economy before the coronavirus outbreak of 2020 was a social term to be looked down upon. Now, with the seriousness of social distancing and staying indoors, it is the best time for business owners like you to sharpen up their SEO strategy for the on-demand search query climate.
How to adjust your SEO for the Shut-in economy?
- Adjust your title pages based on categories associated with the current crises
- Keep your pages updated and responsive
- Apply Google entities rather than long-tail keywords to your money pages
How to research the market in this time of the shut-in economy
The question implies you are early in the product cycle. Research the market. Give it an honest scan and do some hard math. Can you buy the product cheap enough from the supplier to make a large profit compared to your risk? More than likely if you are asking this question, you can’t. It’s better to find a decent affiliate network and simply review the products you want to sell. Why is that? Well, Amazon sells almost anything. Home service sites, like home advisor, dominate the SEO searches for things like “home repair” or “termite inspection.” That leaves us with an important question:
How narrow does my niche need to be?
Normally an SEO tip for an emerging trend like the shut-in economy would include a strict research of competitive keyword analysis but Google no longer provides the same searches for all users. Instead what you should be checking out are what are called Google entities. They are sort of like keyword clusters that are comprised of topics. The best way to understand what these are is surprisingly easy. You don’t even need some special keyword tools like most strategists will tell you. Just check google images.
With your target keyword observe the bubbles just below the search box. These are the topics, or entities Google most associates with your search. try to consolidate them into your title tags and as main points in your content. It will help more than you realize.
Associate comfort with staying at home as a major part of your SEO strategy. Use keywords which calm and amuse rather than scare. People are already stressed out and running on limited funds. Give as much as you can to searchers without making them suffer more. The best way to comfort users of your website is to make sure it loads fast! A nervous customer has no patience to wait for a poorly optimized page
How to Cluster Relevant Topics on your Blog?
Using the entity strategy make sure you are linking between relevant topic articles or pages on your site. Let’s say you took the affiliate route and your site is about delivery services in Broward county. You are recommending various home delivery services. Your category pages would look something like the chart below. These cluster of topics are based on the method mentioned above. Each topic has Google entities listed below them :
Is using “Google entities” a safe long term strategy in the shut-in economy?
Yes yes yes! When Google started giving auto-complete options, it was clear that Google was trying to quicken your search. Then we had featured snippets. Google was basically telling searchers, this is the best answer we could find, hope it’s useful. Now Google is moving on to topics or entity clusters. The counter-argument to this is simply these are image searches, not content searches. But as an SEO, I have tested this with successful client blog articles and without fail, every time an article performs extremely well, the proof is in the entities. Even when we use images from competing sites, our images rank higher than theirs.
So give it a shot, perform a search for your target keyword and jump to the image section, check of the entities and make supporting pages that fit into your marketing strategy. Things are very tough now and they might get even tougher but if you prepare for the future with a sound content strategy, you are sure to be ready for anything the shut-in economy throws your way.