Seasonal pages and SEO: who’s ready for Euro 2016?

Seasonal pages and SEO: who’s ready for Euro 2016?

June 9, 2016 4:03 pm

Seasonal occasions which may ship comparatively brief-time period visitors spikes, must be deliberate for from an web optimization perspective. 

It’s about being in the correct place on the proper time to capitalise on curiosity and to vacuum up all of the visitors you’ll be able to.

Seasonal occasions might imply Black Friday, the Christmas purchasing, one-off days like Mother’s Day and Valentine’s Day, or sporting occasions. In this case, I’m utilizing the instance of the Euro 2016 soccer (or soccer) championships, which start on Friday.

This month-lengthy feast of soccer will spark a lot curiosity from soccer supporters, round Europe and certainly the entire world (perhaps not the US a lot).

There is already loads of curiosity across the event. Indeed, ‘Euro 2016’ is extra common than the essential EU referendum on Britain’s membership of the EU. This is nation which has its priorities proper.

euro 2016 trends

The chart exhibits the sheer degree of curiosity across the event, earlier than it even begins. There’ll be loads of searches across the occasion, and plenty of alternative for websites to draw visitors.

Here, I’m taking a look at publishers, the obvious vacation spot for a lot of the Euro 2016 visitors. As publishers compete for on-line visitors, that is an space the place the appropriate search engine optimisation technique can actually repay.

Seasonal search engine optimization success elements

Planning prematurely ought to permit websites to capitalise when the time comes.

  • Publish prematurely of the occasion. It takes time to rank, and people websites which have pre-ready Euro 2016 pages have a bonus.
  • Don’t publish quantity for the sake of it. Publishing extra pages doesn’t assist until you’ve gotten a unified technique round your goal phrases.
  • Reuse pages the place you possibly can. If you rank for a seasonal time period, don’t delete the pages, simply replace and adapt.
  • Pick a hero / hub web page for every time period. You have to determine which web page you need to rank for every key phrase and work your technique round that. Send a transparent sign to Google about which web page is beat for every time period, and keep away from competitors between pages in your website.

Euro 2016 hub web page examples

A hub or class web page, backed up by constant inner linking, is the best way ahead. Here are a couple of examples.


The BBC is at present the highest website on this slot after It has a devoted touchdown web page for it, and factors hyperlinks on the web page.

BBC euro 2016

As a outcome, it ranks persistently for the time period, and has achieved for the final 4 months. As a end result, it’s in prime place for the beginning of the event.

BBC UK - consistent

Mail Online

Mail Online has been implementing a extra constant class web page technique lately, and appears to have utilized it to Euro 2016, pointing most hyperlinks at this class web page.

Mail online landing page

As a end result, the web page ranks extra persistently for the time period. However, the technique hasn’t been utilized in addition to potential, so there’s nonetheless some competitors between totally different pages on the location.

This alone could also be preserving the Mail off web page certainly one of Google.

Daily Mail - better performance

Who hasn’t acquired it proper?

While the 2 websites talked about above, and different comparable to The Guardian and Telegraph are rating extra persistently because of an efficient technique, others are struggling on this regard.


Metro merely has a tag web page for the time period ‘euro 2016’ and doesn’t hyperlink to this persistently. As a outcome, the rankings are all over.

Every time it publishes an article on Euro 2016, it competes with earlier pages for a similar time period. Google has listed no less than forty totally different pages on that time period in simply 4 months.

It’s presently on web page three of Google, and in no place to capitalise on visitors.

Metro poor performance euros

The Independent

It’s an analogous story right here. 70 totally different URLs have been competing towards one another to rank for ‘euro 2016’.

the independent 70 URL changes

It does have a touchdown web page for the time period, nevertheless it’s barely performing, presently it’s not even within the prime one hundred outcomes.

the independent landing page hardly performing

The purpose is that The Independent is barely linking to that touchdown web page. Take this text – the precise time period happens 4 occasions but not one point out is used to hyperlink to the class web page. The similar is true of ten different articles I checked out.

In abstract

Creating class pages for key phrases and utilizing constant inner linking to assist them rank isn’t a troublesome search engine optimisation technique, however it may be very efficient, because the BBC and different examples present. It additionally helps customers, providing a helpful vacation spot web page to see all of the related content material on a subject.

However, as we will see from the final two examples, some websites are simply not placing this into apply. As a outcome, they’re in a poorer place to benefit from the huge on-line curiosity round Euro 2016.

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