Website Prep Work for Q4 you need to do now!

Can you believe it? Q4 is just around the corner! 

Whether you’ve already been thinking about your Q4 strategy or you’re just starting, I’m here to help you get your blog ready for Q4. 

Don’t let Q4 just be another season—turn it into a Q4 amazing experience that your readers won’t forget!

Website Prep Work for Q4 you need to do now!
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Q4, my friend, is a creative blogger’s jackpot. It’s when the holiday season hits, and people are on the hunt for inspiration, ideas, and solutions. They’re planning festivities, looking for gifts, decorations, recipes, and seeking content that resonates with the season.

As creative bloggers, this is our moment to shine. Whether you’re into DIY, food, or any niche, Q4 is your time to be the go-to source for holiday-themed content. It’s when your audience is actively seeking what you have to offer.

And hey, it’s not just about spreading festive cheer. Q4 often means a spike in traffic, and in online shopping. If you’re into affiliate marketing, recommending gifts through your blog can be lucrative.

In a nutshell, Q4 is prime time. It’s a chance to connect with your audience, create content that shines, and, if you play your cards right, boost your income. So, let’s make this Q4 count and spread some holiday magic!

To make this happen, getting your website ready for Q4 is crucial, and preparing for the holidays is a smart move. 

Here are the top 7 steps to follow. to get ready for Q4 

These are just a few friendly reminders to get your blog ready for Q4. Remember, it’s not just about the content; it’s also about the experience your readers have when they visit your site. So, go ahead and sprinkle some holiday magic on your blog!

1. Seasonal Content Planning:

Q4 brings with it a wave of holidays and festivities. Take a moment to brainstorm content ideas that resonate with your audience during this time. Think about what your audience might be looking for during Q4. 

If you’re a DIY blogger, think about holiday-themed crafts, decor, or homemade gift ideas. For food bloggers, consider sharing special holiday recipes. 

Planning your content in advance allows you to capture the seasonal enthusiasm and helps your audience find what they’re looking for.

2. Site Speed Check: 

Slow websites can be a big turnoff. Imagine clicking on a website and waiting forever for it to load – it’s frustrating, right? 

Well, your readers feel the same way. So, run a site speed check to ensure your pages load swiftly. Tools like Google PageSpeed Insights can be your best buddies here. They’ll give you recommendations on how to speed things up, like optimizing images or reducing bulky scripts.

Make sure your site loads lightning-fast. You don’t want readers clicking away because they’re waiting forever for your page to load. 

3. Mobile-Friendliness: 

With the rise of smartphones, a significant percentage of your readers access your blog from their mobile devices. So, it’s crucial that your website looks and works fabulously on phones and tablets. It’s not just about aesthetics; it’s about making sure your content is easy to read and navigate. It’s about user experience. 

Google even considers mobile-friendliness when ranking sites, so it’s a win-win.

Google’s mobile-friendly test can help you check this off.

4. SEO Tune-up: 

Search engine optimization (SEO) matters. It’s your golden ticket to being discovered by new readers. Take a look at your older content and see if you can optimize it for Q4-related keywords. You want to be found when people are searching for holiday inspiration or tips. 

For instance, if you’re a fashion blogger, think about optimizing for “holiday fashion trends.” Plugins like Yoast SEO or RankMath (if you use WordPress) can be your trusty sidekicks here. They offer guidance and checklists to make your content more search engine-friendly.

A few things you can make sure you get right in your blog posts are:

  • Long-form content (at least 1000 words, ideally closer to 1200-1500)
  • Short paragraphs (1-2 sentences)
  • Several portrait images (vertcal)  throughout the content
  • Make sure your recipe card is at the end of the post!
  • Turn on recipe card ads if you haven’t already.

5. Maximize RPM: 

Consider strategically increasing your ad density only for the Holidays. Let’s say from October through November. Although I always recommend a lower ad density for user experience sake, during the Holidays people are aware of ads so a little bit more for a couple of months won’t really hurt you but it can definitely increase your revenue.

In this article, you can read more about ways to increase your RPM.

6. Email List Prep: 

Your email list is like a treasure chest, and Q4 is a great time to fill it with gold (subscribers!). Create some irresistible lead magnets (like holiday-themed ebooks, checklists, or exclusive discounts) to entice readers to join your list. 

Also, give your email templates a festive makeover. A touch of holiday cheer in your emails can make a big difference in engagement.

7. Schedule website maintenance work: 

Don’t procrastinate on website improvements. Make the most out of your Q4.

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Hope this article helps you get ready for an amazing Q4!

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