In the world of food blogging, summertime is the season where we stow away our crock pots (or instapot) and light up the grill. Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial summer season kick-off and with that BBQ search terms light up the internet. Take this opportunity to churn out some summer-friendly content. Below are some tips to increase your SEO ranking and help monetize your blog via online advertising.

Memorial Day Recipe Roundup

On Memorial Day, we celebrate the lives of fallen heroes, while enjoying beautiful summer weather. The holiday brings out the inner patriot and backyard chef in all of us. And with that the unique opportunity to drive traffic around outside entertaining search terms. Recipes, outdoor cooking ideas, and summer grilling will fill up the search engines throughout the month of May. Try to feature recipes for the grill and it’s always a great idea to create a seasonal landing page to feature all these ideas.

Beyond the grill and back in the house, we can’t forget about dessert. Around Memorial Day (and all the way through the 4th!), red, white, and blue stands tall, and many people are scouring the internet to find ways to make all their desserts more patriotic. Think about jazzing up standard desserts with a Patriotic theme, just add red, white and blue and viola!

Here are some red, white, and blue desserts that are sure to get some attention:

  • Patriotic Cake Batter Dip
  • Red, White, and Blue Cheesecake
  • American Flag Donuts
  • Strawberry and blueberry shortcake

Don’t Forget The Drinks!

What goes hand in hand with some delicious BBQ chicken wings off the grill? How about a strawberry lemonade (alcoholic or non-alcoholic, your choice!) The warm heat of summer offers the opportunity to brighten things up and experiment with fruits and herbs that were tucked away over the winter.

Once it’s warm enough to spend the evenings outdoors, many people will be looking for delicious summer drink recipes to impress their friends. Make sure you offer plenty of options for alcoholic and non-alcoholic drink choices for people of all tastes. It wouldn’t hurt to throw in some Memorial Day and 4th of July ideas as well!

Consider some of these alcoholic beverages:

  • Spicy Margarita
  • Peach Bellini
  • Summer Sangria
  • Strawberry Mojitos
  • Pina Colada

The non-alcoholic ones:

  • Grapefruit Lime Spritzer
  • Pink Watermelon Lemonade
  • Strawberry Mango Mocktails

Patriotic drink options:

  • Watermelon Sangria
  • Strawberry Daiquiri
  • Blueberry Lemonade Margarita

Sprucing Up Your Outdoor Space

This is the time of year when everyone is thinking about how they can improve their porch, patio, and outdoor entertainment area. Many readers will be looking for information on grills, smokers, cleaning tools, patio furniture, and more. Outdoor decorating tips can be helpful, and even landscape tips with plenty of picutres are in high demand. Pinterest is brewing with users looking to pin ideas for their outdoor space.

Targeting relevant, long tail keywords is a great way to get more traffic as summer heats up. Here are a few ideas to get the juices flowing:

  • Best BBQ Smokers of 2019
  • Best Charcoal Grills
  • Best Propane Grills
  • 10 Ways to Spruce Up Your Patio
  • How to Give Your Backyard a DIY Makeover
  • The Best BBQ Tool Sets
  • Grilling Tool Sets