[Rotten SEO] Ranking For Expired Food Searches
Recently I was rooting through the back of my refrigerator and came across a zip-locked bag of Cracker Barrel Sharp Cheddar.
It must have been in the back of the fridge for several months.
Was it any good? I had no idea.
So I voice-searched Google: "how long does cracker barrel cheese last".
I was unsurprised to find a niche website, stilltasty.com, ranking for this obscure query.
Of course, I was immediately intrigued. So I plugged StillTasty into Ahrefs.
As of 3/2018 it's ranking for over 176,000 keywords!
This is some crazy spoiled food SEO- the site ranks for terms like "how to tell if ground beef is bad", "how long does cooked chicken last in the fridge", and the eternal question "can you freeze cheese".
Below is a screenshot of some of their rankings:
And the content is pretty good- it has an image at the top of the page showing me how long cheese lasts in a refrigerator and how long it lasts in a freezer. My Cracker Barrel cheddar had definitely surpassed that timeline- so I chucked it.
StillTasty taps into the holy trinity of evergreen demand: health, wealth and love. If you eat spoiled meat you're definitely going to get sick (health), lose time (wealth), and no one's going to love you while you're cooped up indoors recovering from food poisoning (love).
Let me tell you- I had food poisoning recently and it was one of the worst experiences of my life. So I am hyper-vigilant now about what I consume. Which is why this niche is so powerful.
How Does It Make Money?
As you can see on the expired cheese page, there's 3 prominent above the fold ads:
It's a fairly simple SEO/AdSense play- rake in the organic traffic and optimize for clicks and page views.
StillTasty.com has comprehensive information about how long you can keep thousands of foods and beverages.
Getting Started With Niche SitesUse the strategies on this page in conjunction with my niche site process. Here it is in a nutshell:
- AuthorityHacker's Authority Site System (my review): a complete, step-by-step system to start growing your own highly profitable affiliate & authority niche site.
- A cloud-based on-page optimization tool: Surfer SEO makes your on-page SEO easier, faster, and more effective than ever using data-driven, real-time signals to rank in search engines.
- A reliable and fast hosting solution like SiteGround (my review)
- A brandable domain name from GoDaddy (my guide)
- A premium theme- I use GeneratePress but there are some cool niche themes on ThemeForest
- SEO Friendly Article Writing ($8-$12 / 1,000 words) from HireWriters (read: my HireWriters review)
- Powerful Backlinks from Authority.Builders (read: my Authority.Builders review)
- An automated social media drip campaign from MissingLettr
- An auto-responder to build your email list– ConvertKit is what I'm using (read: my ConvertKit review)
- Finally- you can always refer to my free step-by-step niche selection guide and all of my free niche reports for inspiration
What's The Big Idea
One of the big takeaways here is authoritative content that addresses an obscure consumer need is a recipe for organic traffic and high-quality backlinks.
Instead of creating yet another tech-gadget site or an anime blog, StillTasty taps into a weird section of the internet: expired food.
Think about it- how many times have you Googled about food shelf life? Probably a few times that you can recall. It might not be a sexy topic. And people might give you weird looks if you tell them you run a rotten food site, but StillTasty is laughing all the way to the bank.
If you're going to build a niche site, consider StillTasty's example. What weird search query can your site satisfy?
As I've written about in my various case studies of emoji, meme, phone number, first name/last name SEO, there is tons of search traffic in these obscure niches.
Perhaps you examine your own browsing habits- be mindful of the searches you've conducted. Google even has a tool to examine your search history. What have you Googled that might make for an interesting authority site?