by Alex Chris45 Comments Performing a search engine optimization audit (SEO Audit) of your website is important for many reasons.First, you can identify problematic areas that need improvement and create an action plan to correct them and second, a good SEO audit will keep your website up-to-date with the latest developments in search marketing and on top of the competition.What is an SEO audit?Before getting into the details on how to perform an SEO audit, it is necessary to explain what is it and what to expect from it.THE COMPLETE SEO GUIDE A step-by-step guide on how to increase your traffic in 60 days or less. Learn how to practically build a successful website or blog.The ONLY SEO Guide you will ever need to read!DOWNLOAD NOWAn SEO audit is a process for evaluating the search engine friendliness of a website in a number of areas.The SEO auditor will check the website against a checklist and come up with recommendations of what needs to be fixed (because it is … [Read more...] about How To Perform an SEO Audit of Your Website (Checklist Included)
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The last day of September in 2003 was almost like any other day. I woke up at 5:30 a.m., showered, got dressed, and began my one hour commute to work in my 1999 Honda Accord. I got there at about 6:59 a.m., sat in my cubicle, and pretended to work for an hour or two. What I was really doing was mentally preparing myself to walk into my boss’s office and quit! But I wasn’t just quitting this job, I was quitting corporate America. I was done with hours or traffic, 12 hour days, cubicles, and bosses. My plan was to start an SEO business out of my kitchen, in my tiny two bedroom apartment in the Ukrainian Village neighborhood of Chicago, IL. What I’m about to show you, is something I never had. A step by step, ultimate guide on how to start a SEO business. I had to learn everything through trial and error, which took an incredible amount of time and energy. I wish someone had posted a detailed guide that would have saved me the time and money I spent … [Read more...] about How to Start an SEO Business – The Ultimate Guide
Websites are like cars: they need maintenance. That may come in the form of updating the CMS, security or plugins. The same goes for SEO. A great SEO strategy will always need reviewing and constant scrutiny of analytics, in order to ensure that you remain on the intended path. To garner the most success from search engine traffic, a fully-fledged campaign is the best bet, where an individual or team can dedicate the correct amount of time to deliver results. SEO audits are a slightly different beast. Audit. A word associated with redundancies or the tax man knocking at your door. It’s a word devoid of happy connotations. But don’t be afraid, they can be very helpful. So where do they fit into the SEO ecosystem, and how can you tell if your website needs one? What’s involved in an SEO audit? Carrying on with the car metaphor, not all cars are the same. The fundamentals might be the same: cylinders, internal combustion, suspension, gears, wheels. But a … [Read more...] about Does your website need an SEO audit?
But, more problematically, it also means it’s becoming impossible to diagnose why a website has dropped in rankings. Google ultimately does not want us to understand how its ranking algorithm works, because there will always be people who manipulate it. We now suspect that core signals are rolled out so slowly that SEOs won’t even realise when Penguin or Panda has refreshed. For this reason, it makes it crucial that we understand how well our website is performing at all times. This blog post is intended to show you how to do a comprehensive content audit at scale, in order to find any gaps which may lead to rankings penalties. Essentially, there are five types of content gaps a website may suffer from. I’ll explain each one, and show you how you can find every instance of it occurring on your website FAST. 1. Internally duplicated content Internally duplicated content is the daddy of content gaps. Duplicating optimised content across multiple pages will cause … [Read more...] about Does your website suffer from one of these five content gaps?
Over the years I’ve seen quite a few Requests for Proposal from companies seeking to buy SEO services. If your RFP is not written well, it hinders the SEO firm’s ability to understand and define your needs and to scope and price your project. This in turn leads to a disconnect in expectations for both parties. A lousy RFP can discourage a busy SEO firm from even responding—a very unfortunate outcome, since it takes the best firms out of the running. Many companies intuitively “know” what they want but are challenged structurally to “ask” for it in a way that is clear, succinct, informative, and constructive. If written properly, an RFP will facilitate the sales process and ensure that everyone involved on both sides gets to a shared understanding of what the purpose, requirements, scope, and structure of the intended engagement are. By following a few, key steps in the beginning of the RFP process, you will be able to rest easy, knowing that … [Read more...] about How to Write a Killer RFP (Request for Proposal) For Hiring An SEO Firm
Disclaimer: Every situation is unique. This outline of the elements of a technical SEO audit discusses the common first points I look at with unpenalized sites hoping to increase their traffic. If you have a penalty or serious technical issues, this list is not exhaustive and will not cover all the areas you will need to research or methods to employ. Performing an SEO audit or having one performed for you is an opportunity to understand what’s working for your website, what is not, and where opportunity lies. While every site is different, there are a number of areas to be reviewed that are common among nearly every one. This three-part series is going to cover: Technical SEO Content (or “On-site”) SEO Off-site SEO Today’s installment will discuss the technical SEO audit. The first place I almost always start when taking on a new site or performing an audit is with the technical. It’s in this area you can find some of the quickest wins, improve your … [Read more...] about The definitive SEO audit part 1 of 3: Technical
Disclaimer: Every situation is unique. This outline of the elements of a content and onsite SEO audit discusses the common first points I look at with unpenalized sites hoping to increase their traffic. If you have a penalty or other serious issues, this list is not exhaustive and will not cover all the areas you will need to research or methods to employ. Last month, I started my three-part series on conducting an SEO audit on your website. The purpose of auditing your site regularly is to ensure that you’re not only protecting yourself against penalties or technical oversights, but that you’re taking full advantage of the content you’re providing (from an organic SEO standpoint in this context) and that you’re “forcing” yourself to keep updated on shifts in users and terms as well as changes in the overall algorithms. As mentioned, this audit is divided into three parts of which this is part two. Part three will be available in four short weeks. … [Read more...] about The definitive SEO audit part 2 of 3: Content and on-site
Disclaimer: Every situation is unique. This outline of the elements of an off-site SEO audit discusses the common first points I look at with unpenalized sites when I’m looking to enhance their profiles. If you have a penalty or other serious issues, these points are not exhaustive and will not cover all the areas you will need to research or methods to employ. Over the past two months, we’ve pieced together an SEO audit strategy with the first two parts of a three-part series. Today, we’ll be completing the series with a look at auditing your off-site SEO. Regular readers will remember that three months ago, I wrote about performing a manual backlink audit. In that article, we looked at the steps one can use to pull consistent and complete backlink data for a website — but we really didn’t get into what you’re looking for and why, or the many other aspects of off-site SEO that need to be considered. Today, we’re going to do just that. If you … [Read more...] about The definitive SEO audit part 3 of 3: Off-site
So you’re going to redesign and relaunch your website. Congratulations! That’s certainly a major undertaking. But before your relaunch is live, you may want to perform an SEO audit, just to be safe. A proper SEO audit identifies potential SEO pitfalls prior to launch, giving you time to get issues fixed before you replace your current website. Unlike a general SEO audit on your website, an audit for a relaunching site is a bit of a different animal because you’re looking at and comparing two different sites: the old site versus the newly designed site. Relaunch audits also come with their own set of challenges. Many of the tools used to perform an audit require a website to be accessible on the web to scan the site, but when you’re doing a redesign, the new website may be hidden behind password-protected gates or may be on an internal server, inaccessible to these tools. When performing a relaunch audit, I break it down into two main pieces: pre-launch and … [Read more...] about Relaunching your website? Don’t forget an SEO audit!
Unlike a traditional audit, this one is performed solely for marketing purposes. A properly done SEO audit should give you a better insight into your website, individual pages and overall traffic. It is a great way to improve performance allowing you to rank better in the SERPs. According to gotchseo.com, an audit should be performed: At the beginning of a new project At the beginning of a new quarter But, like most other things, you have to take this with a grain of salt. Yes, an SEO audit helps us determine how our website is performing. But, if you are a small website, you do not have to overdo it. Concentrating on stats can be a waste of time especially if there are other things that you have to take care of. But, if you are medium sized website and you noticed drop in traffic, perhaps it’s better to perform a timely audit and discover the root of the problem. Performing an audit for audit’s sake is a waste of time. Audit strategy Before anything else, you need to … [Read more...] about SEO audit: a complete guide to the basics