Published: September 28, 2021
Did you know that the top three positions in Google Search results receive 75% of the traffic (Source: Backlinko)? So, when was the last time you completed an SEO audit? After all, it’s just like a visit to the dentist twice a year to get your teeth cleaned: your website also needs a checkup from time to time. In fact, if you update your website frequently with new content (i.e., blogs, case studies, etc.), an audit is a crucial part of your content strategy. If you’re new to SEO or search engine optimization in general, then we recommend learning more about online visibility first.
What is an SEO audit?
You can think of an SEO audit as a report card. It grades you on how well your website meets SEO best practices and provides you with action items to help improve your site’s health score. The following action items rank from most to least impactful.
What is included in an SEO Audit?
This can vary slightly depending on the website and is not a one-size-fits-all solution. Here’s a checklist of what you can expect:
Firstly, this is the section that helps to explain SEO and provides a high-level summary of your site’s current health score.
☐ Technical SEO
This type of SEO focuses on the “behind the scenes” and issues that impact the crawling and indexing of your site by search engines. Some factors include sitemaps, page speed, HTTPS, canonicalization, structured data, and mobile-friendliness.
☐ On-Page SEO
A type of SEO that focuses on the content of your site and how optimized the web pages are for relevant keywords. Some factors include title tags, meta descriptions, heading tags, image optimization, internal links, and content quality.
☐ Off-Page SEO
Another type of SEO that focuses on what takes place outside of your website that can impact rankings in search results. While backlinks are the most important factor, local citations, brand mentions and reviews also play a role.
☐ Keyword Rankings
Here you’ll see a list of your pages paired with one recommended target keyword or topic that best summarizes each page, along with its current position in the search results, monthly search volume, and ranking difficulty. Search intent also comes into play to ensure the keyword on a page matches the purpose of a searcher’s query.
☐ Competitor Keyword Comparisons
Competitor keywords helps to give you an idea of how well your competitors rank in search results for the same keywords you currently rank or want to rank for.
☐ Final Keyword List
A final list to help organize all the keywords we plan to track and optimize for each landing page.
Finally, this step delivers the main action items mentioned throughout the SEO audit and guidance for what to work on first to see the most positive impact.
Why is it important?
To summarize, search engine optimization is not a “set it and forget it” strategy. Industries change. Search engine algorithms continuously evolve. Keyword rankings fluctuate. Nothing stays the same in the world of search engine optimization, either. For that reason, here are three benefits of performing an SEO audit on your website:
- Discover current weaknesses to identify areas of improvement.
- Learn which keywords you’re actually ranking for and how well they rank.
- See what your competitors are doing or not doing.
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