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The step by step guide to SEO Website Audit

  1. The Step by Step Guide to SEO Website Audit in 2018 This is a complete guide & process of seo site audit by professionals in 2018
  2. Overview of the Article: What is SEO Website Audit1 Why SEO Audit is Needed2 SEO Audit Process-flow Guide3 4 Usability & Structural Audit
  3. SEO Website Audit All great SEO pros start their SEO with a rock solid SEO audit and a complete analysis of factors that are affecting a websites rankings. A solid SEO audit helps you future proof your SEO and helps you rank faster than the competition. However, note that each of the ranking factors play a different role on a niche to niche basis. Put together this massive checklist and guide of things that go into doing an SEO audit because I did not find any place online that lists everything one needs to do an SEO audit and analysis.
  4. Why do an SEO Audit? Doing a thorough SEO audit will help you understand how a site stands versus the competition. Gone are the days where you could just slap out garbage content sites and throw links at them using automated SEO tools to see results quickly. That does not work anymore. You need to understand why your site stands where it does. There is a lot more analytical work required in SEO now - and if you want to get faster and more effective rankings for your target keywords - there is no skipping a site audit. The data from your high level SEO audit will be priceless as it will help you rank the site faster. Every action you take to play the SEO game - will be backed scientifically and multiply the ranking gains the site gets. You'll also avoid wasting your time and effort in doing things that don't matter and wont help.
  5. What is your sites "Quality Score"? The primary factor to rank sites is the "quality score" that Google assigns to your site. Every website has an "entity database" with Google and is assigned a kind of "Quality Score" metric. This metric is based on Google’s overall evaluation of your site. The better your sites quality score, the easier it will be for you to rank it high. Remember, again since the Google AI is tracking real user behavior and using that as a quality signal - we are trying to avoid the scenario where the user visits out page and then clicks the back button which effectively takes him back to Google to search again or continue the search. If this happens, it indicates that users did not find the information they are looking for on our site.
  6. The elements I mention below all contribute to a better quality score by aiding navigation and increasing engagement. Before I list all the specific elements, here's a summary of what Google AI is attempting to measure as a quality score signal...
  7. On-Page Content : How does your sites content lines up with the competition (semantical relations of words using vector graphs) - AS COMPARED to the other ranking sites? SERP User Metrics : What are the Click Through Rate on your listing when you rank in the SERPs - as compared to the other ranking sites? On-Page User Metrics : How are users interacting and behaving when they visit your site? What's their well time, satisfying search intent and terminating search query, bounce rates etc. again - as compared to the other ranking sites?
  8. Traffic Metrics : How much of actual traffic is flowing from your backlinks on the web, including your social signals and incoming social traffic? Link Building Metrics : WHat is the quality of your backlinks? What is their relevancy? How natural looking are they? What is their link velocity? These are some of the top most ranking factors, however - you should note that each niche has its own set of benchmarks and baselines for each of these factors. This is why you need to always closely examine what is happening with the top ranking sites (your competitors) in your niche. You may also want to compare the data with the sites ranking on or around spot 100 - because sites way down the ranks tell you what you don't want to do.
  9. That said, lets now go over a step by step checklist of items that go into a thorough SEO audit check.
  10. Auditing Core Website Elements These are items that need to be checked right at the start. They're related to the overall larger site elements that will help you get a birds eye view of the audit as you dig deeper into the other elements.
  11. Site / Domain Age Sites that have been registered (without letting them drop of expire) have more domain age. Sites that have aged a lot have more established trust in the eyes of Google, IF and only IF all other site metrics - including on-page and off-page are healthy, and they have not been spammed or have any shady SEO links (black hat SEO etc) done on them. Once a site is spammed, and gets into an algorithmic or manual penalty - no matter how old or aged the site is - it can never gain its original level of trust back in the eyes of Google. Age in this scenario does not matter and will not score you any advantage. A spammed and penalized site, is useless to rank from an SEO perspective. Also, a dropped domain (one for which the renewal is not done) loses its age when it is re-registered. When you register it after it drops you gain its backlink power (if you set it up correctly) but you lose its age trust signal. The domain can still be used as long as it was not have have a historical record of spam or de-indexation.
  12. Canonical Lookup Where does the site resolve to? Do both the www and non-www versions of the site resolve to the same location (that is either www or non-www)? In rare cases other sub-levels are used, but that is an advanced topic for now . Simply access both the www and the non-www URLs and see if the site resolves to one common URL in both cases (you can see if a common URL in the browser tab finally shows up when the site appears in the browser). You should also check if it shows up as http or https and if there is any issue with the http vs https redirection.
  13. Robots.txt How well structured is the robots.txt file? Does it exclude any important pages from being indexed by mistake? Does it exclude pages that result in duplicate content from being indexed (tags, category etc.)? Duplicate pages may not harm you if they're not excessively done, but its always better to keep the site clean of internal duplicate content pages. You can excluding pages to crawl and index via your robots file, and or the no-index meta tag inside the page itself.
  14. .htaccess files The .htaccess file tell your server what to do with when your site is accessed by browsers. You can define if certain urls on your site and if it should be resolving them to other URL structures using complex or simple commands that do the mapping. You can also block certain files or folders with passwords to the public or from certain bots. For example if you are still setting up a site and don't want it accessed - you can block it. This is very useful when building your Private Blog Network, because you can block tools like Ahrefs and Majestic from crawling your PBN site and hence hide any backlinks to your main money site from being discovered by your competitors (and therefore hide your PBN entirely).
  15. Friendly URLs Is the core URL structure safe from URL parameters. For example, text in the URL of pages (address bar of browser) on the site like - ?postid=23345 Proper implementation of permalinks structure is important, so Google can understand the intent of the pages, and title and related keywords in the URL help, but you need to exclude any strange looking URL parameters that appear in them. Google may be thinking that people don't like them, so why should it?
  16. Sitemap Your sitemap needs to be planned and structured properly. A sitemap tells the Google bot which pages to get to, how and also the date they were created or updated. You can also indicate which pages don't need to be crawled or are not important. You call the Googlebot to crawl and index your site from inside the Google Search Console. However, do note that although Google "looks" at your sitemap - Google is moreinterested in doing a raw crawl of your site - jumping from one link to another to spider all the pages in its database. By doing that, it also forms a link map of your site into its own index - which tell it which pages on your site are the most important pages (they are the ones that have the most links - the most prominent links). So, its very important to internally link to your most important pages the most from other pages on your site - and to link to these pages from other pages that have the most traffic, content metrics and user metrics.
  17. Site in Google Index Checking if your site is indexed properly is essential. You can do this inside Search Console. You need to make sure that all your pages are crawled and indexed and that you don't have any 404 errors or other page indexing issues - which includes the AMP (Accelerated Mobile Page) indexing issues - should you already have submitted your AMP powered site for the mobile index. To check if the site is in the Google Index simply to a search like this... If your site appears as the first result, it is indexed. If not, then it is not indexed and has been manually penalized by Google and therefore "de-indexed".
  18. Basic Penalty Check Google has a manual webspam team and a complex automated spam checking system and algorithm - that sends out notices to webmasters through the Search Console warning them against issues it has found that are related to the sites profile for ranking in their SERPS. Checking if there is a penalty - algorithmic or manual on your site, if you haven't done so, is essential. You can do this by checking inside Search Console. You need to see if you received any notices from Google. The notices Google sends are of two kinds - "Action against Site" or "Action against links". If you have an "Action against Site" notice - then your site drops out totally from the SERPs and you have essentially been de-indexed.
  19. There will be a notice from the manual webspam team (real person) inside Search Console messages. If this happens, you cannot do much other than fix things and then send a plea and appeal to Google literally begging them to put your site back in their index - because you have cleaned up everything you do (or your SEO company did to your site). If you get an "Action Against Links" notice - there is no plea you can send. Your site or some pages of it - would basically have a lot of rankings. To fix things you need to fix links and any other on-page and other issues and wait for the re-crawl to happen. Since the Penguin algorithm is not real-time... you will see ranking gains faster and you do not have to wait for a data-refresh to happen to see any benefits of your link purge or SEO fixes.
  20. Total No. of pages Indexed Its very important that you check and compare the total number of pages that have been indexed of your site. This is a key factor that needs to be seen, because if there are pages that have not been indexed, but should be - then you need to analyze why Google is not indexing them. You can also use this data to check how many pages of content your have that have a rich number of keywords as compared to the thin pages across your site. Then, go ahead and measure this up with your competition (the top ranking pages in your niche that keep appearing for your selected keyword searches) as a key ranking factor.
  21. SSL Certificate An SSL certifcate is an absolute must. Even if you are not giving visitors a login, for them to access certain areas of your site - getting an SSL is essential now and does help in boosting your trust and help in ranking higher. For ecommerce sites and other sites that provide login areas - its an absolute must, or users of chrome will see a "red screen" while they access your site.
  22. Doing an SEO Content Audit of the Site The trick in wining the content game is to write amazing content that drives in natural links, mentions, social votes and real clicks from others in your industry and niche, and makes you an authority on the subject - while ensuring that each piece of your content is technically SEO optimized properly.
  23. You should typically... ➢ Avoid Excessive Thin Pages (Sub-300 words, no images) ➢ Avoid External Duplicate Content (Content copied from other sites) ➢ Avoid Internal Duplicate Content (Content found on multiple pages. Use ‘rel=canonical’ if necessary) ➢ Your overall site should have a topically consistent theme. ➢ Your titles should also be naturally written and substantially different articles (Do not have 5 different articles covering different combinations and keywords of the same topic.
  24. Here's a quick checklist of quantity of some elements the sites content pages you want to rank, absolutely must have - ➢ Original Content (First found on your site) ➢ Original Images (First found on your site) ➢ 800+ words minimum (1250 to 3000 words recommended, depending on intent of the page and competition) ➢ 5 to 7 pictures ➢ 1 video minimum ➢ 4+ Words In Title <title> ➢ Headline (H1) Tag ➢ Sub-headlines (H2, H3, H4) Tags ➢ Proper Grammar (Basic / Intermediate / Advanced) ➢ Proper Spelling (Does Google recognize the word or auto-suggest a correction?) ➢ High Quality Supplementary Content (Sidebar/Relevant Information ➢ See Navigation)
  25. Title Tag with Keywords Having the primary keyword you wish to rank the page for in its Title Tag, without keyword stuffing the title (repeating the keyword more than once) is essential. However, while doing this you need to ensure that your title is appropriate to the page content and catchy enough so it gets higher click-throughs when its appears in the SERPs. If you make your title catch and not boring - more people will click on it - and when they come to your site and engage with the content - Google will see both of these in combination and give you higher staying power and nudges in your rankings. You cannot drive a "click bait". You cant fool Google because its using people power and real human user metrics now. Google will see the decline in user engagement and bounce back metrics and drop your from rankings.
  26. Unique Title Tag : Your Titles should not repeat across your pages, and they need to be different than those of your competitors. Spammy Titles : You should never write spammy titles that have keywords repeating or that don't make sense (are spun) and appear only to try and get the page to rank higher. Google is using AI to catch Titles that deviate from the baseline of top ranking sites and can quickly detect any spam in the titles. Descriptions : You can add a Meta description for each page, using ready made plugins like Yoast for your CMS like WordPress. Make sure that you insert catchy description that quickly summarize the core intent of the page - and at the same time that they are written well to drive a higher CTR in the SERPs when your page shows up.
  27. Spammy Descriptions Just like Title tags, don't spam the description or stuff it with the same keywords appearing over and over again. Write like you would normally, and if its a product page - tell users right off the bat what the page is about and even announce a special price in the description or a sale - because they will increase your CTR. However, always make sure to follow through with your promise - because if you don't then its a practice of "click bait" and Google will catch it with the high bounce back rates and low user engagement levels.
  28. Heading Tags Every page must be optimized with proper H1, H2, H3, H4 tags. Have one H1 and then the rest of the page can be the other Heading tags. Your primary keyword must appear in your H1 and then you can choose how to insert it in your H2, H3 etc based on the number of words in your page. Make sure you also insert semantically related keywords across your Heading tags. If you are trying to rank at position zero (search snippet area) then your H2 tags must have related questions that match up your search query for that page.
  29. Images Having unique, high quality images is a must. Simply lifting images from other sites or open Creative Commons or free stock photo sites is not the ideal method. You need to image edit base images that you find - so that they are eventually unique images. You can check if your images are unique by going to and in putting or uploading your image or its URL location. If your site shows up on top for the image (or if its the only image that shows up) - then its unique. Google can also now "see" whats inside each images with its AI - so if you are a site about dogs - make sure you put up dog images in your pages and not cats Further, Google can read text inside images - so you could add some text too, if you want to use some advanced optimization techniques.
  30. As a general rule of thumb - ➢ You absolutely need to make sure that the filenames for your images are the primary or secondary keyword you are ranking the page they are located in. ➢ Putting in an "image caption" is also an essential element now. ➢ So is adding proper ALT attributes to the image - which can be a slightly longer combination of primary keywords in a sentence. ➢ A page that has around 1000 words should have at-least 5 to 7 images in it.
  31. Videos Inserting videos from your video channel on Youtube or popular videos in your niche from non-competing sites will help you rank. Word Count Currently around 1250 words of content are doing very well. However, you need to check the competing pages for the specific keyword that you are trying to rank. At times you need long form content that could well easily go over 5000 words. Be prepared to position yourself as an expert in your niche. There is no room for mediocrity any more. Look at what the top ranking sites and content pages are doing! Lower than 800 keywords is not advised for primary ranking pages.
  32. Keyword Density Keyword density is the percentage of appearance of your primary keyword against the total number of words on the page. This is one of the most important factors when you optimize your pages for specific keywords. Currently the only way to do this is to make sure that you look at the keyword density of the competition. However, around 2% to 3% seems to work well for 1250 words per page. There is another very important factor though. Just primary keywords density will not do by itself. You need to ensure that you have semantically related keywords (vector words) also sprinkled throughout your content in a natural manner. All in all - you need to emulate the keyword distribution metrics of the top ranking sites... because these sites have the ideal metrics.
  33. Internal Contextual Linking Internal contextual links are links that appear inside the body of your content - with in the main content area of the page. These are not navigational links - which are different and appear mostly sitewide - on the header, footer or sidebars. Contextual links pass down more link juice - specially if the surrounding words (5 to 7 words on either side) are related to them and if the page content is relevant to the page your are linking to. They also tell Google that the page you are linking to is important. Further, if people actually click on the link and visit the page - then that is another positive signal. Pages that get more traffic and dwell time - usually rank higher. The same goes when your site competes with other pages within it. Contextual links can be image links too. Make sure to ensure they are do-follow links.
  34. Sitewide Links : Sitewide links are mostly navigational links that appear sitewide on all of your pages - and are located on the header, footer or sidebars. Spammy Content on Page : If you put spammy content on your site that is spun, copied, makes no sense and is keyword stuffed etc - providing little or no value to the visitor your site will get penalized quickly and will never rank for your keywords. Spinning and putting garbage content on your money site or creating thousands of crappy doorway pages using tools in the market - is a surefire way of getting hit. Its a waste of time and effort - so don't do it, unless you are trying something core blackhat and its on a throwaway site that your really don't care much about.
  35. Duplicate Text : Your site needs to have unique content mostly. If you copy content from other places and 80% of your site has duplicate content - Google wont rank you for the keywords you are trying to rank for. However, you may curate content from different sources, cite them and give your unique point of view to the content. How much leeway you have for this, depends on your niche and type of site etc. Just make sure that majority of your pages have thick content that has depth and is unique.
  36. Content Freshness Depending on your industry and niche, you need to keep adding fresh content to your site or updating the key pages or the top ranking posts etc. Make sure that you update content that needs to be updated if there is new happenings on the topic. Google rewards content freshness with an immediate ranking boost, that may taper down over the weeks. But, there is definitely a strong co-relation between content updates (freshness) and rankings.
  37. Secondary Content (altshiftA) Secondary content is content that cannot be seen initially in the browser or by the Google bot. Things like accordion effects are an example, where the user has to click to reveal the content. However, it is interesting to note that Google is treating secondary content on mobile devices as primary and since Google has moved to a mobile first index ( over desktop first index) - you could get away with hiding large amounts of secondary content in accordion sliders - so Google sees it but at the same time it is not an eyesore to users. This is an amazing way to insert large amounts of content on pages that will help boost your rankings - without breaking any user experience issues (for example on category pages of ecommerce sites).
  38. Images hiding Content This is blackhat and should not be done - on purpose or by error. Make sure your site does not have any areas where the images overlap the content due to CSS issues or site design and layout issues. Google can see when this happens on your site and they will flag your site for quality. Local Site, Title with Location If you are a site or business targeting local visitors with a local presence in the area you want to rank for - you need to ensure that your site Title Tag has the location / region mentioned in it. This will help you rank organically and also in the Google Local "snack pack". Rank in the Local Snack pack rankings have a ton of other items you have to cover - but having you location appear in your main page titles - is absolutely essential.
  39. Ads to Content Ratio The ads to content ratio is important when you have advertisements on your site. Google does not want to penalize you for ads - but if you break the user experience with excessive ads throughout your pages - it is a big red flag. Inserting too many ads above the fold of your web pages can result in ranking drops - and some people say the recent 2017 update called "Fred Update" (the very first of Fred updates) was specifically targeting sites with heavy top-of-the-page ads. Under no circumstance should your site have thin content spotted with excessive ads. That will demote you very quickly.
  40. OBLs to Authority sites The pages on your site that are long form content or are the key pages - must have Outbound Links to other "authority Sites" and pages in your industry or niche. By no means should you link to your competitors pages - but Google is rewarding pages that understand which other authority pages exist in its niche - and pull them into a "link cluster". back in the days we were all scared to link out to ther sites - fearing that our link juice will leak out . However, this is not the case and Google is rewarding people for sharing other authority and relevant content online.
  41. Content Layout and User Experience Every page of your site must perform a specific function. Weather its a lead capture page or a long form content page. It must be appealing and perform what it is supposed to do. When users visit your page and interact with it the way they should - the appropriat e signal is passed down to Google which helps you rank higher or solidifies your rankings (in the event Google is testing you with the Google dance process). Your pages must have appropriate sub-headings, images, videos, links, and proper formatting and written in a way so people can digest and consume your information easily. Every element on the content of the page must lead to the next. You must draw your visitors in and get them engaged so your bounce rates are low (lower than the competition).
  42. You can do this for example, by having an engaging title that piques the curiousity of the user and draws them in. Then have a great opening line and a paragraph and insert a visually appealing relevant image right up high - that may be cut off by the above the fold mark - so the user is enticed to scroll further. Then once they scroll, you draw them on to the next element - which could be a fancy table with some data or charts etc. or neatly laid out elements etc. Code Quality and Valid HTML and CSS : Your site must have valid HTML and CSS code and it must be mobile friendly. Google has clearly said that mobile is now a more significant channel for them an d they are now a mobile first index. This means your site has to be responsive design that shows up without any technical or user experience issues on mobile. If mobile visitors to your site bounce back or don't stick or cannot perform an action they intend to - then your engagement levels will drop that will hurt your overall rankings.
  43. Further if your site suffers from mobile technical issues - then Google will also penalize your site directly for it. You should make sure that your pages do not have - ➢ Broken code (HTML errors, PHP Errors) ➢ Broken code (Broken <div> tags) ➢ Broken links (404 pages, missing images) ➢ Deprecated Code. Infinite loop pages ➢ No overlapping text ➢ No images exploding outside of <div> tags ➢ No hidden text (Turn off CSS to see)
  44. Proper Grammar : Writing content on your pages with proper grammar and without spelling mistakes etc. does play an important role. Standing out in the SERPs : Build a high-value Call To Action in your SERP description Use Power words like - you, free [best], no [today], new. because ["reason"] For example - Wow! Get the Best Fish!You can get the best fish for low prices. Free Delviery. *** Visit Today *** While this may look excessive in many niches and a bit overdone, its always good to see how your listing in the SERPs stands out from the other results.
  45. Usability & Structural Audit Navigational Issues A site has navigational issues, when it does not channel down traffic to relevant pages in a transparent and obvious manner. This can happen when your messages are not clean enough and you do not drive the click. It also happens if you are attempting to rank a content page for a keyword and don't lead the user to the conversion page where they terminate their search intent. Too many sub-menus or a heavily cluttered menu with excessive drop down choices that are not separated in a clean manner and cause confusion can also cause this.
  46. Your site must have these basic navigational units which include • Dynamic Navigation specific to each category • Breadcrumbs navigation • Internal links within the content • Related links (Relevant to the content)External Links (Relevant to the content) Site • Wide Categories Navigation • User Sitemap
  47. Supplementary Content Supplementary content is content that is does not appear with the main content area of the page, but appears in other secondary areas. This can be as widgets or as additional description in ecommerce product pages. If your supplementary content is not relevant to the primary content on the page, it could be a quality issue in the eyes of Google. If this exists at a high density then Google may penalize the page for the keyword it is trying to rank for. Low quality and unrelated supplementary content causes topic dilution and distracts the main focus of the topic of the page.
  48. Presence of Blog Most sites doing SEO need to have a blog. Almost every niche needs one these days. The blog needs to provide relevant content on the topic and establish the authority of the site for that topic. Content > Traffic > and Commerce are deeply intertwined. However, the strategy that goes behind each of the blogs would definitely be different across the different niches.
  49. Number of Posts The number of blog posts in the blog area of site and its frequency is an important factor. In an information hungry niche the new posts on various related topics need to be pushed out frequently and in regular intervals. Again always study what your competitors who are dominating the SERPs are doing and try and beat them at it with better metrics. How ever, be careful that you don't put out low quality content that does not engage users.
  50. Quality of Posts By quality of the post we are basically talking about the overall authority and ability to engage. A post with low quality will eventually get lower engagement levels by users and that signal will be passed down to Google eventually - that will result in loss of overall quality score of the site. Churning out content that is put out for the sake of driving blog post numbers and not the users - is a failing strategy.
  51. Rich Snippets Rich snippets are basically schematic tags that do different things on the pages of your site in a structured data format that Google can understand what the page is about better - and therefore categorize the page and make it visually appear better or rank better in the right clusters in the SERPs with the right group of sites .
  52. Audit Check of Essential Pages Core Pages Knowing which are your core pages is essential. You may have a page that lists your core product for sale or a page that is your opt-in page for a new lead. Always understand and identify these pages so you can channel appropriate actions to them in a proper flow - from blog content, social media, advertisements etc.
  53. Other Essential Pages : Having the following pages is a must for every site. It builds trust with the user and abides by certain laws in each area and tells Google that you care for your users rights and are keeping them informed. Every site absolutely needs to have the following pages if they need to build proper trust with Google (and site visitors). ➢ About Us / Our Company / Company ➢ Terms of Service / Terms of Use ➢ Terms of Service ➢ Disclaimer ➢ Disclosure ➢ If your site is an Ecommerce Site (or selling anything) you need to have Shipping Information, Refund Policy, Refund Policy ➢ In addition you should have the following pages and elements updated appropriately.
  54. Auditing Site Analytics Google Analytics and Search Console data - both reveal insights about users and your SEO that you cannot get elsewhere. Understanding the data each of them reveals about your site and acting on any problem areas is part of good technical SEO. You cannot use one without the other and they both show you a separate set of metrics. Doing a thorough audit of the the following metrics and analytics of the site is essential in understanding where the site stands, where the problem areas are that need fixes and how how things can be improved - for better rankings. Below are some important items you absolutely need to look at, but this is not where it stops. Doing an ongoing analysis as you make new posts, go about doing SEO or making improvements to your site is essential and can help you boost SEO and identify problem areas early.
  55. Bounce Rate and Time on Site Measuring the bounce rate of users to your site is one of the first user behavior analytics you should be measuring. You can see this inside Google Analytics dashboard. Bounce rates that are more than 55% could be harming your rankings and you need to bring them down as much as you can. Look at possible reasons why people are entering and leaving your site - and also look at where this traffic is coming from. If its coming from non-relevant pages that could be an issue. Improving this this factor alone will increase user "dwell times" and give you a solid on-page metric. The lower the bounce rate the better.
  56. Here are some metrics you should match in general at the very least - ➢ Below 55% Bounce Rate ➢ Below 55% 0-10 Second Engagement Time ➢ 2+ Pageviews/Per visitor ➢ Time On Site 2+ Minutes
  57. Broken Links, 404 errors and/or Missing Pages You can find broken internal links from within the Search Console. You need to attend to each warning appropriately telling Google that you have fixed it. Having excessive 404s will hurt your site if they are really 404s, because anyone could escalate the 404s by pointing randomly to pages that don't exist from external places, which is why this is not that big of a deal - but should be looked at.
  58. Desktop and Mobile Speed Tests Testing the appearance and speed of your website ensures that visitors are served your site quickly and don't click away. Google wants you to have a fast site as it wants users to access information quickly. You can improve your site speed by a ton of methods, but the overall goal should be to test your site from different geo-locations using a tool like pingdom and then attend to issues. You could go for a CDN provider like Cloudflare or install caching plugins that speed up your site by reducing database queries and therefore the server load. Choosing the right hosting company for you is a critical decision and is based on many factors including your CMS, expected site traffic, and what your goals are for the site amongst others.
  59. Backinks Profile Audit It is always important to understand what kind of backlinks your site already has, and how fast (link velocity) they were built etc. Having too many thin backlinks can hurt you if you trip the backlink threshold values in your niche - just like you would trip any other threshold variable. Getting powerful links from authority sites is just as important as getting links from relevant sites in your niche. You cannot build one without the other. Always have a good mix of the different types of backlinks one can get. The backlinks you get should also be getting you real traffic - and this is a factor that is being measured now. Having a large number of backlinks that actually produce no real clicks or traffic raises a flag with Google and trips the algorithm to mark your backlinks as low quality.
  60. While doing a backlink audit you need to definitely check - ➢ Type of backlinks the site has overall. ➢ The Power and Quality of each Backlink which can be the Majestic Trust Flow vs Citation Flow, or Ahref Domain Rating or URL Rating of each backlink. ➢ The ratio of each kind of backlink - guest posts, news release, comments, article links, sitewide thin links, etc. ➢ The anchors used for the backlinks and overall anchor cloud as well as the sequence of the appearance of each backlink and anchor text. ➢ Link velocity of backlinks. ➢ Spam signals in the Backlinks Profile ➢ Do-Follow vs No-follow link ratio of backlinks All these need to be looked at individually and then compared to the current top ranking competitors. A site which as excessive amounts of backlinks as compared to the competition and that is not ranking, indicates that the backlinks are too spammy or the site content and user experience is very poor or there has been spamor a penalty associated with the site.
  61. Social Media Audit Social is already a very important factor when it comes to ranking. Having social channels that are active and have appropriate levels of user engagement will power up your rankings. Its important that you setup your social channels and interlink them and then engage with your users on social with the right content and drive traffic to your site through these channels. Racking up fake signals and fake followers who do not engage or visit your site through the channels, is easily detected by Google as false and it does not help your rankings. Getting real users, who engage is important. Getting your posts recycled or mentioned by other authority figures in your niche can help you boost traffic, rankings and take your site viral - thereby pushing the traffic levels further.Your Social Links and channels must be clearly specific sitewide on your main site.
  62. Your Social Accounts must stay active and healthy with new content being added to them regularly. You could announce things you post on your blog or a new product line you released on social. Ensuring that one social channel interlinks and mentions your other social channels so your followers and users may engage with you on multiple channels are preferred channels is key. This is why you must interlink and interconnect all your social profiles. When you go about doing your content marketing and spreading your content online, you must post the right content in the appropriate social channel - for example video on Youtube about new product line vs business anniversary on Twitter or Linkedin. This also ensures that people engage at higher levels with your content and are not spammed with content they do not want.
  63. Local SEO Audit Local SEO helps you rank in the Google+ Local area which includes the "Snack Pack" of top 3 spots for geo specific search queries that relate to local businesses. To qualify to appear in the snack pack or the resulting local search pages, your business needs to be verified by the Google My Business service, which involves registering, getting a physical post card from Google with a code, validating the code and setting up perfect NAP ( Name, Address, Phone Number) data across your site, Google Maps, and other citation services and directory listings.
  64. NAP Data NAP acronym sands for Name Address Phone. You need to ensure that your are consistent in the way you list your Name, Address an Phone data on your site and on other citation and directory sites. Discrepancies in the way you are listed across various properties in cluding your own site and on Google+Local, Google Maps, Yelp, and all the other directory and citation sites - can result in the Google Local engine to not give you ranking points for the citations.
  65. Contact Us Page / Footer Insertion : Your NAP data should be prefect and consistent in the footer sitewide section of your site as well as on your Contact Us pages. Google looks at this very closely for consistency. Your Contact Us page should also include the following ➢ Proper Name, Address with ZIP and Phone Number ➢ Embedded Google Map ➢ Directions ➢ Business Hours ➢ Photos
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