Written by Vince Moran |
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An SEO audit is a set of checks which, when completed, will help evaluate how search engine friendly your website is. As a site owner, you want to maximise your website’s visibility in the organic search results.
So, why do one? When should it be done and how do you complete an SEO audit?
An SEO audit provides insight into your website, identifying areas that need improvement so you can rank better in the organic search results. Search engines change their algorithms on a regular basis so it’s good practice to review your website and figure out how those changes have impacted on you.
At the beginning of a new project is a good start. If your website has been active for a while, perform every 6 months. Consider the timing of an SEO audit against the size of your website. A large website may need a more regular audit than a small website due to the number of factors involved.
You’ve got options…search for ‘SEO audit’ and you’ll be presented with lots of online services and software. You could decide to do the audit yourself (using one of the many guides you can download) or hire someone to do the SEO audit for you.
If you do decide to do the audit yourself, this article is a good starting point.
Your website pages should be accessible. If a search engine can’t view your website then it might as well not exist. Checks include:
Determine how many of you pages are available by the search engines. Checks include:
There are many characteristics of your site’s pages which influence the search engine rankings, ranging from general content to issues on individual pages. Checks include:
What others think about your website is really important to search engines. Trusted and valuable links pointing to your website create a recognised authority. Activities done away from your website can help improve your search engine ranking. Checks include: