“If you don’t know where you’re going, any road will take you there” – Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

If your company’s website hasn’t been audited in the last two years, you’re in for a lot of surprises, and I’m afraid they won’t be good ones. A website audit will tell you where you are and put you on the right path to success!

A lot has changed in the way Google and other search engines analyze and rank your website pages. You will need to know where your problems are and fix them now.

One of the areas you should be very concerned about is the user experience/user interfaces that your website provides. Combine this with a simple element like not having a secure website with an SSL certificate; Either one will kill your chances of ranking high, regardless of your diligence with creating good content. If your website isn’t mobile-friendly, Google won’t consider your website to be compliant with the latest standards.

Today, one needs to dig into a website and identify the issues that will greatly affect how your website ranks for keywords and phrases and how your website compares to your competition.

How deep should a website audit be? The answer is really deep from the first to the last page and goes through each and every page for all the elements that are used to create the site. This means all the coding, not just looking at Meta, ALT, Heading and other tags.

Here’s what a deep audit looks at:

Global performance information

World position

country range

CategoryRank

Classification Audit

Keyword ranking status

UI and user experience

call to action

Mobile friendly?

Readability

Content overview (on page)

keyword focus

URL structure

Title tags

meta description

OG Labels (Open Chart)

Header Tags (H1 – H6)

Content (Number of words, etc.)

Internal linking and anchor tags (link structure)

Image names and ALT tags

optimization analysis

Exclusions page (robots.txt)

Includes page (sitemap.xml)

URL redirects (301, 302, www/non-www)

duplicate content

broken links

Validation code

Page speed (CSS, JS, caching, image sizes)

SSL configuration (http vs. https)

Link Analysis Overview (Off Page)

Incoming Followed Links

Linking of root domains

Authority and Trust

Social media metrics

Comparison of competitive links

Visibility and reach on social media

Here are some details of what an audit is about

Worldwide performance information

These are indicators to show the health, reach, and awareness of your websites compared to all other websites globally, nationally, and within a given industry.

Classification Audit

A ranking audit is an analysis of how your website ranks for keywords and phrases. This audit can be extended by conducting a competitive ranking audit that includes an audit of your competitors’ rankings. Another element of auditing can look at how many keywords and phrases on a given website rank in the first 5 search positions compared to the next 20 or 50 positions. This will help find more optimization potential for rankings >10.

UI and user experience

UI = User Interface and UX = User Experience. This is not an analysis by numbers directly, but having a good user interface and Look & Feel can lead to a good user experience. The good UI elements that drive a good user experience are clear. Call to action, good text readability, and the website is mobile friendly, just to name a few examples. This is important as the search engine can measure user signals. If a visitor after searching for a keyword or phrase is satisfied with a certain website due to good UI and UX, he will not return to the search engine. Most likely, they will take action on the website, such as buying a product. This generates revenue for the website owner more often than a website with a poor user interface and user experience. Websites with positive user signals will rank higher.

Content overview (on page)

Content analysis is a large and important part of a complete analysis of a website. This touches everything visible on your website.

The keyword targeting audit looks at how well you’ve identified and targeted the keywords that people use to find your page.

However, the good content does not stop here. It is also used to determine the quality of the content by measuring the appropriate word count of the text, applying the correct information to the META (non-visible) information such as META descriptions, image ALT tags, internal links, etc. Finally, is this page ready to be properly linked to any social networks like Facebook and Twitter?

Indexing Overview

Technical analysis, such as the index status of a website, is important because if the search engines cannot index the website properly, they cannot understand the content and meaning of the website.

Indexing starts with choosing the right pages to get indexed and the ones that won’t. Google search bot has very little time to index a website. Google Bot only indexes a specific number of pages on a site. The analysis digs deep into your website to help determine which pages to index and which pages to exclude from the index.

Analyzing possible broken links is important to prevent people from landing on an error page. Getting to an error page by clicking on a broken link can cause user dissatisfaction and frustration. If the user returns to the search engine results page and performs another search, Google will consider this behavior as a bad signal from the user.

Link Analysis Overview (Off Page)

The Internet is a “network”! It is a huge network of links pointing from one web page to another. But bonding is a double-edged sword. It is important that two linked resources have contextual meaning for each other. In this case, it provides greater value for the user and the search engine, as well as for ranking determination.

An analysis will check all inbound links for their contextual value to the web page and their possible level of toxicity. This identifies the transfer of authority and trust to the given page. If the links are created just to rank higher, they may be considered spam by search engines.

A complete and in-depth audit will provide all the information about your website in the form of a detailed report. This report will be your roadmap for the process of making any necessary corrections to your website to gain higher rankings.

Does your company website need to be audited?

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