Published: 13/07/2019 by Tamara Edgar
Newcomers to the world of SEO are often overwhelmed by many aspects of the job and rarely know where to start. While keyword research (look out for our next blog to find out more) is always a good place to start, we should never underestimate the importance of a correctly conducted site audit.
So what is a site audit? It is a full health check of your website, both technical and more SEO focused. On the technical side, it checks if your website functions properly has no broken links, or dead-end pages etc. In terms of SEO, it focuses on how often and how correctly you use keywords, if pages load quickly enough, or if all your pages are linked together correctly.
It is usually performed using a Search Engine Marketing tool (such as SEMrush or Moz) that crawls your website and reports back on what it found such as the above mentioned broken links, or page load speed. The tools usually try to mimic how a Google bot would crawl your website, giving you an insight into how it’s viewed on Google.
A site audit is often considered very technical. While this is true, without a healthy website and proper linking, the rest of your SEO efforts might lose their impact and still keep your rankings down.
Once you have the site audit report, you need to read it carefully and correctly. In most cases, you will need help from an SEO specialist, who might, in turn, need help from the website developer to help understand what the issue is and how to fix it, but it is essential to always understand what the main issues are.
This list can go on and on and this is only a very brief overview of site audit. After all, this is our SEO 101 course and site audit is a complex matter, deserving more time and thought. If your interested in finding out more about how to maintain your website health and increase your web traffic and rankings you might be loosing right now, get in touch with us and we will be happy to take a look.