The Ultimate SEO Checklist

On-page SEO – The Ultimate Checklist

Posted on Posted in seo

Search engines are getting smarter every day, which makes it harder than just quality content to rank better. But, if you take proper actions for on-page optimization, it becomes easier to get a good reputation in the eyes of Google (and other search engines). I have curated a comprehensive on page SEO checklist that will help you to optimize your website for better rankings.

the ultimate checklist for on page seo

 

    • Do keyword research with Google’s Keyword Planner.
      Find optimal keywords by looking for phrases having a large number of search volume and has low competition.

 

    • Do Competitor analysis
      Use web applications like SEMRushSpyfu

 

 

    • Use rich snippets.
      This post explains it very well.

 

 

 

    • Make google business page & do Local citations(if relevant).

 

 

 

    • Link to 2-3 authoritative sites with a dofollow link

 

    • Keywords
      Add keyword in the title tag(55 characters), meta description(155 characters), and H1 tag(only one per page), and in the URL of the post.

 

    • Have e meaningful URL
      Your URL must look something like this deepkakkad.com/focused-keyword-here. Google appreciates keyword in first three to five words of the URL. Also, do not use stop words in URL.

 

    • Check for duplicate content & update the content frequently once posted
      Must not be more than 10%Consider using LSI keywords.Keep the keyword content density around 1.5%

 

    • Make sure navigation is easy for the customers.
      Use proper menus and breadcrumbs

 

    • Check for canonicalization and canonical tag
      Read this shoutmeloud post to understand this better.

 

    • Add contact information and testimonials

 

    • Make sure you have secured certificate(SSL)
      Did I hear you say that your site isn’t e-commerce?
      Nevertheless, have this.

 

    • Use meaningful file name and alt tag for your images.

 

    • Make and submit robots.txt and XML sitemap
      This it to make sure crawlers are crawling your website correctly.

 

 

    • Have you done any SEO audit to check if everything is going correctly?

 

    • Check your website load time
      Website load time around 3.5 seconds is a good deal. Here is a screenshot from GTMetrix showing statistic for deepkakkad.com-on page seo - gtmetrix
      Plugins I used to make up to this score are – W3 total cache, WP performance score booster, and Fast velocity minify.Install CDN.

 

 

    • Have cross browser compatibility.
      You can use Browsershots to see how your website looks from different browsers.

 

    • Do Noindex the thin pages like category pages and tags pages.
      You don’t want to rank each category and tag page on Gooogle.

 

    • Customize 404 error page
      Check your 404 errors by going to webmaster tools dashboard > Crawl errors > Not found

 

    • Make your website mobile-friendly
      Use Google’s tool here to check how your website looks like in mobiles.

 

    • Must have 800-1000 words on each page.

 

    • Add links to review pages (Google review, Yelp review, etc.)
      Ask customers if they want to add a review on any of their preferred platforms.

 

    • It is always advised to make ‘REL=”NOFOLLOW” in your code.
      This is done to tell google not to harm your reputation because of spammy comments you might get.

 

    • Always monitor the bounce rate.
      It is said that Google doesn’t directly monitor bounce rates but if not bounce rate than some other similar metric.
      if you have a bounce rate around 30% is okay. You must be concerned if it is more than 40%. You can use plugins like External Links In A New Tab to increase on-site time and decrease bounce rate. Do internal linking for decreasing bounce rate. 2-3 Internal links is good.

 

    • Review this awesome comprehensive checklist of SEO tools!

I made this comprehensive on page SEO checklist to make sure that you don’t have to wander through different posts to find if you left any particular aspect. I have included all the aspects possible according to the current scenarios and SEO updates. Bookmark and share this on page SEO checklist! 🙂

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *