Core SEO Audits
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Server Signals Audit
0
0
45
Biannually
Site Architecture Audit
0
0
45
Annually
Index & Indexing Audit
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0
48
Quarterly
Content Architecture Audit
0
0
48
Biannually
Content Substance Audit
0
0
46
Biannually
Structured Data Audit
0
0
46
Biannually
Backlinks & Exposure Audit
0
0
28
Biannually
Core Digital Marketing Audits
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Analytics Audit
0
0
49
Annually
Online Reputation Audit
0
0
44
Biannually
Website Performance Audit
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0
67
Biannually
Mobile Audit
0
0
44
Annually
Social Media Audit
0
0
36
Annually
Content Marketing Audit
0
0
64
Annually
Situational SEO Audits
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Local SEO Audit
0
0
43
Annually
International SEO Audit
0
0
34
Annually
YouTube SEO Audit
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0
39
Quarterly
Forensic SEO Audit
0
0
43
Situational
Pre-Launch Audit (& Migration Process)
0
0
43
Situational
Post-Launch SEO Audit
0
0
43
Situational
Google Ads Audit
0
0
59
Weekly

Questions?

How does this compare to BrightEdge, Moz, Screaming Frog, Ahrefs, Conductor, etc.?

All the SEO/marketing tools we've seen, together, cover less than 10% of our audit checklists.

Tools have a place. We employ dozens in these checklists. Most are free. The audits that require paid software contain a warning before the audit begins. Several do certainly accelerate these audits, but tools are tools, not systems.

How long does each checklist take?

Most audits can be completed in 2-3 hours.

There are two exceptions. Content substance auditing varies by quantity of content and severity of editing. Backlink auditing varies by quantity of backlinks/severity of issues.

What's the best SEO checklist for a new website?

You'll use a subset of these audits. Begin with Core & Long-Tail Matrix keywords. Map primary, secondary, and long-tail keywords 1-to-1 with your pages. When structuring menus and page/URL taxonomies, use the Site Architecture audit. When you code your page templates, walk through the Content Architecture audit. Lastly, use the Pre-Launch and Post-Launch audits, accordingly.

Should this SEO checklist be used by a creative agency?

Portions of it would certainly make sense. At some point, however, quality assurance ends and day-to-day SEO work begins. Otherwise, you'll never launch a new website (and new websites are complicated enough!).

Our system is thorough. This is how you grind away for years, making sure that rankings improve every month. It's not a one-time thing. By the time you've met 1,200+ opportunities, it's time to start over. SEO, and these checklists, will have evolved.

What SEO checklist should I use if I think I've been hit by a Google penalty?

Run the Forensic SEO audit.

What should I do if I suspect my competition has hit me with negative SEO?

Run the Forensic SEO audit. If this shows evidence of negative SEO (a.k.a. Googlebowling), run the Backlink & Exposure Audit.

What SEO checklist can I use for Google Search Console?

For a thorough look at opportunities found in Google Search Console (formerly Webmaster Tools) and Bing Webmaster Toolbox, run an Index & Indexing Audit.

What's the best onsite SEO checklist?

All checklists cover onsite SEO (a.k.a. onpage SEO), except for the Backlinks & Exposure Audit.

Can I download an SEO checklist as a PDF or spreadsheet?

Every SEO checklist can be exported to spreadsheet (XLS) or document (PDF) after completion for signed-in users. This is available for both free and paid users. Exports done by free users lack 50% of the steps, just like in the interface.

What SEO checklist should I use for a website migration?

Use a combination of the pre-launch and post-launch audits.

Is there an easier way?

It depends on your definition of SEO. Is "SEO" is a dozen "best practices"? Then, yes. Do the basics and ignore this system. If your business has no genuine competition, doesn't solve problems, and can't be researched in varied ways, the basics will set you ahead.

Is "SEO" a hyper-competitive process that doesn't end until you rank #1 on hundreds, thousands, or millions of search variations with profitable intent and stay there? Then, thorough, every day SEO is table stakes in 2019. Your business depends on a math equation with these variables.

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