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Performing a full search engine optimization audit of your website on a regular basis, perhaps at least once every six months, or at the most annually, is key to maintaining your web presence and maintaining your organic search engine rankings.



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Published 07 July 2014
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By David Meade
In order to have a preeminent website, time should be spent developing a profile of the
health of your website.Continually auditing a site can produce exceptional resultsan
upwardly mobile ranking in the search results.
Performing a full search engine optimization audit of your website on a regular basis,
perhaps at least once every six months, or at the most annually, is key to maintaining
your web presence and maintaining your organic search engine rankings.There are a
variety of reasons why you really need to perform a full SEO audit of your website:
Algorithms are constantly updated through a series of iterations
The rules change from year to year
Content on your site changes
You need metrics to determine where you now stand
Remediating problem areas will clean up your profile Your website rankings haven’t changed and you would like some more business You need a fresh set of eyes that can take a look and see any problems that you cannot see
Your competitors are exceeding your traffic levels
It helps your business grow with an extremely small investment
These are key principles to follow after the release of the Penguin and Panda algorithmsuse of this information can save you thousands of dollars of proper
revenue per month on your websites.This is a compilation of critical success factors
needed to function on the Web anallinone document essential for successful
1.Websites should have at leastsix pages of well written content of 400800 words
per pageand lots of related keywords on those pages.
2.Websites need a frequently asked questions (FAQ) page.
3.Websites should have customer reviews or customer testimonials.
4.Websites need an About Us page with pictures and a history of the business. 5.WordPress sites with the All in One SEO Plugin installed and switched on are favored. 6.Keyword density of 2 to 5%  anything over 5% is too much. 7.Streamlined website structure (not too many ads on the upper fold).
8.No duplicate content or if so under a minimal amount.
9.Excess use of search tags at the bottom of a web page (with keywords listed) is
voted against by this algorithm. 10.Although Google ignores meta keywords, if you list more than 24 it can lead to a penalty. 11.The keywords tag isn’t used by search engines and in fact actually gives your competitors data on the keywords you are targeting.
12.Internal link errorsbroken links will penalize a site.
The Panda algorithm appeared in 2011 (Penguin in 2012)it also requires websites to be
informative. Freshand onpoint content is a key.I’ve known many people, for example,
in the real estate industry who update the demographic narratives annually or semi
annually on their site to keep up with this requirement.For example, they may be
involved in a tencity area, and need 10,000 words of fresh copy (1,000 words per city) to
add to their residential and commercial opportunity section of their website in order to
offer new information to their clientele.
The Panda algorithm can detect when links are placed in an unnatural order.This is
penalized. The Panda algorithm analyzes the logic of all of the backlinks as well.
Finally, “cloaked” pages where the reader sees one result and the robot sees another are
of course penalized under this algorithm.
Website Audit Findings
During a website audit we often find problems and we thought it might be useful to give
examples of typical issues. These are some common problem areasbut only an SEO Audit of a particular site can determine the full range of issues and recommendations. A website owner should treat the top part of each web page as prime space. That’s the part that appears before a visitor needs to scroll down the page.
On the basis that a picture is worth a thousand words, images should be used that convey
the right impression to the visitor. Using graphics and abstract imagery is fine but really the message needs to be onpoint. Often the file sizes of the imagery on the website are much larger than they need to be or should be.Google prefers a twosecond load time and often the imagery slows this down tremendously. We recommend you buy your registration for your domain name for ten years in advance Google goes to in order to do a search to verify how long you registered your website for. Google assumes a longterm registration means you are a professional company. and are excellent sites for registering your website. In terms of an IP address, there are two typesIf you share an IPshared and unique.
Address with others on a server, their actions can reduce your ranking.We recommend you use a Unique IP Address.This typically runs another five dollars a month. In terms of appearance, a couple of rulesdo not underline extensively, and do not use all caps.Never use long blocks of text.Break them up with white space for the readers.
Of course never use text from another websiteyou can generate ideas, but all copy
should be totally original.
Always write to your readersintroduce them to you as a person. On average, images make up 40  50 percent of the average web page, so it is important to minimize their impact on loading time, as mentioned.Choosing the appropriate web
based format for your images is a major step. GIFs, JPEGs, and PNGs are the formats used to display images on Web pages. In general, palettebased formats like GIF or PNG are best for flatcolor art like buttons and logos. For smoothtoned images like photographs JPEGs are the best choice. Google doesn’t like dropHidden buttons are often not indexed.Usersdown menus. often lose their way.It’s avoidable and a good idea to not use this form of design.Important pages include: About Us, Contact Us, FAQ and a Privacy Statement. Sponsored links are not recommended95% of the people on the Internet do not read
them. Thekey is to get a high organic ranking.I do not recommend PPC advertisements
or sponsored links.I don’t own a phone book, either –I consider it unnecessary and so
do the majority of Americans.Dollar for dollar a website that ranks well far outweighs
these other types of advertising.
Many websites we audit fail to make proper use of page titles and descriptions. The page
title and meta description used in the top HTML header of every page is very important
to Google as well as to the other major search engines.
Google in particular makes frequent use of the page title and meta description of each
webpage in their search listings. It is important to observe the formatting of page titles for
Google, and display no more than 70 characters in the title and 160 characters in the
Remember that the search engines Google in particular  do not like duplicate page titles
and descriptions.
A website should funnel as many site visitors to their key pages as possible. Web
designers or web owners often design the sitewide navigation so that many links point to
nonessential pages.This will weaken the Page Rank (PR).
Optimize your key landing pages.
Typical issues are:
A clear headline or subheadline is necessaryoften use a question for the
headlinethat’s very effective
No clear indicator of what the web page is about
Excess links and distractions on the web page
No clear flow of content
The Unique Selling Proposition must be clearly stated at the top
You need content that will build trust with the visitor
The order process must be very simple
Other common issues are:
Nonutilization of target keywords and phrases
Nonrelevant keywords in page titles & descriptions
Anchor text without keyword use
Nonuse of keywords in the page URL
The theme and navigation flow are difficult to follow
Technical issues often include:
Missing robots text file used by the search engine’s crawlers
Missing  search engine sitemap
Excessive use of Flash content
Excessive use of frames in page design
The use of dynamic links rather than static links
Broken or missing links to web pages
If these problems persist, search engines may not cause the page to get indexed properly,
or it may not be indexed at all. If web pages are slow to load, Google is less likely to deep
crawl your site with its robot.
The SEO Audit Report
A complete SEO Audit Report should be run initially and annually.It is normally
a singlespaced report that is close to 20 pages in length (at least ours are), and
it should contain the topics following as well as at least a oneparagraph
description of what each topic entails and then recommendations for remediation:
 Codeto Text Ratio
 URLSEO Friendly Test
 GoogleAnalytics Test
 Underscoresin Links Test
 GooglePageRank Test
 AlexaPageRank Test
 ImageAlt Test
 MediaPrint Test
 HTMLPage Size Test
 HTMLCompression Test
 PageCache Test
 NestedTables Test
 FrameSet Test
 SiteLoading Speed Test
 URLCanonicalization Test
 DirectoryBrowsing Test
 ServerSignature Test
 PlaintextEmails Test
 SafeBrowsing Test
 SocialMedia Test
Regular SEO Audits will show you your progress and give you a track record for
what works and doesn’t work.
About Us
David Meade is an international freelance SEO Consultant based in Florida. Hehas written half a dozen books and is also a copywriter. He can be reached
His website: