#SEJThinkTank Webinar Recap: Site Audits With SEJ by @rinadianewrites

#SEJThinkTank Webinar Recap: Site Audits With SEJ by @rinadianewrites

#SEJThinkTank Webinar Recap: Site Audits With SEJ by @rinadianewrites

A routine check-up on the physician’s workplace is one thing you must do often. You are feeling wholesome however you wish to be completely certain your physique is functioning because it ought to. Getting a web site audit is rather like going for a health care provider’s check-up. A web site audit must be carried out often to make sure your web site’s well being and test that all the things is working correctly.

On April fifth, SEJ Assume Tank hosted a web site audit webinar, which consisted of our staff evaluating chosen websites and giving out suggestions on search engine optimization, content material, and social media technique. The stay web site audit was moderated by SEJ’s Chief Social Media Strategist Brent Csutoras and the panel included the experience of our Founder, Loren Baker, Social Producer Caitlin Rulien, and Options Author Anna Crowe.

Audited Websites and Suggestions

Through the webinar, the panel gave their suggestions on websites submitted for evaluation then took questions stay from the viewers. To get essentially the most out of the presentation, I extremely suggest watching the complete video.


This site ranks on high for grammar-related search phrases. Our panelists recognized a number of points and gave out really helpful options:

  • Elements of the positioning are safe (utilizing HTTPS) however others should not (nonetheless utilizing HTTP), notably the inner hyperlinks within the footer. This leads to pointless 301 redirects. Altering these redirects to safe hyperlinks can result in much less drain on the server, sooner web page and web site loading time, and a uniformly safe web site.
  • Cross pollination of social media shops is sweet however capitalizing on quite a lot of posts is even higher. It’s often good to have the identical posts and pictures throughout all platforms, however don’t do that on a regular basis. If individuals get the identical data on all social media platforms, then they’d quite comply with just one platform the place they’ll get all the small print they want.
  • Don’t have a publish exit only for the sake of getting one thing to publish. Make sure that it’s relevant and related.
  • Don’t publish associated posts or posts with related photographs too shut to one another. Unfold them out to keep away from duplicate content material.

Mabel’s Labels

This company dominates the youngsters’ labels house. Recommendations by our panelists embody:

  • Switching to HTTPS
  • Checking for redirect chains
  • Cleansing up meta titles and meta descriptions which trigger duplicates and trailing slash URLs
  • Creating the (lacking) robots.txt file
  • Social media icons needs to be above the fold, within the backside footer, or someplace on the house web page to allow them to be discovered instantly.
  • Don’t let your social media presence turn into a ghost city. Take away social media platforms (or hyperlinks to it) for those who don’t have the sources to maintain it up to date or for those who discover that your target market isn’t utilizing it.
  • Create versatility in posts on Fb, Twitter, and Instagram.
  • Crowdsource photographs or tales from clients then share these in your social media platforms to create belief in the neighborhood and encourage followers to work together together with your posts.

GTM Payroll Providers

This company gives payroll, tax, and different associated companies to family and enterprise employers. Our panelists had these suggestions:

  • Investing in content material and instruments that can result in incoming hyperlinks, social sharing, and worth is nice however internet hosting them on a sub-domain (which seems to be a safe arrange for purchasers to log in) generates visitors to that sub-domain. Transfer the content material and instruments over to the principle web site so as to add extra numerous hyperlink fairness to it.
  • Weblog content material is nice however no pagination could be a sticky drawback for search engines like google and yahoo due to crawling inefficiencies and extreme duplicate content material.
  • Use web page caching to scale back web page load time and assist high-traffic touchdown pages.
  • Diversify your hyperlink portfolio and content material advertising efforts by reaching out to mother blogs, household websites, early entrepreneur-style blogs, and work-from-home blogs.
  • Retweet or reshare posts about or by purchasers to differ up the forms of posts going out on social media platforms.

Yellow Pages Canada

Our panelists famous a number of points with this site:

  • Most of this web site’s rating pages are on a sub-domain referred to as nexthome. When trying to find nexthome.yp.ca, a discover that the positioning has been hacked seems within the search outcomes. Evidently the positioning’s company weblog has been hacked since posts on the weblog are spam content material aiming to construct black hat hyperlinks. This can be induced by a WordPress set up that hasn’t been up to date or a plugin that’s been compromised.
  • By way of on-page search engine optimization, there are duplicate descriptions and meta titles. A variety of uppercase letters are additionally utilized in URLs.
  • Social media hyperlinks are tucked away
  • About description on Fb web page is just too lengthy
  • Must share extra from the hashtag used to create extra consciousness of this hashtag
  • Combine crowdsourced tales from Twitter to Fb to make feed extra humanized as a substitute of simply outbound hyperlinks

Mint State Gold

Our panelists recognized some main points with this site:

  • Site seems too busy and cluttered
  • Most pages are duplicate content material
  • Some photographs are hosted on a separate web site which creates damaged pages or URLs
  • Font measurement for content material is just too small
  • Content material must be positioned and formatted in a manner that it may be shared
  • Site navigation ought to use CSS as a substitute of JavaScript
  • The footer is nearly the identical coloration because the background which makes it appear to be hidden content material.
  • The location’s Fb web page hasn’t been up to date since 2012 so individuals would possibly suppose the positioning isn’t lively anymore

Instruments of the Commerce

Listed below are some instruments talked about by our panelists which can be utilized by web site house owners to test on totally different facets of their web site.

Editor Observe: The SEJ staff is just not affiliated with any of those instruments.

  • SEMrush: Does a fundamental crawl of your web site and provides you an concept of what you’re rating for within the total aggressive panorama
  • Majestic: Instrument for hyperlink monitoring and bringing in topical options
  • Pingdom: Web page velocity tester that identifies particular person information slowing down your web site
  • GTmetrix: Instrument to investigate web page velocity efficiency
  • Deep Crawl: Helps establish technical web site points and enhance efficiency
  • Screaming Frog: Web site crawler that evaluates on-site search engine optimization
  • jpcache: Light-weight, full-page caching app

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