In this podcast episode, Rebecca reviews the checklist she uses to optimize website content with her team at emagine. She’ll take you through a quick rundown of all the core elements needed to optimize web pages and blog posts.
On-Page Optimization Checklist
- Think about the keyword phrases your target demographic would use to find your specific content
- Review keyword search volumes in tools like SEMrush or KW Finder
- Review Google SERPs for Semantic ideas in FAQs (People also ask) and Related Searches
- If this is an existing URL, review Google Search Console to see what is currently ranked for the URL
- Establish primary phrase – This is the highest level topic for the page
- Establish secondary phrases – These are supporting topics that naturally fall under the primary
- Validate focused keywords are not already ranking on another URL or assigned within Yoast
- Use keywords naturally throughout the content and do not focus on a specific keyword density (it no longer exists)
- Should include the primary keyword phrase
- Should be as short as possible
- Should not be more than 3 clicks from the home page
- H1 header – Only one per URL and should include the primary keyword phrase
- Semantic HTML5 subheaders with a proper outline structure
- Some subheaders should use keyword phrases and/or Semantically related terms
- Includes primary keyword phrase
- Make it at least 40-50 words
- Use it to set an overview of the article content
- Use keyword variations and/or natural variations of your keyword phrases
- Use short paragraphs and avoid very long stretches of text that will be difficult to read on mobile devices
- Use bullets or lists where applicable
- Use internal links to support SEO efforts of other content
- Link anchor text used to describe the destination page and focused keywords of said URL
- Only use one link per destination page
- Minimize links in the first paragraph to give humans and crawlers an opportunity to digest content
- Only include links that provide value to the human reader
- Include images if available
- Do not allow them to be excessive and interrupt usability
- The image file name should describe the image and be short
- Image alt attribute should describe the image and only include a keyword if relevant
- Between 50-60 characters
- Include keyword phrase
- Written in title case
- Does not need company name or website name in all URLs
- Between 155–160 characters, however, Google will use up to 300 characters at times
- Include keyword phrase
- Written in sentences
- Describe the content so people know what they will receive once clicked
Optimizing website content for search is something everyone can do, however, you do need a plan and a checklist to help make sure you don’t miss key items. Use this checklist as a guide and never compromise the user experience for SEO.
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