How to complete a blog SEO audit for 2019

blog audit for 2019

Hello and welcome to my completed guide on how to complete a blog SEO audit for 2019. First of all, go and get yourself a cup of tea or coffee (or even mulled wine) because this is not going to be one of those blog posts you can just sit and read. Give yourself a couple of hours to go through the steps, then we’ll build a blog audit action plan on the things we need to work on in terms of Search Engine Optimisation for your blog in 2019.

I’ve focused a lot on using SEO in terms of content creation. It’s dead easy to slam some keywords into your image alt tags, change your meta description using Yoast and write titles and headlines just for Google. But how many of us look at the technical side of SEO?

Audit your blog ready for 2019

I’m guilty. I really am. It’s been a couple years since I’ve sat down and really dug deep into my blogs SEO. It’s daunting, but it’s okay. We’ll get through this together.

What we are going to do is put our websites through a few checks to see where we stand and then come up with an action plan for things to work on.

Don’t worry, I’ll write further posts on how to fix some of these problems so please do comment, email, Tweet or DM me on Instagram if you have some specific requests.


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how to complete a blog seo audit for 2019

The ultimate guide to conducting a full SEO audit on your blog.

Step 1: CHECK ONLY 1 VERSION OF THE SITE IS BROWSEABLE

For this you want to check that all versions of your website redirect to just one version. This should be the https version. Type in the following (on your own domain name, obviously, not mine!) and see if they all redirect back to one version.

  • http://skinnedcartree.com
  • https://skinnedcartree.com
  • https://www.skinnedcartree.com
  • http://www.skinnedcartree.com

Hopefully, you’re all good, time for step 2!

Step 2: CHECK RANKING FOR BRAND NAME

Most of us should already rank for our brand name. You want to rank top for your brand name because if someone is searching for you, you want to be found. But some of you might have a less specific blog name than skinnedcartree. It’s a made-up word and a lot of bloggers use something a bit more general. My good friend Katie Middleton, for example, often gets pushed out thanks to Kate Middleton and the royal family!

ultimate guide to SEO for your blog 2019 rank top for your brand name

As you can see, I rank top for my brand name. If you don’t, it’s a point you need to work on!

If you do rank top for your brand name, you might want to see what else you can rank for – eg York lifestyle blogger.

Step 3: ON PAGE SEO CHECKS

Okay, so now we want to do some on page SEO checks – these include your title tag, your meta description and your H1 heading.

If you are struggling to rank first for your brand like in step 2, you might find a few golden nuggets in this step to see what you can do to help your ranking. You can do this by Googling your blog, or going to your home page and inspecting the pages HTML (right click -> Inspect in Chrome). You can also stick your URL into this SERP snippet generator and you’re good to go!

site speed test seo audit for bloggers

My title tag is ‘skinnedcartree – A UK Lifestyle Blog’ and I have no meta description. Yuck!

Following this, I’ve changed my title tag and meta description. It won’t update on Google until my site is crawled again, but you can see it in my code:

site speed test seo audit for bloggers

I’m hoping this will get a bit more attention to my blog tip posts and some of the content I’ve written about York since I moved here.

Looking at my HTML, I searched for ‘h1’ to find my ‘h1’ tag empty – something I need to sort out as ‘h1’ tags are something Google looks at when selecting webpages!

Step 4: CHECK SITE SPEED

Site speed is important – if your site loads slow, Google may place faster sites above you. Also, it might make people click off your website increasing your bounce rate and decreasing your time on page – all things Google looks at when ranking you on search.

I’m going to use two tools for this. One is Google’s free PageSpeed Insights Tool.

site speed test seo audit for bloggers
site speed test seo audit for bloggers

As you can see, the desktop version of my page loads fast, but there are some opportunities to look at. We’ll look at the mobile version in a later step.

I’m also going to check it with Pingdom. Because a second opinion is always good!

site speed test seo audit for bloggers

Here, you see my site only ranks a D. If you scroll down, there’s more recommendations you can work on.

Step 5: CHECK FOR STRUCTURED DATA ERRORS

Structured data is a way of classifying page information to make it easier for Google to understand the content, if you have structured data, Google may display it in rich results. Let me just show you two examples. It’s easier!

structured data example seo
structured data example seo blog audit for 2019

According to the Structured Data Testing tool, here are 6 errors on my homepage.

structured data seo for bloggers blog audit for 2019

More things to add to my job list!

Step 6: CHECK FOR BROKEN LINKS

You might have the link checker Plugin installed and think you can skip this step. Hold up! Get over to Broken Link Checker and scan your site. Look how many I had!

broken links seo for bloggers

That’s embarrassing

Step 7: CHECK MOBILE VERSION

The mobile version of your site is important because Google is now moving over to mobile first indexing – which means it’ll be looking at your mobile site before your desktop version when displaying search results.

You can test your mobile site here. Alternatively, you can run. it through the Google PageSpeed Insight Tool we used earlier.

page speed mobile version of site seo for bloggers blog audit for 2019

Again, there’s more work to be done here. You can get a detailed report emailed to you for free to give you some things you need to work on.

Step 8: CHECK YOUR SITE INDEX

If you haven’t got Google Webmaster Tools, then you need to sort that out! If you haven’t submitted your Site Index to Google, you also need to sort that out aswell.

Go to Google Webmaster Tools, look in Goolge Search Console at your sitemap to see it’s status. Mine has 1 error.

Google sitemap checker seo for bloggers audit

You can set up a crawl for your website, or you can check the ‘Coverage’ section in Google Search Console. This will tell you any errors as well as how to fix them.

google crawl report seo for bloggers

My site has no errors.

Step 9: CRAWL REPORT

In this step, you’ll need to crawl your website. You can do this a few ways.

From the crawl report, we’re going to look at which pages are missing meta descriptions and other HTML tags.

From the Ahref site audit, click ‘HTML tags’ to find the information.

site audit seo for bloggers 2019

Yikes, lots of things to improve on there! Be sure to. export the data before you trial runes out!

Step 10: FIND PAGES RANKING 5-10 FOR KEYWORDS

These should be optimised to try boost the ranking up by:

  • Adding some more internal links to the pages
  • Building some fresh backlinks to the pages
  • Updating and relaunching the content
  • Making sure on‐page is optimised for the exact keyword

You can find these on the Ahrefs site audit tool under ‘content explorer’. Enter your URL and click ‘organic keywords’.

site audit seo for bloggers

If you don’t have a site audit tool, you can do something similar in Google Search Console by seeing which keywords people are using to get to your blog and then optimising those pages to boost them.


And there you have it, now we’ve learnt how to complete a blog SEO audit for 2019. Now we’ve audited our blog’s SEO, we’ve given ourselves lots of things to work on, it’s time to figure out how to fix the problems!

THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO CONDUCTING A FULL SEO AUDIT ON YOUR BLOG FOR 2019

Watch this space for further posts on how to fix the SEO errors!

There you have it – how to complete a blog seo audit for 2019! Let me know if there’s any further checks you would do on your blogs SEO!

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7 Comments

  1. December 11, 2018 / 7:35 pm

    RIGHT this is instantly saved to my desktop because my blog needs all of this and then some! That’s my Sunday sorted, I’ll be reporting back on this!

    Sarah 🙂
    Saloca in Wonderland

  2. December 11, 2018 / 8:32 pm

    Loved reading this Corinne!! I can’t believe I’ve been blogging for such a long time and never thought to look into half of the things you’ve mentioned in your post! I can’t wait to read part two on how to combat these issues! 🙂 You’ve definitely given me something to work on!.. Even if it is going to take me what feels like a lifetime! Haha. Thank you for putting this together – It’s amazing.
    Claire.
    http://www.clairemac.co.uk

  3. Venge
    December 12, 2018 / 9:18 pm

    Well, this was helpful and I really enjoyed reading it. I need to work more on ranking for my brand name and the loading speed of my site.

    I blog @ http://www.techvenge.net

  4. December 20, 2018 / 10:31 am

    Thank you so much for this amazing post corrine!
    Cheers

  5. February 5, 2019 / 12:12 pm

    Excellent Post, I did a few page speed tests and the Google one showed me a few areas for even more optimisation.

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