Dive into the hidden depths of your website as we start a transformative analysis of website content – a process that can redefine your online success.
Why should you check your content quality on your website? Imagine a page you published without a thorough review. This page, riddled with typos and grammatical errors, becomes a glaring issue to your readers, even though you overlooked these mistakes during writing.
Consider the impact of large images within your article. They may look impressive, but they also cause your page to load slowly, frustrating your readers. Additionally, your article might be getting minimal traffic, likely due to improper keyword usage and placement.
And what about the formatting? Long, meandering paragraphs can make your article difficult to read, losing your reader’s interest before they reach the end.
A page like the one described above is unlikely to engage or retain visitors. It may not even attract any in the first place.
This is precisely why analyzing your website’s content, both during and after publishing, is essential. It’s not just about correcting errors – it’s about ensuring your content is as engaging, accessible, and effective as possible. Do you see how vital this step is for your website’s success?
Analysis of Website Content: Table of Contents
- Analysis of Website Content: Check Content is Original
- Check Title and Description Length
- Check URL Length and Keywords Present
- Check Keywords are Present in Headings and Text
- Analysis of Website Content: Check the Word Count
- Check the Readability of Your Content
- Checking Spelling and Grammar
- Check the Page Loads Quickly
- Analysis of Website Content: Check Your Website is Secured
- Check your Images for Size and SEO Issues
- Analysis of Website Content: Check your Page is Indexed by Google
- Check you have Internal Links
- Check you have External Links
- Analysis of Website Content: Final Thoughts
Analysis of Website Content: Check Content is Original
Google checks content to ensure it’s original. Low uniqueness could cause Google to reduce your ranking position or remove your article from it’s index entirely.
Recommended uniqueness of your text content should be 90%. A high score means your content is not found in other pages on the internet.
Read more here: How to check for duplicate text on your website.
Check Title and Description Length
Your title should be around 20-65 characters and include keyword(s) you want to rank for.
The description appears underneath the title of the page in Google’s search engine results page. It should be around 120 characters long. Include keywords you want to rank for in the description.
Check URL Length and Keywords Present
Good URLs (URL is the link to the article) should be readable, contain keywords, not contain underscores (_) or uppercase letters (A-Z).
Size can be up to 2000 characters but are typically around 50-150 characters.
Check Keywords are Present in Headings and Text
Keywords should be included naturally in various different places within your content. Including:
- Main heading (H1)
- Sub-headings (H2-H6)
- Image description (alt tag)
Google considers keywords in the title and headings to be an important signal about the topic of the article. So important keywords you want to rank for should be placed there.
→ WordPress tip: You can easily see the outline of your article including heading by clicking the i button at the top left of the WordPress editor (as shown below)
Notice how the sub-headings (H2) line up and a subsection in a H2 section uses the H3 heading. Don’t mix up the headings incorrectly, e.g. H2 under a H3.
Keywords should be present in your header and sub-headers (H1-H6)
For Google the most important headers for ranking are H1, H2 and H3. Keywords you want to rank for should be present in those headers.
For WordPress users: You can change the heading from the tooltip bar hovering above the block you are currently editing.
Analysis of Website Content: Check the Word Count
Low word count is considered thin content and will rank poorly. When crawling a website thin content may not be indexed for a while.
Aim for at least 1000 words and, for competitive keywords, you should expect to need to write 2000+ words to rank on the first page of Google.
Note: You do not always need to write long articles to rank well. For longer keywords with more context a shorter article may be more appropriate. Read more here: Short form vs long form content. Which is better?
Check the Readability of Your Content
How easy is your content to read?
You are not trying to win a writing contest, you want to make your content as easy to read as possible. People have low attention spans and will not spend time reading difficult to understand content.
→ Don’t frustrate readers, make your content easy to read.
Learn more about readability here: What is readability? Why it matters and how to improve it.
Checking Spelling and Grammar
It’s easy to misspell a word and mess up grammar when writing an article. That’s what editing is for. Make sure to proofread your content before publishing. Typos reduce your credibility which is the opposite of what your want to do.
→ Spell check your article before publishing
Check the Page Loads Quickly
Slow loading pages will cause people to “bounce”, that is leave your site and maybe go to a competitors website. Google monitors for bounces and will likely reduce your ranking position. Google wants to show relevant pages so a visitor “bouncing” from your website is a sign your content wasn’t relevant for them.
→ Check you have a fast website (for WordPress users check this review of a Fast WordPress theme)
→ Check your hosting account to ensure the server can deliver web pages quickly
Analysis of Website Content: Check Your Website is Secured
If the URL of your website starts with https:// then it is secure (the s means secure). The browser will display a padlock next to the URL to show the page is encrypted.
Google prefers encrypted websites so make sure your hosting provider supports SSL (the technology used to secure websites) and you have configured your website correctly.
Customer support for your hosting provider can assist you with this setting if you are not sure how to do it.
→ Check your website uses SSL (ask Customer Support if you are unsure about this)
Check your Images for Size and SEO Issues
Ensure your images are not too large. Limit the width and height of your images, for instance most mobile phones can take photos that are 4000 pixels across or more! Images of that size can easily be megabytes of data.
If you want to use a large image using a graphic program to resize the image. This can also be done in WordPress from the Media Library. Click the image in the Media Library then click the “Edit Image” button. You will see a screen below and in the right hand sidebar you will see the “SCALE IMAGE” section below.
All images should have ALT tags. Google uses the alt tag text description to include the image in it’s index.
It’s easy to forget to add the alt text to images – I do this all the time. That’s why you want to have a quality check process so you can ensure you have added the alt text to all images within your article.
Add keywords to the image description (Alt tags). This helps your image to be shown for relevant image searches.
Images are compressed and less than 600KB in size – this affects the time it takes to load the page
For images use the following recommended formats:
Read more about image resizing and compression: Boost Your Site: Secrets to Faster Image Loading
Analysis of Website Content: Check your Page is Indexed by Google
Your page won’t appear in search queries if it hasn’t been indexed by Google.
You can easily check if your pages are indexed by going to google.com and typing your domain name prefixed with “site:”, for example, if your website domain is “mysite.com,” type “site:mysite.com.” Google will show all indexed pages for your website.
To submit your website to Google for indexing, use Google Search Console. Visit the website and follow the provided instructions.
Don’t forget to submit your website to Bing as well. You can find the link for website owners here: Bing Webmaster Tools. When you submit your site to Bing, your pages will also become visible in alternative search engines that use Bing indexes, such as DuckDuckGo.
If you want to learn more about verifying your content’s indexability on Google, check out this article: Use a No-Index Checker to Verify Your Pages Are Indexable.
Check you have Internal Links
This makes it easier for users to navigate your website. Users are more likely to explore your website and read additional content when you include internal links within your articles. This not only enhances user experience but also benefits your SEO, as users are less likely to quickly leave your site (which can negatively affect your ranking).
Learn more about the importance of web linking for SEO: What is Web Linking and Why it’s Important for Your Website.
Check you have External Links
Linking to other relevant websites helps readers, provides sources for statements you make, or links to images you show. Google takes external links into account when determining your ranking position.
It’s better to link to relevant text than use “click here”. This helps Google know what the link is about rather than a generic phrase like “click here” or “this link”.
Read more about anchor text (the text used when linking to another page): Unlock the Power of Anchor Text: A Guide to Boosting Your Website’s SEO.
Analysis of Website Content: Final Thoughts
Maximizing your website’s ranking position hinges on the quality of your content. Imagine pouring your heart and soul into an article, only to have it languish unseen due to easily fixable SEO issues. It’s like preparing for a marathon and then missing the start.
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