If your website isn’t performing as well as you’d like, it may be time to do a website audit. You can pay someone a lot of money to do it for you, but, armed with the right information, you can also do it yourself. To do this, you’re essentially looking for elements that are working, elements that are not working, or elements that need to be updated.
Every few years the internet changes in a big way. How we do things today is totally different to how we did things just ten years ago. What’s in today will not necessarily be in tomorrow. Therefore, it’s important to keep your website up to date with the modern technology available to you for your industry and niche.
Questions to Ask When Performing Your Website Audit:
How’s Your Branding? – This speaks to your use of color, typography, visuals, and even favicons. Is your “about us page” updated, and is it telling the story clearly of who you are and what you can do for them? Have you included testimonials, success stories, and more to keep your visitor interested?
How’s Your Design? – The look and feel of your website has a lot to do with the layout. This includes whether content is organized well, the white space you have on your website, and your calls to action. Do those elements stand out enough? Do you have too much old-school design on your website? How can you modernize it?
Is Your Coding on Point? – Do you have an updated sitemap file? Are you still using frames and old-school coding that doesn’t work today? Are your URLs indicative of what’s on each page? Are you using headers and sub-headers properly?
Is It Usable? – Are you following best practices when it comes to layout? If you’re not sure, you can read Google’s advice to webmasters as well as the W3C consortium to see what they recommend. Right now the menu should go at the top, with certain things expected in the footer and sidebars. Your website should be as modern in functionality as it is in design.
Do You Have Holes in Your Content? – If you have any old content that is not quality-focused, engaging, and relevant, you will want to work on updating it. Then focus on continuing to be consistent with adding fresh content.
Are Your Keywords Focused? – In the old days you might have put a lot of keywords on a page to attract your audience. Today, keywords are important but they need to be used in titles, headers, and sub-headers. They should only be used sparingly in the content, which should be written first for your audience. Be sure that when you do use keywords, you’re using the right ones for your audience.
What Can You Do to Improve On-Page SEO? – This is all about how your page titles are written. They should represent exactly what’s in the content that you present. Clickbait is not appreciated, even though often even mainstream press uses that trick to get you to click. Focus instead on the URLs for each page, and meta descriptions (which are still very important), as well as meta titles.
Are You Using Social Media Right? – Ensure that it’s easy for your audience to share your content socially. Connect your website to Google and YouTube, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Twitter, and others, depending on what your audience likes to use. Also ensure that you’re engaging with your audience on social media, too. Any good website audit will include an audit of social media engagement.
Is Your Site Mobile? – Today there is no excuse for not having a mobile site. Your main website should really be mobile first, and then it will also work on regular browsers. This will require you to have a clean design, which is great for everyone.
What’s Out of Date? – If there is anything on your site that is out of date or no longer necessary, get rid of it. This includes things such as keyword-stuffed articles, duplicate content, spun content, a ton of ads, paid links, and anything else that is not current.
By going through this list, you can do a website audit yourself. This will help you keep your site modern, usable and working at its best for your business.