The Best SEO Checklist for 2024

Emily Weiss Learn

The Best SEO Checklist for 2024

Your website is basically nothing without search engine optimization (SEO). You can build a beautiful website with incredible graphics and epic video content and yet it would never get seen without SEO. But. . . where do you start? 

When it comes to an SEO checklist, we’ve broken down the process into five categories to help you successfully approach your SEO strategy. 

1. The Basics

  • Get set up on all the platforms: Google Analytics, Google Search Console (GSC), Bing Webmaster tools, etc.  And yes, people do still use Bing.
    • Some of these platforms will also have some additional actions after you get set up, so don’t forget to check those out!
  • If you have a WordPress website, install an SEO plugin (if you don’t already have one, we recommend Yoast).
  • Generate and submit a sitemap to GSC & Bing Webmaster.
  • Create a Robots.txt file so Google knows which pages to crawl.
  • And don’t forget to check that your website is indexed.
    • If it’s not indexed, not only will Google not be able to crawl it, but your intended audience won’t see your website. 

2. Keyword Research 

  • Determine your competitors.
  • Analyze keyword gaps as well as ranking page intent.
  • Find your main “money” keywords, longtail variations and question keywords.
  • Create a keyword map to help prioritize the search volume and keyword difficulty.

We suggest using the following keyword tools: AHREFS, Semrush, and Google Ads Keyword Planner.  

3. Technical SEO 

  • Run a site crawl and fix any issues, such as broken links, broken images, orphaned pages and so on.
  • Verify that your website is secure and begins with HTTPS.
  • Utilize an SEO-friendly URL structure by using keywords and not making them too long.  
  • Ensure your website is built to not only support desktop devices, but is mobile-friendly as well.
  • Check PageSpeed Insights to make sure your site’s page loading speed isn’t too slow – the slower it takes for a page to load, the more likely your website visitors will bounce.  
  • Check for duplicate versions of your website.
  • Review canonical tags so Google chooses the correct URL when comparing duplicates.
  • You can also consider adding structured data to help search engines determine what your site is about. 

4. On-Page SEO 

  • Run a content audit to determine ways for an effective content structure (utilizing topic clusters), assist pages with light content and optimize for keywords.
  • Optimize images by improving image alt tags (or alt text) with keywords.
  • Fix title tags and meta descriptions that are duplicated, missing, too short or too long.
  • Also fix pages that have multiple H1s.
  • Keep an eye out for keyword cannibalization – this way each page has a designated main keyword and multiple pages aren’t fighting for the same topic.
  • Update content that may be outdated.
  • Also consider improving your content for readability

5. Off-Page SEO 

  • Review your competitors’ link profile and conduct a link intersect analysis to find ways to improve your site’s backlinks.
  • Don’t forget to target your competitors’ broken backlinks too!
  • Implement the Skyscraper technique for ways to improve your content and boost your backlinks.
  • Review site pages and blog posts for unlinked mentions to turn into links.
  • Ensure you’re working with your social media managers and PPC team to leverage your digital PR.
  • Create your Google My Business profile

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