Doing a technical SEO analysis of a small website with several subpages doesn’t require too much science. With our tool, you can handle it in 30 minutes. I’ll show you how.
I have done an analysis of our test site http://temp.spotibo.com/ so that you can see a clear preview of how you can do the SEO analysis yourself.
In our case study, I analyzed these 11 parameters:
- Website URL
- Meta description
- All headings
- Anchor text
- Index / Noindex
- Crawl permission
- File size of images
- ALT tag of images
- Redirects (30x, 40x, 50x)
- Status code
- In the left sidebar, I chose the type of pages I wanted to analyze.
- In the Change Columns section, I chose the necessary elements according to the checklist.
- Clicking Apply shows the results I’ve analyzed in detail.
What form of URL do the individual pages of Spotibo have?
Forms are readable, short and easy to remember.
Are the titles relevant and eye-catching? Their content greatly influences the rate of clicks.
Titles include the name of the website/brand and also any relevant headings.
Are the titles correctly formatted?
Not all letters are capitalized, which is not a big problem.
Is the title length okay?
Yes, length is just fine.
Is there a suitable description for each subpage that describes the main idea? This content greatly influences the rate of clicks.
The meta description that appears to visitors in search engines is missing. If this description isn’t set up and relevant, the search engine chooses it randomly from the content, which doesn’t make it as attractive to the visitor.
Is the description length okay?
There are no meta description set.
How are headings structured?
The headings on our site are not properly structured. We need to make them fit. Limit h1 and add more h3 or higher.
If there are two or more headings h1 on the site, the search engine robot may start thinking that the content under the first and second h1 heading is different and not related. In terms of browsing, accessibility and usability, the best solution is to use a single headline in the content.
This article, which you read, has a clear and comprehensible structure:
How to do an SEO analysis of a small website
ALT tag of images
Redirects (30x, 40x, 50x)
Is the anchor text in the on-page links leading from our other subpages correctly written?
On-page links contain text relevant to the title and content of the subpages.
If we want to focus on the concept of “SEO tool”, we can use this keyword on the home page by rewriting the ALT text “Spotibo logo” with another “SEO tool Spotibo logo” keyword.
Has the search engine enabled site indexing? Do search engines know about us?
In our case, indexing is disabled on all pages, so none of them will be displayed among the search results. We have this targeting disabled because we only work with a trial version of a site, so we don
t want to index the search engines.
So, if we have this ban on the real version of the site, it would not be right. Indexing must be enabled, and in the column Index, the "Index" label should be displayed.
Does robot.txt allow crawling on our sites? Can our website be regularly visited and updated by search engines?
Robot.txt does not prohibit crawling.
Do images have an optimal size? Large images cause slower page loading.
Our images are optimally low in size.
Does ALT describe what is shown in the image? Are images displayed on important keywords in search engines?
Not all of our subpages have relevant ALT labels. Many images have the ALT tag “screen” or “(empty)”, so it’s not clear what’s in the pictures. In our case, for example, the ALT tag should be changed to “duplicate titles” or “analysis of duplicate titles” in the “screen” image to express its content. In search engines, the image will then be indexed under this appropriate keyword.
In the case of our programmer Slavo, who has an “(empty)” tag in his photo, the search engine won`t get to know who is in the photo and what his name is.
Are links to pages correctly redirected?
Our site is correctly redirected to the subpage About, but it shows the final Status Code 404. The visitor then, after opening the About page, finds a missing URL . In our specific case, I found that the URL is incorrect and we have to change it from http://temp.spotibo.com/about to http://temp.spotibo.com/about-us.
However, one error page is negligible in terms of crawl budget. Our site is still small, and we will not go over the budget.
For a better understanding, read how crawl budget works and how it can affect search and SEO.
Together with 30x, it is advisable to check 40x and 50x. In case of finding an error, proceed likewise.
Which error status codes (404 or 500) are on our site?
I’ve discovered an external 404 code error, which is very important from the point of view of both the user and the salesperson.
This non-existent page should actually be a registration questionnaire for new users. We have a typo in the URL, and that’s a huge problem, because a potential bug will be displayed to the potential tester, so he won’t have an opportunity to try it. The visitor may leave angry, and we will loose his business due to an unnecessary mistake.
So, I simply analyzed 11 basic principles that can affect the on-page technical SEO of a smaller site. Try to look at them, too, and get rid of technical problems on your website.