SEO Audits Explained – What is an SEO Audit?

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Many SEO experts can neglect the initial foundation and planning phase of a client’s SEO strategy and performance thereof. This is why it is essential to conduct a full and extensive SEO and website audit on the website PRIOR to any work being done.

In this series you will benefit from the below points:

  • Understanding what an SEO audit is at its core
  • What not to do in an audit
  • The fault being free & automated SEO audits
  • A list of great tools to use for the audit process
  • What aspects to cover in a full SEO audit
  • A free SEO audit template with actionable points
  • How to be the best

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What is an SEO audit?

An SEO audit is an in-depth analysis and study of a website’s inner workings, structure and overall ability to achieve its objectives.

I always break it down into these two easy points to remember:

  1. Understand that a human being will convert on your website (achieve the desired goal)
  2. But, Google has to be able to effectively show your website to humans in order for them to convert.

Make sense?

Google has to be able to access, crawl and show your websites to your audience in order for your audience to engage your website. For this process to happen, there are many tick boxes which need to be checked from a search engine perspective.


Technical VS Creative

When I mention creative, I am not speaking about the ability to design or implement layouts etc. I am referring to the ability to engage the user in a creative manner which is out the box and appealing.

The technical side refers to all of the signals (tick boxes) which Google will look at when analysing your website.

The creative side comes in when you implement types of content in the form of content, page title tags and descriptions, image selection, the flow of the pages, internal linking as well as the overall hierarchy of your website. There are many other points which fall into the creative silo which we will get to in the series.

Let’s run through some great tools to get the job done well.

These days, there are a million tools our there for anything you could possibly need to get done in the digital world. One thing I will say upfront is that any ‘quick fix’ tools or tools which promise some form of instant results in any area of SEO are generally bad and do not offer any value.

You get what you pay for with SEO tools and quick fixes never work. There are many great tools which are free to use and offer great value. Below is a short list of some audit tools to use and ones which are popular when conducting an SEO audit on a website.

The Best SEO Audit Tools

The Three Main Elements of an SEO Audit

Many companies work differently, and the reality is that some do take advantage of the fact that there are some tools which offer automated auditing and produce pretty looking results and reports.

However, it is not possible that this type of automated site audit can be comprehensive enough for the modern-day SEO audit. There needs to be a human element which is backed up by experience, knowledge, SEO insight as well as an overall passion for the work.

Generally speaking, an SEO audit will cover the following three core pillars in the SEO world which are then divided and broken down into multiple tasks and to do lists within each pillar.

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These are:

Technical SEO


Website accessibility, search engine compliance, website speed and Googel best practice.a

On page SEO


What users see as in content, title tags, description tags, website URLs, headings, dupliate content and more.

Off page SEO


External linking, brand mentiones and backlinks from third party websites which point back to your site. Backlinks sit within the top 3 ranking factors.

Whats Next

In our series on SEO audits we are going to cover, in detail, the above three essential pillars in the SEO audit process. This will help you understand each element and then how they all work together to make for a great SEO audit.

Post that, we will wrap everything up into how an audit project should be wrapped up in terms of documentation of the findings, next steps and various action plans.

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