When you are launching a fantastic new website you, like any website owner, wants the best for that website. You want it to gain traction quickly, build your brand, and most importantly grow your business. However, the reality is that without basic SEO you are going to struggle.
Today, I want to introduce you to my SEO Checklist for New Websites. It's a free downloadable guide to ensuring that with a little work you can ensure your website gains the traction you want and pushes your business forward.
This guide is about guiding you through the basics of what I believe every new website should have in place before launch. Some of the tasks may be hard or monotonous in nature, but by working hard today you can reap the rewards later in the growth of your business.
What is in the SEO Checklist?
Born of a want to keep sharing best practices, the SEO Checklist is the basic process I go through with each and every website I see through to launch. This SEO Checklist is for anyone launching a new website, it covers an array of topics including:
- Website Structure (code and site hierarchy)
- How and When to use Keywords
- URL structure
- Microformats and Social Meta Tags
- Image Optimisation
- Making Your Website Awesome
- Post-Launch Tasks and Checks
- A great list of tools each website should use
It may not sound much but it covers over 50 tasks, many of them a "rinse and repeat" across each page on your site.
This list in parts is "must-have" basics, such as implementing great title tags and meta descriptions. However, most of the tasks will provide incremental help toy our rankings, if you are missing one or two tasks then its usually not that much of an issue and won't generally stop you from ranking well. If you can complete the list AWESOME! if not, do what you can, every task will help.