Why technical SEO audit is important
A technical audit of a website is fundamental to organic search visibility. It’s done to make sure that web developers didn’t throw any barriers to search engines that prevent them from successfully crawling the website content. If those barriers exist, your rewards for content development efforts will be heavily reduced. SEO audits are typically done first in the SEO process because it could take some time until the shortcomings are resolved and barriers removed.
Don’t be afraid of technical audits
The word technical in the audit is misleading. Website audits have become in many cases a method for SEO consultants to squeeze money out of ‘non-technical’ clients. In fact, many modern content management systems (CMS) have a lot of SEO friendly features out of the box, and it’s unlikely that your website is so broken that search engines cannot access it. That’s why we generally conduct a lean SEO audit to ensure there are no barriers and then swiftly move to the implementation work (i.e. content optimisation, content development & link building).
Stay away of agencies that insist on extensive technical audits without checking if it’s required. Here are some typical situations when the technical SEO audit is definitely recommended:
- very large website with more than 0.5m pages
- proprietary CMS
- visible indexation issues – typically can be discovered after 5 min check
Technical SEO audits in 2020
Technical SEO audit process
We recommend a hybrid approach to the SEO audit and we use a selection of tools and conduct manual checks. Two essential tools include Google Search Console and a website crawler (e.g. ahrefs, screamingfrog).