E-commerce SEO Audit Analysis explained (Part 1: Accessibility)
by Jason / Posted
Welcome to the first part of our “E-commerce SEO (Site Engine Optimisation) Audit Analysis explained”.
Here we will be explaining how we analyse your eCommerce website, what search engines look for and provide you with you a small insight into the expert techniques we use to get your website ranked highly in Google and other major search engines.
When starting an SEO project with a client we firstly carry out an in depth audit analysis of their site. The audit is broken down into five key areas:
- On-Page Ranking Factors
- Off-Page Ranking Factors
- Competitive Analysis
Today’s post will be focusing on “Accessibility”, why it’s important and how it’s used to increase traffic to your site.
If search engines and users can’t access your site, it might as well not exist. With that in mind, we ensure your site’s pages are accessible to search engines.
Things we look at for optimizing accessibility are;
The robots.txt file is used to restrict search engine crawlers from accessing sections of your website. Although the file is very useful, it’s also an easy way to inadvertently block crawlers. Learn more about robots.txt file here.
Robots Meta Tags
The robots meta tag is used to tell search engine crawlers if they are allowed to index a specific page and follow its links. When analysing your site’s accessibility, you want to identify pages that are inadvertently blocking crawlers.
HTTP Status Codes
Search engines and users are unable to access your site’s content if you have URLs that return errors (i.e., 4xx and 5xx HTTP status codes). During your site crawl, you should identify and fix any URLs that return errors (this also includes soft 404 errors). If a broken URL’s corresponding page is no longer available on your site, redirect the URL to a relevant replacement.
Your site’s XML Sitemap provides a roadmap for search engine crawlers to ensure they can easily find all of your site’s pages.
Your site architecture defines the overall structure of your website, including its vertical depth (how many levels it has) as well as its horizontal breadth at each level.
We will be posting a new area every week so check back with us next Wednesday for the next post or check the links at the end of the blogs to read the rest of the related blogs.