You may have the most alluring and well-developed WordPress website, but if you don’t have proper SEO in place, then it will all be for nothing. With our comprehensive SEO checklist, you will not have to go anywhere else to learn about SEO. Follow each step carefully and you’ll have a fully search engine optimized website ready in a jiffy.
Manage 301 Redirects
Mange your 301 redirection with the help of user redirection plugin.
Enable Site to be crawled
Turn on the site visibility under the Settings>Reading, If you haven’t done it already.
Use H1 Tag
Ensure that you have only one H1 tag on each of your pages.
Use H2 Tag
Also, make sure you have the H2 tag only, within the content for headers.
Add alt to image
Don’t forget to tag alt tangs on your website images. You may also use search friendly images for plug in.
Test XML Sitemap
Check if the Yoast’s WordPress SEO plug in built sitemap is working or else install Google XML Sitemap Plugin.
Next it’s important to have the robot test file in place and ensure it is optimized.
Reduce the size of the images on your website using WPSmash.it plugin
www or non www
Redirect the www and non www and vice versa. Use either but stick no more.
Signup for webmaster tools
If you found any issues with the website so far, sign up for Google’s webmaster tool and fix those issues, ensure that you have submitted both the “www” as well as the “non www” versions.
Ensure that links in breadcumbed are working.
Limit Meta title (V.V.Imp)
Another thing to ensure is that the Meta title remains only 55 characters long, including the spaces. WordPress SEO has this feature inbuilt for you.
Use LSI Keywords
LSI keywords are very important for SEO. Make sure you include enough in your content .Find LSI using Google Keyword planner, UberSuggest.org or Google search (hint: look for keywords at the bottom of the page after completing the search query).
Check Duplicate Content
It is important that all your content is original and that you have no duplicate content on your website. Use CopyScape.
Interlinking is also a significant aspect of SEO. So make sure you have contextual links within your website.
Link to external link
It is also important to have external links to other resourceful websites, within your content like we have done on this page.
Again, it is utmost important that you optimized your website using GTmetrix for HTML and pingdom for WordPress, as it will help you save some valuable time to clear errors.
Improve page loading speed
Improve your page loading speed with the help of Google’s page speed insight.
Ensure that your website is responsive and mobile ready by running Google’s mobile friendly test.
Use schema creator
Smoothly add structure data to the content with the help of the Schema creator plugin
Create short URL
Opt for a shorter URL for the page e.g. www.sitename.com/killer-wordpress-checklist/
Submit for local listing
If your website is about a local business, make sure you submit to Google business.
Don’t forget to add & review Google analytics.
Check on page content
Check all the aspects related to on page SEO before going live. A must read on-page SEO guide by brain dean from blackinko.com
Make sure you proofread the entire website to check for spelling and grammar errors before going live.
It is advisable to use CDN networks like maxcdn to ensure better sped and usability
Exclude IP from analytics
Exclude home and office IP address in Google analytics. More information on excluding internal traffic can be on Google analytics help section.
Add social sharing icons
Don’t forget to include social media icons on all pages of the wordpress website. You may use add this share this or share bar plugin.