Technical SEO is an aspect of on-page SEO and refers to the process of optimising the technical side of a website to enhance crawlability, indexing and ranking in SERPs.
There are a range of different aspects to bear in mind when you are seeking to optimise your technical SEO. Some of these include:
Optimised technical SEO is important because it has a huge impact on your website’s performance.
Optimising a website’s technical SEO will enable the Google Crawlers to navigate the site more easily, which increases crawl budget, helping the bots to find and index new content more quickly. This means more traffic and higher ranking in SERPs.
Technical SEO like meta descriptions and meta titles hugely influence whether or not a searcher will click on a web page. They also impact how Google perceives a website’s level of relevancy and authority.
There are a range of ways that websites can optimise their technical SEO.
Google is aware that slow page speed is not conducive to a good UX, because users will spend less time on a page if it takes forever to load. Therefore the faster your page speed, the higher your website ranks in SERPs.
This is important, because Google Crawlers can get lost on a website if there are broken internal links or orphan pages. Ensure you have an XML sitemap and direct the bots to the right places with robot.txt and canonical tags.
Include breadcrumbs to show page hierarchy, and aid end users with navigation.
This has become increasingly important in recent years. Websites will lose traffic and rank lower in SERPs without it. So, for mobile usage, compress images, use AMP, and enlarge font for better UX. Here, website’s should use viewport tags.
This is key. Title tags should be tailored to each different web page and 55 characters long. Meta descriptions should be interesting, insightful and around 150-165 characters long. Both should include target keywords.
Images should be optimised with alt text and include target and long-tail keywords.
There are tools on the web, both free and paid for that will help you improve and optimise your technical SEO. Below are some of the best:
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