The Complete SEO Checklist For 2018
This is the most complete SEO checklist on the internet.
The best part?
Everything on this list is working GREAT right now.
So if you want higher Google rankings in 2018, you’ll love today’s checklist.
Let’s dive right in…
- SEO Basics Checklist
- Keyword Research Checklist
- On-Page SEO Checklist
- Technical SEO Checklist
- Content Checklist
- Link Building Checklist
- Bonus #1: Advanced SEO Tips and Tactics
- Bonus #2: Case Studies and Examples
How To Use This SEO Checklist
Hey, I’m Brian Dean.
I’ve used this exact checklist to grow my organic traffic by 161.96% in 30 days:
It’s also helped me rank for SUPER competitive keywords, like “on page SEO”.
And “keyword research”:
You don’t need to implement everything on this checklist.
Just do the best you can.
The more tips you put into practice, the more traffic you’ll get.
SEO Basics Checklist
First, let’s tackle the SEO fundamentals. Here’s where you’ll learn about the tools and plugins you’ll need to rank in search engines.
1. Setup The Google Search Console
The Google Search Console is a VERY powerful free SEO tool.
This tool is designed to help you track your site’s performance in Google search.
That’s why the Google Search Console is packed with useful features, like:
- See which keywords bring you the most traffic
- Submit a sitemap
- Fix website errors
- Receive messages from the Google search team
- Lots more
In short: if you’re serious about SEO, setting up the Google Search Console is a key first step.
2. Install Bing Webmaster Tools
Next, setup Bing Webmaster Tools.
Although not as popular as Google, up to a third of all searches are done on Bing.
Plus, Bing Webmaster Tools has some nifty features, like it’s built-in keyword research tool.
3. Setup Google Analytics
Google Analytics is the BEST way to see how people find (and use) your site.
Its many awesome features include:
- See how much traffic you get from Google
- Find the pages on your site that bring you the most traffic
- See if your traffic is increasing (and by how much)
- Identify other sites and search engines that send you traffic
- Your average bounce rate, page views, and time on site
Pro Tip: Connect Google Analytics with the Google Search Console. When you do, you’ll see helpful SEO information inside of your Google Analytics account.
4. Install Yoast SEO (WordPress Users Only)
Yoast is the most popular SEO plugin plugin on the planet.
And for good reason.
Yoast makes it super easy to optimize your WordPress site for search engines.
It also helps you with technical SEO stuff, like robots.txt and sitemaps. Recommended.
Keyword Research Checklist
Keyword Research is the foundation of SEO. So it’s important to do keyword research the right way. And in this checklist I’ll show you how to quickly find keywords that your customers search for.
1. Discover Long Tail Keywords With “Google Suggest”
This is one of the best ways to uncover long tail keywords.
Here’s how it works:
First, type a keyword into Google.
But don’t press enter…or the “Google Search” button. Instead, check out the keywords that Google shows you:
(These are known as “Google Suggest” keywords)
Because these keywords come straight from Google, you KNOW that people are searching for them.
Which means that they’re great keywords to optimize your site around.
Pro Tip: Check out Keywordtool.io. This tool scrapes Google Suggest keywords, which makes this process much easier to scale.
2. Find Solid Keywords In The Google Keyword Planner
The Google Keyword Planner is Google’s official keyword research tool.
It’s technically designed for Google Adwords. That said, it’s still VERY useful for SEO keyword research.
After all, the data comes straight from Google. So you know that it’s super accurate.
3. Tap Into Online Communities
Reddit, Quora, forums and other online communities are excellent places to find keywords.