The Complete SEO Checklist For 2018

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…

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:

The Complete SEO Checklist For 2018
The Complete SEO Checklist For 2018

It’s also helped me rank for SUPER competitive keywords, like “on page SEO”.

On page SEO

And “keyword research”:

Keyword research

That said…

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.

Google Search Console

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.

Bing Webmaster Tools

3. Setup Google Analytics

Google Analytics is the BEST way to see how people find (and use) your site.

Google Analytics

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.

Google Analytics connected with Google Search Console

Here’s a resource that will walk you through the steps.

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.

Yoast SEO WordPress plugin

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.

Type a keyword into Google

But don’t press enter…or the “Google Search” button. Instead, check out the keywords that Google shows you:

Google search suggested keywords

(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.

Keyword Tool

2. Find Solid Keywords In The Google Keyword Planner

The Google Keyword Planner is Google’s official keyword research tool.

Google Keyword Planner

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.

Here’s a guide on using The Google Keyword Planner for SEO.

3. Tap Into Online Communities

Reddit, Quora, forums and other online communities are excellent places to find keywords.

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