SEO Checklist for SMBs

SEO Checklist for SMBs

We understand it can be tough to run your business and keep up with your SEO at the same time. As a small business owner, you might be doing everything yourself. So when you look at all the SEO work that needs to be done, it can be difficult not to feel overwhelmed.

But don’t worry! We’ve made some suggested timelines and an SEO checklist so you can make sure you’re spending time in the right areas. Spilt your work into bite-sized pieces and then schedule some time each week to work on it. Remember, SEO is an ongoing process, so don’t worry if you can’t get to everything in the first couple of weeks.

Our handy list is below, but if you’d rather print it out, download a PDF here.

If you’re still feeling overwhelmed, check out our online marketing services or call us to learn more.

Got questions? Feel free to reach out in the comments below!

Suggested SEO Schedules

Two Hours Per Week

One Hour: Optimize One page

  • Title tag
  • Meta description
  • On page content

Thirty Minutes: Social Media

  • Create & schedule 3 posts across channels
  • Interact with your fans
  • Thirty Minutes: Reach Out
  • Interact with people in your industry
  • Check out sites you might want a link from

 

Five Hours Per Week

Two Hours: Optimize two pages

  • Title tag
  • Meta description
  • On page content

One Hour: Social Media

  • Create & schedule 5 posts across channels
  • Interact with your fans
  • Start conversations on different platforms
  • Follow people who follow your competitors

Thirty Minutes: Reach Out

  • Interact with people in your industry
  • Check out sites you might want a link from
  • Establish yourself as the expert

Thirty Minutes: Read Up

  • Keep up to date with SEO developments
  • Things are always changing

One Hour: Additional Content Creation

  • Blog posts
  • Videos
  • Pictures
  • Social media contests

 

SEO Checklist

Use this checklist to track completed items and find out what needs more attention.

On Page SEO

Analytical Tools

  • Sign up for & install Google Analytics
  • Sign up for & install Search Console
    • Check for page errors
    • Submit a sitemap
    • Check 404s
    • Set up 301 redirects where applicable
  • Sign up for & install Bing Webmaster Tools
    • Check for page errors
    • Submit a sitemap

 

Keyword Research

  • Check out competitor keywords
  • Plug your keyword ideas into Google
    • What results come up?
    • What can you learn from those results?
  • Use Google’s Keyword Planner for ideas

 

Meta tags

  • Title tags
    • Home page
    • Landing pages
    • All other pages
  • Meta Descriptions
    • Home page
    • Landing pages
    • All other pages
  • H1 tags
    • Home Page
    • Landing pages
    • All other pages
    • Ensure only one H1 tag on each page
  • On page Content
    • Home page
    • Landing pages
    • All other pages
    • Ensure content does not contain keyword stuffing
    • Ensure content is not duplicated from other websites or pages
  • URLs
    • Landing Pages
    • All other pages
  • Page load times
    • All pages load in less than 10 seconds
    • Images are compressed
    • Images are .jpeg, .gif or .png
    • Frequently check load times using Google’s PageSpeed Insights
  • Reviews
    • Enable reviews on your website
    • Develop an email campaign to solicit reviews from customers
  • Ensure site is mobile friendly

 

Off Page SEO

Social Media (cross out any that do not apply)

  • Facebook
    • Fill out bio section
    • Ensure there is a link back to your website
    • Upload profile photo (logo)
    • Upload cover photo
    • Fill out all bio sections using keywords
    • Check out competitors for post ideas
  • Twitter
    • Fill out bio section
    • Ensure there is a link back to your website
    • Upload profile photo (logo)
    • Upload cover photo
    • Follow influencers & potential customers
    • Make a list of popular hashtags that relate to your business
  • Pinterest
    • Fill out bio section
    • Ensure there is a link back to your website
    • Enable Pinterest Analytics
    • Upload profile photo (logo)
    • Create 5 boards
    • Start repining to your new boards
    • Add pins from your own website
  • Instagram
    • Fill out bio section
    • Ensure there is a link back to your website
    • Identify popular and relevant hashtags (3 to 5)
  • Linkedin
    • Fill out bio section
    • Upload profile photo (logo)
    • Ensure there is a link back to your website
    • Add your coworkers & employees
  • Google+
    • Fill out bio section
    • Upload profile photo (logo)
    • Upload cover photo
    • Ensure there is a link back to your website
    • Follow some G+ groups related to your business
    • Add influencers & potential customers to your circles
  • Enable social sharing buttons on website
  • Create a content calendar
  • Link to social profiles from your website

 

Local (for brick & mortars)

  • Set up local profiles
    • Google My Business
      • Upload profile photo
      • Upload photos of your business
    • Yelp
      • Upload profile photo
      • Upload photos of your business
    • Bing Places
      • Upload profile photo
      • Upload photos of your business
    • FourSquare
      • Upload profile photo
      • Upload photos of your business

 

Links & Link Building

  • Download backlinks from Search Console
  • Identify linking opportunities
    • Competitor research
    • Check for broken backlinks
    • Find sites related to your industry
    • Network with other sites
  • Identify possible spammy links
    • Reach out to webmasters of spam websites & ask them to remove the link
    • If no response, submit to disavow

 

Other

  • Site architechture
    • Do my top level categories make sense?
    • Can my site visitors get where they want to go in 3 or less clicks?
    • Are my pages organized and easily found?
  • Blog
    • Choose blogging platform (blogger, WordPress, etc)
    • Ensure blog is properly optimized
  • Content Calendar
    • Write down ideas for social media, blogging, creating videos, etc
    • Develop a plan for marketing this content
    • Write ideas in a calendar format

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