Top 17 On-Page SEO Checklist You Can’t Ignore in 2019

In this blog post, “Top 17 On-Page SEO checklist” I am going to share 17 SEO checklist that will help improve the ranking for a specific webpage targeting a specific keyword. but, before we go any further. I want to make sure you have read through the previous blog post “Google SEO Ranking Factors 2018“.

Let’s get started…

On-page SEO is an essential SERPs ranking factor. I think it’s the most vital communication medium between Google bot and your website.

With On-page SEO, webmasters can tell Google bot what the website page is about. whether, it’s a blog page, white paper, or a checklist, etc.

On-page SEO requires a good understanding of Google’s guidelines for effective SEO and optimize content around the requirements.

Checklists for an effective On-page SEO:

  • Include your target keyword at the beginning of your title tag.
  • Use short URL and include the target keyword/focus keyword.
  • Include at least 1 multimedia (Image, video, infographic, or audio) in each blog post or pages.
  • Include at least 2 outbound links to related authority sites (popular blogs, news sites, and .edu and .gov resources) in every piece of content that you publish. Source Backlinko
  • Include the blog/page focus keyword in the first 100 words. Yoast SEO recommends adding in the starting sentence of the first paragraph.
  • Make sure the focus keyword/target keyword is highlighted with H1 tag.
  • Use the Google PageSpeed Insights tool to figure out your site’s loading speed. WordPress plugins WP Rocket and WP Smush It can help speed things up.
  • Add modifiers like “2019″, “best”, “guide”, and “review” to help you rank for long tail versions of your target keyword.
  • Make sure your social sharing buttons are front and center on blog posts and articles.
  • Write at least 1500 words for content that you’re trying to rank for competitive keywords.
  • Include internal links at the top of your article.
  • Include 1-2 LSI keywords in every article.
  • Write long, engaging content that keeps people reading. Put a lot of effort into making your first paragraph interesting and compelling.
  • Add 2-3 internal links to older articles when you publish a new one.
  • Include your keyword once in an H2 or H3 subheading in the middle or towards the end of the page.
  • Tag your images with keyword-rich alt text. Do not forget the description and Alt text.
  • Make sure high-priority pages are no more than 3 clicks away from your homepage.
  •  Create an XML SiteMap that tells search engines where to find important content on your website 
  • Understanding Google Search Console Errors & Meanings

Here is a cool infographic from Backlinko

Image Credit: Backlinko

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