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Easy Guide to Website Audits (2024)

What’s in this article?

First we talk about what a website audit is and why

Than we look at the key components of a website audit

Next we go through the actual audit process

Then we wrap it up with next steps.

A Comprehensive Guide to Website Audits

When we pick up a new website or customer, this is the kind of website audit we would perform to see how the website is currently looking and what needs to be done to get it up to scratch.

So what is a website audit, anyway? It is a basically a thorough examination of your site’s performance, identifying its strengths and weaknesses in structure, user experience, navigation, content, imagery, conversion rate and social media integration.

This guide will walk you through the process of conducting a comprehensive website audit. Let’s go!

Why Conduct a Website Audit?

Before we start let’s discuss why you would want to conduct a website audit.

A website audit is more than just a routine check-up.

It’s an opportunity to enhance your site’s SEO, improve user experience, and increase conversion rates.

Identifying and fixing issues can ensure your website aligns with your business goals and the latest digital marketing best practices.

Ok, cool.

What are the key components of a website audit?

SEO AuditStart by assessing how search engine-friendly your website is. This involves checking technical SEO elements like site speed, mobile responsiveness, and URL structure. Tools like Google Search Console can be invaluable in this process. Remember, SEO is not static, so regular updates are essential.
Content ReviewAnalyse the quality and relevance of your website’s content. Are your blog posts and service pages providing value to your audience? Use tools like Yoast SEO to gauge how well your content aligns with SEO best practices.
User Experience (UX) EvaluationYour website’s design and navigability play a crucial role in retaining visitors. Ensure your site is easy to navigate, with a responsive design that works across various devices.
Performance AnalysisSite speed is a critical factor in user experience and SEO. Utilize tools like GTMetrix or Google’s PageSpeed Insights to evaluate and improve your site’s loading times.
Social Media IntegrationAssess how well your website integrates with your social media presence. Ensure that social media links are current and that content is easily shareable across platforms.
Conversion Rate Optimization (CRO)Examine your website’s conversion paths. Are your calls-to-action effective? Is the checkout process seamless? Tools like HubSpot‘s Website Grader can provide insights into how well your site converts visitors into leads or customers.
Competitive AnalysisUnderstand where you stand in relation to your competitors. Tools like SEMRush can help you compare your site’s performance and uncover strategies to stay ahead.

Conducting the Audit: A Step-by-Step Approach

  1. Start with an SEO Overview:
    • Use Google Search Console to check
      • indexation
      • mobile usability
      • security issues
    • Ensure your sitemap is submitted and up-to-date
  2. Dive into On-Page and Off-Page SEO:
    • Evaluate titles
    • Evaluate descriptions
    • Look at what internal linking there is
    • Do image optimisation (e.g. make them smaller or use nextgen files like .webp)
    • Don’t forget to assess your backlink profile and domain authority
  3. Focus on Content Quality:
    • Check for
      • uniqueness
      • relevance
      • freshness
    • Update outdated content
    • Ensure content aligns with your target audience’s interests
  4. Evaluate User Experience:
    • Use heatmaps (e.g. Hotjar.com)
    • Review user feedback to understand how visitors interact with your site on tools like Google Analytics.
    • Make necessary adjustments to improve navigation and engagement.
  5. Analyse Performance Metrics:
    • Review page load times
    • Review mobile responsiveness
    • Check Core Web Vitals
    • Implement technical fixes to enhance site speed and performance
  6. Review Social Media Integration:
    • Ensure consistency in branding and messaging across all platforms.
    • Leverage social media insights to drive traffic to your website.
  7. Optimize for Conversions:
    • Analyse the effectiveness of CTAs
    • Review landing pages
    • Review the overall conversion funnel
    • Make data-driven decisions to improve conversion rates with tools like Google Analytics

Wrapping Up Your Website Audit

Conducting a comprehensive website audit might seem daunting, but it’s a critical step in refining your digital marketing strategy.

By systematically evaluating each aspect of your site, you can make informed decisions that drive growth and improve user experience.

Remember, a well-audited website is the cornerstone of a successful digital marketing campaign.

If this all seems a bit over your head, please reach out to us and we can get a website audit performed on your website.

Matt McAuliffe

Matt McAuliffe

Co-Founder of Hyper Digital

As the co-founder of Hyper Digital, a leading digital marketing agency in New Zealand, Matt McAuliffe has established himself as a prominent digital marketing analyst and consultant. With years experience and thorough knowledge of the digital marketing industry, Matt is the driving force behind Hyper Digital’s ongoing success. Matt’s innovative marketing tactics and creative concepts is the reason why so many businesses across New Zealand have achieve success in the online space.


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