As a webmaster you know how important it is to keep your site healthy. There are many issues to worry about – broken links, missing images/titles/headings, unnecessary redirects, poorly structured URLs, server errors – just to name a few. These not only affect your overall user experience and conversion rates, but also your search engine rankings and hence the organic traffic volume you receive.
The perfect complement to your existing SEO plugin
There are many excellent SEO WordPress plugins out there already, you might be wondering how SiteCondor SEO fits into the picture. The most popular plugins help you from the “inside out”, meaning they help you optimize content as you create and manage it. We created the SiteCondor SEO WordPress plugin to help you from the “outside in.”
We do this by crawling your website from the outside, following a similar process to Google and Bing. Without looking at how the outside world views your website, you’re looking at an incomplete picture. While the other plugins can help you change metadata, adjust URLs, and improve content, SiteCondor can check on your overall site health, showing you what needs fixing and improvement so you can have the full cycle going.
It’s a little bit like having a cross of Webmaster Tools and Screaming Frog right in your admin panel.
Installation & Configuration
Installing the plugin is a snap. Once you’ve installed and activated the plugin like you would with any other WordPress plugin, all you have to do is pick an email and password for your free SiteCondor account, and hit Create Account – that’s it, you don’t need to configure anything else.
How it works
The SiteCondor SEO WordPress plugin delivers weekly crawl reports, showing you what your site looks like to search engines right within your WP admin dashboard. The reports highlight main issues to be fixed as well as optimization opportunities. As you fix errors, optimize, create, and manage content, the weekly results continue to come in and show you the main trends. This provides you with an ongoing system for keeping your site healthy. Here’s a screenshot of what that looks like:
The plugin creates a free SiteCondor WordPress account and will crawl up to 75 resources on a weekly basis. Paid versions will soon be available that can crawl more resources and include premium features. Deep crawl results are kept for up to two weeks, while summary results are available for the lifetime of your account.
Right from your Reports tab you have convenient access to each of the sections below.
This section lists every resource the crawler successfully downloaded from your site, including their URL, status code, content type, and size. In addition, it also highlights duplicate content.
The Pages screen gives you a quick summary of all successfully downloaded pages, and includes their URL, Title, Meta Description, H1 heading, and number of images found. Like with the Resources section above, it also spots duplicate pages.
This report shows your broken links. This includes internal links anywhere within your WordPress site and broken links pointing to other sites or domains. Fixing these should be a top priority!
Here you can find all your 301 and 302 redirects. Eliminating unnecessary 301 and 302 redirects will improve your user experience (pages linked to will load faster because of the eliminated HTTP request) and can also help improve search engine rankings.
This section serves as a catch-all to display any other server-side errors. Examples of this are: internal server errors (500), forbidden resources (403), timeouts, and more. You will want to fix most of these errors, however some of them may be normal (e.g.: if a section of your site is password protected through HTTP basic authentication).
This section will report every page with a missing title. You should fix any missing titles as they are a key on-page SEO factor and typically used in the SERPs.
Similar to Missing Titles, this reports any pages with missing H1 headings. Again, these are a key on-page SEO factor you should always make certain to include (and, if possible, throw in some keywords there too).
Missing Meta Description
Another key SEO on-page factor and usually a key component in the SERPs.
Missing Image Alternate Text
Albeit this may not be a key on-page SEO factor, it is still rather important. It helps with accessibility for users that may not be able to see images, and also helps you rank for image searches. Try always including an image alternate text that briefly describes the image.
Explore & Visualize
While the sections above highlight the key aspects you want to keep an eye on, your included free SiteCondor account is packed with many other powerful features that can help you further improve your site, including:
- Interactive Visualizations: Site Map, URL Structure, Link Matrix, and Site Graph
- Structured Data: Schema.org Microdata, Authorship and Publisher, Twitter Cards, and Open Graph
- XML Sitemap generation
- And lots more: Canonicals, Meta Robots, URLs, Follow/NoFollow, etc.
The SiteCondor SEO WordPress plugin can truly help you improve your user experience, on-page SEO, and organic traffic. Try it out today!
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