* If your website has not been addressed in a couple of years, then these are the website owner and not the designer or agency. This is different if you are paying monthly fee.
Visit this link and paste your website address into the white bar. If you see lots of “F” scores and the site score is under 80 then your web designer deserves a call. There is no reason for a low score here. Reasons for the laziness: Images have not been optimized, outdated plugins have been used, poor hosting, bad code, no caching, and too many iframes.
Is your web designer living in the early 2000’s? Open your website up in the browser of your choice and look for the option to “View Source”. In Firefox on a Mac to option is under Tools > Web Developer > View Source. Once you have your website’s code in front of you, do a search for
If you see the majority of your site’s code is this:
Your website is using outdated coding styles. Now, if your site has a small amount of tables, this is not a bad thing. Many sites uses tables to organize certain areas of the site but not the WHOLE site.
This is very simple. Open your browser and in Google search type before your domain name “Site:”. To search this site I would type => site:mycompleteweb.net. Look at the number of pages that come up. Do you see all of your pages or is it missing entirely?
Flash is bad. Google doesn’t like Flash. Apple hates flash. By having flash elements on your site you will lose ranking in search and leave out a large portion of your audience. Follow this link to test if your website has Flash elements.
Adding an XML sitemap to your website is an important step that many web designers will overlook. Google and other search engine use your sitemap to help them better understand your website’s structure. Not having a sitemap can hurt your website’s SEO and ultimately lower your traffic. You built your site for the reason of people visiting it right? To check if your site has an XML Sitemap follow this link and enter your website.
Follow this link to check if your website has code errors. Make sure to email the result to your web designer to let him or her know the job is not done yet.
Your website’s meta title is on of the most important parts of your website. It is the first thing to tell search engines what your site is. The title is set in the code of the site but most commonly shows up in the “Tab” or the very top of your web browser.
Does your title describe your website? If your title says “Home”, does that describe your website? If you are a restaurant called “Charlies”, how is Google supposed to know you a Restaurant at first? The Proper title would be “Charlies – The Best of Dining in Boston’s South End”. If you title says “Home” it is time to call your web designer because the job is not done.
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