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🏗️ Building good websites is hard. Building good, SEO-friendly websites is even harder. We all know that by now.

Having a checklist with all the SEO requirements, including where development teams can find detailed background information saves you a ton of time AND a lot of head ache.

We put down all our thoughts on SEO requirements for new websites, and also asked other experts such as Ross Tavendale, Kim Dewe, Stephen Kenwright, Izzi Smith, Tom Capper, Alexis Sanders, David Iwanow and Will Vicary what they focus on most during the development of new sites.

Note: the article also includes a "no-brainer" section. If the webdevelopment team is not even sticking to those best practices, there's lots of 💥 trouble headed your way.

Check out the full list of requirements below 👇

  • FM

    Filip Majetic

    13 days ago #

    Overseeing a couple of new websites being built atm and I really appreciate this article as it's solid, addresses all necessary points and acts as a handy checklist and quick reference guide at the same time.

    • SV

      Steven van Vessum

      12 days ago #

      Thanks Filip!

      Was there anything in the article that you think could have been made more clear, or extended (keeping in mind that we also have a separate article on website migrations)?

      • FM

        Filip Majetic

        12 days ago #

        No, not necessarily. As mentioned, it's great as a starting point and I agree with most if not everything. If need be I could always use this article as a reference point to learn more about specific parts pertaining to preparing, launching and maintaining a new website.

        Also, to whoever is reading this, please do yourself a favour and check out the rest of ContentKing's articles - I dare say all of them are solid pieces of work.

  • IG

    Igor Gorbenko

    13 days ago #

    Nice one. Covers a lot of things

  • NA

    Neil Andrew

    13 days ago #

    Great post! Thanks for sharing, a worthwhile read :)

  • DG

    Dejan Gajsek

    12 days ago #

    Another SEO wisdom bomb from SvV? Don't mind if I do. Thanks, Steven!

  • AS

    Atif Shahab

    12 days ago #

    I think SEO Eco system has changed alot in last 2 years. Now, SEO is more about human friendly than Search engine friendly. Moreover, if you wanna rank high for long time. Do only quality work .

    • SV

      Steven van Vessum

      7 days ago #

      Yes, it's interesting to see we're finally coming to a place where the user's needs are somewhat in line with how search engines value websites.

  • RJ

    Ryan Jones

    11 days ago #

    This is a great post with lots of useful information to help give your site the best possible chance of ranking highly in the search engines.

  • R@

    Ryan @ Imaginaire

    11 days ago #

    I would just like to add one more tip to this if I can:

    One of the main things you need to be concerned about when you are launching a new website is the authority of the website. When you launch a new website, the DR of the site is going to be in the low tens (at best). So you need to get this authority up as soon as you can. A great way to do this is to leverage guest posting on high authority sites. There are two main reasons for this. One, a link from these high authority sites will tell Google's bots that you are knowledgable and know what you are talking about it. Two, it increases your brand exposure, more visits to your website and if you can keep the bounce rate down from these visits (maybe even convert), then you will have a great chance of ranking in the SERPs.

    • SV

      Steven van Vessum

      7 days ago #

      Hey Ryan! This can be a good approach, however the longterm value in guest posts is often quite low in my opinion while the investment can be significant (often 6-8 hours for well researched pieces, if not more). Writing solid content compounds, so doing that on your own site has more benefit to you than posted it on someone else his site. What could work though is writing an article on a topic and creating spin-off articles for guest posting. That saves a lot of time.

      It doesn't fit the scope of the article though because the article described everything you need to think about during building a new site to create a site that's SEO-proof, so I can't include it - but thanks for your two cents!

  • MB

    Megan Brown

    7 days ago #

    Great post! Thanks for sharing)

  • MF

    Marius F

    6 days ago #

    Nice! I love checklists as such so this is fantastic to have on the side. I have a hard time explaining the reasons why etc so this is great for communicating.

  • SW

    susan wall

    6 days ago #

    Thank for information!!

  • SW

    susan wall

    6 days ago #

    nice

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