15 Point SEO Checklist
This checklist will keep your content high quality and help you stay organised. Ranking in Google depends on you creating high-quality content, and this checklist will help you stay on track.
Secret tip - NEVER stop writing because you hit your word count. Write until the user intent is served.
Your keyword must be in the opening paragraph. Afterwards, write naturally without thinking about the keyword. This ensures a natural flow without "keyword stuffing". Don't think about how many times to use it or "Am I using the keywords too many times". Write naturally and you'll do fine.
Adding lots of small paragraphs is the key. No one likes seeing a huge chunk of text. Separate your content into 3 lined paragraphs at a max.
Use H1, H2 and H3 tags to separate your content. This makes it more organised and send positive signals to Google.
Have you included bullet points, lists and internal navigation menus to break up the content to make it more structured and easier to digest?
Your meta description is very important. This is what people see in the Google search results.
Double check your mobile responsiveness. Sometimes when performing last minute edits the mobile responsiveness can be forgotten.
Injecting keywords related to your main keywords is very important.
Your images must have titles + alt descriptions.
You images must also be as small as possible in file size.
Have you included any external links to back up any claims? Have you quoted anyone and used their blog posts to back up your own opinions?
Internal links are incredibly important for SEO and for the user experience. Whenever possible, link to other pieces of content within your blog post.
Take a break and open up your blog post in a new window and read it with fresh eyes. Consider the user intent. Do you feel that your content gives a comfortable user experience.
The layout, the colors, the font... do you like it?
Spot anything that is missing?
After you hit "Publish", open up your URL for the blog post and double check you have a green padlock.
If you have a social media presence then share it with your followers. Construct a good CTA and give them an emotional reason or benefit to click and read your blog post.
Do you have a YouTube channel? Why not make a video about the same topic and make a video version of your blog post. You can then embed that video inside the blog post to add even more value.