Here is my complete SEO checklist that I use to rank new websites

HydraEvil

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My SEO Basics:

  • Set up GSC and Bing Webmaster Tools
  • Set up Google Analytics (GA)
  • Install and configure an SEO plugin (Wordpress)
  • Generate and submit a sitemap to GSC and Bing
  • Create a Robots.txt
  • Check Webmaster Tools for any manual actions
  • Make sure the site is indexed

Keyword Research:

  • Identify the competitors
  • Find the main keywords
  • Find long-tail keyword variations
  • Create a keyword map
  • Analyze the page intent of ranked results
  • Make a list of questions being asked
  • Check the target keyword difficulty

Technical SEO

  • Ensure the site is using HTTPS
  • Check for duplicate versions of the site
  • Check for crawl errors and fix them
  • Improve site speed
  • Check for broken internal and external links
  • Find and fix HTTP links on HTTPS pages
  • Use SEO-friendly URL structure
  • Add schema markup
  • Check the page depth
  • Check for redirects (301 & 302)

On-Site + Content SEO

  • Check & fix duplicate or missing title tags
  • Check & fix duplicate or missing meta descriptions
  • Find & fix multiple H1 tags
  • Improve title tags, meta descriptions and page content
  • Perform a content audit and prune low performing content
  • Add alt tags to images
  • Improve internal linking
  • Check for keyword cannibalisation
  • Update content to ensure its still relevant

Off-Site SEO

  • Audit competitor backlinks
  • Perform link intersect analysis
  • Find and reach out to unlinked mentions
  • Look for new link building opportunities
  • Optimise Google My Business listing (GMB)

That's my strategy... any recommendation for me?

It is very helpful information..
Simple and straight forward.
 

Savvy linkbuilder

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So after domain registration how much time to first backlinks?
Bro its depend on the content. If your site is new then you shouldn't take backlinks.

Add content on site and when your KWs start getting impressions, Take backlink!

Create schedule for backlinks... Like 1 or 2 a week. ( It's just an example )
 

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That's a nice list.

Which SEO Plugin do you prefer, OP? I usually use Yoast or RankMath

So far, my Rank Math powered sites tend to rank better

Is there any case study on how you get to draw this assertion?
 

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I appreciate the list OP. As a beginner there isn’t anything I can think to contribute.
 

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thanks
for meta description:
Should I type it manually or copy a small and attractive paragraph from the beginning of the article!!
 

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My SEO Basics:

  • Set up GSC and Bing Webmaster Tools
  • Set up Google Analytics (GA)
  • Install and configure an SEO plugin (Wordpress)
  • Generate and submit a sitemap to GSC and Bing
  • Create a Robots.txt
  • Check Webmaster Tools for any manual actions
  • Make sure the site is indexed

Keyword Research:

  • Identify the competitors
  • Find the main keywords
  • Find long-tail keyword variations
  • Create a keyword map
  • Analyze the page intent of ranked results
  • Make a list of questions being asked
  • Check the target keyword difficulty

Technical SEO

  • Ensure the site is using HTTPS
  • Check for duplicate versions of the site
  • Check for crawl errors and fix them
  • Improve site speed
  • Check for broken internal and external links
  • Find and fix HTTP links on HTTPS pages
  • Use SEO-friendly URL structure
  • Add schema markup
  • Check the page depth
  • Check for redirects (301 & 302)

On-Site + Content SEO

  • Check & fix duplicate or missing title tags
  • Check & fix duplicate or missing meta descriptions
  • Find & fix multiple H1 tags
  • Improve title tags, meta descriptions and page content
  • Perform a content audit and prune low performing content
  • Add alt tags to images
  • Improve internal linking
  • Check for keyword cannibalisation
  • Update content to ensure its still relevant

Off-Site SEO

  • Audit competitor backlinks
  • Perform link intersect analysis
  • Find and reach out to unlinked mentions
  • Look for new link building opportunities
  • Optimise Google My Business listing (GMB)

That's my strategy... any recommendation for me?

Great check list consize and to the point
 

Rokit555

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Nice list! Good for both beginners and advanced players.

I've read some replies, and I don't see how you can plan backlinks like one or two per week. If going for white hat links, then it depends if you did a good job of getting a link to your website. Mostly I see that niche edits or guest posts are the cleanest types of backlinks.

My question is: what other methods do you use to get backlinks that are actually worthy for an authority websites.

Bless!
 

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My SEO checklist 10 years ago:
1. Domain research:
- find EMD
2. On-page SEO:
- use the keyword from the domain in meta title, description and keyword, in h1, h2, alt text, strong text. anchor and in HTML comment
3. Off-page SEO:
- blast the pages from the site with some backlinks software (e.g. blog commenting) using only the keyword as anchor
 

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I like your check list and appreciate but also in the section of keyword research I think I'm gonna begin with KEYWORD SEARCH VOLUME as we know the kw research is the most important part in the SEO strategy
Thank you
 
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