To improve the overall health of its website, we performed a full assessment of the LiveACo.com website and identified several major errors impairing its crawlability. Then, we worked through the following issues to make the website more SEO- and user-friendly.
Also, to better ACo’s position in local search queries, we implemented several Local SEO strategies to increase the visibility of their local business in organic search results.
After exploring the current state of LiveACo.com, we executed two levels of SEO work to resolve existing technical challenges and enhance content-related issues.
To ensure pages linked properly, we fixed the following issues:
Whenever a hyperlink — whether pointing inside or outside your webpage leads to non-existent webpages — it not only affects your visitor’s user experience, but also negatively affects your search engine rankings, as web crawlers classify your website as poorly maintained or coded. LiveAco.com reported multiple errors from internal and external broken links, and so we simply removed the link altogether or replaced it with another resource.
LiveAco.com also reported several 4xx errors, meaning certain webpages could not be accessed. As a result, they experienced a drop in website traffic, as the errors prevented both users and search engine robots from accessing certain webpages. We resolved some of these errors while correcting the aforementioned broken links, and then resolved any remaining errors by redirecting the links to accessible online resources.
When links point from an HTTPS site — the secure version of the standard hypertext transfer protocol that your web browser uses when communicating with websites — to an HTTP (insecure) version, it can confuse search engines on the proper page version to rank. To correct this issue, we simply replaced all HTTP links with new HTTPS versions.
LiveAco.com contained nofollow attributes on nearly 70 outgoing internal links, telling web crawlers not to follow the link. As a result, these links passed no “link juice” to the referred webpages and negatively impacted search rankings. By removing these attributes within the <a> tags, we improved the crawling process.
To enhance their ability to rank in search results, we fixed the following issues on the LiveAco.com site:
When a webpage contains the exact same content within its title tag and/or meta description as another page, it makes it difficult for search engines to determine the best page to obtain for specific search queries — reducing a page’s ability to rank and confusing users on the best page to select. More importantly, search engines could ban the pages altogether. To protect their webpages, we created and published unique title tags and meta descriptions for all LiveAco.com webpages, incorporating relevant keywords throughout.
While not directly impacting search rankings, meta description tags offer searchers a concise summary about the webpage when sifting through search results. Without a meta description, users typically see only the first sentence of content. To encourage people to open, we completed all missing meta descriptions with enticing, keyword-rich text.
The majority of search engines show only the first 70 characters of Title tags. On LiveAco.com, some tags were too short — not taking advantage of the space to best inform crawlers or searchers — and some were too long — hiding key content after the first 70 characters. We fixed both issues by rightsizing the Title tag content, incorporating relevant keywords.
While not quite as essential as Title tags, H1 tags help inform web crawlers and searchers as to page content. When missing, search engines can push content further down search results. Additionally, multiple H1 tags within one website page, while permissible, is not considered an SEO best practice. To fix both issues on LiveAco.com, we added missing H1 tags and reduced multiple entries to just one tag per page by changing the remaining to H2 or H3 tags.
Multiple images on the LiveAco.com neglected to include Alt attributes, meaning search engines could not understand the content included in the images. To boost the potential of their images ranking, we described all images with keyword-heavy content by adding Alt attributes to all images across their website.
To influence their position in local search queries, we optimized ACo’s presence in the following ways:
Because Google My Business helps feed local search engine results, we made sure ACo experiences the maximum benefits from this platform by:
Consistency in name, address and phone information matters when getting found in local search queries, and so we cleaned up any discrepancies — such as misspellings, abbreviations, lack of suite number, wrong phone number, etc., — across the major aggregators that feed a large amount of map data for Apple, Yelp, Bing, Trip Advisor, etc.
To make sure their website did not stand in the way of local search traffic, we also:
To help draw a more local crowd, we made adjustments and additions to their website content to send a stronger local signal by
The quality and authority of a link pointing to a domain (i.e., backlink) plays a part in a site’s visibility in search results. However, according to SEMRush, LiveAco.com scored high on overall backlink toxicity — meaning links from other sites were weakening its SEO and reducing their organic visitors.
To address this, we:
Finally, to create a go-forward content strategy, we created a comprehensive spreadsheet of keywords for ACo to incorporate in their digital marketing efforts, including 160 new blog topic suggestions.