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SEO Assessment tools

Discussion in 'Website Design Forum:' started by br3n, Aug 4, 2009.

  1. br3n

    br3n Senior Member

    Found this, might be useful for some?
    7 Free SEO Assessment Tools The Stratius Blog

    This in particular was very helpful
    Website SEO Tool | Website Grader

    Heres an extract:

  2. Tom Sound

    Tom Sound Active Member

    Thanks for posting this Bren, just getting my head round all of this as our site is appalling, no tags, keywords alt text. Distinct lack of direct links and anything else that may help. I'm going to print out our results now to give me a starting point to refer back to when I've improved it.
  3. br3n

    br3n Senior Member

    Hey tom, I did pretty much the same - also nice to find that someone had bookmarked my site on del.ic.ious (or whatever its spelled). bonus.
  4. Levi

    Levi Moderator Staff Member

    Thanks for the links, should help with my seo as this is my weakest area :)

    Just tested my new site (in development) I only got 37/100 but I'm still pretty impressed with myself, I only had really 1 missing alt tag and my metatags (which I knew about) highlighted so it looks like I'm going in the right direction with it :)

    There were some bits about some directories (yahoo etc) which I had only just found out about so they were on the list too so overall I'm quite happy at the moment :)

    Need to sort out a 303 redirect too, that will be fun :)

    edit: We'll need to set up a mutual digg bookmarking scheme too just for the hell of it :)
  5. Tom Sound

    Tom Sound Active Member


    I got 29/100 for a site that's been up for 3 years nearly so you're doing well for one still in development. There seems to be so much information about SEO and a lot of it from more than a year ago seems to get less relevant/useful as the time goes by. Such as keywords and tags I think. It's all about the links apparently? I'm just setting up a (really basic) site for a new venture which will hopefully rank more successfully to start with. Then readdress our main site. Laying out the whole site in illustrator and uploading as un-named gifs is most definately not the way forward. Hindsights a wonderful thing :)

    I'm up for a cummunal dig, I'll register, does stumble work the same way?
  6. br3n

    br3n Senior Member

    Im 63/100 ner ner!

    I did the 303 redirect cant find the site which had all the different languages and info on but for an apache based server this is the code

    In notepad:

    (obviously replace with the relevant)

    save as .htaccess and upload to same directory as index

    More Info @

    Test @

  7. blueocto

    blueocto Senior Member

    Nice find thanks for sharing, although I am curious what they base their scoring on.

    got a 91/100 for!
  8. Greg

    Greg Active Member

    Nice tool Bren, like BlueOcto mentioned I wonder how they weight the scores, would be interesting to know! Design Forums got 96.2/100, not bad! but still a lot of room for improvement when compared with some competitor design forums.
  9. Levi

    Levi Moderator Staff Member

    ok I've just done some updates (basically what it listed) albeit not completely for the keywords/meta and I've lost a point!!
  10. Tom Sound

    Tom Sound Active Member

    Is it where you score as a percentage of the sites that have been graded. So you may have improved your SEO but if they have loads of sites that are set up with stronger links etc graded since you last did, you will drop down the list?

    How long does it take for the changes to take effect?
  11. br3n

    br3n Senior Member

    changes are instantly noticed.
  12. Levi

    Levi Moderator Staff Member

    ok so I've been playing on mine (far from finished though) and as we were trying to work out the weighting of each part.

    I've added a single h1 tag, some basic meta tags - keywords, description, owner etc and after a few days (it seems to fluctuate depending on time I check strangely) it seems like I'm now getting 49 instead of 37. Added in links to my favicon and my ipod touch icon (got to have one of those :p) but things like the text and titles are the same as before.

    Having said that an almost identical page (no h1) but with the keywords is hitting only 32 but this is a second page.
  13. br3n

    br3n Senior Member

    I dont think its particulary good to base it on just one result, but its an idea of how SEO works.
  14. Levi

    Levi Moderator Staff Member

    Oh don't get me wrong, I'm not taking it as gospel, but it does give a benchmark to see if I've improved my SEO or not by doing such and such.

    SEO is a huge money making market so theres no way I would pick up every trick from using just a website :)
  15. sarah

    sarah Member - 90/100. :) yay is that good?
  16. Greg

    Greg Active Member

    Add a few competitor sites in the box and see how it compares ;)
  17. sarah

    sarah Member

    mmm one of our main competitors has a score of 92/100 but a google ranking of 5. Our google ranking is 2, is that better?
  18. Greg

    Greg Active Member

    Google PageRank is that? If it is, 5 is better, but having said that Google PageRank is now a bit dated, and not as important as it once was.

    Where do they beat you on the report? Number of sites linking to their site?
  19. sarah

    sarah Member

    Yeah they have just a few thousand more haha

    They've been around for 9 years though and we've been around nearly 2 so i guess its not too bad going!
  20. Greg

    Greg Active Member

    Cool, sounds good, and what's a few thousand back links, sure you'll surpass that in another 7 years! :D

    BTW don't forget to update your Copyright date on the site, at the moment you're sooo 2008!

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