SEO Considerations for A Website Redesign

SEO Considerations for A Website Redesign

If you are a B2B marketer or an owner looking to get your website redesigned but do not want to lose the current Google rankings, then here are some tasks that you can consider. This will help to keep your current rankings with the new website.

PRE-DESIGN
Can the same URL structure be used?Using the same URLS is ideal but not always possible. Using the same URLS will make the process easier
Will the same content be used?Pages can be added or removed but content should ideally not be changed until after a redesign to reduce chance of loss of rankings.
What pages get the most traffic and referrals?Check into Google Analytics (or site's analytics program) Behavior > Site content > All Pages
Which pages receive the most back links?Use tools like SEMrush Domain Analytics > Backlinks > Indexed Pages
Are any pages being deleted? Is it necessary to delete these pages?Check if these pages have existing traffic, rankings or backlinks before deleting. If they do, the URL will need to be redirected
What pages will the deleted pages be redirected to?Creating a list in a spreadsheet is helpful
What internal pages do the deleted pages link to? Are the new pages that will receive the redirect relevant to the old page and target the same keywords? Consider working on this.
What changes are being made to the site architecture?Examples: change of menu hierarchy, internal linking structure
Will the current on-page optimization be carried over to the new site? Are the same images going to be used?For example: URL, title tag, h1 tag, etc.
Do images currently refer any traffic?Acquisition > All Traffic > Referrals (look for images, images, imagedetail) Use this Google Analytics segment
Block crawler access from siteAsk crawlers not to crawl new site during redesign Robots.txt or WordPress > Settings > Reading
PRE-LAUNCH
Plan redirectsIf the same URLs cannot be used, create a list of the old URLs along with the newly planned URLs.
Know your metricsKnow your numbers for comparison post launch such as: # of backlinks, rankings, traffic numbers, page authority of top pages, domain authority, number of indexed pages, etc.
Create 301 redirectsIdeally done via .htaccess file (but can also be done with a plugin)
Remove site crawler access from redesign siteAsk crawlers to now crawl the newly launched website. Keeping this block can cause your new site pages not to be indexed or ranked and current rankings can be lost.
Launch websiteWoo hoo, you're ready!
Post Launch
Check site is crawlableEnsure content, menus, etc. are crawlable. In Google Search Console: Crawl > Fetch as Google (use Fetch and Render)
Submit new XML sitemapCrawl > Sitemaps
Complete change of address**Only when using a new domain name
Annotate the site launch in analytics softwareThis will help you easily identify changes in analytics around the redesign. In Google Analytics, click the arrow tab below the overview graph to display annotations and click '+ Create new annotation' to note the day the site was relaunched.
Remove duplicate redesign siteWith the new site launched, if another version exists online, it should be removed. Failure to do so can result in both versions being indexed / ranked.
Check redirectsAre 301 redirects redirecting as expected?
Monitor indexed pagesWatch to see how many pages are indexed post launch.
Check for broken linksCheck for any broken links especially if URLs have been changed which will affect internal links
Check for errorsMonitor Google Search Console for any new errors
Check Analytics is being tracked properlyMake sure the data is showing up
Monitor rankingsMonitoring your rankings more frequently after a redesign will help you catch any issues quickly
Monitor trafficMonitor the site traffic to watch for any issues
Update backlinksIf backlinks point to an old URL, try to reach out to have those backlinks updated to the new URL even though a redirect is in place

Hope you can consider the above steps when trying to launch a new website.

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SEO Considerations for A Website Redesign
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