Concerned about hiring a Web Design Agency or Company? Why not test their company websites before you hire them?
Here I reveal 3 easy to use tools. Test your prospective web designers’ company or agency website to check their SEO ability. I have also included screenshots of what you should see, taking Stroud Valley SEO as an example.
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Benefits of Hiring a Web Designer with SEO Knowledge
In addition to an attractive website, a site must be optimised for search engines to achieve better visibility and reach. If you are looking for web designers who can create stunning custom websites and understand SEO, this article is for you.
SEO refers to practices and strategies to improve a website’s visibility and organic traffic through search engines. By optimising various elements on the website, such as keywords, meta tags, content, and backlinks, SEO helps search engines understand the relevance and value of the site’s content.
Free & Easy Tools to Check Your Designer’s SEO Ability
Rank Math SEO Analyzer, Google Mobile-Friendly Test Tool and Google PageSpeed Insights Tool are free tools for webmasters and developers to analyse and optimise website SEO potential. They offer specific diagnostics to check for essential elements of website optimisation such as URL, meta information, headings, content and structure. In addition, they check crawlability, mobile-friendliness and page speed.
1. Google PageSpeed Insights Tool
Page load time is how long it takes for a website to appear to a visitor. It is one of the key ranking factors in search engine optimisation. Google recommends that a page load within 2 to 3 seconds to reduce the rate of users leaving your site.
Google PageSpeed Insights is a free tool that analyses a website’s performance on mobile and desktop devices. It provides a score based on loading speed, server response time, and render-blocking resources crucial for user experience and SEO. With a focus on loading speed, this free tool provides a score and valuable recommendations for enhancing your website’s performance, such as:
- Loading speed on desktop and mobile devices
- Identifying reasons for any slowdowns
- Recommendations for enhancing website performance
- A score reflecting the loading speed
How to Use the Google PageSpeed Insights Tool
To employ Google PageSpeed Insights, enter a design company website’s URL (e.g. https://stroudvalleyseo.co.uk/) and click “Analyze.” The tool will scan the website, generating a report displaying loading speed for desktop and mobile devices and personalised suggestions for optimisation.
Below you can see how this website design performs in Google PageSpeed Insights.
Green is good, and you’re looking for scores close to 100% across the board. If your web designer’s site and hosting perform well (on mobile and desktop), you will see that.
2. Google Mobile-Friendly Test Tool
With increasing numbers of users accessing websites on mobile devices, it is essential to have a mobile-friendly website. This tool ensures that the designer has created a site that adapts well to different screen sizes and devices, improving SEO rankings for mobile searches. The Google Mobile-Friendly Test Tool is free provided by Google to assess a website’s mobile-friendliness. This includes usability issues, how the text looks and if all links are properly navigable.
How to Use the Google Mobile-Friendly Test Tool
To employ the Google Mobile-Friendly Test, input your website URL (e.g. https://stroudvalleyseo.co.uk/) and click “Test.” The tool scans the website, generating a report detailing mobile-friendliness and offering suggestions for improvement.
Below, you can see how this website design performs in the Google Mobile-Friendly Test tool.
Again green is a good thing, but look for the “This page is easy to use on mobile” message. Anything else is a less-than-stellar result.
3. Rank Math SEO Analyzer
From the makers of one of my favourite SEO tools, the Rank Math SEO plugin for WordPress. Rank Math SEO Analyzer is a free tool that checks various elements of a website’s SEO performance. It provides an on-page analysis and a detailed list of optimisation tasks to ensure the most essential criteria are met. With over 20 different SEO checks, including title tags, meta descriptions, content, internal and external linking, and technical SEO, it provides a holistic assessment.
How to Use the Rank Math SEO Analyzer Tool
To use the Rank Math SEO Analyzer, input your web designer’s website’s URL (e.g. https://stroudvalleyseo.co.uk/) and click “Analyze.” The tool will then scan each potential designer’s website and provide a report featuring all identified SEO issues.
Below you can see how this website design performs on the Rank Math SEO Analyzer tool.
Once again, green is good, and you want the site to pass as many of the 21 tests as possible.
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