Quick On-Site Strategy Check• What are their priority categories and topics?• Are they segmenting with subdomains?• What’s their topical dilution?• How are they segmenting according to intent?
Cross-Data Check- SEMRush• Sort by directory hierarchy• Breakout categories 1-2 levels down• Cross check with SEMrush for categorical volumes• Look for open opportunities and weaknesses
Cross-Data Check- SEMRush
Canonical Strategy• Where are they consolidating blog posts or other equity to within the site?• Are they consolidating into static pages?• Are they using an internal canonical strategy?
What does this tell me?Are they:• Leveraging OG with “verbs” and “actions” to increase sharing?• Are they fully optimizing content and site for sharing?
Semantics, Concepts and Entities• What’s the topical strength of category pages• What user base are they targeted? Do? Know? Go? Multiple?• Are these pages intended for transactional, information or direct traffic?
Concepts and Entities Overall Makeup vs. “Density”
Analysis Off-Site• Who are they?• What are they doing?• More Importantly, how are you viewed?
Tools:• Majestic SEO• AnalyticsSEO• SEMRush
What are we looking at? • Commonalities • Promotional timelines • Potential link quality
Link Trends • What’s your natural backlink cadence? • What’s your competitor’s cadence? • Low points in backlink generation • High points in backlink generation
Link Trends- Majestic
Anchor Text Distribution The obvious- What are they building for? The not so obvious- How does that tie into the overall topic and theme of the site?
Unless they’re doing major cleanup, the Pre-Penguin trail is there.• What did they find important?• What phrases were their efforts concentrated on?• How are you performing in comparison?
Manual querying- ~
GoRank- Does heavy lifting for you• Full phrases• Drills down to individual words• Helps show relationships between phrases
Link Quality Snapshots- AnalyticsSEOBenefits:• You can potentially see their skeletons & low quality links• You can identify which competitor has the highest “quality” linksDrawbacks• Only AC rank for judging quality• Trust scores aren’t integrated• Cross-reference AC Rank with Trust Scores In Majestic
Various Tracking Graphs• Track specific URLs against your competitors that are performing better than you [Majestic]• Track your pages that are struggling to perform for high volume phrases above the fold• Track the drop off of referring domains • Indicator of feed links • Indicator of non-static links • Only momentary value
YOUR JUDGEMENT!What tactics are helping vs. hurting strategy? Use your brains.