This article is the 4th in a series of websites reviews. Last week vidIQ chose my YouTube channel for an audit. During the review (which I have edited a clip into the video below) They requested a review of their website. I wasn’t going to miss the chance of such a challenge.
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Giving a Website critique to a large authoritative company is one thing. Giving it to the guys who 6 days earlier gave my YouTube channel a critique makes this even more of a challenge. Welcome to my website review of VidIQ.com. The aim was to find at least 5 things that could help improve the website. I just about managed the 5. The video review is below:
Giving a Website critique to a large authoritative company is one thing. Giving it to the guys who 6 days earlier gave my YouTube channel a critique makes this even more of a challenge. Welcome to my website review of VidIQ.com.
This beautiful website was a challenging one as it looks pretty good from the start. As with all my challenges on YouTube, the aim was for me to discover at least 5 things that the business owner should concentrate on improving their website and naturally their business. VidIQ.com is a well-made website. Immediately it was clear these guys know how to put a good website together.
Amongst the obvious strengths from a visit to their website includes:
So now to the real challenge: 5 areas the site needs to improve on. 5 isn’t as easy as it sounds, as I want to remain reasonable and I want my advice to be beneficial for anyone watching and applying it to their business. So this is by far my toughest challenge yet!
VidIQ has a loading time of around 5 seconds. Which isn’t bad for a website, but a lot of little improvements are possible to make it run like a rocket. Maybe caching with plugins like W3C. Other areas include images could be better optimised. Redirects, browser caching etc. are all ways to help improve the speed, which ultimately helps improve the web visitor’s experience.
As you can see form Page Speed. Your website is mobile friendly but its also quite slow!
Alt attribute or the “Alt tags” are missing on several home page images. The alt tags serve an important part of helping those using usability settings. It also provides additional SEO benefits on keywords. Applying an alt attribute on an image also helps Google understand what an image is about to serve it in image results. … When you use alt tags with a target keyword, it gives your page a boost because the alt text is a helpful relevance signal for search engines.
If I do a search in Google using the company name its great to see your organically top. Better still a Knowledge Panels appears which is a type of rich results in Google’s search results pages. But you haven’t claimed your Knowledge Panel for your business! Google will decide whether or not it’ll show a knowledge panel in the search results for your business. It’s not something you can fully control and it is much harder to obtain a knowledge panel than a local business listing. You definitely need to claim this.
Some pages are missing their H1 Heading tags. For example, go to the signup page and it starts with an H3. The blog page only has H2 headings. My recommendation would be to consider adding something like the H1 tag on the solutions page.
I’m struggling to find number 5, but I did find some 404 errors when the site was spidered. These are either orphaned links or just been lost in an update of a URL but a redirect would soon help keep a visitor on the right page.
So you need some redirects due to these 404 errors
The awesome tool I used on this website was GTMetrix It helps you see how your site performs, reveals why it’s slow and helps you discover optimization opportunities. https://gtmetrix.com/
The GTMetrix tool helped reveal several issues on their website that may not be apparent from an initial visual critique as often browser caching makes an experience for a new visitor different to a follow-up visitor. Some of these issues should be given a high priority.
Of course, criticising websites is not what I do best. I would much rather improve websites A fresh new redesigned mobile-friendly website is always a joy to deliver for a new client. Take a look at my successes at my web design portfolio or apply for a free consultation.