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Focus Pages & Page Audits

Focus Pages are all about SEO strategy and making sure that the most important pages on your site, your money-makers, reach the TOP 10 of Google Search.

Just like you use your car’s GPS to get the fastest route to your destination, you can use Focus Pages to generate a customized path to Search Engine Success for each one of your pages – and systematically rank your pages on Google.

This strategy can successfully be applied to any website, in any niche, big or small.

Yes, you can apply it for:

Why does it make sense for this to work for any kind of site?

Also, the following information is crucial to get the most out of using Squirrly SEO and supercharging your rankings. So, please read carefully.


Do I need an SEO Strategy?

Yes, because your end goal might change from time to time. Sometimes, you try to get more visibility. Sometimes, you try to get more conversions. Sometimes, you try to get more sales.

These goals are very different in nature and sometimes they require different plans, different sets of steps to reach these goals.

Getting tens of thousands of visits doesn’t necessarily mean getting more sales. Especially if you don’t have a sales funnel, you could write the best article in the world about Free-to-Play gaming (real example from a customer), get tens of thousands of views (both from SEO and Social Media) and still not be able to sell more of the games that your indie game dev studio creates.

Do you have a purely SEO-based strategy, or is SEO just another marketing channel for you? Are you using cross-channel marketing? Think about what you’re trying to achieve. What’s the GOAL? Why do SEO in the first place?


What Are Focus Pages?

These are the most important pages on your site. They are your money-makers, a limited number of pages on your site that you would want visitors who’ve never visited your WordPress website to see.

These are the pages you most want to rank on the 1st Page of Google, 4, 5 pages (if you have a bigger site) which help you earn customers, get partnerships, get email subscribers, sell your products/services – whatever your goal is.

A few details about Focus Pages (they don’t need to meet ALL the following requirements, because these things can depend from goal to goal, business to business):

The pages which can bring you the most conversions will usually be your focus pages. Unless your end goal is brand awareness. But most of the times, pages which have a solid chance of converting website visitors into leads are the ones that you want to focus on.

If your main plan is to get visitors to very specific pages around certain topics and then target them via Facebook pixel ads, then you just need to focus on getting the right people to that page, so that your FB ads will be super targeted.

[More about Focus Pages] An Introduction to Focus Pages and the Power they Have for SEO >>


How to Access Focus Pages

Focus Pages can easily be accessed right from Squirrly’s main menu bar. Navigate to  Squirrly SEO > Focus Pages to reach the Focus Page section.

Access the Focus Pages

Go to Squirrly SEO > Focus Pages from your WordPress Dashboard.


Add a New Focus Page

NOTE! It’s important to understand that a Focus Page must be a post, page, product, landing page, and NOT a category, tag, or the home page (if it’s not a static page). All the Focus Pages need to have IDs in order to be optimized with Squirrly Live Assistant.

All the available focus pages will appear in the Focus Pages list at Squirrly > Focus Pages > Add New Page.

You can search for a focus page by Title, Description or URL and once you found it, click on Set Focus Page button.

If the focus page is already added, you will see the “See Tasks” button which links to the Focus Page report for that particular page.

After you set a Focus Page, Squirrly will start the Audit for that URL and analyze the:

The process is extremely complex, which is why it may take up to 5 minutes to complete.

Focus Page Audit Time

Remember that it takes anywhere between 1 minute to 5 minutes to generate the new audit for a focus page. There is a lot of processing involved.

To request a new focus page audit, click on the Request New Audit button. Note that you will need to wait 5 minutes between requests. Other than that, there is NO limit when it comes to the number of New Audits that you can perform in a day.

IMPORTANT!

It’s very important that you Request a New Audit every time you make a change to your page, change your main keyword, complete a task, and so on. This way, you will receive fresh Audit information.


Inspect a Focus Page URL

Every page that you add to the Focus Pages can also be manually verified by clicking on the three dots and then clicking on Inspect URL. (as shown in the screenshot below)

Doing this will open a detailed report that gives you REAL-TIME insights about things like the speed with which your page loads, metas, possible crawling errors, and more.


Progress & Achievements

In this section, you can see the latest 90 days evolution for a Focus Page – and how your chances of ranking have changed.

Note! To see the Progress&Achievements section for each one of the pages you’ve set as Focus Pages, make sure to click on Details >>

As shown in the screenshot below.

Furthermore, you’ll get key progress and achievements details for each page you’ve added to Focus Pages. See essential performance metrics without leaving WordPress, including:

You also have a super easy way to monitor the Keyword Ranking and Page Traffic with dedicated graphics that shows you:


Remove a Focus Page

To remove a Focus Page, go to the last column for that focus page, and click on the three dots. From the drop-down menu that appears, select the option to Remove Focus Page.

You can also remove a Focus Page from the report section of that Focus Page. Click on the three dots. Then, from the drop-down menu that appears, select the option to Remove Focus Page. (as shown in the screenshot below).

! After you remove a Focus Page, ALL the focus page audit history will be removed* and you will be able to add a new focus page to the list following the steps described here.

Good to Know:

*We store the information related to a Focus Page for 30 days since you remove it by clicking on the Remove Focus Page button. So, in case you remove a page by accident, you can add it again as a Focus Page without losing the data associated with it. However, after 30 Days, ALL the focus page audit history will be removed.


Focus Pages – Chance to Rank

The Chances of Ranking is dynamically calculated by the Squirrly SEO Machine Learning based on the main keyword you selected for a Focus Page. For each Focus Page, Squirrly displays the chances of ranking in a super dynamic system, that is only available now with Squirrly SEO.

The algorithm behind the Chances of Ranking is very complex but the fastest way to increase your chances is to complete the main tasks like Visibility, Keyword Competition, Content Optimization, Content-Length, Social Signals, Daily Traffic, Inner Links, and External Nofollow Links.

In time, you will need to complete all the Focus Pages tasks in order to rank higher and higher and maintain your rank (especially if your keyword is a competitive one).

Once the Focus Page Audit is ready, you will get an estimated Chance of Ranking for every Focus Page.

Chance to Rank

Squirrly can’t guarantee you will rank in the TOP 10 of Google solely based on this percentage. Having 100% chance to rank means your page meets all the SEO requirements to have a good chance of ranking high in Google Search Results.

Focus Page Keyword

The audit is made for the last optimized keyword with Squirrly Live Assistant for each Focus Page.
If a focus page is optimized for multiple keywords, make sure to select the main keyword before saving the focus page in the post editor.

If the website is set to be hidden from search engines (from Settings > Reading > Search Engine Visibility) or if you decide to block Search indexing for a particular page by turning off the Visibility Settings using Squirrly Snippet, you will get a 1% chance to rank.

If the Page ranked in the TOP 10 on Google, you will receive a TOP 10 star for that page. Once you know that a certain page ranked in the TOP 10 of Google, you can focus on ranking the other Focus Pages as well.

Recalibrate Chances of Ranking according to latest data from the entire community of users.

This helps Squirrly SEO also keep up with algorithm changes by Google.

Using research data on over 54 ranking factors (part from within WordPress, part from our Cloud Services) and then using A.I. to compare with TOP 10 evolutions from the rest of the community, in order to re-calibrate your Chances of Ranking.

When we say 54 ranking factors, some of them are groups or final scores for multiple ranking factors. The SEO Live Assistant score, for example, is ONE of these ranking factors. To calculate this 1 RF, we look at 14x different ranking factors.

So there’s a lot more than just 54 ranking factors that our systems look at.


The Basics of Working on Your Focus Pages in Squirrly SEO

A lot of thought and effort went into shaping this section in a way that would ensure it’s super easy and clear for you to work on ranking your Focus Pages.

Ultimately, all that hard work led to a series of in-plugin elements which create an efficient workflow model that is all about Focus, Action, and Results.

These are the issues that stand in the way of you getting to the top of Google. There are different tasks, each relevant to different factors which impact your chances of ranking – such as Content and Keywords.

Squirrly checks your pages and if something is not right, it will be flagged using the color red. When you click on a red element, you’ll learn more about the problem we found and what tools and tactics (from Squirrly SEO) you can use to fix it. 

Once you start working on a task, Squirrly SEO checks to see if you’ve managed to fix the problem. Bear in mind that it takes a bit for the software to analyze the work you’ve done.

These are your SEO wins, the things that help you achieve first-page Google Rankings. Every time you manage to turn a Red light to Green, you win. Every task you complete represents an SEO victory. The end goal is to turn everything you see in the Focus Pages section GREEN.

Next up, let’s take a look at all the main thing Squirrly analyzes to calculate your chances of ranking.

! Remember, all the Red, Yellow, and Green circles you see in this section are clickable. Once you click on them, you’ll see everything you need to do to turn a Red or Yellow circle Green.


Focus Pages – Visibility

This category checks to make sure the visibility signals are set correctly. More specifically, it looks at:

It’s very important to have all these tasks marked as green to have a good chance of ranking. If ALL the tasks from visibility are completed, the Visibility column will be marked Green.

The first time you add a page as a Focus Page, you’ll see that the Manual Index Request task is red. To turn that task green, click on the “Ask Google to Re-Index” button and follow the steps to inspect and index a URL.

Once you click the button, you will be taken to a section in Google Search Console where you need to add the Focus Page URL you want to verify and index in Google.

Once you see the status of your Focus Page in Google Search Console, click on the “Test Live URL” button to perform a live test.

If the message URL is available to Google appears, then it means the page is available for Google, and the page will be indexed in Google next time the Google crawler will check your URL. Click onRequest indexing” and go back to the Focus Pages section.

Now, refresh the Focus Page page by clicking on the Refresh symbol shown below and check the task Manual index Request again.


Focus Pages – Keyword

Choosing the best long-tail keywords for your Focus Pages is crucial to your success. An effective SEO strategy is built around the keywords you choose and optimize the Focus Pages for.

Since Focus Pages are the most important pages on your website, you need to make sure that as many people as possible are able to reach those pages.

So, the tasks included in the Keyword category are meant to help you make sure that:

As you can see in the screenshot below – Squirrly will show you the complete list of keywords for which you’ve optimized your content using the Live Assistant, alongside optimization percentages achieved for each keyword.

Note that the main keyword you’ve optimized for will have a S T A R symbol next to it. This is the main keyword for your Focus Pages – and one of the factors based on which our system will calculate your page’s chances of ranking and generate tasks.

However, you can always change the main keyword for your Focus Pages – right from the Focus Pages section. This shows you how to do it.


[RELATED] How to Change the Main Keyword for a Focus Page.

Focus Pages – Strategy

This category is all about checking whether you have an SEO strategy for your Focus Page.

For this, Squirrly’s systems check if the main keyword you’ve optimized your Focus Pages for has been added to your Briefcase and categorized using labels.

It’s also important to optimize your Focus Page for multiple keywords to provide context and help Google understand the topic of the Focus Page (which will increase your chances of ranking).


Focus Pages – SEO Content

Here’s what it’s being verified in this category:

All these factors have a huge impact when it comes to helping you bring high-quality, targeted traffic to your Focus Pages over time.


Focus Pages – Words/Page

Here’s what it’s being verified in this category:

Longer content is typically more insightful/contains plenty of information. So it’s best if you create well-formatted content that is over 1,500-words long and has very good “avg time on page” metrics inside Google Analytics.

WHY? Because Google cares about seeing the quality in your pages to rank you higher. Therefore, they look at how much time people have spent on your long pages. If you only write very short articles, Google may consider your content as thin content.

!Note that you don’t necessarily have to get 1,500 words on every page for it to rank in TOP 10 on Google. However, getting this task completed ensures that your chances of ranking will be very high.

Why was it important to also include the Average Time On Page in our analysis? Because sometimes website owners can be tempted to make the pages longer by increasing wordiness.

Over 1,500 words / page can give you much better SEO results. However, making it longer does not mean you should make it boring.

In order to check that the length of the page was increased properly, we also take into account if website visitors love this page.


Focus Pages – Platform SEO

Here’s what it’s being verified in this category:

All verified tasks:


Focus Pages – Snippet

This is the most important category after content optimization.

It’s important to have attractive Search Engines Snippets and Social Media Snippets for your Focus Pages. It’s also important to have a good structured data JSON-LD for featured snippets in Google.

It’s important to have your main keyword in the snippet for that page. Also, keep in mind the reason people don’t click on your listing (on search engines) could be that you don’t have an attractive enough meta description.

There are quite a few elements that go into making the Snippet fully optimized:

  1. Click to edit the SEO Snippet for the Focus Page.
  2. Remove the patterns from Title and Description.
  3. Write a Title that will attract more clicks on your Focus Page and include the main Keyword in it.
  4. Write a Description that explains in a few words what is the page about and include the main Keyword in it.
  5. Add the main Keyword in the Keywords section too.
  6. Save the SEO Snippet.

You can validate your JSON-LD with: https://search.google.com/structured-data/testing-tool


Focus Pages – SEO Image

This category is meant to ensure that you have at least ONE image from your Focus Page being named as keyword.png

Example: oktoberfest-in-munich.png (in this example, the Focus Page would be optimized for: oktoberfest in munich – MAIN KEYWORD)

To make sure you have the keyword in the image URL, download a relevant image from your page. Change the filename. Then re-upload with the SEO filename and add it to your page’s content again. 

It’s best to keep this at only one filename which contains the main keyword of the page. (the one who has the S T A R symbol next to it)


Focus Pages – Traffic Health

Here’s what it’s being verified in this category:

A high bounce rate means that your users just click on your search listing, visit the page and then decide they’ve seen enough and bounce off to another page on the web.

A high bounce rate could indicate your visitors don’t find your content relevant or interesting enough. This usually happens when you do SEO in the wrong way and you don’t match the content you’ve created to the visitors’ intent!

Learn how to fix the Bounce Rate by clicking on the Bounce Rate task in the tasks section from Focus Pages.

 Look at the average time on page to better understand how visitors engage with your content. Analyze this metric in relation to the number of words on your page.

What constitutes a good time on page for a 500-words page is different than a good time on page for a 1,500 words article. That’s simply because it takes longer to read a long-form article than it is to read a short one.

For this task, we’re looking at unique page views from your Google Analytics.

If you don’t get an average of 70 visitors / day / page, then your Focus Page is not yet popular enough on your site.


Google Analytics

To get these insights from Google Analytics, you’ll need to connect Squirrly with Google Analytics first.


Focus Pages – Platform Health

Platform Health looks over the entire website audit to make sure it doesn’t have huge SEO issues.

Your site needs to be built on a strong foundation. A page will NOT rank high if most of the website has low-quality SEO.

In Squirrly SEO, you can check the overall health of your platform – in your case, your WordPress site. The Platform Health category inside the Focus Pages section is dedicated to this.

Here are the main tasks outlined in this category:


Focus Pages – Page Authority and Backlinks

The Page Authority category verifies if the page has links from authority websites and a good MOZ score.

The Backlinks category verifies if the page has enough links and links from different domains and IPs.

To build a good Backlinks strategy, focus on social media sharing, guest posting, blog comments, Quora comments, ads, and more.

There is no, one exact recipe, but having at least 100 backlinks from authority websites will definitely help you rank better in the long run.


Focus Pages – Social Signals

This category tracks shares from track-able sources.  For the moment, we can grab shares from Facebook, Pinterest, and Reddit. To turn this section green, you’ll need to get at least 100 total Shares for each page you set as a Focus Page.

Having your Focus Page shared on Social Media indicates that you already have authority links and traffic to your website.

Make sure you also share the focus page on Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and other social media channels that make sense for your business.


Inner Links are links that you send from one URL of your site to another URL of your site.

This is all about optimizing other posts in your site for topics which are similar to that of your Focus Page. These articles can be optimized for long-tail variants of the main keyword for which you’ve optimized your Focus Page. You can also use different website architecture designs to achieve this.

Linking these articles to your Focus Page shows Google your Focus Page is the most important page in your site for that topic.

Since your Focus Pages are the most important pages on your site, you should make sure that you link to them from many pages on your website. The links you send to your Focus Pages should be contextual links NOT navigational links (contextual links appear in your pages’ content and they have higher SEO value).

 In this section of Focus Pages, Squirrly’s systems verify that you’ve created at least 5 inner links for each one of your Focus Pages.


All links going out from Focus Pages towards 3rd party sites should have a no-follow attribute – and this category checks to see if you’ve set this up correctly.

Make sure that you’re not letting that hard work go to waste by sending out all your authority and Link Juice over to other pages from the web. 

To make sure that all the external links are no-follow, you can install a free external no-follow plugin from WordPress or use the SEO Links section of Squirrly SEO to set this up.


Focus Pages – Accuracy

This category refers to Rank Accuracy. If you have an Squirrly SEO Business account, this category will automatically turn Green.

The SERP Checker available on FREE and PRO Plans is made via Google Search Console integration, which means that the information is not as accurate as possible and will not clearly depict the exact position in Google.

Why?

Google uses an average when it comes to the position. And it’s not the true position. The average is made according to the positions that the page was found on when users did click on it.

Also, the data inside Search Console is a bit old, so if you’re actively trying to increase your rankings day in and day out, you need the Business Plan.


Focus Pages – Clicks, Impressions, CTR

This category retrieves information from your Google Search Console based on the keyword you selected as the main keyword for your Focus Page.

If the CTR is high, it indicates that your Focus Page has an attractive snippet and people are clicking on your link rather than your competitors’.

Google Search Console

To get these insights from Google Search Console, you first need to connect your website to Google Search Console and create a property with your domain. Once created, connect Squirrly with Google Search Console to be able to get the data you need for the Focus Pages.

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