The purpose of an HTML page is to provide content, styles, or behaviors to the browser to visually render the page and manage the interactions with the end-user. In addition, however, there are sections of the HTML, hidden from the end-user, added to monitor the page usage and help bots like Googlebot and Bingbot understand the page’s content, structure, and purpose when they visit the page.
Google Search Engine ranks every page by evaluating both HTML parts: user-oriented and bot-oriented. Revealing and analyzing the hidden parts can be a trivial task for a web developer with basic technical skills. However, it could be challenging for a digital marketer or anybody else to perform this on-page SEO analysis without technical skills. Therefore, we need tools to reveal, explore, and analyze these critical factors influencing on-page SEO. We should be able to check that information without having to become HTML gurus. Accessing this information is crucial because Google Search Engine heavily relies on it when deciding the page’s position on the SERP(Search Engine Result Pages.) I experienced this accessibility issue firsthand by watching my students of the Digital Marketing Bootcamp struggling to locate and analyze meta tags and structured data on a web page.
To make our professional life a little bit easier, I created and published a free Google Chrome Extension named Page Auditor to dig into the HTML code of any web page.
The extension extracts all the SEO-critical HTML components of a page. Then, it analyzes them and presents the results with the following easy-to-read reports.
Structured Data Report
Many pages include some Structured Data information as a JSON snippet included on the page with a
<script> tag. The JSON code usually comes in a compressed format making it very hard to read for humans. To manually analyze a Structured Data snippet, we copy the JSON code from the page’s HTML code and paste it on one of the many online free JSON formatters. “Page Auditors” take care of the extraction and formatting of the code and automatically creates the Structured Data Report. The report provides excellent visualization of the JSON structure and hierarchy and provides detailed explanations to help understand the content of LD-JSON fields.
To generate this report, the Page Auditor scans the page to collect the content of all
Meta Tags Report
This tool looks at all Meta Tags on the head section of the page and groups them by category. The Meta Tags Report provides a detailed description of each meta tag type and links to technical documentation.
Robots.txt & Sitemap.xml Report
sitemap.xml are an essential part of the on-page SEO strategy of a website. Page Auditor makes it easy to locate those two important files and automatically generates an easy-to-read report to display their content, making this information accessible to everybody and ready to be analyzed.
How to Get Page Auditor
Franco lives and works in the eCommerce territory, a wild area between the Kingdom of Technology and the Land of Marketing. He speaks fluently the language of both realms. For many years, Franco has been helping people bridge the divide and successfully collaborate.
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