Technical SEO: How to Achieve Ahrefs Health Score of 100 in 30 Days
Internal links are important to have a great user experience. But nobody likes mistakes and 404 errors are the worst for your site visitors. In other words: you don’t want them to appear!
How do you know if your site has a major problem and how can you fix it?
Ahrefs is a popular SEO tool that helps people get higher Google rankings. In this article, we will tell you the story of how Butter managed to achieve 100/100 in the Ahrefs Health Score.
What is Ahrefs Health Score?
Ahrefs Heath Score is a metric used to determine the proportion of internal URLs that don't have errors.
It gives insights that will help you improve the way search engines see and understand your site.
How is the Health Score measured?
Health Score is measured using a simple formula which is mentioned below:
Health Score = [1 - (internal URLs with errors) / (total internal URLs)] * 100
For example, if 100 internal URLs are crawled by site Audit, and 10 URLs showed an error, then Health Score would be:
HS = [1- (10/100)] * 100 = 90%
Digital Butter's Score
At Digital Butter, we have achieved a 100% Ahrefs health score in just 30 days. Back on 14th Dec 2021, it was 88% and by 14th Jan 2022, it turned to 100%.
Let's now understand how we made it possible to achieve our goal by identifying the issues and how we worked on them.
What are the issues?
Issues are filters that you can apply to the crawled pages of your site. Issues can be an error, warnings, or notices. You can configure the pre-set issues and create new custom issues based on the level of importance.
Process for identifying the issues
Steps in the process of identifying the issues include:
Based on your goals for the site, you should prioritize the issues (Errors/Warnings/Notices). Generally, errors are the most critical issues.
There can be multiple goals for various sites. Let us take an example to understand the process flow:
- Goal: To increase the speed performance of the site.
We should always cross-check the issues with other tools. We can either come up with a new solution or get a better understanding of our problem.
In this case, we will be using the ''Webspeed test'' tool and the "Ezgif" tool.
Break down the issue by tasks
The best way to solve issues is to break them down. You can follow the approach mentioned below:
Make it a recurring task
You can perform site auditing using SEO Site Audit Tools on a weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly basis as per your team's bandwidth. You can also divide the issues by technical & content SEO.
Who is dedicating the time to this
This is the part where most people get stuck. Hence, it is better to identify in advance who is going to perform the task.
Be it fixes for JS/ CSS files from the development team or removal of glitches from the technical team.
📌 For example - if the website audit is carried out weekly:
1. You could just set a day to focus on the site auditing & prioritizing issues.
2. Set another day for fixing the identified issues and reviewing the same issue with another crawl.
Important note: You should aim to do one thing well. That is why you should try not to stuff all the issues in just one go.
Butter’s Example We have divided the task into four parts:
Part One (14th December to 30th December)
Score movement from 88% to 90%
On 30th December, we checked our web performance and identified security & time to first byte issues. For the first byte issue, deleting some running processes helped. Additionally, we could see a process was hogging CPU resources. We killed that process and saw an improvement in first-byte times. In addition, we double-checked the external URLs we use to make sure they were loading properly.
We learnt a lot through this process of building the perfect Ahrefs Health Score (and we are pretty proud of this achievement)!
We do hope you found some useful tips in this article that could help you improve your website's or blog's overall health as well. If you need help in getting the same results for your website — contact our experts today!
Do check out part 2 of our process to find out more details.