SEO Flowcharts for SEO Decision Making

I’m a fan of creating and using charts in general and flowcharts in specific to easily refer and guide through decision making during the SEO Process (and avoid just saying “it depends) with clients, as they’re also easier to understand by non-SEOs, show the criteria behind decisions and allow to automate many of the scenarios.

Here’s an aggregation of my top ones, that I hope to expand from time to time:

  1. The Pyramid of SEO Needs: What’s needed for SEO Success?
  2. Should you prioritize an SEO Opportunity/Issue Execution?
  3. How to Make your Pages Competitive to Rank for Relevant Queries?
  4. What to do when hit by a Google Core Update?
  5. Should you prune or optimize a page from your site?
  6. Should you migrate a Page to the New Web Version?
  7. Should I index a Sub-Category/Faceted Page?
  8. Should I Index a Product Page URL?
  9. Should you language or country target?
  10. What Web structure should you use to target a New Country Market?
  11. What should you take into consideration when Optimizing Content for Different Country markets? 
  12. Should You Implement Hreflang?
  13. Should you enable and index a product/service page in an international Web version?
  14. No SEO F*ck Ups, SEO Quality Frameworks

Let’s go through them! If you want to save them, just click on them to download them.

1. The Pyramid of SEO Needs: What’s needed for Success

The challenge faced by many SEO processes is that they’re stuck at the fix and improve stage due to continuous SEO-related bugs and lack of resources, and they need to move to the build stage to grow as expected.

The Pyramid of SEO Success Needs

2. Should you Prioritize an SEO Opportunity/Issue Execution?

There will be always room to optimize things for search, so how do you prioritize what to focus on? Use this flowchart.

Should you prioritize an SEO Opportunity/Issue Execution

3. How to Make your Pages Competitive to Rank for Relevant Queries

It’s about building a page that’s better at fulfilling the user search need for its targeted queries, with:

  • Content that is crawlable and indexable
  • Content that is more relevant and trustworthy than the one of competitors
  • Content that is more popular and authoritative than the one of competitors
  • Content that provides a superior user experience than the one of competitors

How to Make Your Pages Competitive to Rank for Relevant Queries

4. What to do when hit by a Google Core Update

Whenever you’re hit by a Google Search Core Update it’s normal to get nervous, but take a look at this flowchart to decide if you should actually do anything.

What to do when hit by a Google Core Update

5. Should you prune or optimize a page from your site?

Many times, less is more, and removing old, non-relevant content will help. However, it’s critical to apply certain criteria to decide if it’s reasonable to remove the content or not, and how to do it to avoid harm.

Should you Prune or Optimize a Page on your site?

6. Should you migrate a Page to the New Web Version?

To avoid organic search traffic (and a bad user experience) the best is to not leave anything out when doing a Web migration, however, sometimes you need to prioritize because of many reasons. Check out how below.

Should you migrate a page to a new Web version?

7. Should I index a Sub-Category/Faceted Page?

Whenever you ask an SEO about indexing sub-categories/facets in e-commerce sites, they’ll say “it depends”. In most cases, it will depend on the supply and demand. Check out this flow chart to see how and decide:

Should I index a Sub-Category/Faceted Page?

8. Should I Index a Product Page URL?

Actions to take with your product pages optimization aligned to your e-commerce inventory changes.

Should I index a Product Page URL?

9. Should you language or country target?

When deciding to target international markets, many times you wonder if you should target countries or languages. Use this flowchart to decide.

Should you language or country target?

10. What Web structure should you use to target a New Country Market?

Sometimes it’s better to use geolocated subdirectories in gTLDs for a new country market. In others, it’s more beneficial to use ccTLDs. Learn how to decide below.

What Web structure should you use to target new country market?

11. What should you take into consideration when Optimizing Content for Different Country markets?

It’s fundamental to assess if the language, topic, information, and terms are still relevant or need to be localized to connect with each country market needs.

What to take into consideration when optimizing content for international country markets

12. Should You Implement Hreflang?

Hreflang it’s actually not always required in international SEO processes. Check out when it’s actually needed below.

Should you implement hreflang

13. Should you enable and index a product/service page in an international Web version?

Many times you wonder if it makes sense to enable and index a product/service page in a new country/language market. Use this flowchart for decision making.

Should you enable a page in an international Web Version

14. No SEO F*ck Ups, SEO Quality Framework

Avoid common SEO mistakes and bugs by implementing an SEO quality framework, with education, validation and monitoring actions:


Remember, these should be used as references not to replace your SEO decision making taking into consideration your particular context, there are no absolutes in SEO, so in certain scenarios, these might not be applicable or the best alternatives!

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