How To Do an Enterprise SEO Audit

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An enterprise SEO audit looks at large enterprise websites to find issues and opportunities that will improve rankings and visibility on search engines.

The basics are the same as any other SEO audit. Yet, an audit like this is an entirely different beast because of all the complications that come from large sites and large companies such as:

  • All the different systems.
  • All the different teams working to shape the audit.
  • All the things you might need to look at.
  • The scale of the audits due to the size of the websites.

Many common SEO tools don’t work at this scale, which is why

If you try to audit everything, an enterprise SEO audit is going to be expensive and time-consuming. A lot of that time is likely to be wasted. Focus on what your client wants and where you believe the issues are.

If they approached you because of a traffic drop and you saw that it was likely related to the Reviews Update like on the site below, then a technical SEO audit isn’t where you want to start.

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There are a lot of different things you could look at, which means there are different types of SEO audits you may be asked to run. When people talk about SEO audits, they’re often referring to technical SEO audits, but there are many others like content audits, link audits, local SEO audits, or competitive analysis.

Here are some different types of SEO audits and resources to help you put them together.

General SEO audits

For general SEO audits, one of the first things you might want to check is our Opportunities report in Site Explorer. The report covers the highest priority items that we believe will have the most impact for most websites.

It includes things like creating new content, updating existing content, writing for featured snippets, implementing redirects, adding internal links, getting external links your competitors have, finding unlinked brand mentions, and more.

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You can use our free SEO Audit Template for this.

Alternatively, check out our post on how to do an SEO audit in 11 steps. Here are the steps:

  1. Run a crawl of your website
  2. Identify organic traffic drops and work out what caused them
  3. Check for any duplicates of your website
  4. Find and diagnose indexability issues
  5. Ensure your site is mobile-friendly
  6. Benchmark your Core Web Vitals scores
  7. Reclaim authority by fixing broken pages
  8. Ensure your sitemap doesn’t have any issues
  9. Ensure on-page elements conform to SEO best practices
  10. Find declining content to reclaim rankings
  11. Find keywords competitors rank for, but you don’t

Content audits

Content audits can be extremely complex and time-consuming. Here’s our content audit process (with template).


Our SEO WordPress plugin automates and handles many of the steps in the content audit process above.

And don’t forget to check for content opportunities using our Content Gap tool.

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Technical SEO audits

Check out our beginner’s guide to technical SEO. It lists many technical SEO quick wins, such as:

Make sure you set up a project in Site Audit to check your website for 160+ different issues and track the progress of your fixes.

We have some great visuals in there for reporting, such as this one for Core Web Vitals.

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There are also some nice visualizations to help you explain issues like this first-if-its-kind hreflang cluster visualization. It shows and tells you what is broken, making it much easier to explain to stakeholders than the typical spreadsheet.

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One thing you might want to look into is crawl sampling. You don’t always need a full crawl of the website which can take weeks to run on an enterprise site. You just need enough to see if any important changes were made.


Did you know you can run Ahrefs’ Site Audit for a custom list of pages daily and get alerted to any changes? Using a sample across different templates or systems, you can find issues earlier. You don’t have to wait a week or a month between crawls.

Competitor analysis

Doing a competitor analysis can help identify any weaknesses you have as well as discover new opportunities. Comparing against competitors also helps get projects off the ground because no one wants to lose to their competitors.

The Organic Competitors report in Site Explorer is a quick and easy starting point to identify who your competitors are in the SERPs.

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Check out our post on how to do an SEO competitor analysis for more steps.

Link audit

In some cases, you may want to do a link audit as well—especially if you have a history of spam or have a manual action against your website. I will caution you to be very careful with the disavow file and any “toxic” links that tools may identify, as the methodologies I’ve seen are questionable. Many people end up hurting themselves by disavowing the identified links.

For more details, check out our posts on how to do a basic backlink audit and how to perform a competitor link analysis.

Internal link analysis

Internal links can have a big impact, especially for enterprise websites where you may not be allowed to build external links.

The easiest way to see internal link opportunities is with our tool in Site Audit. We look at what your pages are ranking for and suggest links from other pages on your site that talk about those things.

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Check out our actionable guide to internal linking for more advice.

Local SEO audits

Most of what you need to know for local SEO is covered in our complete guide to local SEO.

What people want out of an audit for deliverables and reporting varies greatly. I recommend discussing this up front with your client or stakeholders so that you’re both on the same page.

Deliverables might include a presentation, document, spreadsheets, or even tickets entered into a project management system.

I highly recommend focusing on a few key issues and not a massive report of everything you looked at. I’ve seen several hundred-page documents detailing everything you checked, but no one is going to read those. I’ve found reporting on 5-10 main issues or opportunities to be better received.

I’d recommend checking out our post on SEO metrics and reporting for inspiration.

You should try to equate fixes to cash. This is what businesses care about. You can say I want you to redirect these 100 pages, but it’s not going to go over as well as saying I want you to redirect these 100 pages which will recover 2,500 links which would cost $1M if we had to buy them. 

It may take some collaboration with the in-house team to estimate these kinds of numbers, but the extra effort means the report will be better received and you’ll be more likely to have your changes implemented.

Final thoughts

If I’ve learned anything over the years, it’s that the key to enterprise SEO is doing the basics better than anyone else. You have to put in the work.

Lots of people think that big brands can rank for anything and everything, but the truth is that most big brands only rank for their own branded searches. They have a lot of opportunities to gain more visibility that they don’t act on.

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