Checkpoint Research

High Quality
Content

The core of your website’s design should be the production of high-quality content, and strategically employing relevant keywords.

Mobile Website Content

The correct audience is drawn to your website by high quality content, which engages them and encourages them to take action. The likelihood that a person will share something increases if they deem it valuable.

Producing worthwhile content boosts your website’s search engine ranking in addition to the user who reads it. Google determines page ranks in search engine result pages (SERPs) based on the quality of the content and related links.

Mobile Website Content

SSL Certificate

SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) is the standard security technology for establishing an encrypted link between a web server and a browser. This link ensures that all data passed between the web server and browsers remain private and integral.

SSL Certificate

SSL certification keeps you and your website’s users safe. It also improves your ranking on search engines (SEO).

SSL Certificate

CHECKPOINT RESEARCH SSL CERTIFICATE PERIODICALLY FAILING

SSL certificate failing on mobile device

RECOMMEND

Check with the web host to confirm the expiration date of the SSL certificate and review any plugins or settings that might be used to “force” the HTTPS version of the website to make sure they are working properly on an on-going basis.

Privacy Policy

Most countries have privacy laws that require website owners or app developers to have a privacy policy – a statement of your data collection – and to disclose that privacy policy to your visitors or users.

Privacy Policy

Canadian law requires websites to have a privacy policy if you are collecting or sharing personal information (e.g., names, e-mails, phone numbers, images) that could be used to identify a returning user according to The Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA).

Privacy Policy

Google Analytics

Code for Google Analytics on Checkpoint Research website

CHAT & FORMS

NOTES

The privacy policy and terms of conditions for the Checkpoint Research website may only be for Google i.e. it doesn’t explain what the owners of Checkpoint Research are doing with the data being collected (names, emails, phone numbers, etc.).

Services should be expanded into pages or popups

Lack of content surrounding core services:

Services page not showing enough content

Recommend

Make each service column into a page (or popup) of it’s own to increase SEO and user experience (UX).

To be more precise, titles and sentences should use more keywords

HOW TO WORK WITH THE CRA

Vague blog title

“How to work with the CRA” is too vague for search results. 

Recommend

Be more specific with something like: “How to work with the CRA when dealing with SR&ED reviews…”

WHY YOU NEED TO HIRE AN EXTERNAL CONSULTANT FOR SR&ED

People often ask questions in search results. Asking “how do you select the right consultant” is too vague.

Recommend

Add more keywords around consultant:
Here is a strategic three-step guide to help you choose the right SR&ED consultant.”

Spelling & grammatical errors

Why you need to hire an external consultant for SR&ED

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SR&ED consultant: a guide to selecting the right one

Depending on how one reads or says “SR&ED” will determine what prefix sounds correct, i.e “SHRED” vs the letter “S.”
Example: “An shred” is inccorect, but “an S” is correct.

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How to pick right SR&ED consultant in three steps

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Why do external consultants work out better for SR&ED?

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RECOMMEND

Implement a quality check process before any blogs are published to look for spelling, and grammatical errors.

Text appears too wordy at times

Some phrases sound too “wordy” and don’t flow naturally:

Wordy text needing revision

Recommend

Rephrase your sentence to be simple:
“We believe working with well-trained experts is the best way to successfully navigate the complexities of the SR&ED program.”

Inconsistent design elements

Padding

The bottom of the service plan columns should have more padding:

Services page requiring more padding on columns

The “We are proud to work with” section on the About page should have more padding on the top, and bottom to match the padding in sections above and below it:

Screenshot of the "About" page showing inconsistent padding

Too much padding on tablet screen navigation. Logo, menu, and button should be in-line:

Tablet screen size navigation issue

Mobile

Design elements are causing the canvas size to be larger than the mobile screen on certain pages, making a scroll bar and empty space appear:

Mobile view of website with unnecessary scroll bar.

Font sizes are appearing too small in the top call to action bar, and footer:

PAGE INCONSISTENCIES

Blog pages are using different layouts.

Blog page headers:

Blog page example 1 top
Blog page example 2 top

Blog page footers:

Blog page example 1 bottom
Blog page example 2 bottom

Headers on main pages using different design layouts:

Service page header
Why us page header

URL names for pages should be clean and driven for SEO

Many people think of URLs as trivial addresses for websites, but URL structure is important for SEO and user experience. URLs can be an effective technique for obtaining SEO success, although appearing to be less significant than the title and heading parts. Google recommends:

“A site’s URL structure should be as simple as possible. Consider organizing your content so that URLs are constructed logically and in a manner that is most intelligible to humans.”

Screenshot of improper URL structure for a website

Recommend

Remove “2,” add a permanent redirect from the old page URL to the new, and ensure the new page is added to Google Search Console.

Images using improper alt text

Alt text (alternative text) provides a description of an image’s appearance or use on a page. When an image fails to load, alt text displays in its place, is indexed by search engine bots to help them better interpret the content of your website, and is read aloud by screen readers used by people who are visually impaired. Alt text used within an HTML code or in the relevant field in your CMS (Content Management System) is also referred to as “alt attributes,” or “alt descriptions.”

Blog using improper alt text

Images throughout the Checkpoint Research website is using default text where there should be alt text provided in order to improve user experience and SEO.

Recommend

Go into the WordPress media library and correctly write alt text for any/all images uploaded and visible on the website.

Text not linked to anything

"Subscribe to our blogs"

"10 questions to ask before hiring an SR&ED Consultant"

Blog link to file download is not linked

"Next: Blog" at the end of articles

Missing contact button

When the Checkpoint Research website is viewed in a mobile screen size, the “Let’s Talk” button disappears and there is no visible link for prospects to contact the business. Additionally, the phone number in the top bar is not linked to the phone number, and is too small to read.

Recommend

Add contact buttons for the phone, email or contact page in the top navigation bar or in the pull down menu.

Google Core
Web Vitals

Google has defined a set of metrics that website owners should focus on for optimization.

Using a tablet to browse a website with high-quality user experience

By defining these Core Web Vitals, Google aims to provide unified guidance for quality signals that they say are “essential to delivering a great user experience on the web” and that “Optimizing for quality of user experience is key to the long-term success of any site on the web.”

Google emphasizes the importance of Core Web Vitals over other metrics as they’re critical to all web experiences. Users’ expectations for web experiences can vary according to site and context, but many remain consistent regardless of where they are on the web.

Core Web Vitals are the user experience needs that all websites should be striving to meet. Specifically, Google identifies the core user experience needs as: loading, interactivity, and visual stability.

Using a tablet to browse a website with high-quality user experience

About Us

Matthews Marketing is a Canadian-based digital marketing agency that integrates your business practices with the most current marketing strategies.

Matthews Marketing Team

We bring together a team of specialists to create solutions and implement strategies that will connect you with your target audience. Applying our understanding of recent technological trends, we incorporate digital technologies such as search engine optimized (SEO) content and social media campaigns to promote your brand.

Matthews Marketing Team

Page Speed

Mobile phone slowly loading website

Page speed is important to user-experience because faster pages are more efficient at content delivery. According to a recent Kissmetrics study, almost a quarter of consumers will click away and choose a new search result if a page takes longer than 3 seconds to load – macleanengineering.com is scoring 22.4s.

Over 45 percent of visitors say they are less inclined to make a purchase if an ecommerce site takes longer than expected to load (Shopify).

Mobile phone slowly loading website