Check this page regularly for all the latest updates to the Siteimprove Platform (usually once a week).
SEO: Updated character limits for meta titles
To follow industry recommendations, we now flag meta titles when they are shorter than 40 characters (previously 60) or longer than 75 (previously 70).
Policy: New rule available
We have added a new rule to the selection of "Content Policy" rules: "First detected date".
Use this rule to create a policy related to the first time Siteimprove detected a page on your site. The new library template "New pages with broken links" is based on this rule and finds pages added to Siteimprove within the last month that contain one of more broken links.
November 28, 2019
SEO: “Diamond” Activity Plan now “Custom” Activity Plan
We have changed the name of the Diamond Activity Plan tier to Custom. Custom plans have a customized number of keywords and frequency of keyword data updates, and this is now reflected in the name.
SEO: Monitored Keywords table has received a face-lift
The way information is presented in the Monitored Keywords table has been restructured to make it more clear and digestible:
CMS Plugins in three categories
Siteimprove integrates with a number of different CMS plugins. Depending on the plugin, we are able to offer different levels of support and the plugins are now divided into three categories on our website:
Siteimprove provided plugins: These plugins are provided and developed by Siteimprove with help from our partners. Support for these plugins is handled by Siteimprove Support.
Vendor provided plugins: These plugins are developed by the CMS vendor in close collaboration with Siteimprove. Support will be handled by the CMS vendor.
Community plugins: These plugins are developed and supported by third party companies/communities. Siteimprove does not provide plugin support for these. Please read the support details on the specific plugin pages.
November 14, 2019
New: Marketing Automation Integrations [Now live on all markets]
You can now maintain and optimize the content on your landing pages if they are generated via one of the following marketing software: HubSpot, Marketo, or Pardot. Setting up a marketing integration will make it possible to add all your landing pages to your Siteimprove platform. It is also possible to uniquely tag your landing pages, making it easy to distinguish them from other pages on your website.
Analytics / Settings [Now live on all markets]
Additional Settings options are now available under Analytics > Settings. These options allow you to configure the domains associated with your Analytics sites. Account Owners have view/edit access for these new settings. Administrators have view access only.
Customize user access to Siteimprove Performance
In Settings > Users > Roles, it is now possible to customize which account roles should have access to the Performance module.
November 7, 2019
Help Center answer bot [Live on selected markets: AU, CAN, UK & US]
When you submit a technical support ticket, the automatic email confirming we have received your message now includes suggested Help Center articles that may be exactly what you were looking for. If this is not the case, our Technical Support team will assist as usual.
SEO Advanced: Custom columns in Keyword Monitoring
It is now possible to customize columns in the SEO > Research > Monitored Keywords table. The custom columns filter lets you decide which data points you'd like to see to make the data more digestible and relevant.
SEO Advanced: Keyword details now exportable
It is now possible to export data from the keyword details in the table under SEO > Research > Monitored Keywords. You can view the keyword details by clicking a keyword in the table and then export the details to for example a dashboard.
October 31, 2019
Updated Accessibility PDFs section
The Accessibility PDF section now includes all accessibility tested PDFs, not just the PDFs failing our accessibility test. Two new sticky filters have been added to the table: "Last modified" and "Number of Issues". The first has an option specifically related to the 2018 EU Directive.
Policy: New "Page tag" rule
A new rule is now available for Content Policies: "Page tag". This is useful for creating policies that should only target a subset of (tagged) pages.
October 23, 2019
NEW: Marketing Automation Integrations [Live on selected markets: AU, CAN, UK & US]
You can now maintain and optimize the content on your landing pages if they are generated via marketing software such as HubSpot, Marketo, or Pardot. Setting up a marketing integration will make it possible to add all your landing pages to your Siteimprove platform. It is also possible to uniquely tag your landing pages, making it easy to distinguish them from other pages on your website.
Analytics / Settings [Live on selected markets: AU, CAN, UK & US]
Additional Settings options are now available under Analytics > Settings. These options allow you to configure the domains associated with your Analytics sites. Account Owners have view/edit access for these new settings. Administrators have view access only.
October 17, 2019
You can now use page tags in three areas of the Siteimprove platform (see below). Tagging pages with a word or short sentence allows you to better categorize and manage your pages.
- "Pages" in Quality Assurance. Located under Inventory.
- "Pages" in Accessibility. Located in the main left-hand menu.
- "Pages" lists in Policy and when creating or editing a content policy.
You can filter the tables by one or multiple page tags and create/edit/remove tags directly from the table. When creating or editing a content policy, you can add tags that will then be added automatically to any existing or future page that matches the policy. Read more about page tags.
Note: Only Administrators and Account Owners can add, edit, and delete tags.
October 10, 2019
- Preview report: The preview option is now available in the Dashboard beta reports. This gives you the opportunity to see how a Dashboard report will look before you send it via email.
- Sticky sorting on dashboard widgets: We have received a lot of feedback while having our email Dashboard report feature in Beta. One improvement that we have now implemented is making the sorting sticky. So any sorting you apply before adding a widget to the dashboard or when editing a widget will be sticky and persistent for that widget both on the live Dashboard and in Dashboard reports.
October 4, 2019
- More overview data for each Activity Plan: In response to our users requesting more information summing up key data points in Activity Plans, we added to the highlights area on the Activity Plan details page. You can now see the total number of keywords monitored, total search volume and average position for all keywords. We have also included estimated traffic data along with the new highlights.
September 26, 2019
- Create a new Activity Plan on the fly: You can now create Activity plans when carrying out keyword research. Previously the only option was to add a new keyword to an existing plan, but now there is also the option to create a brand new Activity Plan for the newly added keyword.
- Page error rate: When working on Accessibility issues you either approach them at issue level, where you look to fix a specific issue across the entire site or a group, or at page level, where fixing all accessibility issues on a specific page is your target. To make it easier, we have now separated DCI points relating to pages into a new tab on the Accessibility overview page - Page error rate. The new tab will present issues relating to page level 1,2 and 3+ and the associated DCI score.
- Change in DCI calculation: CSS and HTML validator results have been removed from the DCI calculation. This will allow our users to have more focus on the accessibility issues.
- Localized Keywords now available on all markets: On 15th March, we released Localized Keywords. This feature enables you to monitor how you are ranking compared to local competitors and focus on promoting your products/services to the prospects and customers closest to you. Local SEO is now also available on the following markets: Austria, Spain, Italy, Japan, and Singapore.
September 19, 2019
- Add another widget: When constructing a dashboard, you often want to add multiple widgets. We have now made it quicker/easier to add multiple widgets to a dashboard at the same time.
September 12, 2019
- Private policies now possible: If the policy you are creating contains sensitive information, or is not ready to be shared with others, you are now able to mark access as "Only Me".
Policies are shared as default.
September 5, 2019
- Siteimprove Ads available worldwide: Originally launched to a select number of markets in July, we are now very pleased to announce that Ads is available worldwide. Ads automatically audits your Google Ads campaigns for improvements in Ads, landing pages, and budgets so you can save time on the basics and focus on growth.
Read more about Siteimprove Ads and sign up for a 14 day free trial today.
- Siteimprove Performance available worldwide: Originally launched to a select number of markets in July, we are now very pleased to announce that Performance is available worldwide. Performance helps you optimize your website’s load time and improve visitor experience, SEO rankings, and ultimately, your bottom line.
Read more about Siteimprove Performance and sign up for a 14 day free trial today.
- Improved creation flow to address URLs behind geo blockers: Adding a new page to be monitored is now even smarter when it comes to the multiple visitor profiles that we have available. We now pre-check the URL from all our available measurement locations. If we see that visiting the URL from a specific location result in a redirect we will let you know. Any blocked locations will come with a warning and these locations will be removed from the visitor profile options.
- Accessibility Score on My Sites and Groups: The Accessibility Score (which contributes DCI Score) has been added to the My Sites and the Groups table within Accessibility. It is important to be able to compare at site and group level. Furthermore, we have also optimized My site's load time – so check it out!
August 29, 2019
- Custom Activity Plan adjustment: SEO Advanced customers now have more flexibility around our credit system and Custom Activity Plan. Customers have the option to create Custom Activity Plans with a minimum of 10 keywords and up to 1000 keywords.
- Credit overview page update: The SEO credit overview page in SEO Advanced settings has been updated to provide a clear overview of credit usage per site. We now list the Activity Plans and tires per site including how many keywords are being monitored and how many competitors each Activity Plan has.
- 'Submit a ticket' within the platform: As part of our continued efforts to give customers easy access to help and support resources, we have added the possibility to create a support ticket from within the platform. Users can simply click on the question mark in the bottom right, then 'Submit a ticket' to send us a question.
August 15, 2019
- SEO Policies: You can now quickly access all Policies that have been tagged with SEO directly from the SEO module. Creating SEO policies that relate to your organisation can be a great supplement to the SEO checks provided by Siteimprove.
- Edit functionality: Even though Performance has only been available for a limited period of time, we are already adding functionality requested by our early adopters. As a user you can now edit a page that is being monitored by Performance, so you can add or remove visitor profiles.
- Ignoring per instance of personal data: Context is key when evaluating if an identified instance of personal data is something to take action on or not. Ignoring per instance allows you to ignore any false positives, whilst being confident that we will let you know if a new instance of that piece of data appears anywhere else on your website in the future.
August 1, 2019
- Personal data graphs on the overview page: Graphs relating to personal data detected across all sites are now available as soon as you enter the Data Privacy module. This addition means that you now have a better overview across all sites both in regards to domains and personal data.
- Target page optimization link: Keywords and target pages go hand-in-hand when you work with SEO. We have now made it even easier to start optimizing your target pages directly from the Key Word Monitoring section. Look out for the new optimization icon.
- Localized Keywords now available on more markets: On 15th March, we released Localized Keywords. This feature enables you to monitor how you are ranking compared to local competitors and focus on promoting your products/services to the prospects and customers closest to you. Local SEO is now also available on the following markets: Sweden and Finland.
July 11, 2019
- Email report - Now in Beta: We have been testing out this new feature for a while now, and are very pleased to introduce it to all of our users. Now you can email your dashboards to any number of recipients. This feature is in Beta mode right now and there are plenty of opportunities to give us feedback.
- Remove target page: Target pages are an important part of optimizing your website for search engines. Unfortunately, it has not been that easy to remove a target page again without having to remove selected keywords. We have fixed this now!
July 4, 2019
- Four new policy templates: The Policy library offers a whole range of ready-made templates that you can add to your account by the click of a button. Most recently, the following policies have been added to the library:
- Homepage missing image alt text
- Popular pages with broken links
- High-level pages with broken links
- Large pages with multiple referrals
July 2, 2019
New Siteimprove Ads product launched
- Siteimprove Ads: Ads automatically audits your Google Ads campaigns for improvements in ads, landing pages, and budgets so you can save time on the basics and focus on growth.
Read more about Siteimprove Ads and sign up for a 14 day free trial today.
New Siteimprove Performance product launched
- Siteimprove Performance: Performance helps you optimize your website’s load time and improve visitor experience, SEO rankings, and ultimately, your bottom line.
Read more about Siteimprove Performance and sign up for a 14 day free trial today.
June 28, 2019
- Localized Keywords now available on more markets: On 15th March, we released Localized Keywords on limited markets (US, Canada, Netherlands and Belgium). This feature enables you to monitor how you are ranking compared to local competitors and focus on promoting your products/services to the prospects and customers closest to you. Local SEO is now also available on the following markets (Norway, Australia, New Zealand, Switzerland, Denmark, Germany and UK).
June 27, 2019
- My sites: My Sites offers a view across all the sites you have access to as a user. The My Sites page within Data Privacy now contains additional information regarding the number of personal data types that have been detected on each site, and the total number across all sites. The table also offers an indicator for the number of new instances that have been detected over the past 30 days.
- My Policies: It is always beneficial to be able to sort and prioritize items in a long list. The My Policies table now includes the star icon and the ability to boost selected policies to the top of the list. The star icon within the Siteimprove platform is user specific. It enables you to prioritize and order items in a way that suits your workflow.
June 20th, 2019
Manage User Access to Sites and Groups
- Grant user access to site/groups via the Sites table: You can now edit user access to a site and its groups in one go! - We've made a change in the Setting section, due to customer feedback. You can bulk apply user access to a site (and its groups) via the Sites table under Settings. You no longer have to make these changes on an individual user basis. "Edit user access to site/groups" is available in the options menu for each site.
- Recheck option available for list of Policy matches: It is now possible to recheck pages where Policy matches have been found directly from the Siteimprove platform. The recheck icon is available to the right of each page.
- Getting started upgraded: It is extremely important to us that our users get the best possible start with our platform. Our aim with the Help Center is to provide our users a variety of help options (everyone learns differently) around topics and themes. These new sections now include short videos, reference relevant Academy courses if one is available, groups together relevant articles and suggests in-tool tutorials. New to Siteimprove? Or fancy brushing up the basics? Check out the Getting Started section in our Help Center.
June 12th, 2019
- Changing the Policy menu: When speaking with our users, we often hear how useful they find the Policy Library and My Policies. Policy Library offers a lot of "pre-baked" policies, spanning numerous verticals and content areas, where Siteimprove has already done the groundwork and you can just plug-and-play for your own sites. My Policies offers an easy overview of all the policies that have been created. Based on this user feedback, we have made a few small changes to the Policy menu, so these options are now visible at the top level.
June 5th, 2019
- Personal data in pages and files: We have expanded the range of file types covered within data privacy, so you can now get an overview of all file types on your site (including HTML pages) where personal data (Personal Identification Numbers, email address and phone numbers) has been detected. See Data Privacy: Technical Specifications for list of file types.
May 29, 2019
- Email addresses now detected in pages and files: When dealing with personal data it is vital to have a full overview of where it appears throughout your site, regardless of file type. Within Data Privacy, we have broadened the scope of where we can detect email addresses beyond HTML pages to include other file types. See Data Privacy: Technical Specifications for list of file types.
May 22, 2019
- Focus Issues: When dealing with issues on your site, it is often useful to group issues together that you want to focus on here-and-now. Focus issues enable you to highlight the SEO issues that you want to focus on. Located on the "Issues and Recommendations" page, simply select issues, and use the Focus issues tab as your work-list. Focus issues are user and site-specific.
- Hex codes now displayed for color contrast issues One Accessibility issue that our users have a lot of focus on is Color Contrast, where the color of the text and the color of the background are not in sufficient contrast to each other. In order for our users to address this issue, we have received many requests to display Hex codes in addition to RGB. So that is what we have done! For each text color and background color, we now display the Hex code alongside RGB.
May 15, 2019
- Localized Keywords in Activity Plans: You can now monitor how you are ranking compared to local competitors and focus on promoting your products/services to the prospects and customers closest to you. When setting up an Activity plan, you can select State/Region and then City – depending on how granular you want to go. Local SEO is currently only available on limited markets (US, Canada, Netherlands and Belgium), and we will update you as soon as it becomes available on other markets.
- Inventory tables available in dashboards: You can now export any table within QA inventory to a dashboard of your choice. It is not possible to export the Site Map page to a dashboard.
May 1, 2019
- Improvements to Campaigns: Additional Learn component added and more informative empty states included. Additional tabs (Term, Content and Landing pages) added under Traffic segments in Campaign details.
- Data Privacy Settings actions included in User Action Log: All actions associated with the Data Privacy Settings are now included within the User Action Log.
- Allowing Ignore/Unignore for email addresses and phone numbers: Ignore options are now available for email addresses and phone numbers within the Personal Data section of Data Privacy.
April 17, 2019
- Names removed under Personal Data: After careful evaluation of the quality and volume of the results presented, the Names component has been removed from the "Personal Data" section. If you are interested to see if, and where, a name appears on your site, you can utilize the Universal Search feature. Universal Search provides the additional benefits of looking for names across all sites on the account, and allows you to broaden your search across data files, documents and pages.
April 10, 2019
- Multi selection of tags now possible: If you have a lot of sites on your account, it can be useful to use the tagging feature to group these sites together. Multi selection of tags is now available in all the places in the platform where tags are used, making it easier to view all sites that have multple tags in common, or to view all sites across a range of tags. Once a component has been filtered by selected tags, this view can also be exported to a dashboard. Tags are currently used in the following areas of the platform:
- Sites / My Sites
- SEO Keywords
- SEO Activity Plans
April 4, 2019
- Limits changed for three SEO checks: We have made changes to the limits associated with the following three SEO checks, based on user feedback:
- Check: Too many internal links on a page
- Check: Text to code ratio
- Check: Low word content count
March 20, 2019
- SEO Issues are no longer flagged on non-canonical pages: Canonical tags can be used to indicate which page you’d like a search engine (e.g. Google) to index when you have multiple pages with very similar/identical content on your website. When it comes to SEO, it is not necessary for Siteimprove to provide results and SEO advice for pages that are not intended or expected to be indexed by search engines. From now on, we will not flag issues on non-canonical pages in Siteimprove SEO, and highlight if a "non-canonical" page has been selected as a Target Page in SEO Advanced. Read about the changes in the platform relating to canonical tags in our help center article.
- Date picker introduced to the Accessibility progress graph: You can now view data in the Accessibility progress graph back to September 2017. This implementation has been championed by a range of users wishing for more control over the time frame they are viewing within the Accessibility module.
March 13, 2019
- Keyboard navigation improvements: All actions and interactive components are now available to keyboard users when they are using the Siteimprove platform (my2 domain). You are now able to access all interactive elements on a page using the keyboard in the same way that you can interact with them using a mouse. The improvements also include: focus after performing an action, skip to content button, the ability to close modals and lists with the Esc. key and ensuring logical tab order.
- Funnels and User Journey components exportable to dashboard: These components are now available as widgets to be exported to your dashboard.
- Analytics Settings menu: The many options available for the Analytics module within Settings: IP-groups, Filters, Feedback, Parameters/Campaigns and Privacy have now been relocated to the Analytics module. They are placed within a new left hand menu item called Analytics Settings.
March 6, 2019
- Site/group selection: After you log in, you will now be taken to the site/group you previously viewed in the Siteimprove platform.
- Table view configuration moved to user profile: The ability to specify if you would like the title, URL or both displayed within the Siteimprove tables is now available under your user profile.
February 27, 2019
- Campaigns: We're relaunching the Campaigns feature: track what drives traffic and conversions, build more consistent UTM links, and manage all your campaigns in one place. Read more about the new Campaigns in Spotlight on New Features and Updates.
February 20, 2019
- Edit spelling suggestions: You can now edit suggested spelling corrections in Spelling so that your own spelling suggestion is displayed instead.
- Page Report link in QA exports: Files exported from Quality Assurance now have a direct link to the Page Report.
- My Sites load time cut by 75%: Performance improvements to the My Sites table means it now loads significantly faster (and we're working on making the graph load faster as well).
- List of pages checked in Single Page Check: Administrators and Account Owners (or roles with those permissions) can see and delete pages that have been run through the Single Page Check by other users.
- CSS validation: Due to popular request we have updated our CSS validation service to validate CSS files against CSS Level 3 + SVG. This means you might see a small change in your DCI, SEO, and Accessibility Scores.
- Edit email recipients for personal identification number alerts: You can now edit who is set up to receive email alerts when new personal identification numbers are detected on a site.
February 13, 2019
- Starred issues: You can now "star" Accessibility issues that you want to revisit later. You'll be able to see them in a separate list for easy access, and track your progress on starred issues. Read more about starred issues in Spotlight on New Features and Updates.
- Personal Identification Number formats and email alerts: See which country-specific formats for personal identification numbers are being detected on your sites, and whom you're sending reports about detected numbers to.
- Magnolia CMS Plugin: The CMS plugin is now available for users of Magnolia CMS.
January 23, 2019
- Preferred spelling suggestions now carry over to the redesigned Spelling module: If you had marked a preferred spelling suggestion in the previous version of the Spelling module, we've preserved and reinstated those preferences in the new version.
- Spelling suggestions on Page Report: See suggested spelling corrections in the Page Report so you can judge whether it's the right spelling in context.
- Sub-tables in Spelling can be exported: Export expanded sub-tables in Spelling. This functionality was available in the previous version of Spelling and has been reinstated in the new version.
- Five new SEO checks: We've added three new checks that flag empty, missing, or multiple H1 headers, and two new checks for multiple meta descriptions or meta titles, all of which can negatively affect your SEO. This means that your DCI and SEO Scores might go down a bit (but they'll go right back up once you've fixed your meta tags).
- Adobe Experience Manager, SiteVision, Sitebox, IPROX: Siteimprove now integrates with these four content management systems. Read more about the new CMS plugins for Adobe,SiteVision, Sitebox, and IPROX.
- Discontinuing support for TLS 1.0 and 1.1: We're discontinuing support for deprecated encryption protocols, namely TLS 1.0 and 1.1 from March 2019. Please read more about which encryption protocols we support and the deadlines for use of deprecated protocols.
January 9, 2019
- Highlighted spelling errors and spelling suggestions in Misspellings tab: Misspelled words in the "Misspellings" tab are highlighted to indicate where the misspelling has occurred. Suggested spelling corrections are also offered, as for words in the "Needs Review" tab.
- Top Keywords by Domain: Search for a domain to see what high search-volume keywords it ranks for. Read more about Top Keywords by Domain in Spotlight on New Features and Updates.
December 12, 2018
- Redesigned Spelling feature: The new Spelling simplifies the workflow for sorting out misspellings and approved words, and gives users more control over which pages and sites their spelling decisions affect. It even predicts how likely it is that a word is a misspelling to help you prioritize which words to review first. Read more about the new Spelling in Spotlight on New Features and Updates.
- Keyword position filter (SEO Pro/Enterprise/Advanced) in Keyword Monitoring: Filter your monitored keywords to see the ones on which you're ranking in the top 100.
November 28, 2018
- SEO insights in CMS plugin: Get all the insights of the SEO module in the CMS plugin, so you can make SEO improvements as you're creating and editing content.
- Competitor Settings (SEO Pro/Enterprise/Advanced): Edit, add, or delete competitors from Activity Plans on the Competitor Settings page.
- Internal search terms filter: New filter allows you to segment visitors by the search terms they have used on your internal search engine.
Read more about the new SEO features in Spotlight on New Features and Updates.
November 14, 2018
- New version of SSO that supports SHA-256: For customers who haven't added Siteimprove to their SSO solution yet, we've now made it easier to configure, disable, add and update users. The new SSO is more stable and supports the SHA-256 security standard. Read more about the new SSO in Spotlight on New Features and Updates.
Top-ranking Pages by Keyword feature: Search on a keyword and see the top 50 ranking pages for it. Use it to discover potential new competitors and analyze their SEO strategy for those keywords. Read more about Top-ranking Pages by Keyword in Spotlight on New Features and Updates.
- Ability to disable/dismiss Feedback box on mobile devices: You can now choose to give your visitors the option to dismiss feedback survey icons after they have given their input, or even disable them altogether on mobile devices for a less cluttered user experience.
October 31, 2018
- Redesigned Policy Library: The Policy Library has a new look and navigation to make it easier to find the policy templates you need. Read more about the Policy Library redesign in Spotlight on New Features and Updates.
Data Privacy (previously known as the GDPR module)
- Personal Identifiable Information in documents: We can now identify Personal Identifiable Information (PII) in documents (Excel, ppt, PDF, XML, etc.). You also have the option to ignore PII detected in documents.
October 17, 2018
- Live Analytics: Wouldn't it be neat to get real-time data about what's currently happening on your website? Now you can do exactly that with Live Analytics, which brings you up-to-the-minute data on visitor activities. Read more about Live Analytics in Spotlight on New Features and Updates.
- Images missing width and height attributes no longer flagged if website is mobile-friendly: If your website is mobile-friendly, images should resize according to the visitor's screen dimensions. As such, images on a mobile-friendly site will no longer be flagged as a problem if they do not have width and height attributes.
October 3, 2018
- An easier way to fulfill information requests from your visitors: New Visitor Data feature in Settings > Analytics allows you to retrieve data on the activities of a specific visit in order to fulfill information requests from your visitors (i.e. if they ask to find out what kind of analytics data you're storing on them). Only Account Owners or users with customized Account-Owner roles are able to retrieve visitor data. Read more about Visitor data here.
- "Outbound link" trigger in Key Metrics: We've added an Outbound Link trigger that is distinct from the existing Exit Link trigger. Outbound links are links to external pages, but which visitors access without leaving your website. Exit links are links to external pages which end a visitor's session on your website.
- GDPR module will be renamed "Data Privacy": As of October 18, the GDPR module will be renamed "Data Privacy" to better encompass the full range of features available. The module has always been meant to help organizations with a broad range of data privacy concerns affecting their websites, and now the name will also reflect that.
- Policy template identifying documents published on or after 23 September 2018 (EU accessibility directive): All documents published on public sector websites on or after 23 September 2018 must be made accessible by 23 September 2020 according to a new EU accessibility directive. This policy template helps you identify the documents on your site this directive applies to.
- Branded keyword settings: Since you're most likely already ranking high on keyword searches that contain your brand name, it may not be that useful to get data on branded keywords when doing SEO research. This new settings section lets you exclude branded keywords from Keyword Discovery, Keyword Suggestions, Keyword Monitoring, and Google Search Console.
- New Business Intelligence integrations: Integrate with three new business intelligence dashboard-builders and tools. Whether you use Klipfolio, Power BI, SeoToolsforExcel, or Tableau (our first business intelligence integration), now you can access Siteimprove data in some of the leading business intelligence platforms on the market. Read about all our integrations here.
- Plone CMS plugin: The CMS plugin is now available for users of Plone 5.0+.
September 21, 2018
- Search Snippet Preview: Preview how your page title and meta description looks in Google search results. Read more about Search Snippet Preview here.
- All backlinks table: In your link profile, you can now see a table of your top 500 and bottom 500 backlinks by Trust Score, irrespective of whether they meet the Trust Score threshold to be included in High-value Backlinks and Undesirable Backlinks. (Previously we only showed you your high-value backlinks and undesirable backlinks. Now, if there are neutral-value backlinks in your top 500 or bottom 500 backlinks, you will see those in the "All Backlinks" table).
- Accessibility improvements: We've added accessible labels to selection controls (e.g. Selecting site and group, date range, checkpoints, dashboards). This should improve the experience for users of screen readers (or other users who like to navigate using their keyboard).
- SEO issue categories: API users can get data on the number of issues you have on each page and which category of SEO issues they fall under.
September 5, 2018
- Create Jira issues in SEO: You can now create Jira issues within Issues and Recommendations in the SEO module.
- Create Jira issues for Policy matches and specific pages affected by an Accessibility issue: Create Jira issues for Policy matches on specific pages and for all detected occurrences of an Accessibility issue at the page-level (previously you could only create Jira issues for Policies and Accessibility issues as they applied to your entire site.)
- See URL suggestions when adding target page: When you set a target page for a monitored keyword, start typing and you'll get a list of suggested URLs on your site to add.
- Visit page directly from Target Page Optimization: We've made it easier for you to see a target page by adding a button that opens the page directly from Target Page Optimization, just next to the "Re-check page" and "Edit keywords" buttons.
- Mobile-friendliness issue page links to Mobile-Friendly Test: Previously we were linking to the Google PageSpeed test from the Mobile-friendliness page under Issues and Recommendations. It now links to Google's Mobile-Friendly Test, which is more relevant as a check of how mobile-friendly your page is.
- Graphs in SEO Google Search Console now exportable: All the line graphs (Search Terms, Pages, Countries, Devices, Indexed Pages) are now exportable to Excel.
- Updated check for Structured Data Markup: Our check for structured data markup now detects three of the most commonly used structured data markup implementations. This means you might see a small increase in your SEO Score.
August 28, 2018
- Focus issues for target pages: In the target pages component of your Activity Plans, you can see all the focus issues that need to be fixed for those pages.
August 22, 2018
- Updated meta description character limits: We've updated the character limits for meta descriptions in our SEO checks. Descriptions are now flagged when they're shorter than 110 characters or longer than 160 characters.
- Add tags to multiple keywords in bulk: Add multiple tags at once to your selected keywords. Makes it convenient to categorize a large amount of keywords at once.
- New Accessibility editor dashboard: A new system dashboard showing issues and PDFs with issues filtered by the editor role at WCAG Level AA. (As it's a system dashboard, you can't edit it, but you can make a copy and customize that.)
August 13, 2018
- Create Jira issues: Create Jira issues for Policy and Accessibility issues directly in Siteimprove. Read more about Jira Connector here.
- Browser extensions, Tableau, and Jira Connector added: Last week we introduced the new integrations menu and this we're adding the Accessibility and DCI browser extensions, as well as an integration with Tableau. (Note: only Administrators and Account Owners can see the Integrations menu). Read more about the updated integrations menu here.
August 8, 2018
- Backlinks: One of the most important factors driving organic traffic is the make-up of links that link to your website. Learn what your link profile's strengths are, whether your backlinks are contributing to or damaging your SEO, and more. Read about the new Backlinks feature here.
- Set target pages for all keywords, not just ones with data: Previously you couldn't set target pages for keywords if we had no search volume data on them but now you can.
- Feedback feature always shows in side menu: Even if you don't have any feedback surveys created yet, it now shows up in the left-hand menu so you can easily create new ones.
- Filters are saved for Issues page: Now when you've filtered out issues by role, conformance level, severity, or priority on the Issues page, those filters are saved even if you leave the page, so you can easily resume working with the same list of issues that you left off with.
New Integrations menu
- API keys, Share Widget, CMS plugin now under the same menu: All the apps and plugins that connect Siteimprove with your other applications are now collected under "Integrations" in the main left-hand menu (and stay tuned for new additions soon).
LRS Antilles Plugin
- CMS Plugin now available for LRS Antilles: If you use the LRS Antilles CMS, you can now access Siteimprove insights there via the CMS plugin. Contact LRS Web Solutions to Enable the Plugin.
July 31, 2018
- DCI Score points no longer subtracted for presence of XML files: Previously a bug meant that users were penalized for the presence of XML files on their site. This has been fixed.
- Position Distribution graph in Keyword Discovery: See how your discovered keywords are distributed across different search results positions for a visual illustration of keyword performance.
- Search volume in Content Optimization: See the monthly search volume for keywords mapped to your target pages for a quick quantification of how many searches a target page could be showing up for.
- New highlights bar in Behavior Maps: A new highlights bar provides quick reference on number of visits, page views, etc., including a segmentation of data on interactions, clicks, scrolls by device.
July 10, 2018
- Guideline updates: WCAG 2.1 was made an official W3C recommendation on June 5, 2018, and the Siteimprove guidelines page now reflects the additional success criteria that were added. 12 new success criteria have been added on level A+AA in WCAG 2.1, and 5 new success criteria have been added on level AAA. Most of the new WCAG 2.1 success criteria are related to: Mobile, Cognition and Low vision.
No automated checks are currently available for the new success criteria. Read more about the WCAG 2.1. and Siteimprove in our help center article.
- Issue progress graphs: Progress graphs are now available for each SEO issue – enabling you to track the progress of specific issues over time.
- Search box for discover competitors: We have noted that our users use search boxes more than we expected. Therefore we have added a search box to discover competitors to make it easier to find relevant competitors from a potentially long list.
- Display if a keyword is already included in an Activity Plan: A column has been added to the keyword suggestions table, so you can quickly see if any of the keywords are already included in Activity Plans.
- SEO issue progress graphs: Progress graphs for SEO issues can now be included in your dashboard. The graphs can be added as widgets through the platform, or you can choose Issue Progress Graph from the widget library and use the new issue selector to find the issue you are interested in.
July 3, 2018
CMS Plugin Integrations
- CoreMedia: CoreMedia’s clients include major global brands with complex and content intensive sites in retail, the public sector and other industries. The idea for a plugin was developed during a 'Hackathon' at the CoreMedia Headquarters in Hamburg in November 2017. The Siteimprove CMS Extension bridges the gap between the CoreMedia content management system (Cloud-based version) and the Siteimprove Intelligence Platform. Download the Plugin for CoreMedia
June 26, 2018
CMS Plugin Integrations
- VisionLive: Vision Internet provides technology and professional services to government agencies in the US. The Siteimprove CMS Extension bridges the gap between the VisionLive content management system (CMS 6) and the Siteimprove Intelligence Platform. Contact Vision Support to Enable the Plugin.
- i:Create: The eSolutions / i:Create platform is popular in the Canadian market within the fields of local government, education, and healthcare. The Siteimprove CMS Extension bridges the gap between the i:Create content management system (i:Create 2.27 and later) and the Siteimprove Intelligence Platform. Contact eSolutions to Enable the Plugin.
- TYPO3: TYPO3 is a very popular content management system within Europe, and a plugin has repeatedly been requested by customers in Germany, Sweden, and countries within the Benelux region. The Siteimprove CMS Extension bridges the gap between the TYPO3 content management system (Versions TYPO3 6.2 to TYPO3 8.7) and the Siteimprove Intelligence Platform. Download the Plugin for TYPO3.
Check out all the content management systems that can utilize the Siteimprove CMS Plugin.
- Check updates: The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) recently made Accessible Rich Internet Applications Suite (WAI-ARIA) 1.1 an official recommendation. The update of WAI-ARIA from 1.0 to 1.1 introduces new ways of making web content accessible to users of assistive technologies. Siteimprove has updated two Accessibility checks to account for the update of WAI-ARIA to 1.1: Read more about the improved checks in the Help Center.
- Behavior Maps widget: The overview of all pages that have been added to Behavior Maps can now be added as a widget to your customizable dashboards.
- Quick links on Overview page: New quick link icons for Activity Plans, Issues & Recommendations, Content Optimization, Duplicate Content, Keyword suggestions, and Google Search Console give you easy access to the SEO features you use regularly.
- Cookie Details: A new column has been added to the Cookies Overview table displaying on how many pages we have seen each cookie. Clicking on the number of pages or the Cookie name, will take you to a details page where you can view which of the pages on the site are setting each cookie. The details page also provides "Value" information, and this can be expanded if there is more than one value being set.
June 13, 2018
- Widget Library: Now you can search for widgets and add them directly from your dashboard. Read more about the widget library in the Spotlight section.
- 13 improved checks: We've fine-tuned 13 Accessibility checks so that they align more closely with W3C standards. This means you should see a reduction in the number of occurrences you have for these 13 issues (though in some cases you might see an increase--but think of them as occurrences that would have gone undetected otherwise!), which might show up as a drop or spike in your progress graphs. Read more about all the improved checks in the Help Center.
- % of total visits: In the graphs under Visitors, see what browsers and operating systems your visitors use, now broken down as a percentage of all of visits.
- New tooltips: We've added some extra tooltips in SEO, including one in Keyword Suggestions to explain the different types of keyword suggestions you can get.
June 5th, 2018
- 4 Google Search Console rules: These rules are available for SEO Advanced subscriptions. The rules are for “Number of clicks”, “Number of impressions”, Click-through rate” and Average position”.
- Fixed-width tables Policy: In accordance with responsive web design guidelines, fixed-width tables should be avoided to ensure that they are optimized for viewing on mobile devices.
- Non-semantic HTML markup Policy: Looks for instances of tags that do not convey meaning about the information enclosed within them. Using semantic markup ensures that your HTML can be read by both humans and computers, making your pages more accessible and easier to find and index by search engines.
- Pages missing viewport meta tag Policy: Without a viewport, your site will not be optimized for display on a mobile device. Setting a viewport tells the browser how a device's screen should be sized to fit content.
- Broken media files Policy: Looks for broken media files that do not render properly due to an invalid URL or other reasons.
CMS Plugin Integrations
- Sitefinity: The Siteimprove CMS Extension bridges the gap between the Sitefinity content management system (CMS) and the Siteimprove Intelligence Platform. Download the Plugin for Sitefinity, and check out all the other content management systems that can utilize the Siteimprove CMS Plugin.
- Time period selector: You can now change the time period for the data being displayed when adding/editing a widget on the Customizable Dashboard. The selector will be visible only for components where a date selector is present in the platform.
May 31, 2018
- Visitor Privacy Settings: Details of who modified IP anonymization or Do Not Track settings and when it was last modified are now displayed next to the updated setting.
- Quick links on Overview page: New quick link icons for Key Metrics, Behavior Tracking, Behavior Maps, Funnels, Feedback, and Events give you easy access to the Analytics features you use regularly.
- User interface updates in Key Metrics: Charts and colors in Key Metrics have been given a visual update.
- Categorized keyword suggestions: Keyword suggestions are now classified into "Keyword phrases" (phrases that include the keyword you looked up) and "related keywords" (thematically related keywords).
- Keyword length filter and low competition-sorting: A new filter in Keyword Discovery allows you to filter the list by long tail keywords (keywords longer than three words). A new sort option allows you to sort the list by keywords where you have the lowest competition.
- Keyword Performance: See which keywords in Keyword Discovery have the most potential in the new Keyword Performance tab, which shows you the distribution of keywords in top positions and how that's developed over time.
- Dashboard selection is saved when adding multiple widgets: When adding more than one widget in sequence, your dashboard selection is saved so you don't have to re-select the dashboard you just added a widget to.
May 23, 2018
- Tracked Search Terms: Monitor terms, names, emails, or other personal data to see when they crop up on your site so you can take action to remove or modify them.
- User Actions Log: Maintain complete oversight over actions being taken in the Data Privacy module which might affect data privacy.
Read more about this week's latest feature additions to the GDPR module.
May 16, 2018
SEO Advanced (Previously Pro/Enterprise)
- New Keyword settings for Administrators and Account Owners: You decide when and from which locations keyword updates should be fetched, so that updates fit your schedule.
- SEO Page Report: Implement fixes for keyword issues with new "How to fix" tips on the Page Report.
- More widgets for your dashboard: All the tabs under Google Search Console in SEO Pro/Enterprise can now be added as widgets to a dashboard, so you can monitor important search metrics for search terms, countries, devices, indexed pages, and countries.
- Hide competitor domains: Under Competitor Analysis in Activity Plans, there's a neat little tab called "Discover Competitors" that shows you a list of all your competitors for the keywords you're monitoring. Occasionally you might find that some of those competitors aren't so relevant to you, so now you have the option to hide these domains.
- % breakdown of visitor stats: Being able to see the number of visitors using different browsers, operating systems, and devices is great, but even better is if you could get a more representative long-term picture of your visitors' preferences. Now you can, by seeing these numbers as a percentage of all visitors and visitors over a specific time period in the trend graphs.