Posts by Joost de Valk

Joost de Valk

Joost de Valk is the founder and CEO of Yoast. He's a WordPress / Web developer, SEO & and an Open Source fanatic. He's also (and more importantly) the father of three sons called Tycho, Ravi and Borre, a daughter called Wende and the husband of the lovely Marieke, who also works at Yoast.

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Ask Yoast: Is my site structure too deep?

19 June 2017 by Joost de Valk »

how deep should my site structure be

If you own a website, you have to think about the structure of your site, whether it’s a blog or a shop. Site structure is essential to help users find their way on your site and it helps your site to rank. So your site’s hierarchy needs to make sense to both users and search engines. When you’re »

Categories: Content SEO, eCommerce
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Ask Yoast: buy multiple Top Level Domains for SEO?

8 June 2017 by Joost de Valk » - 7 Comments

Ask Yoast: multiple extensions of a domain

When you’re starting a business, you probably want to launch a website too. So you have to register one domain or more. Let’s say you’re registering your brandname as a domain, which extensions or TLDs (Top Level Domains) should you pick? Brandname.com? Brandname.biz? Or perhaps brandname.vip? Does it matter for SEO? We’ll help you make »

Category: Technical SEO
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Yoast SEO 4.9: fixing bugs

7 June 2017 by Joost de Valk » - 8 Comments

yoast seo 4.9 fb

Today, we’re releasing new versions of all our plugins, including Yoast SEO 4.9. This release brings loads of bug fixes and multiple enhancements to Yoast SEO and the News, Video, Local and WooCommerce add-ons. In this post, we’ll describe what you can expect when you hit that update button. Read on if you want to »

Category: Announcements
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Preventing your site from being indexed, the right way

5 June 2017 by Joost de Valk » - 9 Comments

prevent your site being indexed

We’ve said it in 2009, and we’ll say it again: it keeps amazing us that there are still people using just a robots.txt files to prevent indexing of their site in Google or Bing. As a result their site shows up in the search engines anyway. You know why it keeps amazing us? Because robots.txt »

Category: Technical SEO
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Ask Yoast: Not much above the fold in Twenty Seventeen?

2 June 2017 by Joost de Valk » - 4 Comments

Ask Yoast: multiple extensions of a domain

“Above the fold” is a term originating from newspaper and tabloid design. It refers to the upper half of the paper that shows the most important news and photos of the newspaper. In web design “above the fold” means the part that you can see without scrolling down the page. Guidelines often state that your most »

Category: User eXperience (UX)
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Meta keywords: why we don’t use them

17 May 2017 by Joost de Valk » - 32 Comments

meta keywords tag - don't use it

You would think this post would be redundant by now: people know that the meta keyword tag is useless nowadays, right? The truth is that we still see site owners using meta keywords on their website. In addition to that, people are still searching for meta keywords according to Google Trends, although there seem to be less queries »

Categories: Content SEO, Technical SEO
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Ask Yoast: Word order of your focus keyword

15 May 2017 by Joost de Valk » - 4 Comments

Ask Yoast: multiple extensions of a domain

If you’re using Yoast SEO to optimize your posts and pages, it’ll ask you to fill out a focus keyword. This is the search term you want your content to rank for. Deciding on a focus keyword can be challenging. For example, if you want to optimize your content for a long tail keyword – existing of »

Category: Content SEO
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Ask Yoast: Create profiles on online platforms?

8 May 2017 by Joost de Valk » - 3 Comments

Ask Yoast: multiple extensions of a domain

Nowadays there are a lot of online platforms where you can create your business profile. The idea is that you can be found on those platforms and that the backlinks to your site will benefit your SEO. But is it really worth investing your time and money in those kind of directories? Get the answer in this Ask »

Category: SEO basics
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Yoast SEO 4.7: Introducing Italian

2 May 2017 by Joost de Valk » - 7 Comments

Yoast SEO 4.7

Yoast SEO now supports transition words for the Italian language so the content analysis feature can give you more detailed information about the readability of your post. This is the first step in providing full support for Italian. The Insights and Internal Linking Suggestion features will soon follow. We’ve also added a new check to »

Category: Announcements
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Ask Yoast: Give a division a separate domain?

1 May 2017 by Joost de Valk » - 8 Comments

Ask Yoast: division on seperate domain

A website of a larger company often represents multiple divisions. If one division outgrows the others, or if expectations for one division are very high, the need for a separate website or domain may arise. What’s best to do for SEO in such a case? Set up a new domain for that division? Or build it on »

Category: Technical SEO
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