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Edwin Toonen

Edwin is an experienced writer, editor & content specialist. Before joining Yoast, he spent years honing his skill at The Netherlands’ leading web design magazine.

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In 2006, after working full time in a bookstore for many years, I made a bold decision: I went back to school. I wanted to combine my love for writing with the lure of the internet and picked Digital Communication at the HAN University of Applied Sciences in Arnhem to achieve that. Four years later, I graduated with honors.

In the meantime, I started working for The Netherlands’ largest monthly magazine on web design and web development. In my role as a managing editor, I wrote, edited and translated hundreds of articles on this fascinating subject. In addition to that, I made sure the day-to-day operations of the magazine went all according to plan.

At Yoast, I do much of the same work, except on a bigger scale. As a content specialist, I am responsible for delivering quality content in an engaging and optimal way.

In my spare time, I love rocking my 1972 Fender Precision bass with my band (Every Other Me), fiddling about with synthesizers, listening to music, watching an endless stream of – classic – movies, taking long hikes and enjoying life with my sons and girlfriend.

Edwin

How to add focus to your text with Yoast SEO Insights

16 February 2018 | 17 Comments | Edwin Toonen

Your keyword research is done and you know what to write about. Nothing is going to stop you from getting all that traffic with your new articles. But when you start writing your article, you notice it can be hard to keep your text focused. Yoast SEO Premium has a helpful little tool to guide […]

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How to add focus to your text with Yoast SEO Insights



Yoast SEO 6.3: Giving you more context

13 February 2018 | 19 Comments | Edwin Toonen

Something’s brewing at Yoast HQ. There’s no sign of spring yet, but we feel the need for a spring clean-up. Over the past few weeks, we’ve been looking critically at the Yoast SEO WordPress plugin and its many features and thinking: what’s this doing here? And should we get rid of that thing? Some of […]

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Yoast SEO 6.3: Giving you more context

What is off-page SEO?

25 January 2018 | 29 Comments | Edwin Toonen

Off-page SEO is about everything that doesn’t happen directly on your website. Optimizing your website is called on-page SEO and includes things like site structure, content and speed optimizations. Off-page SEO is about, among other things, link building, social media, and local SEO. Or in other words, generating traffic to your site and making your […]

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What is off-page SEO?

Yoast SEO 6.2: Passive voice checks for French and Spanish

23 January 2018 | 16 Comments | Edwin Toonen

Since launching the readability analysis way back when we’ve been steadily adding support for more and more languages. Today, with the release of Yoast SEO 6.2, we’re expanding our knowledge of languages again by introducing passive voice checks for the French and Spanish languages. Improving language checks At Yoast, we firmly believe that readability ranks. […]

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Yoast SEO 6.2: Passive voice checks for French and Spanish


Yoast SEO 6.0: More characters for your meta descriptions

20 December 2017 | 44 Comments | Edwin Toonen

The end of the year is coming up fast. Today is the day we’re releasing the last update of Yoast SEO in 2017. It’s been a wild ride this year and we’re already working on big plans for 2018. But first, Yoast SEO 6.0. And yes, we’ve heard you loud and clear; we’ve extended the […]

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Yoast SEO 6.0: More characters for your meta descriptions

Hot off the press: Yoast SEO for TYPO3 1.3

13 December 2017 | 1 Comment | Edwin Toonen

While Yoast SEO is mostly known for its WordPress plugin, we are in the process of branching out. We support several plugins for other platforms, like Magento 2. One of those platforms, the large-scale open source CMS TYPO3, received a brand new version of Yoast SEO today. In Yoast SEO for TYPO3 1.3, you’ll find […]

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Hot off the press: Yoast SEO for TYPO3 1.3

Yoast SEO 5.9: A more accessible content analysis

5 December 2017 | 16 Comments | Edwin Toonen

A new release doesn’t always have to bring incredible features, as it can silently set the stage for bigger things to come. Yoast SEO 5.9, released today, is such a release. While this release doesn’t contain groundbreaking new features, it does provide an important new piece of the Yoast SEO puzzle for the future: we’ve […]

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Yoast SEO 5.9: A more accessible content analysis