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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

Yoast SEO 21.8: Seamless highlighting in Elementor

9 January 2024 | 2 Comments Edwin Toonen

We’re excited to roll out Yoast SEO 21.8. This release is about refining your experience and enhancing your website’s performance. We’ve zapped some bugs for our users, making your SEO journey smoother and more reliable. But the real headline here is for our Yoast SEO Premium users – a feature we know you’ve been asking […]

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Yoast SEO 21.8: Seamless highlighting in Elementor

6 essential tips to save time in SEO

4 January 2024 | 4 Comments Edwin Toonen

Whether you have a company website, a blog, or an (online) store, chances are you’ve got a lot to do. You’re probably busy leading your company, blogging, or making your customers happy with the necessary goods. SEO might not be top of mind at all times. Yet, you also know that higher rankings would most […]

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6 essential tips to save time in SEO

How to use the readability analysis in Yoast SEO

3 January 2024 | 4 Comments Edwin Toonen

If you’re a user of Yoast SEO for WordPress or Shopify, then you’re familiar with the traffic lights in our plugin. Three parts of Yoast SEO use this system: our content analysis, readability analysis, and inclusive language analysis. The first checks whether your post or product pages are SEO-proof, while the readability one checks if […]

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How to use the readability analysis in Yoast SEO


SEO in 2024: Four insights from Yoast SEO experts

21 December 2023 | 4 Comments Edwin Toonen

Step into 2024, where SEO is on the brink of transformation. This post offers a deep dive into the minds of four SEO experts at Yoast. Each expert sheds light on the impact of the changes they see happening. Explore their collective wisdom as they dissect the future of search, the evolving challenges of engagement, […]

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SEO in 2024: Four insights from Yoast SEO experts

Yoast SEO helps you navigate all Google Schema updates

14 December 2023 Edwin Toonen

Google has announced a couple of updates to its Schema structured data support. These enhancements will improve discussion forums, profile pages, and organizations’ appearance in search engine results pages. Let’s review these changes. So you’ll see how the Yoast SEO Schema framework can help you leverage them to their fullest potential. About the discussion and […]

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Yoast SEO helps you navigate all Google Schema updates

Yoast SEO 21.7: Global identifiers in WooCommerce SEO

12 December 2023 | 3 Comments Edwin Toonen

Ready to elevate your website’s SEO to new heights? Yoast SEO 21.7 has plenty of enhancements designed to give you the edge you need to thrive online. We’re also launching a new version of WooCommerce SEO, with an option to import and export global identifiers for your online store! Find out more about these great […]

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Yoast SEO 21.7: Global identifiers in WooCommerce SEO

Mastering Google Search: Using search operators for SEO

7 December 2023 | 2 Comments Edwin Toonen

Finding specific data on Google can be akin to searching for a needle in a haystack. Thankfully, Google’s search operators are here to transform your quests for knowledge into efficient and targeted searches. When used skillfully, these specialized commands can drastically reduce time spent sifting through irrelevant results. It can also help in your SEO […]

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Mastering Google Search: Using search operators for SEO

Use generative AI to make products stand out in search

30 November 2023 | 1 Comment Edwin Toonen

Visibility on Google’s search results can make or break a business’s success. Generative artificial intelligence (AI) has emerged as a valuable ally for ecommerce companies seeking to enhance their online presence. Discover how generative AI can help your WooCommerce products stand out on search engine results pages. Generative AI: A business’s secret weapon Picture yourself […]

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Use generative AI to make products stand out in search

Yoast SEO 21.6: Generative AI now available for WooCommerce SEO

28 November 2023 Edwin Toonen

Yoast SEO 21.6 helps you rethink how you approach search engine optimization. With the power of generative AI integrated into our SEO tools, crafting compelling titles and meta descriptions was never faster or more effective. We added generative AI to Yoast SEO a while back, but now you can also improve your products in WooCommerce […]

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Yoast SEO 21.6: Generative AI now available for WooCommerce SEO