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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

What is a headless CMS and what does it mean for SEO?

13 July 2021 | 12 Comments | Edwin Toonen

You’re bound to have come across the term headless before, probably concerning a headless CMS. A headless CMS doesn’t have a presentation layer attached to it, making it a flexible solution when you want to target many different formats. But what does a headless CMS encompass, and are they even a good idea? Find out […]

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What is a headless CMS and what does it mean for SEO?

Yoast SEO 16.7: Extended headless support

13 July 2021 | 6 Comments | Edwin Toonen

Did you know Yoast SEO comes with a REST API that developers can use to access our metadata in a headless WordPress installation? By exposing this data, we help developers make sure that the SEO of the site you built in your headless CMS is top-notch. In Yoast SEO 16.7, we’re making more data available […]

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Yoast SEO 16.7: Extended headless support

Page experience: a new Google ranking factor

7 July 2021 | 2 Comments | Edwin Toonen

Some time ago, Google announced Web Vitals — a new set of metrics to measure websites’ speed and user experience. Last year, Google announced that these metrics would make their way into a core algorithm update as new ways of judging and ranking sites based on the page experience they offer. This update is now […]

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Page experience: a new Google ranking factor

Need help with WordPress? 10 tips to avoid common mistakes

6 July 2021 | 3 Comments | Edwin Toonen

WordPress, as a CMS, is great for people who are just starting with their first website. It doesn’t require users to write code, it’s SEO-friendly and easy to manage. Still, there are a few mistakes many beginners make with WordPress, and some that more experienced WordPress users make too. That’s why it’s time I shared […]

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SEO news in June 2021: Google updates, WordPress 5.8 beta, and loads more

1 July 2021 | 2 Comments | Edwin Toonen

It’s been a busy month for SEO news! We’ve had lots of Google updates and the start of the Page experience rollout. Plus loads of new Google Business and Shopping features — is Google the new high street? Finally, don’t miss our first look at WordPress 5.8, and a brand new search engine called Brave. […]

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SEO news in June 2021: Google updates, WordPress 5.8 beta, and loads more


How to build Google Web Stories in WordPress

24 June 2021 | 8 Comments | Edwin Toonen

What do Instagram Stories, Facebook Stories, Snapchat Stories, and Twitter Fleets have in common? They are all so-called social media implementations of the same story idea. A story is a series of images or others types of content that belong together, and thus, tell a story. Visual storytelling is huge, and now the web has […]

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How to build Google Web Stories in WordPress

Did Google Search Console send an email with an error message?

18 June 2021 | 10 Comments | Edwin Toonen

We are big fans of Google Search Console — and you should be too! It’s an essential tool to keep your site working properly and find opportunities to get better results from the SERPs. But, one thing Google Search Console also does, is send you emails when they encounter an issue. And those error messages […]

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Did Google Search Console send an email with an error message?

Yoast SEO 16.5: New Social Appearance Templates

15 June 2021 | 4 Comments | Edwin Toonen

Social media are essential tools in every site owner’s marketing toolkit. It is, however, hard to control how your URLs are being shared on Facebook and Twitter. The Social Previews feature in Yoast SEO Premium helps you make the best social post out there, but what about all your taxonomies and custom post types? The […]

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Yoast SEO 16.5: New Social Appearance Templates