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Joost de Valk

I'm the founder of Yoast. While I am no longer active on a daily basis, I advise the team on marketing, product and technology but also all other aspects of running the business for one day every two weeks.

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I am an internet entrepreneur with a background as an SEO, digital marketer, and web developer. In the early days of my career, I worked in several IT companies, ranging from enterprise hosting to online marketing agencies. This allowed me to work with several large brands around the world.

In 2010 I founded Yoast, which has as its mission to allow as many people as possible to build a findable website. It empowers people through software (most notably its Yoast SEO plugin) and training. Team Yoast currently consists of more than 150 people. Yoast SEO is currently available for four open-source platforms and active on more than 12.5 million websites.

In 2021 we sold Yoast to Newfold Digital and after a short transition period I took a step back, which means I’m currently active as an advisor. My wife Marieke, Yoast’s former CEO, is currently its Head of Strategy and is still at Yoast on a daily basis. She and I have invested in several companies. I act as an advisor for some of the companies we have invested in. More about our investments can be found on the website of our investment vehicle Altha.

Private life

I’m 40 years old and live with my wife Marieke in Wijchen, near Nijmegen, where Yoast also has its main offices. We have four kids: Tycho, Wende, Ravi & Borre, who are between 7 and 16 years old.

Outside of work I enjoy reading, LEGOs and playing board games with my kids.

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Preventing your site from being indexed, the right way

19 March 2021 | 18 Comments | Joost de Valk

We’ve said it way back when, but we’ll repeat it: 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. Do you know why it keeps amazing us? Because […]

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Preventing your site from being indexed, the right way

Yoast SEO 15.9.1: WordPress 5.7 & FAQ schema patches

4 March 2021 | 2 Comments | Joost de Valk

Today we released a patch release of Yoast SEO, 15.9.1, to prepare for some of the changes in WordPress core. There were two changes in WordPress itself that we needed to account for, one to do with updates and one to do with meta robots output. We also had to fix an issue with how […]

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Yoast SEO 15.9.1: WordPress 5.7 & FAQ schema patches


Yoast and Semrush working together

14 October 2020 | 15 Comments | Joost de Valk

Today we’re announcing something really awesome: Yoast has partnered up with Semrush. The reason why we’re so excited? Keyword research is hard, getting keyword data is even harder and this puts it at your fingertips. Right where you’re writing. Why would Yoast and Semrush work together? Yoast has a lot of users; 11 million+ websites […]

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Yoast and Semrush working together

Social media optimization with Yoast SEO

5 October 2020 | 10 Comments | Joost de Valk

Our Yoast SEO plugin handles optimization of your WordPress site for search engines, and we dare say it does that pretty well! Most of it is technical and content optimization, but there’s more to SEO than on-page optimization. You need links pointing to your website and for that to happen, people need to talk about you and […]

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Social media optimization with Yoast SEO

The latest news in SEO and WordPress: September 2020

1 October 2020 | 10 Comments | Joost de Valk

Another month, another SEO news webinar at Yoast HQ! For the uninitiated, in these webinars, Jono Alderson and myself, run through the most important bits of news relevant to us and to you. We cover many SEO topics and expand on internet marketing and the state of the web itself. Plus, we’re having a ton […]

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The latest news in SEO and WordPress: September 2020

Joost likes to talk about SEO, technical SEO and open source.

  • Interview: Improving the web, schema, and the CMS market

    Technical SEO

    Kevin Indig talks to Joost about about the importance of schema for the web, the CMS landscape, and SEO fitness.

  • 2021 SEO Trends with Yoast

    SEO

    In this SiteGround webinar, Joost talks about the 2021 SEO trends.

  • Interview: Joost’s 4 reasons to start timestamping today

    WordPress

    Joost was interviewed by Sebastiaan van der Lans, WordProof’s founder. Watch them talk about what information on the web can be trusted and how to make the web a better place.

  • Interview: The latest in WordPress SEO with Joost

    WordPress, Yoast SEO

    Joost tells all about the latest version of the plugin, how it not only optimizes SEO on your site but behind the scenes there is a team of linguists helping you write more clearly and concisely.

  • Making sure your content is found – 2020 edition

    Content SEO, Yoast SEO

    Joost is presenting the exact same topic as he did 10 years ago at WordCamp Bulgaria, but with many improved suggestions! He talks about what changed but also what didn't change. Enjoy watching!

  • Interview: Yoast SEO

    WordPress, Yoast SEO

    Joost was interviewed by Andrea Di Rocco, founder of SOS WP and author of TUTTO SEO. They talk about Yoast SEO, the future of SEO, the difference between WordPress and other CMSs, and the role of schema.

  • WordPress SEO in 2019

    Technical SEO

    Joost describes what’s needed for a site to rank well in 2019 and what you need in order to achieve that. In this talk he will cover the latest updates to SEO as well as some basics.

  • Interview: If we want to grow, WordPress should grow too

    Open source, Yoast SEO

    [Dutch] In Top Names, Joost talks about Yoast, the work he and the company do for Wordpress and the importance of open source.

  • SEO for everyone: what does that even mean?

    Open source, Technical SEO

    Joost kickstarted YoastCon 2019 with his own talk about what we feel SEO for everyone means and how we help websites focus on findability, indexability and rankings.

  • SEO for everyone: what does that even mean?

    Yoast SEO

    Joost kicked off YoastCon 2019 with his talk about the meaning of SEO for everyone and how we help websites improve their findability, indexability and rankings.

  • The Victory of the Commons

    Open source

    If you’re running a business based on open source software like WordPress, your business depends on the prosperity of that project. The demise of the project could easily be the demise of your project and the project’s growth could lead to your business growing immensely. The larger your business becomes and the bigger the impact of your company on the project, the more this is true. Economically this is a very unusual situation. Joost will explore what this means and how you should deal with it.