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Marieke van de Rakt PhD

I'm the head of strategy at Yoast. I love to come up with new ideas and products that help website owners with their SEO. Together with our leadership team I focus on how we can steadily grow in a healthy way!

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I studied Sociology and Communication Sciences at the Radboud University in Nijmegen. I obtained my PhD in Social Sciences in January 2011. Since then, I worked as a researcher as well as a teacher at multiple universities.

Since the beginning of Yoast, I have been involved in the company. But, as of September 2013, I gave up my position at the university and decided to focus solely on my activities at Yoast. In 2015, I founded Yoast academy, our online SEO learning platform. I’ve also been the CEO of Yoast from January 2019 until November 2021.

Nowadays, I’m the head of strategy. In this role, I make sure that all the amazing ideas we have are aligned, we keep on track with our goals, and quickly adapt to changes within the ecosystems we operate in.

I’m married to Joost de Valk and we have four amazing children together.

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What is site structure and why is it important?

14 December 2022 | 12 Comments | Marieke van de Rakt

Site structure is a vital aspect of your SEO strategy. Why? Because the structure of your website shows Google which pages of your site are most important. This means you can influence which content will rank highest in the search engines with your site’s structure. And good news: You can start improving your site structure […]

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What is site structure and why is it important?

Cyber Monday: 1 day left for a 30% discount on all products

28 November 2022 | Marieke van de Rakt

It’s Cyber Monday, and the Yoast Black Friday deals are still going strong. Have you claimed your 30% discount yet? If not, hurry! Time is running out. Get the advanced features of our Premium plugins and outrank your competitors in Google. Are you looking to save time and access easy tools and practical tips on boosting your rankings? […]

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Cyber Monday: 1 day left for a 30% discount on all products

Black Friday sale at Yoast: 30% discount on all products!

25 November 2022 | Marieke van de Rakt

Black Friday is right around the corner and we’re starting our sale extra early this year. This means that the Yoast Black Friday deals are here today! Are you waiting for that green traffic light? Now’s your chance — go go go! Buy Yoast SEO Premium or one of our other products and benefit from a whopping 30% discount. With $1 donated […]

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Black Friday sale at Yoast: 30% discount on all products!

Sustainable SEO: How to focus on a lasting SEO strategy

24 November 2022 | Marieke van de Rakt

You’re probably familiar with SEO, but what do we mean by sustainable SEO? Well, it’s all about spending your time on the right things in order to outrank competitors in the search engines! But how do you keep doing SEO in an efficient and successful way? How do you keep ranking in the long run? If you’re […]

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Sustainable SEO: How to focus on a lasting SEO strategy

How to write naturally beyond exact keyword matching

23 November 2022 | Marieke van de Rakt

Exact keyword matching used to be an important SEO tactic, but those days are long gone. Now search engines can understand when similar phrases and related terms mean the same thing. Adding too many exact match keywords might make Google think your post is just another piece of spam. We’ll explain how to write naturally […]

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How to write naturally beyond exact keyword matching


5 blog topic ideas for your ecommerce site

9 November 2022 | Marieke van de Rakt

A blog can be a great marketing tool for your ecommerce site. It gives you the possibility to tell readers all about your brand, products, and company. Plus, by blogging on a regular basis you’ll increase the chances of your site ranking in the search results. That being said, coming up with new ideas can […]

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5 blog topic ideas for your ecommerce site


How to write a blog post: A step-by-step guide from preparation to publication

13 October 2022 | 1 Comment | Marieke van de Rakt

Writing a successful blog post all comes down to the proper preparations. It starts before you even begin writing: what do you want to say and to whom do you want to say it? You might want to get going right away but remember: writing takes some time. And once you’ve written an awesome blog […]

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How to write a blog post: A step-by-step guide from preparation to publication

What is quality content and how do you create it?

27 September 2022 | Marieke van de Rakt

Writing quality content should be a key aspect of every SEO strategy. But when is your content considered high-quality? And does high-quality mean the same for your users as it does for Google? In this article, I’ll discuss what quality content is and how you can make sure your content hits the mark. It will […]

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What is quality content and how do you create it?

Marieke likes to talk about content strategy, readability, site structure, internal linking and company culture.

  • How to improve the SEO fitness of your site

    Content SEO

    What to do to keep your website fit? In this talk, Marieke shows you 7 ways to improve the content SEO fitness of your website.

  • Interview: Helping millions of users with SEO

    WordPress

    Marieke was a guest on Stratabeat's B2B Marketing Tech Talks, where she was interviewed by Stratabeat CEO Tom Shapiro. Watch the video to hear Marieke's thoughts on what's going on in the world of WordPress and SEO.

  • Declutter your site structure

    Internal linking, Site structure

    In this talk, Marieke speaks about decluttering your site structure and how you can help customers and Google to understand websites better. She also explains how internal linking can help you outrank your competitors.

  • Outrank your competition with a great content SEO strategy

    Copywriting, Internal linking

    In this talk at WordCamp India, Marieke explains the importance of SEO copywriting and internal linking. After that, she shares some practical tips to start optimizing your website today!

  • Making a difference in the search engines with content SEO!

    Content SEO

    [Dutch] At WordCamp NL, Marieke spoke about how to make a difference and stand out in the search results with content SEO.

  • Interview: Marieke about Yoast

    Yoast SEO

    Marieke was interviewed at WordCamp Finland (online), where she talked about her role at Yoast and shared more information about Yoast as a company.

  • Importance of readability for SEO copywriting

    Copywriting

    In this talk, Marieke explains why people and search engines love copy that is easy to understand. She also covers 2020's Google trends and shares practical tips on how to improve your SEO copywriting for websites.

  • Growing a multi-million dollar business with a WordPress plugin

    Yoast SEO

    In this talk at WordCamp Philadelphia, Joost and Marieke shared some of the highs and lows in growing the company. How did they grow out to be where they are now? And why is WordPress so important to Yoast? This and more you'll see in the video!

  • WPCoffeeTalk: Interview with Marieke

    Yoast SEO

    Michelle Frechette interviewed Marieke for her WPCoffeeTalk Interview Series.

  • Yoast funds & improving your SEO by improving your site structure

    Site structure, Yoast Care fund, Yoast Diversity fund

    In this talk, Marieke talks about the Yoast Diversity fund, the Yoast Care fund and why diversity is so important. In addition, she provides tips to improve your site structure.

  • Interview: Torque Magazine

    Yoast Diversity fund, Yoast SEO

    In front of the Yoast booth at WordCamp US, Marieke talks about the game "sjoelen", the Yoast Diversity fund, and shares tips for first time WordCamp attendees.

  • Prejudices, women and diversity

    Diversity

    At WordCamp Nijmegen, Marieke talked about prejudices, women and diversity. In the end she offers solutions that can contribute to more equality and inclusion within society!

  • Interview: SEO myths and the #1 optimization effort that hurts your rank

    Yoast SEO

    Marieke was interviewed about the Yoast SEO WordPress plugin.

  • How to engage your online audience: Lessons from the field of education

    Site structure, Yoast Academy

    Marieke and Jesse talk about how people process information and how you can help users by making your content clear and understandable to comprehend.

  • Improving your internal linking structure

    Internal linking, Site structure

    At WordCamp Europe 2018, Marieke shared 3 tips on how to improve your site structure.

  • Thrive for the future – the business of open source

    Open source

    Marieke and Joost discuss why having a business model around open source projects is so important. Enjoy watching!