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Marieke van de Rakt PhD

Marieke van de Rakt is the CEO at Yoast. She founded Yoast Academy and manages marketing and the Yoast project teams. Her favorite SEO topics are SEO copywriting and site structure.

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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. As of September 2013, I gave up my position at the university and decided to focus solely on my activities at Yoast.

While I started as Chief Strategy Officer, I am now the CEO at Yoast. Together with Joost, Michiel and Omar, I run Yoast. My main focus is on Academy; I develop products that help people to set up their own SEO strategy. My expertise is on SEO copywriting and site structure.

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

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Looking back at (almost) a decade of Yoast

30 December 2019 | 13 Comments | Marieke van de Rakt

It’s almost 2020 and a brand-new decade is right around the corner! A decade ago, Yoast didn’t even exist yet. A lot has changed in the past 10 years. In this blog post, I would like to look back at (almost) 10 years of Yoast. And, I’ll look at our plans for next year! 2020 […]

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What is cornerstone content?

20 December 2019 | 8 Comments | Marieke van de Rakt

This post explains everything you need to know about cornerstone content – or evergreen content, as it’s also known. You’ll learn what it is, why it’s important for SEO, how to write this kind of content and how you should link from your posts to your cornerstone articles. What is cornerstone content? Cornerstone content is […]

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5 reasons your content won’t rank – even though it’s optimized

12 November 2019 | 21 Comments | Marieke van de Rakt

The Yoast SEO plugin helps you to easily optimize the text of your posts and pages. People use it to try and get higher rankings. But unfortunately, perfectly optimizing your post does not magically put it at the top of the search results. So, if your perfectly optimized post isn’t ranking, what could be the […]

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Celebrating 10 years of Yoast: YoastCon 2020!

There were rumors. People were talking. People were asking questions. And now… we can finally tell you all about the next YoastCon! It’s going to be a very special edition. A legendary edition. And, a birthday party! YoastCon 2020 will take place on 24 April 2020. We will celebrate our 10 year anniversary. And… we’d […]

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Diversity, inequality, and prejudice; a sociological exploration

24 September 2019 | Marieke van de Rakt

Diversity. Feminism. Prejudice. Inequality. Discrimination. These are stirring words, evoking both positive and negative emotions depending upon your personal beliefs. Maybe you’re trying hard to not to feel anything at all about them, but you can no longer deny that they represent important issues in our world today.

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