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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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How to set up a cornerstone content strategy with Yoast SEO

On your site, you’ll probably have a few articles that are most dear to your heart. Articles you desperately want people to read. Articles you want people to find with Google. At Yoast, we call these articles your cornerstone articles. How does the Yoast SEO plugin help you set up a cornerstone content strategy? I’ll […]

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5 link building DON’Ts you didn’t know about

A lot of link building strategies can backfire, causing more damage than doing good. If you want to improve your ranking in the long term, use a holistic SEO strategy, and avoid certain link building tactics. In this post, I’ll discuss some link building DON’Ts: tactics you should most definitely NOT use. Some of these, […]

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Link building from a holistic SEO perspective

Link building isn’t easy. That doesn’t mean it’s rocket science, it means it takes a lot of work if you do it right. Link building done the wrong way can backfire, resulting in a ban from Google altogether. In this post, I’ll discuss our ideas about getting more backlinks: link building from a holistic SEO […]

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Does readability rank? On ease of reading and SEO

Is it worth your while making your text a pleasant read? Will it lead to higher rankings and more traffic? Is readability a ‘ranking factor’? At Yoast, we’re convinced that writing in plain and understandable language can get you more visitors. We’ve even developed a tool to help people write readable text. Here, we’ll explain […]

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What type of content should a cornerstone article be?

31 January 2019 | Marieke van de Rakt

Cornerstone content is a crucial aspect of your SEO strategy, as it’ll help you rank for your most competitive keywords. In a nutshell, it means you create a handful of comprehensive, superbly written articles and optimize them for your most important keywords. Then, you link to these awesome articles in other pages and blogs, which […]

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