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Marieke van de Rakt PhD

I'm the CEO at Yoast. My main focus is on growing the company. I'm really passionate about maintaining open and friendly company culture. I'm also heavily involved in the marketing of Yoast and Yoast SEO Academy: the online courses platform I founded.

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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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Summer School: Free workshops on SEO and marketing!

27 July 2021 | Marieke van de Rakt

Do you want to know how to stand out in Google’s search results? Do you want to brush up on your copywriting skills? Or do you want to know more about email and social media marketing? Then you’ve come to the right place! This August, we’re hosting four different online workshops on marketing and SEO […]

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Coming soon: A training course on ecommerce SEO!

If you have an online store, you want to be found in the search engines, right? This has become even more important since lots of store owners have gone online in the past year and your competition has only grown! Fortunately, you can increase online visibility and sales with a kickass ecommerce SEO strategy. But […]

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Do the SEO workout to rank higher with your best content

Are you ranking with the content you want to rank with? With your very best content? The content you’re the proudest of? When you’re doing SEO, you want your best posts and pages to be the ones that get the most attention. But that’s not easy at all! How do you make sure that your […]

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A successful link building strategy in 6 easy steps

Links are important for SEO. Therefore, link building should definitely be part of your SEO strategy. But more importantly, link building should be part of your growth strategy. As it can help you generate more traffic and attract new audiences to your website. Do make sure to stay away from bad practices. Tempting as these […]

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10 reasons your page won’t rank – even though it’s optimized

If your perfectly optimized post isn’t ranking, what could be the matter? Is the problem that your site is not on Google at all, or is something else going wrong? What is keeping your content from reaching that coveted #1 position? In this post, we’ll discuss ten possible reasons why your page is not ranking, […]

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Keyword mistakes: 8 pitfalls you can easily avoid

Thinking about the keywords you want to rank for is really the first and foremost step you need to take for your SEO strategy. Still, keyword research can be quite daunting. So, which keyword mistakes should you avoid at all times? In this post, I’ll take you through the most common keyword research mistakes people […]

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Got a great WordPress project? Apply for our Diversity fund

WordPress wouldn’t be WordPress if it wasn’t for the people. A strong community that’s open to anyone that wants to do something with this open-source platform. But also a community that’s made up of a lot of volunteers, people investing a lot of their time and other resources to make WordPress even better. To make […]

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6 site structure mistakes and how to avoid them!

If you take your SEO and users seriously, you’ll be working on a kick-ass site structure. But, setting up a decent site structure can be challenging. Maintaining a decent site structure when your site is growing, is even harder. With all these new pages on your site, it’s easy to overlook something or make a […]

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Why you should use a focus keyphrase only once

Your focus keyphrase is the keyword(s) you want your post or page to rank for. If you’re particularly eager to rank for a specific keyword, you’ll probably be tempted to optimize many articles on your site for that keyphrase. But, that’s not what a focus keyphrase is for! You should only ever use a focus […]

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