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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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7 keyword research mistakes you should 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 research mistakes should you avoid at all times? In this post, I’ll take you through the most common keyword research mistakes […]

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Brand-new free online training: Block editor training

At Yoast, we are huge fans of the block editor. Admittedly -not right from the start-, but we’re now block-editor fanboys and fangirls. That’s why we created an awesome free block editor course! We hope it will help everybody to use the block editor to the fullest! In this course, you’ll learn how to create […]

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SEO tutorial for beginners: How to start with SEO?

Now is the time to start with SEO! If you want your customers to find online too, you need to rank high! What to do? How do you get started with SEO? How do you start with SEO on a brand new site? In this blog post, I’ll talk you through the 7 steps you […]

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Blog post structure: How to set up an easy-to-read text

10 March 2020 | Marieke van de Rakt

When blogging, it pays dividends to lay out the structure of your piece before you begin writing. The structure is the skeleton of your text and preparing it has multiple benefits. Firstly, it’s easier to write a text when your structure is already there. Secondly, a clear structure helps the reader to easily read your […]

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Readability: Dumbing down or opening up?

24 February 2020 | 3 Comments | Marieke van de Rakt

Writing a readable text can be daunting. Especially if the topic of your blog is difficult or extremely technical. Is it really necessary to focus on readability if your audience is used to your jargon? Well, although your audience might be up to the task of reading your lingo, the entire purpose of SEO is […]

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How to improve your writing style: 6 tips to write an attractive text

17 February 2020 | 6 Comments | Marieke van de Rakt

Some of us are natural writers. They can write an attractive, fun, readable text in a matter of minutes. Others lack that skill. Unfortunately, they’ll have more difficulties keeping visitors on their website. But, while attractive writing is partly a matter of talent, practice sure helps! In the current situation, it’s extra important to write […]

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Beyond exact keyword matching: optimize your text naturally

10 February 2020 | 5 Comments | Marieke van de Rakt

Our green bullets are addictive. We get that. While these green bullets help people to optimize their texts for the search engines, we don’t want people chasing only our bullets and losing track of their texts. We do want to nudge them and help them get that text as SEO-friendly as possible. In this blog […]

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