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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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How to use social media (updated 2022)

17 August 2022 | Marieke van de Rakt

Your social media endeavors need to be a part of your SEO strategy. Especially now that the younger generations (Gen Z) are using platforms like TikTok and Instagram instead of Google. This means your site’s popularity on social media ties into your SEO more than ever! But which social media should you focus on? With […]

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How to use social media (updated 2022)

Schema – why you NEED Yoast SEO to do it right!

20 July 2022 | Marieke van de Rakt

You might have heard that you need structured data on your website. Not only will Google understand your content better, but it will also increase your chances of getting those shiny rich results. In Yoast SEO, we output schema as a graph. This means it’s all tied together and the relationship between various elements is […]

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Schema – why you NEED Yoast SEO to do it right!

How to write an SEO-friendly product description with Bertha.ai

14 July 2022 | Marieke van de Rakt

Are you struggling to write product descriptions that are both SEO-friendly and engaging? If so, you’re not alone. It can be tough to strike the right balance between the two. Luckily, we found an awesome tool to help you. Bertha.ai is an AI-powered platform that makes it easy to write SEO-friendly product descriptions. In this […]

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How to write an SEO-friendly product description with Bertha.ai

Why you should use synonyms and related keywords

Using the right keywords is essential in SEO. Because using the words your audience searches with will help your posts and pages rank. That’s why we always tell you to put some effort into finding the perfect keywords to optimize your articles for. So, after finding the perfect keyword, why shouldn’t you use it over […]

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Why you should use synonyms and related keywords

Writing with Yoast SEO and Bertha – a content AI tool

If you’re a content creator, you’ve probably considered using a content AI tool to help you write. After all, these tools can be extremely helpful in generating ideas and getting your creative juices flowing. But is it really a good idea to rely on an AI tool for your writing? I wrote this post together […]

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Writing with Yoast SEO and Bertha – a content AI tool

SEO basics: What is crawlability?

16 June 2022 | Marieke van de Rakt

Ranking in search engines requires a website with flawless technical SEO and great, relevant content. Luckily, the Yoast SEO plugin takes care of (almost) everything on your WordPress site. Still, if you really want to get the most out of your website and keep outranking the competition, some basic knowledge of technical SEO is a must. […]

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SEO basics: What is crawlability?

How to adapt your content SEO strategy

If you’re serious about your SEO, you’ve probably set (implicit) goals on what you want to achieve. Perhaps you want to rank in the top ten search results for a specific keyword. Maybe you want your organic traffic to rise with a certain number. But what do you do if you are unable to meet […]

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How to adapt your content SEO strategy

Premium SEO analysis: As smart as Google

Yoast SEO Premium comes with a great functionality that will help you write SEO-friendly texts. We put a lot of work and care into developing it, and the software and our techniques are really smart and advanced. So, at Yoast, we’re very proud of our Premium SEO analysis. But why do YOU need this? Will it […]

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Premium SEO analysis: As smart as Google

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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Link building from a holistic SEO perspective

Clean up your old content with our SEO workout!

It’s time to clean up your old content! Does your website have any dusty corners or content that’s been swept under the carpet? Keeping your content fresh and findable is essential for SEO. So it’s time to give your site a spring clean and tidy that content up! Just follow the four simple steps in […]

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Clean up your old content with our SEO workout!

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!