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Michiel Heijmans

Michiel is a partner at Yoast and our COO. Internet veteran. His main goal with most of his articles on this site is to kick-start your site optimization in the most practical way. He'll tell you even more about how we can help with that on our product pages. So much to do! So little time! Having a blast at Yoast, all day every day.

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I built my first website around 1995, TheTropics 7907 on GeoCities, if I recall correctly. <blink> was still accepted. Superman could still move his legs. HTML 1.0.

Studied marketing and ended up:

  • starting an internet division in a major dutch consultancy agency (CSS became more and more the standard),
  • doing marketing for a large internet agency (closed CMSes all around) and
  • being a web editor for the largest dutch recipes website (finally usability gained importance).

Besides that, I started blogging at Badlog.nl in 2001 and maintained that blog for almost ten years. Participated in a couple of design contests with the blog in these days (actually won one in 2005). My business started getting more and more serious, the blog was not, so I eventually buried it. Co-founded About:blank, the main online blog magazine of the Netherlands.

In the last couple of years, I have been general manager of a local web design company, started my own business (internet consultancy and websites) in 2009 and met Joost during these years. April 2011, we started working together and February 2012 we sealed that cooperation with a contract.

Esther agreed to marry me in 2005 and we have two beautiful daughters, Puck and Linde. Although sometimes pretty pigheaded, those little girls usually give me fewer headaches than a lot of websites do :)

In 2015 I became one of the partners at Yoast, nowadays alongside Marieke, Joost and Omar. In the early days of Yoast, my days were filled managing and doing site reviews as a senior consultant. As we have grown a lot over the past years, nowadays I am dealing with issues ranging from managing (conversion) optimization of our own site to office/HR related things and writing articles for our blog. Please find all these articles here.

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Five annoying contact page mistakes

25 November 2019 | 50 Comments | Michiel Heijmans

If your business website’s goal is to get in touch with (potential) customers, you should avoid contact page mistakes. It’s detrimental to UX if your visitors end up struggling to contact you. And believe me, that’s not good for you either! Here, we’ll mention five contact pages mistakes you should definitely try to avoid. Before […]

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contact page mistakes

Grow your business with ratings and reviews

14 November 2019 | 2 Comments | Michiel Heijmans

Reviews or testimonials are mostly said to work on the basis of social proof. Social proof is a psychological process in which people copy the behavior of others, in an attempt to reflect correct behavior. In this post, I’ll take a look at how reviews work and how structured data can help bring them to […]

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ratings and reviews



Update or delete? Cleaning up old content on your site

30 October 2019 | 5 Comments | Michiel Heijmans

Sometimes, content on your website becomes irrelevant or out of date, and you need to decide whether to update it or delete it. It’s part of your regular content maintenance activities. There are several ways to go about this and this article helps you decide what’s the best solution for your old content! Update old […]

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Keep or delete old content

Everyday website optimization: 6 tasks for your daily SEO routine

28 October 2019 | 4 Comments | Michiel Heijmans

Many of you log into your site every day, or, at the very least, once a week. But, if you’re managing a small business or one-man blog, you can’t (always) spend a lot of time on your SEO, you have other things to do! Here, we discuss several small yet impactful things you should try […]

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How to create the perfect meta description

18 October 2019 | 11 Comments | Michiel Heijmans

The meta description is a snippet of up to about 155 characters – a tag in HTML – which summarizes a page’s content. Search engines show the meta description in search results mostly when the searched-for phrase is within the description, so optimizing the meta description is crucial for on-page SEO. What does a meta […]

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How to create the right meta description


The beginner’s guide to Yoast SEO

4 October 2019 | 5 Comments | Michiel Heijmans

Imagine you have a website but know nothing about SEO. But you’ve heard about Yoast SEO and people have told you it’s a great tool for effortlessly optimizing your site and its pages for Google, Bing, and Yandex. So you install the Yoast SEO plugin or the Yoast SEO extension and follow the instructions. What’s next? While it’s unlikely […]

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Favicons and your online brand: Make sure you stand out!

20 September 2019 | 13 Comments | Michiel Heijmans

Favicons are those little icons you see in your browser tabs. When you have lots of open tabs in your browser it helps you recognize and find the page you were looking for. They are important for your branding, even more so, because Google recently decided to add them to the mobile search results. So, […]

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5 tips on branding