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Willemien Hallebeek

I’m the Manager Content at Yoast. I’ve got a passion for creating easy to understand content about difficult topics. Besides that, I love improving and structuring existing content to make sure users will find what they’re looking for.

You can find Willemien on: Linkedin

I started as Content Manager at Yoast in 2015. In 2017, I became the SEO blog team lead and spend most of my time creating publication schedules, coordinating our writers, and writing articles myself. In 2020 I became responsible for the content of yoast.com as a whole.

Before I started at Yoast I worked in communication and publishing at various companies. Amongst others, I led the launch of international websites for the European and Australian market at a large US medical company.

I live together with my husband Alain, our toddler Quinn, our dog Simbra and 3 chickens in Wijchen. I love music, eating out with friends, cooking home-grown vegetables, and spending time outside running and horseback riding.

SEO for sports, fitness and gyms: 5 tips to get you ranking

Sports and fitness SEO is a really tough game. You’ll need to work hard to get those pages ranking (and keep them there). Plus, you probably need to think about how to turn those online users into customers. Luckily, you don’t need to be a tech expert to reach your sports and fitness SEO goals. […]

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10 tips to streamline your blog content workflow

5 July 2021 | Willemien Hallebeek

Content production seems quite simple, in principle. You come up with an idea, write about it, do some SEO checks and click publish. Simple, right? In reality, it hardly ever turns out that way, especially if you’re working with a team. Miscommunications, last-minute changes, confusion about what needs to happens when. We’ve all been there! […]

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The 6 most common SEO mistakes and how to avoid them

Not sure why you’re not ranking #1 for your focus keywords in Google? You might be making one of the mistakes a lot of site owners make. We see it happen a lot. From small local businesses to big corporate ones, lots of websites are making similar mistakes. Here, we’ll give you an overview of […]

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A long term SEO strategy? Knowing what Google wants is the key

Ranking signals, algorithm updates. One day you have the right number of keywords, the next day it’s too many. It might leave you wondering what Google wants to achieve. Or worrying what all these search changes mean for SEO in the long term. Will that change, too? Maybe you’re thinking about auditing your SEO again, […]

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How to find your niche in 4 easy steps

Wondering what a niche is, and how can you find yours? Google defines a niche as: “products, services, or interests that appeal to a small, specialized section of the population”. That’s a bit abstract, but the chances are that you already have a good idea of what your niche is, and you just need to […]

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The readability checks in Yoast SEO: a closer look with our linguists

This month we are commemorating 5 years since the Yoast SEO readability check was first released! Since then, we’ve continued making improvements. We sat down with our Linguistics team lead, Manuel Augustin, and researcher-developer, Hanna Worku, to get a deeper view of how the readability check works and how they adapt the tool to add […]

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Update or delete? Cleaning up old content on your site

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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Timeless SEO tips: 6 universal SEO tactics that never go out of fashion

Things are always on the move in the SEO world. Google regularly updates its algorithm and the competition is never far behind. And the current situation is only making things harder, with the shift to online for businesses that might not be prepared. So if you’re not sure what to do, wouldn’t it be nice […]

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What’s technical SEO? 8 technical aspects everyone should know

In this post, we’ll go into the basics of technical SEO. Now, discussing the basics of technical SEO might seem like a contradiction in terms. Nevertheless, some basic knowledge about the more technical side of SEO can mean the difference between a high ranking site and a site that doesn’t rank at all. Technical SEO […]

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