Posts by Joost de Valk

Joost de Valk

Joost de Valk is the founder and CEO of Yoast. He's a WordPress / Web developer, SEO & and an Open Source fanatic. He's also (and more importantly) the father of three sons called Tycho, Ravi and Borre, a daughter called Wende and the husband of the lovely Marieke, who also works at Yoast.

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Ask Yoast: having a privacy page and SEO

13 October 2017 by Joost de Valk » - 6 Comments

privacy page and SEO

There are several kinds of pages that you’ll expect to find on most websites: a home page, a contact page or an about page, for example. In this Ask Yoast, I’m going to discuss another type of page: the privacy page. This is a page where you put your privacy policy, which allows your visitors »

Category: Content SEO
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Closing a spider trap: fix crawl inefficiencies

12 October 2017 by Joost de Valk » - 3 Comments

spider traps

We recently made some changes to how yoast.com is run as a shop and how it’s hosted. In that process, we accidentally removed our robots.txt file and caused a so-called spider trap to open. In this post, I’ll show you what a spider trap is, why it’s problematic and how you can find and fix »

Category: Technical SEO
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An alternative approach to Gutenberg

3 October 2017 by Joost de Valk » - 74 Comments

There’s a lot of discussion in the WordPress world right now about a new editing experience that’s in the making. It’s called Gutenberg. While some of that discussion is technical, every user that uses WordPress regularly should be aware of what’s coming. At Yoast, we are quite excited about the concept of Gutenberg. We think »

Category: WordPress

Ask Yoast: www or no www?

2 October 2017 by Joost de Valk » - 14 Comments

Ask Yoast: www or no www?

If you own a website, you have probably, at some point, thought about your preferred URL. Perhaps you chose between www.yoursite.com and yoursite.com straight away and never thought about it again. Or maybe you switched to or from www at one point. While in the early days of the internet www was the norm, these »

Category: Technical SEO
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How to properly delete a page from your site

16 September 2017 by Joost de Valk » - 3 Comments

how to delete pages properly

When you delete a page (or post) from your site, you delete one or more URLs too. That old URL, when visited, will usually return a 404 not found error. But is that what you wanted? Maybe that page should be redirected somewhere. If not, and you deliberately deleted that content, serving a 410 header would actually be »

Category: Technical SEO
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Ask Yoast: Breadcrumbs for products in multiple categories

1 September 2017 by Joost de Valk » - 1 Comment

Ask Yoast: Breadcrumbs for products in multiple categories

It’s important to have breadcrumbs on your website. They show users how a page fits into the structure of a site, and allow search engines to determine the site’s structure. But how do you go about implementing breadcrumbs when you have many products that fit into more than one category? In this Ask Yoast, I’ll »

Category: Technical SEO
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Ask Yoast: which eCommerce plugin do you recommend?

21 August 2017 by Joost de Valk » - 1 Comment

No matter what you’re selling: you want to use the best eCommerce system possible. So you know you’ll get optimal results and therefore have one less thing to worry about. But with all the different systems and plugins out there it can be hard to choose. In this edition of Ask Yoast, I’ll share which eCommerce plugin »

Category: eCommerce
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Ask Yoast: Meta descriptions and excerpts

7 July 2017 by Joost de Valk » - 5 Comments

meta descriptions and excerpts

When you’re running a large and busy website, it’s practical and time-saving if you can reuse some of your material. Both meta descriptions and excerpts use a brief passage to summarize the content of a web page. So, it could be handy to use the same text for both. But how do you do that? »

Categories: Content SEO, WordPress
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Yoast SEO 5.0: Site-wide SEO with the text link counter

6 July 2017 by Joost de Valk » - 50 Comments

yoast seo 5.0

Our mission statement is SEO for Everyone. On many fronts, we’re making good on that promise. In 2016, Yoast SEO added revolutionary checks to content and readability analysis features. Much of that year was spent improving and enhancing the content part of the plugin. In 2017, we’re fixing the site structure problem, by adding, among other »

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Ask Yoast: Use a 302 or 307 redirect?

26 June 2017 by Joost de Valk » - 1 Comment

302 or 307 redirect

Redirects serve multiple purposes. For every occasion there’s a specific redirect that works best. Some redirects seem quite similar though, for instance, the 302 or 307 redirect. You can both use them to temporarily point users to another URL. So we’re not surprised some people wonder what’s the exact difference. Let’s clarify this here! WordPress »

Category: Technical SEO
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