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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Weekly SEO recap: Googlebot: Apples to…

4 December 2015 by Joost de Valk » - 1 Comment

Joost's weekly SEO Recap

A nice couple of small news bits this week, of course mostly about Google as usual, but also one about Apple’s spider! Let’s dive right in! A Google phantom update There was some discussion a few weeks back about whether an update had taken place. Our friends at SearchMetrics have shown that it was one without a doubt, […]

Category: General SEO

Yoast SEO 3.0 release: a recap

1 December 2015 by Joost de Valk » - 52 Comments

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What. a. week. We released Yoast SEO 3.0 last week. This was arguably one of the biggest releases we’ve ever done. There was quite a bit of buzz around this release, both positive and negative. I wanted to post an update after a week to show where we stand and what we’ve learned. We’ve made mistakes, obviously. Of course, »

Category: WordPress

Ask Yoast: same keywords on multiple pages?

30 November 2015 by Joost de Valk » - 7 Comments

Yoast answers questions about SEO - using same keywords FI

In our Ask Yoast videos we answer your SEO questions. Today’s question comes from Tristan. Tristan wonders what to do when he wants to optimize a page for a phrase with a keyword that he already optimized another page for: “What should I do if my phrases contain keywords I’ve already optimized other pages for? »

Category: Content SEO

Weekly SEO Recap: AMPing up to SSL all the Penguins

27 November 2015 by Joost de Valk » - 4 Comments

Joost's Weekly SEO Recap

This was very much the “week after” for us. Yoast SEO 3.0.4 saw the light, but other than that most of us are still recovering. It was also a week full with tiny little nuggets of newsy niceness. From SSL on WikiPedia to AMP to Penguin. Let’s dive in! SSL all the things This is a »

Category: General SEO

Keyword density in a post-Panda world

25 November 2015 by Joost de Valk » - 21 Comments

keyword stuffing is not a good idea in a post-Panda world

The Yoast SEO plugin helps you to optimize your text for the keyword you want to be found for. In Yoast SEO 3.0 we made some big changes in our content analysis. In this post we’ll discuss the adaption of our Yoast SEO keyword density check and the possibility to optimize for multiple keywords in »

Categories: General SEO, WordPress

Weekly SEO Recap: Quality!

20 November 2015 by Joost de Valk » - 11 Comments

Joost's Weekly SEO Recap

This week we released version 3 of our Yoast SEO plugin. I can honestly say we’re very proud of this release. I’ll recap a bit on the release and there was one bit of news from Google I don’t want to withhold you: they released the search quality guidelines they give to their quality raters »

Category: General SEO

Yoast SEO 3.0

18 November 2015 by Joost de Valk » - 342 Comments

Yoast SEO 3.0

We’ve just released Yoast SEO 3.0. This release includes real time content analysis, the “upgrade” of our snippet preview to a snippet editor, an upgrade to how we handle categories and tags and an integration with Onpage.org. And that’s just the headline features. Since the “creation” of Yoast SEO as a plugin, we’ve not done »

Category: General SEO

Weekly SEO Recap: Google directions

13 November 2015 by Joost de Valk » - 8 Comments

Joost's Weekly SEO Recap

A couple of interesting small tidbits this week, that all together show the direction (Google) search is heading in. Let’s dive into this weeks news: Google bolding answers to questions Remember the Hummingbird update? Google worked on being able to parse questions better so it knew what you were searching for. This week, some people noticed »

Category: General SEO

Ask Yoast: webshops and duplicate content

9 November 2015 by Joost de Valk » - 4 Comments

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Do you have a question about SEO? In the series Ask Yoast we answer topical SEO questions from our readers. Don’t hesitate and send us your question! You might get a personal answer on video! Today’s question comes from Kathy. She’d like to know: “How do you handle duplicate content if you sell products on »

Categories: Content SEO, eCommerce

Weekly SEO recap: mobile friendly & snippets

6 November 2015 by Joost de Valk »

Joost's Weekly SEO Recap

We’re working hard on our upcoming Yoast SEO 3.0 release. Multiple focus keywords is slowly proving itself to me as probably the best thing we’ve ever made. It wasn’t the hottest week in search, which is probably a good thing as we’ve had plenty of those recently, but still there’s some stuff to report, ranging from app »

Category: General SEO