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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Announcing a Yoast redesign

24 May 2015 by Joost de Valk » - 28 Comments

As I announced in our previous post on the evolution of Yoast avatars, we’re working on a redesign. In fact… The HTML and CSS are mostly done, but we’ll take quite a bit more time to work on it. Over the summer we’ll make a WordPress theme out of it and make sure that all the […]

Category: Announcements

Website Maintenance: clean up old posts & pages

13 May 2015 by Joost de Valk » - 34 Comments

website maintenance: clean up old posts

When you maintain a blog, you write different types of posts. Of course, you try to write evergreen cornerstone content posts all the time. The reality is different. Some posts have historical value, others only have momentary value. You should go through your archive every once in a while, and clean it up. This should »

Category: General SEO

The evolution of Yoast avatars & we’re doing a redesign!

12 May 2015 by Joost de Valk » - 19 Comments


Over the years, our avatars have evolved quite a bit. Paul Madden created the first avatar, back in 2007. A few years later, I asked Erwin to improve upon it and he ran off with them. He created many, many avatars. First of me, later on of the entire, rapidly growing, team. Below is an infographic highlighting »

Category: Announcements

Crawl efficiency: making Google’s crawl easier

8 May 2015 by Joost de Valk » - 18 Comments

Crawl Efficiency

Search engines crawl your site to get the contents into their index. The bigger your site gets, the longer this crawl takes. It’s important that the time spent crawling your site is well spent. If your site has a 1,000 pages or less, this is not a topic you’ll need to think about much. If  you intend »

Category: General SEO

Search Analytics in Google Webmaster Tools

6 May 2015 by Joost de Valk » - 23 Comments

Mobilegeddon search traffic - desktop vs mobile search

Yesterday, Google confirmed what we’ve been anticipating for years: mobile search has overtaken desktop search. On their Inside AdWords blog, they stated the following: more Google searches take place on mobile devices than on computers in 10 countries including the US and Japan. Let’s let that sink in for a moment, combining it in our heads »

Category: General SEO

Using category and tag pages for your site’s SEO

1 May 2015 by Joost de Valk » - 39 Comments

Category SEO

In our site reviews we often see that a site’s category / tag structure is completely unmanaged. Even large news sites suffer from over-usage of tags and categories. Tags and categories are both examples of a taxonomy system. By default a WordPress site has these two, but you can add more. When used correctly, a »

Category: Content SEO

The future of search

29 April 2015 by Joost de Valk » - 8 Comments


One of the speakers at our upcoming YoastCon is Marcus Tandler, one of my best friends in the industry. I met Marcus almost at the beginning of my career as an SEO consultant, we’ve since had fun at numerous conferences throughout the world, most notably SEOktoberfest, which Marcus organizes in his hometown Munich. I’m very proud that he’ll »

Category: General SEO

Google’s “Mobilegeddon” is on its way

24 April 2015 by Joost de Valk » - 39 Comments

This is what mobilegeddon looks like

This was the week of the announced Google mobile update. The update has been dubbed “Mobilegeddon” in the SEO industry, but up until today, it wasn’t exactly living up to expectations. The idea though, is very simple: if your website isn’t deemed mobile friendly, it won’t rank as well in mobile search results (which, in itself, »

Category: General SEO

Holistic SEO

22 April 2015 by Joost de Valk » - 9 Comments


Here at Yoast we try to combat the notion that SEO is just a trick. SEO is so much more. Over the years, social media has become more important as a method for discovering new content and products. Google changes its algorithm literally hundreds of times a year. It adapts to the changing influence of »

Category: General SEO

Google Analytics 5.4 release notes

20 April 2015 by Joost de Valk » - 30 Comments

This release is mostly a security release. After last months security update we decided to have Sucuri do another in-depth review of the plugin, we found another issue ourselves that was common in many plugins and we were informed of another issue by Jouko. For that reason, you should update immediately. The release contains a few »

Categories: Analytics, WordPress