Posts by Joost de Valk archive - page 9

Crawl budget optimization

5 July 2016 by Joost de Valk » - 3 Comments

crawl budget

What is a crawl budget? Crawl budget is the number of pages Google will crawl on your site on any given day. This number varies slightly from day to day, but overall it’s relatively stable. The number of pages Google crawls, your “budget”, is generally determined by the size of your site, the “health” of your »

Category: Technical SEO

Help center in Yoast SEO

17 June 2016 by Joost de Valk » - 12 Comments

Yoast SEO

In Yoast SEO 3.2 we added a new feature called the help center. The help center is meant to help you figure out all the settings in Yoast SEO. To do that it contains a ton of training videos. In Yoast SEO 3.3, which we released this week, we added knowledge base search to this »

Category: WordPress

Yoast SEO 3.3: content analysis

14 June 2016 by Joost de Valk » - 67 Comments

Yoast SEO 3.3

Today we’re very proud to release Yoast SEO 3.3! Yoast SEO 3.3 is a huge update, with many new features. The most important improvement is the new content analysis. As of today, Yoast SEO checks both the readability and the SEO-friendliness of your articles. But this update contains even more: we’ve expanded our help center »

Categories: Announcements, Content SEO, WordPress
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Ask Yoast: www and duplicate content

3 June 2016 by Joost de Valk » - 6 Comments

Ask Yoast AMP for small business owners

If content on different urls is the same, search engines don’t know which url to show in the search results. We call this a duplicate content issue. And it can hurt your rankings! Unfortunately it happens more often than you’d think. Did you, for instance, ever think about the consequences of www or non www versions »

Categories: Content SEO, Technical SEO
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Ask Yoast: can backlinks from one site hurt my rankings?

27 May 2016 by Joost de Valk » - 1 Comment

Ask Yoast AMP for small business owners

Backlinks to your website usually contribute to your rankings. So generally you’d be happy to get lots of links to your posts and pages. But what if you get lots of links from one site? Would Google consider that as suspicious, and could you therefore be penalized? In this Ask Yoast we’ll take a question from Gabriel Heffes of Alberta »

Category: Social Media
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Crafting good titles for SEO

25 May 2016 by Joost de Valk » - 5 Comments

crafting good titles

Writing good page titles is an essential skill for anyone doing SEO. The title tag is the first thing a user sees in the search results. It’s also one of the most important factors for Google to decide what the topic of a page is. The combination of these two factors makes it so essential. This »

Category: Content SEO
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robots.txt: the ultimate guide

17 May 2016 by Joost de Valk » - 5 Comments

noindex a post with meta robots noindex

The robots.txt file is a file you can use to tell search engines where they can and cannot go on your site. Learn how to use it to your advantage!

Category: Technical SEO

Ask Yoast: should I never buy links?

13 May 2016 by Joost de Valk » - 5 Comments

Ask Yoast AMP for small business owners

We understand that, at times, you might be tempted to buy links. Who doesn’t want to start ranking quickly? And, would it really harm your site, even if it’s from a “trustworthy” link selling site? Watch this video and know why you should never buy links! Why you should never buy links Can’t watch the »

Category: Technical SEO
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rel=canonical: the ultimate guide

10 May 2016 by Joost de Valk » - 38 Comments

canonical urls as a solution for duplicate content

How to choose the perfect focus keyword

3 May 2016 by Joost de Valk » - 29 Comments

start keyword research case study

Adding quality content to your website on a regular basis is a very good SEO tactic. Google sees that your website is active because new pieces of information are added. On top of that, you increase the volume of your content. If your keyword strategy has been crafted properly and your content is nicely optimized for the »

Category: Content SEO
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