Posts by Marieke van de Rakt

Marieke van de Rakt

Marieke van de Rakt is both researcher and projectmanager at Yoast. She has a PhD in Social Sciences, her current research focuses on conversion and web analytics.

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How to start your keyword research: a case study

12 January 2017 by Marieke van de Rakt » - 17 Comments

start keyword research case study

If you start a new site, either a blog or an online shop, you won’t rank immediately. So, what’s the first step you need to take to boost your rankings? In our view, you should always start with keyword research. Take some time to think about the words you want to be found for: which words »

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2016 has been an awesome year. Let’s celebrate!

28 December 2016 by Marieke van de Rakt » - 5 Comments

end of year sale

As the end of the year approaches, we always take some time to look back at all the things we did that year. We had a great 2016! We created new products, made large improvements to our Yoast SEO plugin and traveled the globe for many WordCamps and conferences. Because 2016 has been such an awesome year, we »

Category: Announcements

SEO basics: What is content marketing?

19 December 2016 by Marieke van de Rakt » - 8 Comments

what is content marketing

Content marketing consists of all marketing activities that focus on creating and sharing information. It should be part of every SEO strategy, but it’s also crucial for branding. The idea of content marketing is that sharing valuable information is a great way to attract an audience and to build a brand. Blogging is one of the most well-known ways of »

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Why you should NOT write clickbait headlines

15 December 2016 by Marieke van de Rakt » - 4 Comments

clickbait headlines don't work

You’d like your post to rank and your headlines to be clicked on. That’s how you generate traffic from the organic search results. After your headlines have generated those clicks, you’d want your customers to stay on our site and read your posts (and eventually decide to buy your stuff). That’s why writing clickbait headlines are not »

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Why you should use Yoast internal linking

14 December 2016 by Marieke van de Rakt » - 6 Comments

use the yoast internal linking tool

Yesterday we released our new internal linking tool in Yoast SEO Premium. The internal linking tool will help you to link to related content. It will find related posts for you, and it will become much easier to link from your post to these related articles. Using our tool systematically will help you improve the structure »

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Site structure training: now available!

13 December 2016 by Marieke van de Rakt »

Site structure training

You want your site to appear high in the search engines. You want extra traffic and more customers and sales. And what you want most, is to outrank the competition. In order to do so, you can apply all kinds of SEO tactics. Structuring you site well is one of these tactics. It will help Google »

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Why is site structure important?

8 December 2016 by Marieke van de Rakt » - 7 Comments

site structure for SEO

Structuring your site is a crucial element of SEO. If you want to generate more traffic to your website, you should create a structure for your site that makes sense to Google and your site’s visitors. In this post, I’ll explain why site structure is such an important aspect of SEO. Structure shows importance to Google »

Categories: Content SEO, Usability & Conversion
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New eBook: Shop SEO

8 December 2016 by Marieke van de Rakt » - 3 Comments

Would you like to generate more traffic to your eCommerce site? Are you dreaming of higher rankings and more sales? As of today, you can buy our Shop SEO eBook. In this eBook, we’ll give you lots of practical SEO tips, specifically focused on eCommerce sites. After reading our book, you’ll be able to easily »

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Site structure: the ultimate guide

30 November 2016 by Marieke van de Rakt » - 7 Comments

site structure for SEO

Your site needs a certain structure. Otherwise, it’ll just be a collection of pages and blog posts. Your users need the structure to navigate through your site, to click from one page to the other. And Google uses the structure of your site in order to determine what content is important and what content is »

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SEO basics: What is SEO?

23 November 2016 by Marieke van de Rakt » - 8 Comments

what is seo

SEO is the acronym for Search Engine Optimization. It’s the practice of optimizing websites to make them reach a high position in Google’s – or another search engine’s – search results. SEO focuses on rankings in the organic (non-paid) search results. In this post, I’ll answer the question “What is SEO?” and I’ll explain how »

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