Posts by Marieke van de Rakt archive - page 11


Obtain an attractive writing style!

25 November 2014 by Marieke van de Rakt »

Blogging tips for web shops

Some of us are natural writers. They are able to write an attractive, fun, readable text in a matter of minutes. Others lack that skill. Attractive writing is a matter of talent, but practice sure helps! In this blog post I will give five tips you can use to upgrade the style of your text »

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Cultural differences in webshops (part 2)

4 November 2014 by Marieke van de Rakt »

A few weeks ago, I wrote a post about cultural differences between websites. In the comments, some readers left amazing examples of differences between websites of China and websites in Europe. For instance, this example was given by Piet from WP Tips, left is the Chinese site Taobao as seen from China, right is the »

Categories: eCommerce, User eXperience (UX)
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Why focus on long tail keywords?

9 October 2014 by Marieke van de Rakt »

yoast SEO

Long tail keywords are keywords or key phrases that are more specific – and usually longer – than more commonly searched for keywords. Long tail keywords get less search traffic, but will usually have a higher conversion value, as they are more specific. In order to really profit from a keyword strategy focusing on long »

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The temptation of the green bullet in Yoast SEO!

23 September 2014 by Marieke van de Rakt »

The temptation of the green bullet in Yoast SEO

The first time I used the Yoast SEO plugin I was amazed by the ease of use and by the many features it contains. And still, our analysis offers everything you need to fine-tune your text in such a way search engines will be more likely to rank your content.  I genuinely believe that the »

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Cultural differences in websites

26 August 2014 by Marieke van de Rakt » - 7 Comments

While doing our website reviews, we look at sites from all over the world. Most of our clients are from the United States and Europe, but we also have clients from Australia, South Africa and even China. Websites from different countries can differ largely in their choices for color, pictures, navigation and site structure. That »

Category: User eXperience (UX)
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Beautiful or Usable: What’s important while designing your website?

How important are the aesthetics of a website? Does a beautiful site convert better? And what is the relation between aesthetics and usability? In this post, I try to answer these questions What is beautiful is usable? A much cited article on the matter is ‘What is beautiful is usable’. The main conclusion of this »

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Analyzing your audience

23 March 2014 by Marieke van de Rakt » - 8 Comments

yoast SEO

About three weeks ago,  I wrote a post about the necessity of knowing your audience. We ourselves are currently investigating our audience. We asked our newsletter readers to fill out a questionnaire. After we have collected the results of our survey, I started analyzing the results. It has been a great week for me! In »

Category: Announcements

Yoast research: get to know your audience!

25 February 2014 by Marieke van de Rakt »

analyzing your audience

The first step in marketing is to find out what your audience looks like. Who are your visitors? Where are they from? Who engages with your blog posts? In this post, I’ll explain how we got to know our own audience at Yoast.com. Knowing your audience! When Joost began Yoast.com it was a blog. He wrote »

Category: Analytics

Why are people (not) buying my products online?

5 February 2014 by Marieke van de Rakt »

Google Analytics provides us with lots of information about our visitors. However, we are in complete ignorance about the motivations of our visitors to buy our products.  Why do people shop online?  And how can we influence their motives and make them buy (more of) our products? Thijs already gave lots of useful insights in »

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Analyzing statistics just isn’t that easy

9 December 2013 by Marieke van de Rakt »

Having a solid statistical and scientific background, I often find myself frustrated by research and data-analysis in User Experience Metrics, Conversion Optimization and Google Analytics. In my opinion, doing research and analysing statistics requires proper training and understanding of what you are doing. Am I the only one? You need a brain to do statistics! »

Category: Analytics