Posts by Marieke van de Rakt archive - page 15


Managing a growing blog: technical SEO

27 January 2016 by Marieke van de Rakt » - 15 Comments

SEO basics

As a blog starts growing, you’ll need to do more things to keep the technical aspects of your SEO covered. The first thing you should do, whether your blog is big or small, is installing our Yoast SEO plugin. That pretty much covers everything concerning technical SEO. We made it that simple. But, as your blog or »

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What is the mission of your website?

12 January 2016 by Marieke van de Rakt » - 11 Comments

think about the mission of your website

Before you start making any improvements on your website (SEO, UX or otherwise), you should ask yourself: what’s the mission of my website? Why should people visit my website, read my posts or buy my stuff? What’s the purpose of my website? You should be able to answer these questions in a heartbeat. In this post, »

Categories: Content SEO, Technical SEO
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Why you should buy the Yoast Basic SEO training

22 December 2015 by Marieke van de Rakt » - 15 Comments

Basic SEO training

Most of the SEO skills we teach you in our Basic SEO training can also be learned in our blogposts and eBooks. So, why should you buy our Yoast Basic SEO training course then? In this post, I will give you 5 reasons to buy our training! 1. DIY SEO is cheaper than hiring Learning to »

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6 tips for coming up with blog ideas

21 December 2015 by Marieke van de Rakt » - 11 Comments

coming up with ideas for your blogpost

Your keyword research will give you much direction on what to blog about. You’ll have to unlock content around specific words. A word is not yet a topic though. Next to a keyword, you’ll need an angle, a specific story around a keyword, to write a blogpost. And as your blog grows, your inspiration can get »

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Basic SEO training: Mobile-Friendly Test

16 December 2015 by Marieke van de Rakt » - 3 Comments

basic seo training mobile friendly test

Your website needs to be mobile-friendly nowadays. For your users and Google. Since Mobilegeddon, it’s just a basic requirement to have a website that works well on mobile. Not sure how mobile-friendly your website is and how to improve your mobile SEO? Google provides a test to check your website: the Mobile-Friendly Test. It runs a check »

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Should you use stop words in your focus keywords?

7 December 2015 by Marieke van de Rakt »

Readability ranking factor

Google usually filters out stop words, like ‘a’, ‘the’, ‘of’ and ‘for’, from search queries, and this is why the Yoast SEO plugin used to advise you not to use stop words in your focus keyword (and choose a focus keyword that doesn’t use stop words instead). But that changed in Yoast SEO 3.1, so stop words »

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Basic SEO training: signal words

4 December 2015 by Marieke van de Rakt » - 8 Comments

Our Basic SEO training teaches you how to optimize your website yourself! In this training I explain the importance of high quality content and attractive copy for SEO. One attribute of attractive copy is that it’s easy to read and to follow. A way to make a text easy to read, is to have a decent post structure and to »

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Basic SEO training: clear call-to-action

17 November 2015 by Marieke van de Rakt » - 3 Comments

Video fragment of our Basic SEO training video

Our Basic SEO training teaches you how to optimize a website in a holistic way. Holistic means that we won’t focus on one aspect, we consider all important aspects that can make your site awesome and rank well! That’s why we included a module on usability and conversion in the Basic SEO training. One topic we discuss is »

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The site structure of a growing blog

12 November 2015 by Marieke van de Rakt »

Managing the structure a growing blog

It is never easy to set up a new blog. It can take quite some time to get picked up by the search engines. Nevertheless, as your blog starts to grow, you’ll probably face new SEO problems. In the upcoming weeks, I’ll discuss some of the difficulties you might encounter as your blog really starts to grow. »

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Basic SEO training video: cornerstone content

5 November 2015 by Marieke van de Rakt » - 2 Comments

Video fragment of our Basic SEO training video

Our Basic SEO training teaches you how to optimize your site. One of the strategies we explain is creating cornerstone content. Cornerstone content is the most important content on your site. It should be informative, high quality content related to your core business. When it’s part of a good site structure it can help your site’s rankings tremendously. In this tiny fragment of our Basic »

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