Posts by Marieke van de Rakt archive - page 17


What type of content should a cornerstone article be?

11 June 2015 by Marieke van de Rakt »

Cornerstone content is a very important aspect of your SEO strategy. You have to create a few really awesome pages and optimize these pages for your most important keyword. Subsequently, you should link to these very awesome pages with your other pages and blogs (focusing more on long tail keywords). In this blog post, I »

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Writing for your blog: the text objective of your blogpost

6 January 2015 by Marieke van de Rakt »

text objective and purpose

I previously wrote posts about the structure and about the style of your post. In this post, we will focus on the purpose of your text. A lot of people forget to properly formulate the purpose of their blog post or article. This is unfortunate, because if you do not properly define the aim of »

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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 online shops (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)

Why focus on long tail keywords?

9 October 2014 by Marieke van de Rakt »

Blog SEO: long tail

Focusing on long tail keywords is a great SEO tactic. 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. They allow »

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The temptation of the green bullet in Yoast SEO!

23 September 2014 by Marieke van de Rakt »

green bullet 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

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At Yoast, we look at sites from all over the world. Websites from different countries can differ largely in their choices for color, pictures, navigation and site structure. That made me wonder: are these differences due to cultural preferences? It made me remember a study we executed at Yoast some time ago and it gave »

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 article »

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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 »

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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