Posts by Michiel Heijmans

Michiel Heijmans

Michiel is COO and one of the partners at Yoast. He's happily married to Esther and proud father of his two daughters Puck and Linde. He was one of the first bloggers in the Netherlands and co-founded one of the first Dutch blogs about web design and blogging. At Yoast, works as a senior online marketing consultant and manages all day to day office related issues. And obviously is a daily, heavy user of all of our plugins!

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About headlines and taglines

20 September 2017 by Michiel Heijmans »

About headlines and taglines

At Yoast, we see a lot of websites on a daily basis. One thing we often notice when looking at these websites is how poorly the website’s or page’s goal is communicated. A great and fast way to convey your goal is by using headlines and taglines. Here, we’ll show you how to use headlines and »

Category: User eXperience (UX)
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Optimizing your website menu for SEO

13 September 2017 by Michiel Heijmans » - 4 Comments

optimizing your site's menu

In an ideal world, every single page of your website would be accessible from that one, site-wide website menu. But as you, as a web developer or website owner, undoubtedly know, the real world of websites is far from ideal. We struggle with multiple devices, fixed-width websites, themes that can hardly be changed without creating new »

Categories: Content SEO, User eXperience (UX)
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What are custom taxonomies in WordPress?

28 August 2017 by Michiel Heijmans » - 3 Comments

custom taxonomies in WordPress

In WordPress, content can be grouped using categories and tags by default. WordPress calls these groups taxonomies. When you are serious about your content and have a lot of it, it will pay off to create other groups as well. By creating these custom taxonomies, you’re making your life as a content writer easier. More importantly, you’ll »

Category: Technical SEO
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Tools to improve your online marketing campaign

9 August 2017 by Michiel Heijmans » - 15 Comments

seo tools

One of the most frequently asked questions by fellow SEO consultants probably is: “What online marketing tools do you use?” In the ever-changing SEO world, it was time for us to update our list with the present day tools we use on a very frequent basis in a variety of projects. Some of these tools »

Categories: Analytics, eCommerce
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Social media for small business owners

2 August 2017 by Michiel Heijmans » - 8 Comments

social media for small business

You are a small business owner with a local target audience. Of course, your local audience needs to find your shop or office, and you want to use social media for that. But, in the plethora of platforms, you just have no clue where to start. So you post something on Facebook, try a tweet now »

Category: Social Media
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Favicons and your online brand

17 July 2017 by Michiel Heijmans » - 8 Comments

5 tips on branding

Those used to tabbed browsing know why favicons are important. Your site will stand out from the rest if your favicon is recognizable. After all, a picture says more than a thousand words. Personally, I often find myself pinning websites in Google Chrome, still my browser of choice. As a to-do list, or simply because I »

Categories: User eXperience (UX), WordPress
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Testimonials: increase your visitor’s trust

2 July 2017 by Michiel Heijmans » - 4 Comments

ratings and reviews

At Yoast, we’ve seen a lot of websites of every caliber. Every website has its own issues, but all websites benefit from optimizing the conversion rate. It really doesn’t matter if your goal is more sales, more Facebook likes or more newsletter subscribers. One thing that helps almost every website, is the right use of »

Categories: eCommerce, User eXperience (UX)
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Ultimate guide to small business SEO

27 June 2017 by Michiel Heijmans » - 23 Comments

small business SEO

Five annoying contact page mistakes

30 May 2017 by Michiel Heijmans » - 44 Comments

contact page mistakes

If your business website’s goal is to get in touch with (potential) customers, you should avoid a number of contact page mistakes. Here, we’ll mention the mistakes we find most annoying. And we’re not unique in that. In my previous post about contact pages, I already mentioned that the right content on this page can improve both »

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Planning your website like your holiday

29 May 2017 by Michiel Heijmans » - 8 Comments

website planning

Planning your website is much like planning your holiday. If you rush into things, your hotel might be crappy, the surroundings without anything to do, and you might even pay way too much for it. Here, I’ll explain the process of planning a (new) website from scratch. And make that process clear by highlighting similarities »

Categories: SEO basics, WordPress
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