Posts by Michiel Heijmans archive - page 2


Metadata and SEO part 2: link rel metadata

9 March 2017 by Michiel Heijmans » - 4 Comments

metadata SEO link rel

In the first post of our metadata series, I discussed the meta tags in the <head> of your site. But there’s more metadata in the <head> that can influence the SEO of your site. In this second post, we’ll dive into link rel metadata. You can use link rel metadata to instruct browsers and Google, for example to point them to the AMP version »

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Local ranking factors that help your local business’ SEO

2 March 2017 by Michiel Heijmans » - 13 Comments

local SEO ranking factors

If you have a local business, selling products or services, you have to think about the local ranking of your website. Local optimization will help you surface for related search queries in your area. As Google shows local results first in a lot of cases, you need to make sure Google understands where you are »

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Metadata and SEO part 1: the head section

1 March 2017 by Michiel Heijmans » - 15 Comments

metadata and SEO

Metadata is all the information about a page that you send to a search engine that isn’t visible to your visitors. There seems to be some misunderstanding about this, as most of the articles I read about SEO metadata seem to imply that it’s just the title, description, keywords and robots declaration in the <head> of »

Category: Technical SEO

Top WordPress plugins every site should have

15 February 2017 by Michiel Heijmans » - 28 Comments

top wordpress plugins

WordPress in itself is a decent system but plugins can really take it to the next level. Adding top WordPress plugins can make WordPress into the Swiss Army Knife of websites: just pull out whatever functionality you need for your specific site! Top WordPress plugins Many people have asked us for our list of top »

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5 handy WordPress plugins for your blog

26 January 2017 by Michiel Heijmans » - 18 Comments

handy wordpress plugins

Every WordPress website owner occasionally stumbles upon a problem that could probably be fixed in a heartbeat with a handy WordPress plugin. That’s what makes WordPress great, right? I recall a friend of mine asking about the possibility of an answering machine on his website. There’s a plugin for that. Need to add testimonials in an »

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The sense and nonsense of XML sitemaps

17 January 2017 by Michiel Heijmans » - 2 Comments

xml sitemaps do you need them

Fact: if your website is set up the right way, you shouldn’t need an XML sitemap at all. You shouldn’t need to think about your category’s XML sitemaps or about including images in your post’s XML sitemap. But why do we keep talking about them like it’s the most important thing ever for SEO? It’s an almost daily »

Categories: Content SEO, Technical SEO
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Don’t block CSS and JS files

2 January 2017 by Michiel Heijmans » - 4 Comments

you should not block your CSS and JS files

In 2015, Google Search Console already started to warn webmasters actively not to block CSS and JS files. In 2014, we told you the same thing: don’t block CSS and JS files. We feel the need to repeat this message now. We’re currently working on the websites of our first Yoast SEO Care customers, and this »

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Know your customer

20 December 2016 by Michiel Heijmans » - 5 Comments

know your customer

Once in a while, every company needs to take a closer look at the state of its marketing. Are you still sending the right message to your customer? Do you still target the same customers? And, in what way did these customers change? In this article, we’ll address a number of things every website owner needs »

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The psychology of discounts

12 December 2016 by Michiel Heijmans » - 3 Comments

Discounts are something everybody uses, especially when you want people to buy a certain product. Discounts are everywhere, and you have probably noticed there are a lot of different ways to give that discount. In this article, we’ll go into the psychology of discounts and what kind of discounts work best for most people. But let »

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Pagination or infinite scrolling: which is best for SEO?

7 December 2016 by Michiel Heijmans » - 22 Comments

pagination or infinite scrolling

Something that’s always up for discussion is how to load new content on your archive, category or search results pages. You can do this in a number of ways. You can list a certain amount of posts or products and add a ‘next’ link at the bottom of that list. You can add a ‘load more’ button at »

Category: Technical SEO