Search news

Yoast lives and breathes SEO. In this category we discuss the latest search news. This ranges from announcements about webmaster tools to specific updates like Google Panda and Google Penguin.


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Is that a Possum near me?

29 September 2016 by Michiel Heijmans » - 12 Comments

Local search (Possum)

For a year and a half now, we SEOs have been talking to small business owners and each other about how Google’s handling near me searches better and better. Needless to say that mobile traffic is growing and location based ‘everything’ needs to be taken into account for every location dependent business. With the recent »

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Weekly SEO recap: speed it up!

19 February 2016 by Joost de Valk » - 3 Comments

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This week we’ve got to catch up a bit, as I was away on holiday for a while. Luckily Google took it slow in the last few weeks, basically doing nothing really interesting. They did put out a lot of stuff, it just wasn’t all that interesting. Let’s go over the bits that are interesting. AMP »

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Weekly SEO Recap: guidelines & more

29 January 2016 by Joost de Valk » - 9 Comments

Joost's Weekly SEO Recap

This week we had a whole bunch of “do this not that” type bits of news coming out of Google, but one big thing: updated Google webmaster guidelines. Those new guidelines led to more news as Google clarified some of the things those new guidelines say. Updated Google webmaster guidelines Google has updated its webmaster guidelines. »

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Weekly SEO recap: Google update galore

22 January 2016 by Joost de Valk » - 9 Comments

Joost's SEO recap

This week we started with a Google update that rolled out over the weekend. Then there was “some” more news that came out of Google. Ranging from Google Penguin to a Search Console homepage redesign, we’ve got quite a bit to cover, so let’s dive right in! Major update over the weekend I won’t go into much »

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Another weekend, another Google update

19 January 2016 by Joost de Valk » - 18 Comments

Google updated its Google Webmaster Guidelines

Hot on the heels of last week’s update, we had another Google update this weekend. Looking at the data there are some outliers, probably due to individual issues with sites, but most of all it seems like Google is changing the branding results all the time now. Google updates galore I wrote 3 posts last »

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Weekly SEO recap: it’s not Panda, not Penguin, it’s… Brands!

15 January 2016 by Joost de Valk » - 8 Comments

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Google core algorithm update: brand terms

14 January 2016 by Joost de Valk » - 23 Comments

Google updated its Google Webmaster Guidelines

Over the weekend we saw an incredibly big shuffle in Google search results. I wrote about it earlier this week, as we were researching what happened. I’ll be honest: we’re still researching. But let me update you on what we know and don’t know about this Google core algorithm update. What we know We know »

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Google Panda part of Google’s core algorithm

14 January 2016 by Joost de Valk » - 7 Comments

Google Panda became a part of Google's Core algorithm

Panda has become a part of Google’s core algorithm. This post discusses what that means for SEOs and webmasters. Amidst (or actually slightly before) all the kerfuffle about the changes to Google’s core algorithm this week, Jennifer Slegg posted a huge article about Google Panda, that’s really worth a look. It was vetted by people on Google’s webmaster team, and »

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Google update: Real time Penguin? Or something else?

11 January 2016 by Joost de Valk » - 28 Comments

Google penguin penalizes bad links

We’re currently seeing one of the biggest and most dramatic changes in Google rankings we’ve seen in the last few years. At first we were guessing it’s the promised real time Google Penguin roll out, but all the reports seem to say that it’s multi-faceted and not really tied purely to links, so we’re not 100% sure. »

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Weekly SEO recap: Happy new year!

8 January 2016 by Joost de Valk » - 5 Comments

Joost's SEO recap

First of all, a happy new year to you all! This is the first weekly recap of 2016 and the first weekly recap of the last 3 weeks so we have a few weeks of news to cover. Luckily, we weren’t the only ones taking it slow, so it’s about a normal week’s worth of »

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