SEO basics

Search Engine Optimization can be a somewhat overwhelming subject. There are so many aspects that influence the ranking of your website in the search engines. On top of that SEOs tend to use quite some jargon, especially on topics like analytics, technical SEO and WordPress.

We’d like to make SEO understandable for everyone! That’s why we’ve created this SEO basics category. If you read the posts in this category you’ll find out how Google works, what crawlability is and we’ll introduce you to some SEO and WordPress terminology, like slugs. On top of that we’ll explain in layman’s language how to improve the SEO of your website, for example, your mobile site.

Must read articles about SEO basics

Yoast Academy: Teach yourself SEO

13 September 2017 by Edwin Toonen » - 3 Comments

Academy Yoast

It’s a common misconception that the internet is the ultimate learning environment. Yes, you can find everything you need, for free, but the information you end up with is not always trustworthy. It’s scattered, often outdated and sometimes contradictory. So if you want to learn all about a particular subject, you might be better off »

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SEO basics: what are ranking signals?

4 September 2017 by Marieke van de Rakt » - 5 Comments

What are ranking signals

Ranking signals or ranking factors are characteristics of a website that determine the position in the search engines. All ranking signals combined form the algorithm of a search engine. How this algorithm works is a secret. Nobody knows exactly which factors decide the order of the search results. Google’s algorithm isn’t static. It changes regularly. The »

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Explaining SEO to your grandparents

29 August 2017 by Marieke van de Rakt » - 14 Comments

Optimize your WordPress gallery

How do you explain SEO to people who don’t know the first thing about it? What is SEO really about? Before anyone accuses me of discriminating against the elderly, the title of this post is only a figure of speech. Joost’s 90-year old grandmother knows exactly what SEO is, while some of our 30-something friends »

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SEO basics: What is a permalink?

18 August 2017 by Edwin Toonen » - 6 Comments

the perfect wordpress seo permalink

The permalink is the full URL you see – and use – for any given post, page or other pieces of content on your site. It’s a permanent link, hence the name permalink. A permalink could include your domain name (www.yoast.com) plus what’s called a slug, the piece of the URL that comes after the »

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SEO basics: What are rich snippets?

Rich snippets

Maybe you’ve heard about the concept of rich snippets. SEO experts seem to think everyone knows exactly what rich snippets are. But, for SEO newbies, a rich snippet is a really vague term. What are rich snippets exactly? Time to explain what rich snippets are, why they’re important for SEO and how you can get »

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SEO basics: What is structured data?

what is structured data and schema.org

You might have heard about structured data, Schema.org and JSON-LD. But what do these terms mean exactly? What is structured data? What does structured data do? And what does it have to do with SEO?  For all of you who don’t know what structured data is: this post will make it clear to you! Increase »

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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 »

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How to start a blog

How to start a blog

If you’re thinking about starting a blog, the most important thing I have to say to you is: go for it! Start your blog! Just do it! Blogging is a great SEO strategy, it’s a wonderful marketing tool and blogging is lots of fun! A new blog will allow you to make smart and strategic choices. »

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Ask Yoast: Is it worth my time creating profiles on online directories?

8 May 2017 by Joost de Valk » - 3 Comments

Ask Yoast: multiple extensions of a domain

These days there are a lot of online directories and other platforms where you can create a business profile. The idea is that backlinks to your site from your directory profiles will benefit your SEO. But is it really worth investing your time and money in online directories? Find out in this edition of Ask »

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What is on-page SEO?

on-page SEO

Every SEO strategy is focused on ranking as high as possible in the search engines. To do this, we all try to design and develop a website that Google’s secret algorithm will love. That’s basically what SEO is about. The factors in Google’s algorithm can be divided into two categories which will determine the ranking of »

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