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

SEO basics: What is search intent?

15 January 2018 by Marieke van de Rakt » - 9 Comments

what is search intent

SEO is a way to get more traffic to your website. By ranking high in Google, you attract more people to your site. Eventually, your goal probably is to sell your stuff, or to attract more regular visitors. A nice tactic to get more traffic to your site is optimizing your content for words people use. »

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SEO Basics: (The importance of) site structure

11 December 2017 by Marieke van de Rakt » - 25 Comments

Importance of site structure

Site structure is a vital aspect of your SEO strategy. After all, the structure of your website shows Google what articles and pages are most important. You can influence which articles will rank highest in the search engines, with your site’s structure. So, it’s important to get it right! It also is a very actionable »

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5 SEO questions you were afraid to ask

23 November 2017 by Michiel Heijmans » - 13 Comments

SEO facts and fiction

Some SEO questions are awkward. You want to know the answer to them, but you feel pretty stupid for just having the thought about it in your mind. If you ask your next door SEO neighbor, you’re afraid he or she will laugh. You’re embarrassed. You’re afraid to ask that specific question. But still, there »

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SEO basics: What is Googlebot?

21 November 2017 by Edwin Toonen » - 14 Comments

googlebot prevent your site being indexed

Whenever I think of Googlebot, I see a cute, smart Wall-E like robot speeding off on a quest to find and index knowledge in all corners of yet unknown worlds. It’s always slightly disappointing to be reminded that Googlebot is ‘only’ a computer program written by Google that crawls the web and adds pages to »

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SEO Basics: What is conversion?

16 November 2017 by Michiel Heijmans » - 5 Comments

eCommerce usability: the ultimate guide

First things first. Conversion isn’t SEO. Conversion is an end of the customer’s journey on your website. It’s not the end, as that customer could come back and start a new part of the journey. Conversion can be improved by good SEO, that much is true if you: target the right keywords, provide the right site structure, »

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SEO basics: What is HTTPS?

17 October 2017 by Edwin Toonen » - 52 Comments

how to become an SEO expert

HTTPS secures the connection to the website you are visiting. I’m sure you have seen this in action; look at the address bar in the browser and find the lock icon on the left-hand side. Is the lock closed? Then the connection is secure. Is it open or is there another type of icon or »

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SEO basics: What are user signals?

4 October 2017 by Marieke van de Rakt » - 13 Comments

What are user signals?

If you’re an SEO-newbie you’ll probably hear lots of new and complicated terms. In our SEO basics-series, we’ll explain all these terms and concepts to you. In this post, I’ll go into user signals. What exactly are user signals? And what do user signals have to do with SEO? What do you need to know »

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How to avoid common SEO mistakes

3 October 2017 by Michelle Foolen » - 26 Comments

avoid these common SEO mistakes

A few weeks ago, I gave a lightning talk at WordCamp Nijmegen (my hometown in the Netherlands) on how to avoid common SEO mistakes. And this seemed a great topic to write a post about as well, so here it is! I’ll describe the most pressing SEO problems I find on sites I work on »

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Yoast Academy: Teach yourself SEO

13 September 2017 by Edwin Toonen » - 4 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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