General SEO

Yoast has its roots in SEO. We write a lot about SEO, ranging from keyword research to tips on site structure and more specific technical SEO. We also cover specific updates like Google Panda and Google Penguin.

As we believe in a holistic approach to online marketing, we combine SEO with Conversion Rate Optimization and Usability.

Weekly SEO Recap: AMPing up to SSL all the Penguins

27 November 2015 by Joost de Valk » - 3 Comments

Joost's Weekly SEO Recap

This was very much the “week after” for us. Yoast SEO 3.0.4 saw the light, but other than that most of us are still recovering. It was also a week full with tiny little nuggets of newsy niceness. From SSL on WikiPedia to AMP to Penguin. Let’s dive in! SSL all the things This is a »

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Keyword density in a post-Panda world

25 November 2015 by Joost de Valk » - 20 Comments

keyword stuffing is not a good idea in a post-Panda world

The Yoast SEO plugin helps you to optimize your text for the keyword you want to be found for. In Yoast SEO 3.0 we made some big changes in our content analysis. In this post we’ll discuss the adaption of our Yoast SEO keyword density check and the possibility to optimize for multiple keywords in »

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6 steps to a successful link building strategy

24 November 2015 by Marieke van de Rakt » - 13 Comments

Link building is part of your growth strategy

Links are important for SEO. And link building should therefore definitely be part of your holistic SEO strategy. But more importantly, link building should be part of your growth strategy. Links should help generate traffic to your site directly. In this post, I’ll describe 6 important steps for a successful link building strategy, the holistic SEO »

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Weekly SEO Recap: Quality!

20 November 2015 by Joost de Valk » - 11 Comments

Joost's Weekly SEO Recap

This week we released version 3 of our Yoast SEO plugin. I can honestly say we’re very proud of this release. I’ll recap a bit on the release and there was one bit of news from Google I don’t want to withhold you: they released the search quality guidelines they give to their quality raters »

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Yoast SEO 3.0

18 November 2015 by Joost de Valk » - 336 Comments

Yoast SEO 3.0

We’ve just released Yoast SEO 3.0. This release includes real time content analysis, the “upgrade” of our snippet preview to a snippet editor, an upgrade to how we handle categories and tags and an integration with And that’s just the headline features. Since the “creation” of Yoast SEO as a plugin, we’ve not done »

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Weekly SEO Recap: Google directions

13 November 2015 by Joost de Valk » - 8 Comments

Joost's Weekly SEO Recap

A couple of interesting small tidbits this week, that all together show the direction (Google) search is heading in. Let’s dive into this weeks news: Google bolding answers to questions Remember the Hummingbird update? Google worked on being able to parse questions better so it knew what you were searching for. This week, some people noticed »

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Weekly SEO recap: mobile friendly & snippets

6 November 2015 by Joost de Valk »

Joost's Weekly SEO Recap

We’re working hard on our upcoming Yoast SEO 3.0 release. Multiple focus keywords is slowly proving itself to me as probably the best thing we’ve ever made. It wasn’t the hottest week in search, which is probably a good thing as we’ve had plenty of those recently, but still there’s some stuff to report, ranging from app »

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Link building: what not to do?

2 November 2015 by Marieke van de Rakt » - 18 Comments

link building don'ts

A lot of link building strategies can backfire, causing more damage than doing good. If you want to improve your ranking in the long term, using what we call a holistic SEO strategy, you should definitely avoid certain link building tactics. In this post, I’ll describe link building DON’TS: tactics you should most definitely NOT »

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Weekly SEO Recap: RankBrain and Archive Search

30 October 2015 by Joost de Valk » - 3 Comments

Joost's Weekly SEO Recap

This week in search we saw the following important events: Google (finally) got a brain; we’re getting search for the web’s history; Google said Penguin will come before the end of the year. RankBrain In a piece on Bloomberg Google talked about using AI for their search results, something that we’ve been speculating as coming »

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How to properly delete a page from your site

26 October 2015 by Joost de Valk » - 13 Comments

deleting pages properly from your site

When you delete a page (or post) from your site, you delete one or more URLs too. That old URL, when visited, will usually return a 404 not found error. But is that what you wanted? Maybe that page should be redirected somewhere. If not, and you deliberately deleted that content, serving a 410 header would actually be »

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