Technical SEO

Yoast has its roots in SEO. We write a lot about technical SEO, content SEO and search news. In this category we cover topics like crawl directives, page speed, on-page optimization and other factors that can improve your SEO.

If you want to dive a bit deeper into technical SEO you should definitely check out our Technical SEO 1 training!

As we believe in a holistic approach to online marketing, we combine technical SEO and content SEO with Usability to create awesome websites.

Must read articles about Technical SEO

Clean up your bad backlinks

26 May 2017 by Michiel Heijmans » - 4 Comments

clean up bad backlinks

Websites that have made the mistake of hiring some shady SEO company to buy bad backlinks for their website can loose almost all their rankings. In this post, we will go beyond on-site optimization and explain a bit more about bad backlinks for your website and how to clean them up. Although buying bad links might »

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Ask Yoast: Block your site’s search results pages?

22 May 2017 by Joost de Valk » - 5 Comments

Ask Yoast: blocking search result pages

Every website should have a decent internal search functionality that shows the visitors search results that fit their search query. However, those search results pages on your site don’t need to be shown in Google’s search results. In fact, Google advises against this too; it’s not a great user experience to click on a Google search result, »

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Meta keywords: why we don’t use them

17 May 2017 by Joost de Valk » - 28 Comments

meta keywords tag - don't use it

You would think this post would be redundant by now: people know that the meta keyword tag is useless nowadays, right? The truth is that we still see site owners using meta keywords on their website. In addition to that, people are still searching for meta keywords according to Google Trends, although there seem to be less queries »

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Block your site’s search result pages

10 May 2017 by Michiel Heijmans » - 14 Comments

block internal search pages

Why should you block your internal search result pages for Google? Well, how would you feel if you are in dire need for the answer to your search query and end up on the internal search pages of a certain website? That’s one crappy experience. Google thinks so too. And prefers you not to have these internal »

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What is Google’s Knowledge Graph?

9 May 2017 by Edwin Toonen » - 8 Comments

Rich snippets everywhere

Google’s Knowledge Graph is hard to find, but its results are not. Take for instance that big block of information that appears on the right-hand side of your desktop screen after entering a search term. This block – also known as the Knowledge Graph Card – contains relevant, context-specific information regarding your search, powered by »

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Domain names and their influence on SEO

domain names and seo

We often get questions from people asking about the influence of domain names on SEO. Is there any relation at all? Does it help to include keywords like product names in your domain name? Is the influence of domain names different per location? And what’s the use of using more than one domain name for a site? »

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Ask Yoast: Give a division a separate domain?

1 May 2017 by Joost de Valk » - 8 Comments

Ask Yoast: division on seperate domain

A website of a larger company often represents multiple divisions. If one division outgrows the others, or if expectations for one division are very high, the need for a separate website or domain may arise. What’s best to do for SEO in such a case? Set up a new domain for that division? Or build it on »

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Ask Yoast: Publishing in another language and SEO

18 April 2017 by Joost de Valk » - 8 Comments

Ask Yoast: division on seperate domain

If you’re creating content for a website, you might want to, occasionally, publish an article in a language different from the language of your other content. However, it’s difficult to rank with one specific article that’s written in a language that differs from the rest. So what should you do to improve the SEO of that article? In this »

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Page speed as a ranking factor: what you need to know

4 April 2017 by Edwin Toonen » - 33 Comments

It’s official: Google announced that page speed will be a ranking factor in its mobile-first index. But what does that mean? There’s no beating around the bush anymore: you should work on making your site as fast and accessible as possible. Don’t wait, do it now. I mean it. For years, we’ve been bombarded by »

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Ask Yoast: One or multiple domains for campaigns?

20 March 2017 by Joost de Valk » - 4 Comments

location of my host

You might have a lot of small sites which are topically related to each other. If you want to get more traffic to these sites, how do you achieve this? Do you have to bundle those sites to gain more traffic? And, what’s best for SEO if you want to run a new campaign? Set up a »

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