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

Coming soon: Structured data training!

structured data training

Do you want to increase chances people click on your page in the search results? Want to learn how to get those awesome rich snippets? Next week, we’ll launch our Structured data training. In this new training, you’ll learn how structured data can influence the appearance of your pages in the search results. After completing this »

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What is an XML sitemap and why should you have one?

20 June 2017 by Meike Hendriks » - 18 Comments

xml sitemaps do you need them

A good XML sitemap is a roadmap to all important pages of a website. This roadmap guides Google to all main content on a website. Having an XML sitemap can be beneficial for SEO, as Google can retrieve essential pages of a website very fast, even if the internal linking of a site isn’t flawless. »

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Google Tag Manager: an introduction

Google Tag Manager

Perhaps you’ve heard about it: Google Tag Manager. Google introduced this tool 5 years ago, a tool that would make marketers less dependent on developers and that would, therefore, speed up your marketing process. Google Tag Manager has evolved over the years becoming a more complete and easy to use tool. Here I want to »

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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!  What »

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Ask Yoast: buy multiple Top Level Domains for SEO?

8 June 2017 by Joost de Valk » - 7 Comments

Ask Yoast: multiple extensions of a domain

When you’re starting a business, you probably want to launch a website too. So you have to register one domain or more. Let’s say you’re registering your brandname as a domain, which extensions or TLDs (Top Level Domains) should you pick? Brandname.com? Brandname.biz? Or perhaps brandname.vip? Does it matter for SEO? We’ll help you make »

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Preventing your site from being indexed, the right way

5 June 2017 by Joost de Valk » - 9 Comments

prevent your site being indexed

We’ve said it in 2009, and we’ll say it again: it keeps amazing us that there are still people using just a robots.txt files to prevent indexing of their site in Google or Bing. As a result their site shows up in the search engines anyway. You know why it keeps amazing us? Because robots.txt »

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Clean up your bad backlinks

26 May 2017 by Michiel Heijmans » - 17 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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Meta keywords: why we don’t use them

17 May 2017 by Joost de Valk » - 32 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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