Technical SEO archives

Ask Yoast: Avoiding duplicate content for multi-regional sites

27 October 2017 by Joost de Valk » - 2 Comments

Ask Yoast: Wordpress themes and heading structure

If you’re a bit familiar with the ways of SEO, you’ll be aware that duplicate content is a problem that can happen to anyone and could seriously harm your rankings. But in some cases, it’s difficult to know where you stand. For example: if you translate your existing content into a different language, it isn’t »

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HTTP 503: Handling site maintenance correctly for SEO

24 October 2017 by Jimmy Comack »

Handling site maintenance with a http 503

Sometimes, your site will need some downtime, so you can fix things or update plugins. Most of the time, this tends to be a relatively short period in which Google will most likely not attempt to crawl your website. However, in the case that you need more time to get things fixed, chances are much »

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Ask Yoast: Lower rankings without HTTPS?

20 October 2017 by Joost de Valk » - 20 Comments

Ask Yoast: Wordpress themes and heading structure

Imagine visiting an online shop, and receiving a notification from your browser that this site is not secure. You’re probably not so eager to buy something there and provide this website with private or sensitive information. Well, both your visitors and Google most likely agree. In 2014, Google announced that HTTPS would become a ranking signal. »

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Create a website with SEO in mind: Technical pointers

19 October 2017 by Michiel Heijmans » - 17 Comments

start your website from an SEO perspective: technical pointers

After a lot of its and buts, you have finally decided to create a website. A personal website for yourself, or that long overdue website for your business. You know you have to think about design and should supply well-written texts. You’ve already been inquiring about that thing called hosting. You may even have called »

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Closing a spider trap: fix crawl inefficiencies

12 October 2017 by Joost de Valk » - 4 Comments

spider traps

We recently made some changes to how yoast.com is run as a shop and how it’s hosted. In that process, we accidentally removed our robots.txt file and caused a so-called spider trap to open. In this post, I’ll show you what a spider trap is, why it’s problematic and how you can find and fix »

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Ask Yoast: Www or no www?

2 October 2017 by Joost de Valk » - 14 Comments

Ask Yoast: www or no www?

If you own a website, you have probably, at some point, thought about your preferred URL. Perhaps you chose between www.yoursite.com and yoursite.com straight away and never thought about it again. Or maybe you switched to or from www at one point. While in the early days of the internet www was the norm, these »

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How to properly delete a page from your site

16 September 2017 by Joost de Valk » - 3 Comments

how to delete pages properly

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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Ranking your local business part 8: Behavioral Signals

14 September 2017 by David Mihm »

Ranking local business part 8

This is the final post in an 8-part series on how to rank your business for local searches at Google. Previously, I’ve listed the most important aspects that influence your local ranking, discussed how to get the most out of  Google My Business, covered best practices for on-site optimization. I’ve also given you some ideas for »

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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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How to become an SEO expert

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

how to become an SEO expert

Do you want to make sure your site outranks your competition? Then you should learn the ins and outs of SEO and become an SEO expert yourself. Setting up a successful SEO strategy can be quite hard. Investing in your skills will definitely pay off though. After all, you yourself are the very best expert »

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