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.

We need a Google court!

7 November 2007 by Joost de Valk » - 25 Comments

Imagine this (and no this is not based at all on any of my clients, just for the sake of this argument): you have a client who has a pitch black history in search engine optimization, his tactics ranging from “simple” cloaking to using negative links to push his competitors sites down. At one point, »

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SMX Stockholm, having a blast!

1 November 2007 by Joost de Valk » - 13 Comments

I’ve been here at SMX for the last few days and I’ve not been as prolific as I was last week at A4UExpo, mostly due to the fact that I’m actually talking to a lot of people and talking about loads and loads of nice stuff. Some highlights: Yesterday morning, the session on what’s new »

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A4UExpo Rocked!

27 October 2007 by Joost de Valk » - 7 Comments

As all my regular readers now, I’ve been at A4UExpo the last couple of days, and I loved every single bit of it. The session were great (above all my expectations even), the people were great and the partying was good too. So: Matthew Wood: you rock! I’ll certainly be there again next year. And »

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Semantic HTML and SEO

26 October 2007 by Joost de Valk »

Just wanted to let you girls and guys know, an article I wrote for got released today: Semantic HTML and Search Engine Optimization.

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SEO has to be on your mind all the time

26 October 2007 by Joost de Valk » - 5 Comments

Dixon is giving a presentation right now about the changing nature of search, and pointing at the problem I see with clients a lot too: SEO can not be a “slice” of your marketing “pie”, it needs to be a fundamental value in all your other marketing activities. Yes you need to do your “basic »

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SES @ A4UExpo: Kevin Ryan and Mike Grehan

26 October 2007 by Joost de Valk »

The first session today was a session with Kevin Ryan from SES and SEW, and Mike Grehan who joined Bruce Clay earlier this year. They showed quite a few interesting charts and facts on Universal Search and how you could use that. I think there´s a huge chance for small companies and affiliates in Universal »

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Extreme SEO Q&A

26 October 2007 by Joost de Valk » - 4 Comments

So yesterday I was on the panel for the last session of the day: an Extreme SEO Q&A, moderated by Ciaran Norris, and on that panel with me were Dixon Jones, Marcus Tandler and Jason Duke. We had a lot of fun, and loads of good questions came up. Some of the topics we touched »

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Nofollow outbound links on your homepage and category pages

23 October 2007 by Joost de Valk » - 17 Comments

As you might have seen, I have now nofollowed all outbound links on my homepage and category pages. On the single pages for posts, these links are not nofollowed, unless I nofollowed them on purpose. I decided to do this after some discussion with a couple of guys (for who’s interested: Roy, Martijn and Dave), »

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I requested reconsideration, and got my PageRank back!

19 October 2007 by Joost de Valk » - 41 Comments

This blog got penalized with a -1 PR penalty for “selling links”. Now I did have some paid links on this blog in the past, when I was newer and less visible to the search world, and less “wise”. I’m not against buying or selling links, but doing it on your own blog, when you’re »

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Conference schedule

18 October 2007 by Joost de Valk » - 10 Comments

I’ll be speaking at two conferences next week and the week after, and I’m really looking forward to both! The first one is A4UExpo in London next week, where I’ll be on an Extreme SEO Q&A panel. I’m on that panel together with Marcus Tandler, aka Mediadonis, Jason Duke, aka JasonD from StrangeLogic and Dixon »

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