Technical SEO archives

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? Yet we still see site owners using meta keywords on their websites and, according to Google Trends, people are still searching for meta keywords, although there seem to be fewer queries than 5 years »

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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

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: Should you 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 can often represent multiple areas of business, or divisions. If one division outgrows the others, or if expectations for one area are very high, the company might want to consider a separate website or domain. When this happens, what’s the best approach for SEO? Set up a new domain »

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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. Work on your mobile SEO. For »

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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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Metadata and SEO part 3: social, internationalization and more

15 March 2017 by Michiel Heijmans »

metadata seo social media internationalization

Literally, metadata is data that says something about other data. You can use particular metadata to send information about a webpage to a search engine or a social media channel, and thereby improve your SEO. In the first two posts of this metadata series, we discussed meta tags in <head>of your site and link rel metadata. »

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Ask Yoast: noindex posts that need an update?

13 March 2017 by Joost de Valk »

location of my host

If you own a blog for a long time, it could be that some of your old blog posts need to be updated or optimized. Every once in a while, you should go through your archive to check that. When you go through your archive pages, you might see posts with low quality content that you »

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