Technical SEO archives

Ask Yoast: 301 or 302 redirect?

12 September 2016 by Joost de Valk » - 1 Comment

Ask Yoast AMP for small business owners

You’ve deleted a post or page. Of course you know that you’re not done yet though! You’ll have to create a redirect, to avoid that visitors will land on your 404 page. Perhaps your site has a page that shows the information that you’ve just deleted, or something similar. So you want to create a redirect. But »

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Yoast SEO 3.5

7 September 2016 by Joost de Valk » - 5 Comments

yoast seo bug fixes

We’ve just pushed out a new release of Yoast SEO, our flagship plugin. The new version, 3.5, mostly has a metric ton of small bugfixes. In this post, we’ll discuss the most notable changes, but you should mostly be aware that this is what we would call a bugfix release. XML Sitemap changes We’ve decided to »

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5 things to do after a hack

12 July 2016 by Michiel Heijmans » - 2 Comments

5 things to do after a hack

Even if you try your utmost best, chances are hackers will find a way to hack your site. Following our WordPress security article, I’ll show you five things you should do right after you find your site to be hacked. Some of those things you should probably do before it even happens! 1. Understand what just »

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Crawl budget optimization

5 July 2016 by Joost de Valk » - 3 Comments

crawl budget

What is a crawl budget? Crawl budget is the number of pages Google will crawl on your site on any given day. This number varies slightly from day to day, but overall it’s relatively stable. The number of pages Google crawls, your “budget”, is generally determined by the size of your site, the “health” of your »

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DIY: Duplicate content check

22 June 2016 by Michiel Heijmans » - 10 Comments

Duplicate content might confuse Google. If your content is on multiple pages on your or other websites, Google won’t know what to rank first. Prevent duplicate content as much as possible. Perform a duplicate content check every now and then to find copied content. In the Advanced > RSS section of our Yoast SEO plugin, »

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DIY: Optimize your browser cache

20 June 2016 by Michiel Heijmans » - 21 Comments

Browser caching is the way a browser stores files from your website on a local computer. Browser caching makes sure all files load without unnecessary server connections, which is much faster. In this article, we’ll tell you how to check if that browser cache works and how to optimize it in WordPress. We’ll tell you how we approach »

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Ask Yoast: www and duplicate content

3 June 2016 by Joost de Valk » - 6 Comments

Ask Yoast AMP for small business owners

If content on different urls is the same, search engines don’t know which url to show in the search results. We call this a duplicate content issue. And it can hurt your rankings! Unfortunately it happens more often than you’d think. Did you, for instance, ever think about the consequences of www or non www versions »

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WordPress Security

24 May 2016 by Michiel Heijmans »

wordpress security must read article by yoast

WordPress security has always been food for thought. Even though most of the latest updates (including WordPress 4.5.2) deal with WordPress security issues, there is still a lot that can be done to improve that security, even by the less tech-savvy of us. In this article, I’d like to enumerate some suggestions on how to improve security on »

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robots.txt: the ultimate guide

17 May 2016 by Joost de Valk » - 5 Comments

noindex a post with meta robots noindex

The robots.txt file is one of the primary ways of telling a search engine where it can and can’t go on your website. All major search engines support the basic functionality it offers. There are some extra rules that are used by a few search engines which can be useful too. This guide covers all »

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Ask Yoast: should I never buy links?

13 May 2016 by Joost de Valk » - 5 Comments

Ask Yoast AMP for small business owners

We understand that, at times, you might be tempted to buy links. Who doesn’t want to start ranking quickly? And, would it really harm your site, even if it’s from a “trustworthy” link selling site? Watch this video and know why you should never buy links! Why you should never buy links Can’t watch the »

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