Technical SEO archives

Playing with the X-Robots-Tag HTTP header

3 January 2017 by Joost de Valk » - 2 Comments

cloak affiliate links

Traditionally, you will use a robots.txt file on your server to manage what pages, folders, subdomains or other content search engines will be allowed to crawl. But did you know that there’s also such a thing as the X-Robots-Tag HTTP header? Here, we’ll discuss what the possibilities are and how this might be a better »

Category: Technical SEO
Tags: , ,

Don’t block CSS and JS files

2 January 2017 by Michiel Heijmans » - 4 Comments

you should not block your CSS and JS files

In 2015, Google Search Console already started to warn webmasters actively not to block CSS and JS files. In 2014, we told you the same thing: don’t block CSS and JS files. We feel the need to repeat this message now. We’re currently working on the websites of our first Yoast SEO Care customers, and this »

Category: Technical SEO
Tag:

How to get mobile Rich Cards in Google

21 December 2016 by Edwin Toonen » - 7 Comments

Rich Cards are the newest addition to Google’s enhanced search results. Using structured data in the form of Schema.org, certain types of subjects can get an enhanced presentation in Google. Rich Cards, not to be confused with rich snippets, are search results in card form that the user can swipe through and mostly pop up »

Category: Technical SEO
Tags: , ,

Ask Yoast: change URLs when relaunching website?

16 December 2016 by Joost de Valk » - 4 Comments

Ask Yoast stopwords in focus keywords

Relaunching a website can be an overwhelming project. You need a new design and perhaps new functionalities. What should you do with your existing content? And what about new content? The more changes you want, the more challenging it gets. In this process you might face the question if you should change or keep your URLs. »

Categories: Content SEO, Technical SEO
Tags: ,

Rich snippets everywhere

9 December 2016 by Edwin Toonen » - 17 Comments

Rich snippets everywhere

Rich search results are everywhere. Years ago, search engines presented search results without much adornment. Today, the search results look very different. We see extra information beneath the links, plus a couple of big blocks of rich content, depending on what you look for. The additional lines beneath results are called rich snippets, and they »

Categories: eCommerce, Technical SEO
Tags: ,

Pagination or infinite scrolling: which is best for SEO?

7 December 2016 by Michiel Heijmans » - 22 Comments

pagination or infinite scrolling

Something that’s always up for discussion is how to load new content on your archive, category or search results pages. You can do this in a number of ways. You can list a certain amount of posts or products and add a ‘next’ link at the bottom of that list. You can add a ‘load more’ button at »

Category: Technical SEO

Archive SEO: archive by topic, not by date

6 December 2016 by Joost de Valk » - 1 Comment

category seo

A common practice for many blogs is to use date-based archives for their archive pages. These long lists of links, sorted by month and year, group posts that were made during that period. Although this initially might make sense, it can have an adverse impact on your archive pages’ SEO. Your archives could be an »

Category: Technical SEO
Tag:

Local business listings with Schema.org and JSON-LD

25 November 2016 by Edwin Toonen » - 13 Comments

JSON-LD for your website

One of the things you can do to present your local business better in search results is Schema.org data for rich snippets. By adding structured data to your site, you can help search engines understand what your business is about and how it performs. For this reason, you have to add your NAP details, a »

Categories: eCommerce, Technical SEO
Tags: , ,

Google Search Console: Search Appearance

22 November 2016 by Michiel Heijmans » - 8 Comments

webmaster tools bing

There are a lot of ways to check how your website’s doing these days. The most common one people use is probably Google Analytics. Google Analytics is definitely a great tool for monitoring your site. However, since the ‘not provided’ development, it’s become pretty hard to monitor your SEO efforts. And unfortunately, most tools that »

Categories: Analytics, Technical SEO
Tags: , , ,

Ask Yoast: why and how to minify your JS and CSS

21 November 2016 by Joost de Valk » - 6 Comments

Ask Yoast stopwords in focus keywords

If you check your site speed with Google PageSpeed Insights you might get the advice to minify your Javascript (JS) and Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) files. Your JS files contain the code for the interactive elements of your website. And in your CSS files you specify the design of your pages. Minifying those files will decrease your page »

Category: Technical SEO
Tags: , , ,