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.

How is your site’s SEO doing?

10 April 2015 by Thijs de Valk » - 23 Comments

How is your site's SEO doing

One question we get quite often in our website reviews is whether we can help people recover from the drop they noticed in their rankings or traffic. A lot of the times, this is a legitimate drop and people were actually in a bit of trouble. However, more often than not there wasn’t anything wrong with either »

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Search operators

8 April 2015 by Michiel Heijmans » - 13 Comments

Yes, you want to rank first in Google. And yes, you think you have optimized a site for that. But have you ever been playing with Google to see how your site is doing? Probably not, but let’s do that right now. Have you ever used search operators in your Google queries? Search operators are »

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Smart Alternatives to Dangerous Link Building Strategies

Last December, we wrote about all the things that you should take in account when cleaning up bad backlinks. We asked Christoph at LinkResearchTools to check all of the information in there to make sure we were not missing anything. When going over that post, we felt that we should elaborate on the subject of link building on »

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Mobile-friendly sites and SEO

25 March 2015 by Thijs de Valk » - 47 Comments

Last month, Google actually announced a change in their algorithm before it had already happened. In this post they mention that starting April 21st mobile-friendliness will become a ranking factor more and more. In the past few weeks we’ve been getting quite a few reports from Google Webmaster Tools. Not only did they add a Mobile Usability item under the »

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Bing Webmaster Tools: Security, Widgets and Messages

11 March 2015 by Michiel Heijmans » - 3 Comments

Compared to the first three sections, the last three are relatively small. In this final post in our series on Bing Webmaster Tools we will go over Security, Malware and Messages and share our findings. Security Making sure your website is secure is of course really important. We have already emphasized this on our page on WordPress security, »

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Bing Webmaster Tools: Diagnostics & Tools

10 March 2015 by Michiel Heijmans » - 2 Comments

Bing Webmaster Tools provides a number of tools to analyze your website. Somehow, they managed to squeeze these into one page in Bing Webmaster Tools as the dashboard page for the section Diagnostics & Tools. Fortunately, all tools also have a separate page… In this post, we will go over all tools and tell you how »

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Bing Webmaster Tools: Reports and Data

6 March 2015 by Michiel Heijmans » - 2 Comments

In this second Bing Webmaster Tools post in our series on Webmaster Tools, the focus is on reporting. We’ll be going over a number of pages, and try to explain what information is available and how this can help you improve your website. Or get new insights about your audience, of course. This section is »

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Bing Webmaster Tools: Configure My Site

4 March 2015 by Thijs de Valk » - 9 Comments

We recently did a series about Google Webmaster Tools  (now known as Google Search Console). So we thought it was time to do a series about Bing Webmaster Tools as well. Bing isn’t that big in The Netherlands, or Europe, for that matter, but it still holds some ground in the US. The most important reason, »

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Use hreflang for multilingual websites

25 February 2015 by Michiel Heijmans » - 26 Comments

The hreflang tag is used to tell Google and other search engines the language used on a specific page on your website. Search engines use the hreflang tag to ‘redirect’ the visitor to the page in the right language. Hreflang is also referred to as rel=”alternate” hreflang=”x”. When I was discussing post subjects with our site »

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Photography SEO

18 February 2015 by Michiel Heijmans » - 30 Comments

Have you read my post on image SEO? On that post, I got this comment from Jerry, a professional photographer: In galleries, do you have any suggestions about what the ALT text should look like? The main concern is that we don’t want to be perceived as keyword spamming; using the same keyword in all the »

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