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.


Website maintenance: clean up old posts & pages

13 May 2015 by Joost de Valk » - 34 Comments

website maintenance: clean up old posts

When you maintain a blog, you write different types of posts. Of course, you try to write evergreen cornerstone content posts all the time. The reality is different. Some posts have historical value, others only have momentary value. You should go through your archive every once in a while, and clean it up. This should »

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Crawl efficiency: making Google’s crawl easier

8 May 2015 by Joost de Valk » - 18 Comments

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Search engines crawl your site to get the contents into their index. The bigger your site gets, the longer this crawl takes. It’s important that the time spent crawling your site is well spent. If your site has a 1,000 pages or less, this is not a topic you’ll need to think about much. If  you intend »

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Search Analytics in Google Search Console

6 May 2015 by Joost de Valk » - 23 Comments

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Google Search Console has a feature called Search Analytics that is really helpful for webmasters. This post explains why you’d want to use Search Analytics, what it can help you find and what type of data it has. On May 5th 2015, Google confirmed what we’ve been anticipating for years: mobile search has overtaken desktop search. On their »

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The future of search

29 April 2015 by Joost de Valk » - 8 Comments

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One of the speakers at our upcoming YoastCon is Marcus Tandler, one of my best friends in the industry. I met Marcus almost at the beginning of my career as an SEO consultant, we’ve since had fun at numerous conferences throughout the world, most notably SEOktoberfest, which Marcus organizes in his hometown Munich. I’m very proud that he’ll »

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Google’s “Mobilegeddon” is on its way

24 April 2015 by Joost de Valk » - 39 Comments

This is what mobilegeddon looks like

This was the week of the announced Google mobile update. The update has been dubbed “Mobilegeddon” in the SEO industry, but up until today, it wasn’t exactly living up to expectations. The idea though, is very simple: if your website isn’t deemed mobile friendly, it won’t rank as well in mobile search results (which, in itself, »

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Holistic SEO

22 April 2015 by Joost de Valk » - 9 Comments

holistic-seo

Here at Yoast we try to combat the notion that SEO is just a trick. SEO is so much more. Over the years, social media has become more important as a method for discovering new content and products. Google changes its algorithm literally hundreds of times a year. It adapts to the changing influence of »

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Changing URLs in search results

17 April 2015 by Joost de Valk » - 132 Comments

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April 2015, Google announced that they’ll change the way they represent URLs in mobile search results. This post explains what is changing, what this means for you and how our Yoast SEO plugin will help you with these changes. What is changing in the search results? In their blogpost Google say they’ll changing the following: The website »

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How is your site’s SEO doing?

10 April 2015 by Thijs de Valk » - 23 Comments

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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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