User eXperience (UX)

Optimizing websites is not just about getting those visitors to your website. It is also about serving them the best user experience and keeping them on your website. Or even better, seduce that visitor to subscribe to your newsletter or buy your products.

Get ready to optimize your site’s speed, write awesome content and improve the accessibility of your site. Make sure your site is mobile friendly and don’t forget to analyze the results of your efforts.

And there’s more. Read all about improving your site’s usability here.

Must read articles about User eXperience (UX)

Calling to the next action

17 January 2018 by Michiel Heijmans » - 2 Comments

call to action

Every website needs a proper call-to-action. Since I wrote the first version of that post way back when we have often been referring to that same post. It seems very hard to add focus to a homepage, somehow. I might be going out on a limb here, but I also think theme developers should design »

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3 SEO quick wins to implement right now

10 January 2018 by Michiel Heijmans » - 21 Comments

SEO quick wins

We’re all ready for a new year of increasing sales, lifting engagement and giving our website the best effort possible. It only seems right to give you a three-step rocket of SEO quick wins, to kick-start your website for 2018. In this post, I will show you three things you can do right now to »

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How to perform an SEO audit. Part 1: Content SEO & UX

5 December 2017 by Michiel Heijmans » - 16 Comments

website seo audit

A couple of years ago, we did about 40 to 60 SEO audits a month. Although consultancy has not been in our product range for some time now, we do occasionally perform these audits, for instance when a friend asks us to have a quick look. An SEO audit like that is not as elaborate »

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Video backgrounds suck and should be banned from your website

26 November 2017 by Michiel Heijmans » - 29 Comments

Ask Yoast case study: renting holiday home

“I just love those video backgrounds and we need them on our new website.” No, you don’t. “They are so engaging and set a friendly mood.” No, they don’t. “It’s an amazing new feature and it helps conversion.” No, it doesn’t. Besides that, the conversation is annoying me. Video backgrounds suck big time. Our good »

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Ask Yoast: Adding testimonials to your site

10 November 2017 by Joost de Valk » - 13 Comments

Ask Yoast: adding testimonials

Would you buy a product or service from a website that doesn’t look trustworthy? Probably not. So you understand how important it is to gain the trust of your visitors if you own a business. Adding testimonials to your site can help you with this. They give potential customers some idea of the experiences of »

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A/B testing your newsletters

18 October 2017 by Annelieke van den Berg » - 3 Comments

A/B testing your newsletters

In the whole cycle of optimizing your marketing strategies, your newsletter mustn’t be forgotten. Make sure your newsletter is of added value to your audience and is of high quality. Of course, there’s always something to improve. You can make improvements based on your intuition but why not test that intuition first by A/B testing »

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Where SEO and UX meet on your site

6 October 2017 by Michiel Heijmans » - 25 Comments

Where SEO and UX meet on your site

At Yoast, we think SEO only works when you use a holistic approach. Just optimizing your page titles isn’t enough. It’s also about site speed and user experience (UX), and great content is obviously a huge part of it. In a holistic approach, SEO has a lot of “teammates” that have to work together. In »

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Demystifying Viewing Patterns

25 September 2017 by Michiel Heijmans »

Demystifying viewing patterns

Have you ever monitored the viewing pattern of people visiting your website? This is the pattern in which people view, in this case, websites. There are a lot of ideas about this out there. Now I’m wondering: is there one ‘right’ pattern? Can we somehow turn all the results of research about this into one optimized website? »

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About headlines and taglines

20 September 2017 by Michiel Heijmans » - 1 Comment

About headlines and taglines

At Yoast, we see a lot of websites on a daily basis. One thing we often notice when looking at these websites is how poorly the website’s or page’s goal is communicated. A great and fast way to convey your goal is by using headlines and taglines. Here, we’ll show you how to use headlines and »

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Optimizing your website menu for SEO

13 September 2017 by Michiel Heijmans » - 8 Comments

optimizing your site's menu

In an ideal world, every single page of your website would be accessible from that one, site-wide website menu. But as you, as a web developer or website owner, undoubtedly know, the real world of websites is far from ideal. We struggle with multiple devices, fixed-width websites, themes that can hardly be changed without creating new »

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