12 days of Christmas Read our most read post of 2016!

We’re approaching the end of 2016. It was an excellent year for Yoast: next week we’ll elaborate a bit on that (including a nice surprise for our loyal readers, so stay tuned!). We hope you had a great year as well, in which you took your website to the next level and managed to outrank your competitor! Not yet? During the 12 days of Christmas, we’ll share our most-read posts on our Facebook page daily. Make sure you read those, so that you can get the most out of your website. Can’t wait? Check out the ultimate countdown below!

12. Crafting good titles for SEO

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On #12 we find Joost’s post about creating titles that perform well in the search results. This post is an essential read if you want to get more traffic to your site. The title tag is the first thing a user sees in the search results. And it’s one of the most the important factors for Google to decide what the topic of a page is. This combination makes crafting good titles a necessary skill for anyone doing SEO. So read!

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11. The Snippet Preview: a how-to

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Now you know how to craft a great title (with some help of post #12), Yoast SEO allows you to check what it will look like in Google’s search results! Our snippet preview functionality shows a simulation of the snippet Google will show. This means that, while working on your post, you can already amend your title, slug and meta description to create an enticing snippet that will make people click on your result! Joost will guide you step by step through this process.

Keep reading: The snippet preview: a how-to »

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10. Site speed: tools and suggestions

best_read_10_site_speed_joost_fiWe’re very pleased to see this post on #10. We can’t stress the importance of site speed enough. It’s one of those factors that are crucial for SEO and user-friendliness. Making your website faster can lead to getting organic traffic for new posts faster and to better rankings. In this post, Joost gives some tips for tools and improvements.

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9. Robots txt: the ultimate guide

best_read_9_robots_guide_joost_fiSpoiler alert! Apparently, you guys love to read aboutrobots.txt, as you’ll see another post on this particular topic very high in this chart. 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. This guide covers all the uses of robots.txt for your website. Making a mistake in your robots.txt can seriously harm your site, so make sure to read and understand this.

Keep on reading: Robots.txt: the ultimate guide »

8. SEO copywriting: the ultimate guide

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In 2016 we wrote a lot about… writing. Because, content is still king, if you want to get more visitors to your site. That’s why we also launched an SEO copywriting training. In this complete guide, Marieke touches on everything that’s important for writing content that ranks. She talks you through the process of keyword research and the three stages of the writing process. A must-read if you want to write SEO-friendly and readable articles!

Read more: SEO copywriting: the ultimate guide »

7. WordPress security

best_read_7_wo_security_michiel_fiMaking your website safe, for yourself and your customers, is something you should never neglect. On top of that, Google favors websites that are more secure. So we’re glad this post was a popular one. And, don’t let this topic deter you, Michiel gives a very hands-on list of how to improve security on your WordPress website.

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6. hreflang: the ultimate guide

best_read_6_hreflang_joost_fihreflang tags are a technical solution for sites that have similar content in multiple languages. It tells search engines which country or language site it should show in the search results to a user from a particular country. Because, as a site owner, you want search engines to point people to the most “fitting” language. A must-read if you’re going international with your business! 

Read on: hreflang: the ultimate guide »

5. 5 tips to write readable blog posts

best_read_5_readable_blog_posts_marieke_fiAs mentioned at #8, writing was quite a thing at Yoast in 2016. In March we added a readability check to our content analysis. Because, if you want your readers to read your entire blog post, or to interact with you, you should make sure your blog post is easy to read! As this post is featured on #5 we assume you found Marieke’s post pretty readable ;-)

Keep on reading: 5 tips to write readable blog posts »

4. Setting up WordPress for AMP: Accelerated Mobile Pages

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In 2015, Google started talking about it, but 2016 definitely became the year of AMP. In February, Joost wrote his first article about setting WordPress up for AMP. He introduced the Yoast SEO AMP Glue plugin, which integrates Yoast SEO into your AMP pages. Very soon he wrote a follow-up to that post to let you know where we stand, and what you should do with AMP. Both posts ended up in the top 10 of our best read posts of 2016.

Read more: WordPress and AMP: part 2 »

3. Rel=canonical: the ultimate guide

best_read_3_canonical_joost_fiLike many articles in this list, #3 is about a fairly technical SEO topic: the canonical URL. Canonical URLs are there for you out when you’ve got duplicate content issues (and you might have those without even knowing!). A canonical URL (an HTML link tag with attribute rel=canonical) tells search engines that certain similar URLs are actually one and the same. It passes the ‘link juice’ to the URL you deem most important, so Google knows which article to rank. You’d better learn how to implement them!

Keep reading: Rel=canonical: the ultimate guide »

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2. How to use the content and SEO analysis of Yoast SEO

best_read_2_content_analysis_marieke_fiOur second best read post is on the feature Yoast SEO is most famous for: the content analysis. In 2016, we added a readability check to our SEO analysis. So apart from checking whether you use your focus keyword often enough and on the right spots, we also check certain readability aspects of your copy. In this post, Marieke describes all features of our content analysis in detail and guides you step by step through optimizing your post.

Read on: How to use the content and SEO analysis of Yoast SEO »

1.WordPress robots.txt example for great SEO

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Our best read post of 2016 is quite a technical one! As a follow up on the ultimate guide featured at #9, this post has a very practical approach: If you’re on WordPress what should you do with your robots.txt file? In a clear and comprehensive way, Joost explains what the current best practices are for your WordPress robots.txt and why. Enjoy the read!

Keep on reading: WordPress robots.txt example for great SEO »

7 Responses to Yoast’s most read posts of 2016

  1. Manager
    Manager  • 2 years ago

    Thanks for this summary of the most interesting posts.
    I’m sure it will help us in our positioning on the Internet.

  2. Jean
    Jean  • 2 years ago

    Thanks! I’ll now have to read it all this weekend!

  3. Kim Warren
    Kim Warren  • 2 years ago

    Thanks for posting this list of the most commonly read blog posts. We are currently working on SEO strategies for our company website and these blogs will be great reference tools! Happy New Year!

  4. Mitja Dolinšek
    Mitja Dolinšek  • 2 years ago

    Very interesting, I have to read it all! Happy holidays Yoast team!

  5. Loyalflow
    Loyalflow  • 2 years ago

    WOW… Lots of nice and comprehensive seo articles. Thanks for the great works. Happy holiday for Yoast team.

  6. Ashmith
    Ashmith  • 2 years ago

    Will you update AMP Glue plug-in next year? That plugin and post has helped my client sites with AMP implementation tremendously. Keep up the great work with the blog.

  7. IranNod32
    IranNod32  • 2 years ago

    Hi
    Thanks for this post and best update of Yost SEO Plugin for WP
    Happy New Year!


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