Weekly SEO Recap: Google & HTTPS, Bing no longer nice

Weekly SEO Recap: Google & HTTPS, Bing no longer nice

An interesting week this one, including an update that seems to have quite a bit of impact. There are also some nice new features in Google Trends, possible labels for slow loading sites and some more annoying news about Bing and keywords. A Google update It wasn’t Panda, it wasn’t Penguin, though both are still “to come”, but…

Focus on Clarity First

Focus on Clarity First

With the current trend of larger and larger header images being used on homepages, there is one thing that seems to be forgotten a lot: the purpose of a website. How often have you found yourself browsing a website, to find out only after a couple of minutes what it is the website owner wants…

What our Website Reviews can do for you

What our Website Reviews can do for you

“Can you make us rank #1 for our keyword?” “How much more traffic can you promise us?” “Can you make us rank higher, and if so, what spot?” These are just a few examples of questions I’ve gotten from people interested in our Website Reviews in the last 2 weeks. Unfortunately, SEO doesn’t work this…

Introducing Yoast Comment Hacks

Introducing Yoast Comment Hacks

Comments are awesome, but the WordPress comments system is sometimes slightly lacking. Several large sites have, in the first few months of this year, announced they were no longer allowing comments. We, at Yoast, don’t understand that. We’ve found that there’s huge value in discussing our posts with our community. Over the years, we’ve made several plugins that all…

Weekly SEO Recap: Apple & Mobilegeddon

Weekly SEO Recap: Apple & Mobilegeddon

News comes in weird bumps sometimes. While last week was filled to the brim with search news, this week it’s incredibly slow. There was a lot of news out of Apple though, and some of it touches on search and online enough that it warrants discussing it here. Apple news Ad blocking In iOS9, Apple will let…

What type of content should a cornerstone article be?

What type of content should a cornerstone article be?

People often ask us how to improve their rankings on specific keywords. In our site reviews, we can really analyse a site and come up with a tailor made answer to that question.  But in most cases, the information in a blogpost about cornerstone content written by Joost de Valk almost an era ago would still…

WordPress SEO 2.2

WordPress SEO 2.2

Both WordPress SEO Premium and the free version of WordPress SEO have been updated to version 2.2. This new release brings quite a few changes and some nice new additions. We’ll explain the changes in this post. Security fixes This release contains a fix for a potential XSS issue in the admin, specifically the snippet preview. It was caused by issues…

Your website needs (better) forms

Your website needs (better) forms

One of the things we notice are hardly ever optimized on most websites are forms. Forms are an integral part of just about every website. However, for some reason, people don’t (want to) spend much time thinking about these. There’s a lot of different forms your website can have. However, I think most of them boil…

Weekly SEO recap: Panda, Penguin, Mobilegeddon

Weekly SEO recap: Panda, Penguin, Mobilegeddon

We’ve decided that we’re going to turn my “somewhat” regular recent posts on changes in the Search and SEO world into a weekly SEO recap. It’ll run on Friday most of the time, so you know when to expect it. This week was absolutely packed with search news, so let’s dive right in. The Headlines News from SMX…

Five things you are doing wrong

Five things you are doing wrong

The more reviews we do, the more we feel there is a serious problem with the website owners’ perception of their websites and the content on these website. In this post, we will give our recommendations for the top five issues most websites have and probably do not know they have. Call-to-action on your homepage I’m…