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What is cornerstone content?

Cornerstone content pieces are those articles on your website you’re most proud of. They reflect your business, communicate your mission and are extremely well written. These are the articles you would like to rank high in the search engines. Cornerstone articles are usually explainers; these articles combine insights from different blog posts. Here, I’ll explain all »

Category: Content SEO
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Yoast SEO 4.6: the cornerstone content update

11 April 2017 by Joost de Valk » - 6 Comments

Yoast SEO 4.6

Cornerstone content forms the foundation of your site. If you write a couple of authoritative articles about your chosen subject and keyword, you can link all your other posts to these articles. In doing so, you greatly enhance the chance of these articles ranking in the search engines. Build your site as the ancient Egyptians »

Category: Announcements
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Ask Yoast: Video on YouTube or on my own site?

7 April 2017 by Joost de Valk » - 11 Comments

Ask Yoast: product out of stock

Adding videos to your pages or posts can enrich the experience a user has on your site. In our case, for instance, when we want to explain how a certain feature of Yoast SEO works, adding a video or screencast showing you how to use it, will most likely contribute to the understanding of the use »

Category: Social Media
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Ask Yoast case study: SEO of a mom blog

seo of an online shop

SEO can be a rather complicated and abstract thing. What exactly do we mean by increasing keyword density? How do you start with improving the structure of a site? That’s why I’m going to write a series of Ask Yoast case studies. In these case studies, I’ll take a look at a specific site (the owner »

Categories: Content SEO, User eXperience (UX)
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Contributing to WordPress as a designer

5 April 2017 by Tim Hengeveld » - 5 Comments

WordCamp London WordPress design

A few weeks ago, I went to my first proper WordCamp, in London. I went as a designer, and I wasn’t expecting to learn very much, but spoiler warning: I was wrong. In this post, I will explain why going to a WordCamp is worthwhile as a designer, why WordPress needs more designers, and how designers »

Categories: User eXperience (UX), WordPress
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Page speed as a ranking factor: what you need to know

4 April 2017 by Edwin Toonen » - 33 Comments

It’s official: Google announced that page speed will be a ranking factor in its mobile-first index. But what does that mean? There’s no beating around the bush anymore: you should work on making your site as fast and accessible as possible. Don’t wait, do it now. I mean it. For years, we’ve been bombarded by »

Categories: Technical SEO, User eXperience (UX)
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Internal search: why and how

3 April 2017 by Michiel Heijmans » - 12 Comments

Internal search is the search option on your own website. It’s, for instance, the search widget in WordPress and the product search in WooCommerce. Make no mistake: if your website has over twenty pages, your website should most definitely have that internal search option. There are a number of best practices for that search option, and I’d like to »

Category: User eXperience (UX)

Ask Yoast: Too many links in navigation menu?

31 March 2017 by Joost de Valk » - 3 Comments

Ask Yoast: product out of stock

Doing your internal linking well has quite a few SEO benefits. Connecting related posts with each other lets Google know that you’ve created content on various aspects of a certain topic. This can make you a stronger candidate to rank for that topic. But, can internal links also be detrimental to your site? Is it possible to create too many internal links, »

Category: Content SEO
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Tracking your SEO with Google Analytics: a how-to

tracking your SEO with Google Analytics

At Yoast, we’re known for giving you numerous tips to improve your site’s SEO. However, how do you know whether those tips are actually working for you? There are a number of tools out there that can help you track your SEO, but most of them will cost you money. And, in the end, it’s obviously just »

Category: Analytics
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Sliders suck and should be banned from your website

28 March 2017 by Michiel Heijmans » - 40 Comments

should i use sliders or carousels

Two years ago, we wrote about why we really don’t like sliders. We still don’t like sliders. If your theme forces you to include a slider (also named carousels) on your homepage, please realize that it’s making you use a feature that has no value for SEO. A feature that is probably slowing down your site »

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