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Metadata and SEO part 2: link rel metadata

9 March 2017 by Michiel Heijmans » - 4 Comments

metadata SEO link rel

In the first post of our metadata series, I discussed the meta tags in the <head> of your site. But there’s more metadata in the <head> that can influence the SEO of your site. In this second post, we’ll dive into link rel metadata. You can use link rel metadata to instruct browsers and Google, for example to point them to the AMP version »

Category: Technical SEO
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Does readability rank?

does readability rank

Two weeks ago Google’s Gary Illyes tweeted that you should read your text out loud. If it doesn’t read nicely or sounds strange, it probably won’t rank either. Of course, a discussion followed. Some SEOs are reluctant to believe him, because in some cases keyword stuffing still seems to pay off. For relatively small languages »

Category: Content SEO
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Ask Yoast: redirecting your site to non-www and HTTPS

7 March 2017 by Joost de Valk » - 12 Comments

Ask Yoast: noindex posts that need an update?

Let’s say you own the website http://www.some-example.com. At one point, you might like visitors to go to the non-www version instead of the www version of your domain. In addition to this, if you follow security best practices, you might want to switch from HTTP to HTTPS. What should you do if you want to make both these changes? You »

Categories: Technical SEO, WordPress
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Whipping your hosting into shape

6 March 2017 by Joost de Valk » - 27 Comments

WordPress Host Improvement Project

In this post, I explain why Yoast SEO warns people whose website runs on an older, unsupported, version of PHP to upgrade their PHP version. We’re doing this mainly to improve the security and speed of those websites. This post is long, but I’ll explain: what the problem is; why we want to fix it; why we »

Category: WordPress
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WordPress archive pages: the tutorial

3 March 2017 by Jimmy Comack » - 9 Comments

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Once your website starts growing and you continue writing blog posts, you’ll eventually end up with archive pages. These archive pages can be based on taxonomies, categories, custom post types and even dates. WordPress has built-in support for these archive pages, however there are some small drawbacks. In this post, I’ll explain to you how »

Categories: Technical SEO, WordPress
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Local ranking factors that help your local business’ SEO

2 March 2017 by Michiel Heijmans » - 13 Comments

local SEO ranking factors

If you have a local business, selling products or services, you have to think about the local ranking of your website. Local optimization will help you surface for related search queries in your area. As Google shows local results first in a lot of cases, you need to make sure Google understands where you are »

Categories: Content SEO, Social Media, Technical SEO
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Metadata and SEO part 1: the head section

1 March 2017 by Michiel Heijmans » - 15 Comments

metadata and SEO

Metadata is all the information about a page that you send to a search engine that isn’t visible to your visitors. There seems to be some misunderstanding about this, as most of the articles I read about SEO metadata seem to imply that it’s just the title, description, keywords and robots declaration in the <head> of »

Category: Technical SEO

Yoast SEO 4.4

28 February 2017 by Joost de Valk » - 14 Comments

Yoast SEO

Today marks the release of the next version of our flagship WordPress plugin: Yoast SEO 4.4. In Yoast SEO 4.4 you’ll find many small changes and a couple of new features that make it even easier to work with the plugin. In this release post, we’ll give a brief overview of the changes that we’ve »

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Ask Yoast: do off-topic comments hurt SEO?

27 February 2017 by Joost de Valk » - 4 Comments

Ask Yoast off-topic comments

If you own a blog, you have to deal with the opinions, questions, and feedback from your blog’s visitors. Mostly you receive comments related to your post, but sometimes you might receive off-topic comments. How do you respond properly? And, more importantly, do off-topic comments on your blog post hurt your SEO? In this Ask Yoast we’ll »

Category: Content SEO
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Why use segments in Google Analytics?

24 February 2017 by Annelieke van den Berg » - 9 Comments

segments in google analytics

When talking with customers about Google Analytics, you often hear the same thing: “I’m not really using Google Analytics because I don’t know what I’m looking at. It’s just too much”. And that’s a pity because you can learn a whole lot about your website and your audience with Google Analytics’ data. So, is there »

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