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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: division on seperate domain

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 »

Category: User eXperience (UX)
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Ask Yoast: Impact of host location on SEO?

27 March 2017 by Joost de Valk » - 7 Comments

location of my host

Do you want to set up a brand new website or move your website to a new host? Choosing a web host can be hard, because there are thousands of hosting companies out there. So it’s a tough decision to make, but a very important one too. When you’re comparing various hosting aspects, should you consider the »

Category: WordPress
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SEO basics: How to use social media

24 March 2017 by Marieke van de Rakt » - 27 Comments

how to use social media

Social media endeavors should be a part of your SEO strategy. As social media usage increased in popularity, Google and other search engines couldn’t ignore them any longer. This means that your site’s popularity on social media ties in with your SEO more and more. The reason for this is simple: if people talk about you, online or offline, »

Categories: SEO basics, Social Media
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Social buttons: How to add and track them on your site

23 March 2017 by Jimmy Comack » - 4 Comments

social media buttons website

To help your blog gain more readers, you can make use of social buttons which allow your current readers to share interesting posts on their social media accounts. But how should you go about implementing them? In this post we’ll explain how we’ve done this at Yoast and will give you some pointers on how »

Categories: Analytics, Social Media
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