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Basic SEO training: Mobile-Friendly Test

16 December 2015 by Marieke van de Rakt - 3 Comments

Your website needs to be mobile-friendly nowadays. For your users and Google. Since Mobilegeddon, it’s just a basic requirement to have a website that works well on mobile. Not sure how mobile-friendly your website is and how to improve your mobile SEO? Google provides a test to check your website: the Mobile-Friendly Test. It runs a check …

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SEO basics - how to improve your mobile site

Yoast Vlog: Mobilegeddon

15 December 2015 by Joost de Valk

On April 22, 2015 “Mobilegeddon” took place. This update to Google’s search algorithm would favor mobile-friendly sites over other sites. So, when searching from a mobile device, sites optimized for mobile would rank higher. Developers and SEOs named it Mobilegeddon, because they thought it would really disrupt the mobile SEO landscape. But did it? In this video I explain what …

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What happened to my rankings!?

9 December 2015 by Michiel Heijmans - 10 Comments

One of the most asked questions in our site reviews is “What happened to my rankings!?”. Although we have the possibility of using all kinds of great tools to analyze your website, this question remains one of the toughest ones to answer. Google isn’t always clear about why some sites rank better than others. In this article, …

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Ask Yoast: 300 words for a product page?

8 December 2015 by Joost de Valk - 7 Comments

Writing at least 300 words for one page is not always easy. Still, we generally advise doing so, since the amount of copy you have on a page has a positive impact on the page ranking. But what should you do if you have an eCommerce website with, for example, multiple pages about different types of pants? How …

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Using cornerstone content to make your site rank

8 December 2015 by Joost de Valk - 56 Comments

Without doubt the most common question we are asked is: “how do I make my site rank for keyword X?”. What most people don’t realize is that they’re asking the wrong question. You see, sites don’t rank: pages rank. If you want to rank for a particular keyword, you’ll need to determine which page you want …

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Should you use stop words in your focus keywords?

7 December 2015 by Marieke van de Rakt

Google usually filters out stop words, like ‘a’, ‘the’, ‘of’ and ‘for’, from search queries, and this is why the Yoast SEO plugin used to advise you not to use stop words in your focus keyword (and choose a focus keyword that doesn’t use stop words instead). But that changed in Yoast SEO 3.1, so stop words …

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Basic SEO training: signal words

4 December 2015 by Marieke van de Rakt - 8 Comments

Our Basic SEO training teaches you how to optimize your website yourself! In this training I explain the importance of high quality content and attractive copy for SEO. One attribute of attractive copy is that it’s easy to read and to follow. A way to make a text easy to read, is to have a decent post structure and to …

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SEO basics: local SEO

Weekly SEO recap: Googlebot: Apples to…

4 December 2015 by Joost de Valk - 1 Comment

A nice couple of small news bits this week, of course mostly about Google as usual, but also one about Apple’s spider! Let’s dive right in! A Google phantom update There was some discussion a few weeks back about whether an update had taken place. Our friends at SearchMetrics have shown that it was one without a doubt, …

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