SEO basics: SEO fact or fiction?

18 January 2017 | 7 Comments | Marieke van de Rakt

SEO has a somewhat questionable reputation. Why is that? At Yoast, we advise you to make an awesome website. Our SEO advice always comes down to: make sure to outrank the competition by being the best result. We actually collaborate with Google in the development of our plugin. So, why does SEO have a questionable reputation? …

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SEO basics: SEO fact or fiction?

Yoast SEO 4.1: Mobile snippets and German readability

17 January 2017 | 7 Comments | Joost de Valk

As you might know, we’ve added quite a few new features to Yoast SEO over the last few months. Today marks the release of Yoast SEO 4.1, the first of many releases to come in the new year. Besides fixing some bugs, this version comes with two major new features: a mobile snippet preview and full …

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Yoast SEO 4.1: Mobile snippets and German readability

The sense and nonsense of XML sitemaps

17 January 2017 | 2 Comments | Edwin Toonen

Fact: if your website is set up the right way, you shouldn’t need an XML sitemap at all. You shouldn’t need to think about your category’s XML sitemaps or about including images in your post’s XML sitemap. But why do we keep talking about them like it’s the most important thing ever for SEO? It’s an almost daily …

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The sense and nonsense of XML sitemaps




Playing with the X-Robots-Tag HTTP header

3 January 2017 | 2 Comments | Joost de Valk

Traditionally, you will use a robots.txt file on your server to manage what pages, folders, subdomains or other content search engines will be allowed to crawl. But did you know that there’s also such a thing as the X-Robots-Tag HTTP header? Here, we’ll discuss what the possibilities are and how this might be a better …

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Playing with the X-Robots-Tag HTTP header


Performance optimization in an HTTP/2 world

22 December 2016 | 28 Comments | Joost de Valk

A revolution is currently going on in the underpinnings of the web. HTTP, the protocol your browser uses to connect to your site, has a new version: HTTP/2. This is not something that should concern the average user, but for web developers, it changes how we do performance optimization entirely. In this short article, I want to …

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Performance optimization in an HTTP/2 world

Change URLs when relaunching website?

16 December 2016 | 4 Comments | Joost de Valk

Relaunching a website can be an overwhelming project. You need a new design and perhaps new functionalities. What should you do with your existing content? And what about new content? The more changes you want, the more challenging it gets. In this process, you might face the question if you should change or keep your URLs. …

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