Become a Yoast SEO pro

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Indexing in Yoast SEO: What pages to show in Google’s search results

14 February 2022 | Edwin Toonen

You probably want Google and other search engines to show most of your content in the search results. But most websites also have a few pages or posts that don’t need to be featured in those search results. So how do you tell Google what pages to show and which ones not to? This is …

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Indexing in Yoast SEO: What pages to show in Google’s search results

Transition words: why and how to use them

17 December 2021 | 16 Comments | Marieke van de Rakt

Using transition words in your writing can help you enhance the readability of your content. These words help your text flow and show readers the relationship between phrases and paragraphs. That’s why the readability checks in Yoast SEO provide feedback on your use of transition words. But what are they exactly? Why are they so …

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Transition words: why and how to use them

SEO certification: How can you get it and why should you?

24 November 2021 | 2 Comments | Fleur Heesen

Once you finish a Yoast SEO academy training course, you get a shiny certificate of completion and a badge you can embed on your site or share on social media. This way, you can let everyone know about your newly acquired SEO expertise. Awesome! But how useful is an SEO certification, really? Does it make …

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SEO certification: How can you get it and why should you?


How to use the readability analysis in Yoast SEO

9 November 2020 | 12 Comments | Edwin Toonen

If you’re a user of Yoast SEO for WordPress or Shopify, then you’re probably familiar with the colored bullets (or dots, or even ‘traffic lights’) in our plugin. Two parts of Yoast SEO use this system: the content analysis and the readability analysis. The first checks whether your post or product pages are SEO-proof, while …

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How to use the readability analysis in Yoast SEO

Social media optimization with Yoast SEO

5 October 2020 | 10 Comments | Joost de Valk

Our Yoast SEO plugin handles optimization of your WordPress site for search engines, and we dare say it does that pretty well! Most of it is technical and content optimization, but there’s more to SEO than on-page optimization. You need links pointing to your website and for that to happen, people need to talk about you and …

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Social media optimization with Yoast SEO

How many internal links does a post have? Find out the easy way!

2 September 2020 | 39 Comments | Marieke van de Rakt

Do you wonder how often you link to a certain post? Or how many outgoing links it has? If you don’t, you should. Because if you want a post to rank, you should link to it from related content. And, if it’s an important post, you should link to it more often. But how do …

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How many internal links does a post have? Find out the easy way!


Set up cornerstone content and get it ranking in 6 steps

On your site, you’ll probably have a few articles that are most dear to your heart. Articles you desperately want people to read. Articles you want people to find in Google. At Yoast, we call these articles your cornerstone articles. How does the Yoast SEO plugin help you set up a cornerstone content strategy? We’ll …

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Set up cornerstone content and get it ranking in 6 steps

Yoast SEO & Ryte: Checking your site’s indexability

17 April 2020 | 28 Comments | Edwin Toonen

Your site needs to be up and running if you want to be found in search engines. If you aren’t blocking anything — deliberately or accidentally — search engine spiders can crawl and index it. You probably know that Yoast SEO has lots of options to determine what does and doesn’t need to be indexed, but …

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Yoast SEO & Ryte: Checking your site’s indexability