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Ask Yoast: why and how to minify your JS and CSS

21 November 2016 by Joost de Valk » - 6 Comments

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If you check your site speed with Google PageSpeed Insights you might get the advice to minify your Javascript (JS) and Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) files. Your JS files contain the code for the interactive elements of your website. And in your CSS files you specify the design of your pages. Minifying those files will decrease your page »

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Ask Yoast: SEO tactics for link building

11 November 2016 by Joost de Valk » - 6 Comments

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As you might know, links from other websites are an important ranking factor. But you might wonder how to get those quality links. What SEO tactics should you use? First, let us tell you one thing about the SEO value of links: quality often beats quantity. One link from a high ranking site can do more for you »

Category: Content SEO
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Ask Yoast: importance of using excerpts

9 November 2016 by Joost de Valk » - 8 Comments

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Ask Yoast: what’s a slug?

31 October 2016 by Joost de Valk »

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For this edition of Ask Yoast, we received a question that belongs in the SEO basics category: what’s a slug? The answer is simple because it’s the piece of the URL that distinguishes a post. In this Ask Yoast, Joost explains what a slug is and what its SEO benefits are. This Ask Yoast is all about the »

Categories: SEO basics, WordPress
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Ask Yoast: how to get most out of cornerstone content

24 October 2016 by Joost de Valk » - 2 Comments

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You’ve did it! You’ve written that awesome post that’s designated to be one of the cornerstone articles of your site. And now what? How can you show Google that it is one of the most important articles of your site?  This is an issue a lot of our site review customers struggle with. The answer is »

Category: Content SEO
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Ask Yoast: when should I use hreflang?

17 October 2016 by Joost de Valk » - 2 Comments

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Do you own a site in multiple languages or aimed at different regions? In that case, you want search engines to point people to the most “fitting” language and site. On top of that, you want to prevent Google from seeing similar content on sites for different markets as duplicate content. hreflang is the technical »

Category: Technical SEO
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Ask Yoast: reference number in URL?

6 October 2016 by Joost de Valk » - 1 Comment

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Reference numbers (or post IDs) might be easy for your CMS, but they aren’t for your users. Remembering a URL with a number in it is hard, so the chance people will remember it and link to it is smaller. If people can remember your URLs they can also find it and share it with their friends more »

Category: Technical SEO
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Ask Yoast: include taxonomies in XML sitemap?

30 September 2016 by Joost de Valk » - 1 Comment

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Your tag and category pages could be very important pages on your site. If you’re using these pages in the right way, they can boost your site’s SEO. You might wonder if you should also include these taxonomy pages in your XML sitemap. In this Ask Yoast we explain whether you should, and why! Our support team received the following question »

Category: Content SEO
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Ask Yoast: Links to PDF files

23 September 2016 by Joost de Valk »

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If you’re starting with an (eCommerce) site you might have a lot of content that’s already available in PDF files: product brochures, datasheets, pricing information and so on. So some people might think: why not upload these PDF files and link to them? There are some disadvantages to showing PDF files on your site though. We’ll discuss some of »

Categories: Content SEO, User eXperience (UX)
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Ask Yoast: why connect GSC with Yoast SEO?

19 September 2016 by Joost de Valk » - 1 Comment

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If you use our Yoast SEO plugin you’ve got the opportunity to connect it to Google Search Console (GSC). With GSC you can monitor the SEO health of your site, while Yoast SEO helps you to optimize your site. Connecting the two, so they can work together, will allow you to be more efficient when maintaining your site. »

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