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SEO for B2B and B2C – what are the differences?

Business to Business (B2B) marketing is often different from Business to Consumer (B2C) marketing thanks to the elaborate buying processes, narrow markets and more complex products and services of a B2B website. In this article about B2B SEO, I’ll compare the two and explain what that means for your B2B website and SEO. When reading …

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Case study: SEO of an online shop

SEO can be really complicated! How do you start with improving the structure of a site? How do you write amazing and SEO-friendly articles? To help all of you with your SEO strategy, I’m writing a series of Ask Yoast case studies. In these case studies, I’ll take a look at a specific site (the owner knows …

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Case study: SEO of a mom blog

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 …

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Is my website over-optimized?

Optimizing sites for search engines is something we do every day. Of course, we practice what we preach! But, now and then, we encounter websites that have gone a little bit overboard in their optimization strategies. What is the difference between SEO and over-optimization? And, how do you recognize an over-optimized website? In this post, …

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My post ranks, but I don’t get any traffic

7 February 2017 | 9 Comments | Marieke van de Rakt

You did everything you were supposed to do. You wrote an awesome blog post, and the post actually ranks high in the search engines. Perhaps you even made it rank in a number one position. And you’re quite proud of your performance. Your deception is huge when your number 1 post doesn’t attract any traffic to …

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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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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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The sense and nonsense of XML sitemaps

17 January 2017 | 2 Comments | Michiel Heijmans

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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Why you should NOT write clickbait headlines

15 December 2016 | 4 Comments | Marieke van de Rakt

You’d like your post to rank and your headlines to be clicked on. That’s how you generate traffic from the organic search results. After your headlines have generated those clicks, you’d want your customers to stay on our site and read your posts (and eventually decide to buy your stuff). That’s why writing clickbait headlines are not …

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Optimizing the searcher’s journey – Interview with Maile Ohye (Google)

18 November 2016 | 4 Comments | Edwin Toonen

According to Maile Ohye of Google, “SEO is evolving into what Loren George McKechnie described as ‘search experience optimization’. It’s less about top ranking, and more about optimizing the searcher’s journey. It’s the intersection of content, UX, and as always, staying smart about search engines.” We had the chance to ask Maile a couple of questions, …

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