Content writing

Good content writing is one of the three pillars of good Content SEO. The other two are doing good keyword research (to determine what you should write about) and creating a good site structure.

Our posts in this archive cover tips on how to write content that people will want to read and share and will rank well in the search engines.

Must read articles about Content writing

Content SEO: How to analyze your audience

25 April 2017 by Marieke van de Rakt » - 8 Comments

analyzing your audience

To write appealing text for your audience, you need to know them. Who are those people that read your stories? Who are the people that search for the terms you want to be found for? Where do they come from? How old are they? What are they interested in? And how will you be able »

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Ask Yoast case study: SEO of an online shop

21 April 2017 by Marieke van de Rakt » - 6 Comments

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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Transition words and SEO

14 April 2017 by Marieke van de Rakt » - 26 Comments

Transition words and SEO

If you’ve been using the readability analysis of Yoast SEO, you’ve probably noticed our check on the use of transition words. You might have been wondering: What are transition words exactly? Why did we include that check in our analysis? Or, to what extent are those words important for SEO? Here, I’ll explain everything about the relationship between »

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What is cornerstone content?

Cornerstone content pieces are those articles on your website you’re most proud of. They reflect your business, communicate your mission and are extremely well written. These are the articles you would like to rank high in the search engines. Cornerstone articles are usually explainers; these articles combine insights from different blog posts. Here, I’ll explain all »

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SEO basics: How to optimize a blog post?

17 March 2017 by Marieke van de Rakt » - 28 Comments

how to optimize a blog post

Content writing should be a key element of every SEO strategy. How do you make sure your blog posts have the highest chance to rank well in Google? What are the successive steps you’ll need to take? In this post, I’ll take you back to the very basics of SEO. How do you optimize a blog post? »

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Does readability rank?

does readability rank

Two weeks ago Google’s Gary Illyes tweeted that you should read your text out loud. If it doesn’t read nicely or sounds strange, it probably won’t rank either. Of course, a discussion followed. Some SEOs are reluctant to believe him, because in some cases keyword stuffing still seems to pay off. For relatively small languages »

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SEO copywriting and writing for sales

16 February 2017 by Marieke van de Rakt » - 6 Comments

copywriting for seo and sales

Writing is hard. Writing for the search engines is even harder. What about writing for the search engines and writing for sales simultaneously? Is that even doable? Because, in the end, we want to write copy that’ll rank in the search engines AND convince people to either buy your stuff, contact you, subscribe to your »

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Ask Yoast: stop words in your focus keyword?

13 February 2017 by Joost de Valk » - 3 Comments

Ask Yoast stopwords in focus keywords

If you want people to easily find your website, you should start by picking the right focus keywords (the keyword or keyphrase you’d like to rank for). Sometimes it can be hard to decide which keywords to optimize for. Do you have to focus on a head or a long tail keyword? Do you have »

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Is my website over-optimized?

9 February 2017 by Marieke van de Rakt » - 10 Comments

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 by Marieke van de Rakt » - 14 Comments

post ranks no traffic

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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