If you want to keep your page out of the search results, there are a number of things you can do. Most options aren’t hard and you can implement these without a ton of technical knowledge. If you can check a box, your content management system will probably have an option for that. Or allows …Read: "How to keep your page out of the search results"
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This guide discusses what hreflang is, what it is for and gives in-depth information on how to implement it for your multilingual websites.Read: "hreflang: the ultimate guide"
Why should you block your internal search result pages for Google? Well, how would you feel if you are in need of an answer to your search query and end up on the internal search pages of a certain website? That’s one crappy experience. Google thinks so too. And prefers you not to have these internal search …Read: "Block your site’s search result pages"
With the meta robots tag you can control what search engine spiders do on your site. Learn what it does right here!Read: "The ultimate guide to the meta robots tag"
In our major Yoast SEO 7.0 update, there was a bug concerning attachment URLs. We quickly resolved the bug, but some people have suffered anyhow (because they updated before our patch). This post serves both as a warning and an apology. We want to ask all of you to check whether your settings for the …Read: "Media / attachment URL: what to do with them?"
Crawl errors occur when a search engine tries to reach a page on your website but fails at it. Let’s shed some more light on crawling first. Crawling is the process where a search engine tries to visit every page of your website via a bot. A search engine bot finds a link to your website and starts …Read: "What are crawl errors?"
Paginated archives have long been a topic of discussion in the SEO community. Over time, best practices for optimization have evolved, and we now have pretty clear definitions. This post explains what these best practices are. It’s good to know that Yoast SEO applies all these rules to every archive with pagination. Indicate that an …Read: "Pagination & SEO: best practices"
Whenever you make some big changes to your website, for instance to your brand name, you’re probably eager for these changes to show in the search results. Unfortunately, it can take a while for Google to crawl your site again and until then, it will show the indexed version of your site in the results, …Read: "Changes to your site and the search results"
Quite some time ago, we made a few changes to how yoast.com is run as a shop and how it’s hosted. In that process, we accidentally removed our robots.txt file and caused a so-called spider trap to open. In this post, I’ll show you what a spider trap is, why it’s problematic and how you …Read: "Closing a spider trap: fix crawl inefficiencies"
How does a new website start ranking? Does it just magically appear in Google after you’ve launched it? What things do you have to do to start ranking in Google and get traffic from the search engines? Here, I explain the first steps you’ll need to take right after the launch of your new website. …Read: "SEO for a new website: the very first things to do"