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Help, I’ve accidentally noindexed a post. What to do?

It can happen to anyone: You’re working on your site, fiddling on some posts here and there, and hit update when you’re done. After a while, you check back on how a post is doing and, to your dismay, it disappeared completely from the search engines! It turns out you’ve accidentally set a post or …

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WordPress robots.txt: Best-practice example for SEO

7 November 2019 | Jono Alderson

Your robots.txt file is a powerful tool when you’re working on a website’s SEO – but it should be handled with care. It allows you to deny search engines access to different files and folders, but often that’s not the best way to optimize your site. Here, we’ll explain how we think webmasters should use their …

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Block your site’s search result pages

16 August 2018 | 7 Comments | Michiel Heijmans

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 …

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Media / attachment URL: what to do with them?

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 …

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Closing a spider trap: fix crawl inefficiencies

12 October 2017 | 4 Comments | Joost de Valk

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 …

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SEO for a new website: the very first things to do

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. …

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