At Yoast, we like to say ‘Content is king.’ By this, we mean that you cannot rank for any keyword if you don’t write meaningful and original content about it. In this SEO basics post, I’ll explain why you absolutely need content to make your site attractive for your visitors. Also, I’ll clarify why Google …Read: "What is thin content?"
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If your online business is doing well in your country, you might consider expanding to international markets. To be successful in new markets requires some extra investments in SEO though. You’d better start thinking about multilingual SEO, if you want to be sure your website will be found and used well in other countries! Here, …Read: "What is multilingual SEO?"
Low-quality pages are pages that don’t contribute much to your SEO. In most cases, these pages add little value for your visitors as well. You can have different types of low-quality pages on your site, sometimes without even knowing it. Like thin content – pages holding little information – and duplicate content – pages showing the …Read: "Low-quality pages and how to fix them"
If you’re a bit familiar with the ways of SEO, you’ll know that duplicate content is a problem that can happen to anyone and that it can seriously harm your rankings. But how do you deal with duplicate content caused by multilingual or multiregional content? How do you avoid duplicate content when you have the …Read: "Ask Yoast: Avoiding duplicate content for multi-regional sites"
We recently made some 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 can find and fix …Read: "Closing a spider trap: fix crawl inefficiencies"
When you’re running a large and busy website, it’s practical and time-saving if you can reuse some of your material. Both meta descriptions and excerpts use a brief passage to summarize the content of a web page. So, it could be handy to use the same text for both. But how do you do that? …Read: "Ask Yoast: Meta descriptions and excerpts"
In the first post of our metadata series, I discussed the meta tags in the <head> of your site. But there’s more metadata in the <head> that can influence the SEO of your site. In this second post, we’ll dive into link rel metadata. You can use link rel metadata to instruct browsers and Google, for example to point them to the AMP version …Read: "Metadata and SEO part 2: link rel metadata"
Once your website starts growing and you continue writing blog posts, you’ll eventually end up with archive pages. These archive pages can be based on taxonomies, categories, custom post types and even dates. WordPress has built-in support for these archive pages, however there are some small drawbacks. In this post, I’ll explain to you how …Read: "WordPress archive pages: the tutorial"
If you own an eCommerce site, you might wonder how to optimize your category pages and your product pages. Could you have the same content on your category page and your product pages? If you have the same content on multiple pages of your website, would Google know what to rank first? Or would it cause duplicate …Read: "Ask Yoast: Duplicate content issues on my shop?"
Social media is not only an important part of your marketing strategy, but it’s important for your SEO strategy as well. LinkedIn’s publishing platform Pulse is one of the many content publishing platforms out there. You can read stories and news from other publishers, and you can publish your own content. But can you publish …Read: "Ask Yoast: Crossposting content on LinkedIn Pulse"