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The Yoast SEO Configuration Wizard

11 October 2017 by Michiel Heijmans » - 9 Comments

The Yoast SEO configuration wizard and why you should use it

Have you ever done a fresh Yoast SEO for WordPress install on your WordPress website? Have you ever found yourself wondering what’s hidden in the general SEO section of Yoast SEO? In the SEO section, in the bottom half of the WordPress menu on the left of the page? Perhaps the better question would be: »

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How to avoid common SEO mistakes

3 October 2017 by Michelle Foolen » - 26 Comments

avoid these common SEO mistakes

A few weeks ago, I gave a lightning talk at WordCamp Nijmegen (my hometown in the Netherlands) on how to avoid common SEO mistakes. And this seemed a great topic to write a post about as well, so here it is! I’ll describe the most pressing SEO problems I find on sites I work on »

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How to clean up your site structure

23 September 2017 by Michiel Heijmans »

website maintainan

We all know that moment where your website has grown to this monstrous collection of pages. That moment when you realize that you have too many pages in your menu and the coherence of your website is nowhere to be found. And we also know what a struggle it is to clean this mess up. »

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How to choose keywords that’ll attract traffic

18 September 2017 by Marieke van de Rakt » - 5 Comments

How to choose keywords that'll attract traffic

Ranking in the search engines can be hard. Especially if the competition in your niche is high. As you probably know, you should start with doing your keyword research: getting inside the heads of your audience, knowing exactly what words they use and what they are searching for. But then what? How do you choose »

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How to properly delete a page from your site

16 September 2017 by Joost de Valk » - 3 Comments

how to delete pages properly

When you delete a page (or post) from your site, you delete one or more URLs too. That old URL, when visited, will usually return a 404 not found error. But is that what you wanted? Maybe that page should be redirected somewhere. If not, and you deliberately deleted that content, serving a 410 header would actually be »

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How to become an SEO expert

12 September 2017 by Marieke van de Rakt » - 4 Comments

how to become an SEO expert

Do you want to make sure your site outranks your competition? Then you should learn the ins and outs of SEO and become an SEO expert yourself. Setting up a successful SEO strategy can be quite hard. Investing in your skills will definitely pay off though. After all, you yourself are the very best expert »

Categories: Content SEO, Technical SEO
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How to use custom campaigns

Google Analytics offers many ways to customize the data you’re tracking. One of these ways to track visitors, exactly the way you want, is custom campaign tracking. In this post, I’ll explain what custom campaigns are and how you can use them. Custom campaigns Custom campaigns are best explained with an example. We use custom campaigns to »

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How to use the text link counter‎

Yoast SEO text link counter

In the latest release of Yoast SEO, we’ve added a text link counter. It consists of two counters, the first counts the number of internal text links you’ve put in your post. And the other counter counts the number of internal links to a post. These counters can be a huge help in improving the »

Category: Content SEO
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SEO basics: How to use headings on your site

how to use headings

Text without headings is terrible to read. Headings and subheadings are the most important anchor points a reader has in the text. People tend to read those more carefully and use headings to determine what a text is about. This means headings are essential to help people figure out whether they want to read a »

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How to use Twitter Cards

16 June 2017 by Jimmy Comack » - 7 Comments

Twitter cards

Back in 2012, Twitter introduced a system called Twitter Cards which allows site owners to display enhanced tweets on their websites using a syntax very similar to that of OpenGraph. Thanks to this new system, Twitter can show nicer looking tweets, including ones containing media such as images, audio and video. How does it work? »

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