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Ask Yoast: should I redirect my affiliate links?

6 February 2017 by Joost de Valk » - 1 Comment

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There are several reasons for cloaking or redirecting affiliate links. For instance, it’s easier to work with affiliate links when you redirect them, plus you can make them look prettier. But do you know how to cloak affiliate links? We explained how the process works in one of our previous posts. This Ask Yoast is »

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How to remove www from your URL

3 February 2017 by Jimmy Comack » - 12 Comments

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At Yoast, we sometimes receive the question how to remove www from your website’s URL – or add it. In this post, I’ll show you how you can enforce either a www or non-www URL by tweaking your .htaccess file (or nginx.conf if you’re running on an Nginx server). Does using one or the other »

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How to cloak your affiliate links

24 January 2017 by Joost de Valk » - 11 Comments

We regularly consult for sites that monetize, in part, with affiliate links. We usually advise people to redirect affiliate links. In the past, we noticed that there wasn’t a proper script available online that could handle this for us, so we created one to tackle this problem. In this post, I explain how you can get »

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How to start your keyword research: a case study

12 January 2017 by Marieke van de Rakt » - 18 Comments

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If you start a new site, either a blog or an online shop, you won’t rank immediately. So, what’s the first step you need to take to boost your rankings? In our view, you should always start with keyword research. Take some time to think about the words you want to be found for: which words »

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Google’s Sitelinks Searchbox and Yoast SEO

5 January 2017 by Edwin Toonen » - 18 Comments

A couple of years ago, Google introduced the Sitelinks Searchbox. When activated, this search box appears under the main search result from a given brand. So after searching for the brand in Google, you can directly use the search engine of the online store or site where you want to look something up. The results »

Categories: Technical SEO, WordPress
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How to change your WordPress permalink structure

17 November 2016 by Joost de Valk » - 22 Comments

In the past we frequently recommend people change their permalink structure. In this post, we’ll explain why you should consider changing your permalink structure and how to go about it. Why change your WordPress permalink structure? A common thing we see in permalink structures are the usage of dates. For websites that post content that »

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How to reduce HTTP requests to speed up your WordPress site

4 November 2016 by Jimmy Comack » - 24 Comments

Reduce http requests

Having a website, online shop or blog that’s fast is a must nowadays. A fast website doesn’t only give your visitors a much better experience, but it also helps your website to rank. Sending fewer HTTP requests to the server can improve the loading times of your website. But why is that? What are HTTP »

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How to get Google to crawl your site faster

26 October 2016 by Joost de Valk » - 5 Comments

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A question that often pops up for sites that are chasing “hot topics” is: how to get Google to crawl our site faster? This could be either because you have a big site and want to see changes faster or because you’re optimizing a news site. There are a few things you can do to »

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How to create the right meta description

30 August 2016 by Michiel Heijmans »

How to create the right meta description

The meta description is a ~160 character snippet, a tag in HTML, that summarizes a page’s content. Search engines show the meta description in search results mostly when the searched for phrase is contained in the description. Optimizing the meta description is a very important aspect of on-page SEO. What does a meta description do? The meta »

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DIY: Duplicate content check

22 June 2016 by Michiel Heijmans » - 10 Comments

Duplicate content might confuse Google. If your content is on multiple pages on your or other websites, Google won’t know what to rank first. Prevent duplicate content as much as possible. Perform a duplicate content check every now and then to find copied content. In the Advanced > RSS section of our Yoast SEO plugin, »

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