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Yoast Vlog: Google Hummingbird explained

6 January 2016 by Joost de Valk - 4 Comments

In August 2013 Google rolled out the Hummingbird update. Unlike most other updates this wasn’t just a change to the algorithm; it was more like a replacement óf the algorithm. Why this big change? It’s closely related to Google’s vision of the ‘perfect search engine’, that Larry Page once described as “understands exactly what you …

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Should you use stop words in your focus keywords?

7 December 2015 by Marieke van de Rakt

Google usually filters out stop words, like ‘a’, ‘the’, ‘of’ and ‘for’, from search queries, and this is why the Yoast SEO plugin used to advise you not to use stop words in your focus keyword (and choose a focus keyword that doesn’t use stop words instead). But that changed in Yoast SEO 3.1, so stop words …

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Weekly SEO Recap: Google directions

13 November 2015 by Joost de Valk - 8 Comments

A couple of interesting small tidbits this week, that all together show the direction (Google) search is heading in. Let’s dive into this weeks news: Google bolding answers to questions Remember the Hummingbird update? Google worked on being able to parse questions better so it knew what you were searching for. This week, some people noticed …

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Weekly SEO Recap: RankBrain and Archive Search

30 October 2015 by Joost de Valk - 3 Comments

This week in search we saw the following important events: Google (finally) got a brain; we’re getting search for the web’s history; Google said Penguin will come before the end of the year. RankBrain In a piece on Bloomberg Google talked about using AI for their search results, something that we’ve been speculating as coming …

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