Keyword research archives


Basic SEO training: long tail keywords

8 February 2016 by Marieke van de Rakt » - 9 Comments

Yoast Basic SEO

Ranking for popular keywords is not easy. First try to rank for more specific, long tail keywords. There will be less traffic, but also less competition for these keywords, which makes it easier to end up higher in Google’s search results for these specific terms. On top of that, the people that will find you, will be more »

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Weekly SEO recap: Let’s disambiguate!

18 December 2015 by Joost de Valk » - 3 Comments

Joost's weekly SEO Recap

This week we had a few interesting things happening, from a potential update to some new features and an important change in Google Suggest. Let’s dive in! Google adds disambiguation to Suggest In a very interesting move this week, Google added disambiguation results to their suggest box, basically forcing you to choose for a specific topic »

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Using cornerstone content to make your site rank

8 December 2015 by Joost de Valk » - 56 Comments

cornerstone content

The most common question we answer is, without a doubt: “how do I make my site rank for keyword X?”. What most people don’t realize is that they’re asking the wrong question. You see, sites don’t rank: pages rank. If you want to rank for a keyword, you’ll need to determine which page is going »

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Stop words in your focus keywords?

7 December 2015 by Marieke van de Rakt »

Readability ranking factor

Stop words (a, the, of, for) are usually filtered out by Google in a search query. The Yoast SEO plugin would advise you to filter the stop words from your focus keyword as well (and optimize your post or page with a focus keyword without stop words). Since the release of Yoast SEO 3.1, stop words »

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Keyword density in a post-Panda world

25 November 2015 by Joost de Valk »

keyword stuffing is not a good idea in a post-Panda world

The Yoast SEO plugin helps you to optimize your text for the keyword you want to be found for. In Yoast SEO 3.0 we made some big changes in our content analysis. In this post we’ll discuss the adaption of our Yoast SEO keyword density check and the possibility to optimize for multiple keywords in »

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Keyword research tools: which ones to use?

12 August 2015 by Marieke van de Rakt » - 56 Comments

High speed keyword research

Earlier, I wrote a post about the use of long tail keywords. Focusing on long tail keywords could be a good strategy, especially when trying to rank in a highly competitive market. But how do you decide on which (long tail) keywords you want to rank? This post will give you some handy tips and keyword »

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Search Analytics in Google Search Console

6 May 2015 by Joost de Valk » - 23 Comments

webmaster tools bing

Google Search Console has a feature called Search Analytics that is really helpful for webmasters. This post explains why you’d want to use Search Analytics, what it can help you find and what type of data it has. On May 5th 2015, Google confirmed what we’ve been anticipating for years: mobile search has overtaken desktop search. On their »

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Our second eBook: Content SEO

3 February 2015 by Joost de Valk » - 32 Comments

Content SEO eBook

After we released our first eBook, we felt we were missing one piece of the SEO puzzle too much. While a lot of the blog posts we write about SEO here at Yoast are technical, content SEO has always been at the core of what we do. We just never told that story very well. This time, Marieke »

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Branding & your keyword strategy

31 October 2014 by Joost de Valk »

What’s the difference between your brand and your keywords? Are you using both effectively? Your brand is one of your most important keywords, but it shouldn’t be your only keyword, nor should you have lots of keywords but no brand. There should be a keyword strategy behind the keywords you pick. This post highlights the why of »

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Why focus on long tail keywords?

9 October 2014 by Marieke van de Rakt »

Why focus on long tail keywords?

Long tail keywords are keywords or key phrases that are more specific – and usually longer – than more commonly searched for keywords. Long tail keywords get less search traffic, but will usually have a higher conversion value, as they are more specific. In order to really profit from a keyword strategy focusing on long »

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