Link building

Links to your website are an essential part of SEO. Having lots of backlinks to your site is a signal to Google that your posts or pages must be important for a certain topic. Therefore, when people search for this topic, your post or page tends to end up higher in the search results.

So how do you get lots of links to your site? Read these posts to learn about link building, the right way!

Must read articles about Link building

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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SEO basics: What are ranking signals?

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

What are ranking signals

Ranking signals or ranking factors are characteristics of a website that determine the position in the search engines. All ranking signals combined form the algorithm of a search engine. How this algorithm works is a secret. Nobody knows exactly which factors decide the order of the search results. Google’s algorithm isn’t static. It changes regularly. The »

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Ranking your local business part 4: Inbound links

17 August 2017 by David Mihm » - 11 Comments

Local SEO inbound link building

This is the fourth post in an 8-part series on how to rank your business for local searches at Google. Previously, I’ve listed the most important aspects that influence your local ranking, discussed how to get the most out of Google My Business, and covered best practices for on-site optimization. Here, I’ll focus on another »

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Link building with Dixon Jones (Majestic)

yoastcon dixon jones link building

“If nobody writes about it, then the content is a tree falling in the forest without anyone there to listen.” That’s how Dixon Jones, Marketing Director of Majestic, illustrates the importance of getting the right links to your content. We proudly announce that Dixon will be speaking at YoastCon 2017 on November 2! Learn link building »

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SEO for a new website: the very first things to do

seo for a new website - first things to do

How does a new website start ranking? Does it just magically appear in Google after you’ve launched it? What things do you have to do to start ranking in Google and get traffic from the search engines? Here, I explain the first steps you’ll need to take right after the launch of your new website. »

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Clean up your bad backlinks

26 May 2017 by Michiel Heijmans » - 17 Comments

clean up bad backlinks

Websites that have made the mistake of hiring some shady SEO company to buy bad backlinks for their website can loose almost all their rankings. In this post, we will go beyond on-site optimization and explain a bit more about bad backlinks for your website and how to clean them up. Although buying bad links might »

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Ask Yoast: Is it worth my time creating profiles on online directories?

8 May 2017 by Joost de Valk » - 3 Comments

Ask Yoast: multiple extensions of a domain

These days there are a lot of online directories and other platforms where you can create a business profile. The idea is that backlinks to your site from your directory profiles will benefit your SEO. But is it really worth investing your time and money in online directories? Find out in this edition of Ask »

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What is on-page SEO?

on-page SEO

Every SEO strategy is focused on ranking as high as possible in the search engines. To do this, we all try to design and develop a website that Google’s secret algorithm will love. That’s basically what SEO is about. The factors in Google’s algorithm can be divided into two categories which will determine the ranking of »

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My bullets are green, but my post doesn’t rank?!

25 January 2017 by Marieke van de Rakt » - 11 Comments

green bullet no ranking

The Yoast SEO plugin helps you to easily optimize the text of your post. This could definitely result in higher rankings. But unfortunately, green bullets do not magically put you on top of the search results. In this post, I’ll discuss a number of possible reasons why a post doesn’t rank, even though the text has »

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SEO fact or fiction?

18 January 2017 by Marieke van de Rakt » - 7 Comments

SEO fact or fiction

SEO has a somewhat questionable reputation. Why is that? At Yoast, we advise you to make an awesome website. Our SEO advice always comes down to: make sure to outrank the competition by being the best result. We actually collaborate with Google in the development of our plugin. So, why does SEO have a questionable reputation? »

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