Google Search Console (or ‘GSC’ for short) lets webmasters monitor and manage their websites through an official portal, and is crammed full with useful statistics. Having access to tools and data provided directly by the search engines can make optimizing your website much easier! But what is it, exactly? It’s a communication channel Search Console accounts …Read: "What is Google Search Console?"
Search Engine Optimization can be a somewhat overwhelming subject. There are so many aspects that influence the ranking of your website in the search engines. On top of that SEOs tend to use quite some jargon, especially on topics like analytics, technical SEO and WordPress.
We’d like to make SEO understandable for everyone! That’s why we’ve created this SEO basics category. If you read the posts in this category you’ll find out how Google works, what crawlability is and we’ll introduce you to some SEO and WordPress terminology, like slugs. On top of that we’ll explain in layman’s language how to improve the SEO of your website, for example, your mobile site.
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Do you have your own website or maintain the website of the company you work for? Of course, to do this right, you need to keep a keen eye on the performance of your website. Google offers several tools to collect and analyze data of your website. You probably have heard of Google Analytics and …Read: "The beginner’s guide to Google Search Console"
Writing a well structured blog post and an SEO-friendly blog post at the same time can be a challenge, this guide helps you out!Read: "10 tips for an awesome and SEO-friendly blog post"
“If you want your posts to rank, you should write about long tail keywords”. You’ve probably seen this common SEO advice before. But what do we mean by long tail keywords? And why should you write about them? Here, we’ll explain what long tail keywords are and how they can help you rank. Including examples! What …Read: "SEO basics: What are long tail keywords?"
Before Google can rank your content, it needs to discover it, be permitted and able to evaluate it, and index it. If any of these processes go wrong, you might find that your pages don’t show up in the search results. Most of the time, you can rely on Google to correctly index your content, all by itself. …Read: "Why doesn’t Google index my content properly?"
Not sure why you’re not ranking #1 for your focus keywords in Google? You might just be making one of the mistakes a lot of site owners make. Here at Yoast we’ve seen and reviewed a great deal of websites. Many sites, from the small local businesses to the big corporate ones, are making similar …Read: "The 6 most common SEO mistakes and how to avoid them"
You likely type dozens of queries into your favorite search engine every day. But have you ever realized the significance of all these searches? Figuring out what people are looking for on the internet is one of the key points of SEO. So, what should you know about the starting point of each online search, …Read: "What is a search term?"
Users expect websites to be fast. As the world becomes increasingly mobile, and as consumers expect services to be on-demand and seamlessly delivered, having a poor site speed can seriously impact your SEO. Google understands that the time it takes for a page to load is a key part of the overall user experience. Waiting for …Read: "How site speed influences SEO"
Site structure is a vital aspect of your SEO strategy. The structure of your website shows Google which pages of your site are most important. This means you can influence which articles will rank highest in the search engines with your site’s structure. So, better get it right! It’s also a very actionable part of …Read: "What is site structure and why is it important?"
As a website gets bigger, it’s often hard to prevent pages from becoming duplicates or near-duplicates of each other. This can cause duplicate content issues. If you have two similar pages, and they are both eligible to rank for a certain keyphrase, the search engine simply doesn’t know which of the two URLs it should …Read: "What is a canonical URL?"