SEO Basics

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.

Must read articles about SEO Basics

  • What does Google do?

    What does Google do? »

    How does Google work? What does Google do? In this article we explain in a clear and comprehensive way how Google works!

  • What is SEO?

    What is SEO? »

    What is SEO? SEO is the acronym for Search Engine Optimization. With SEO you aim to make websites rank high in Google. Learn the basics here!

  • What is content marketing?

    What is content marketing? »

    Content marketing contains all marketing strategies that focus sharing information. It is an important aspect of an SEO strategy.

  • What is crawlability?

    What is crawlability? »

    What is crawlability? In what ways could you block Google from crawling (parts of your) site? Why is crawlability important for SEO?

Recent SEO Basics articles

What is Google Search Console?

23 January 2019 | 16 Comments | Jono Alderson

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 …

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SEO basics: What are long tail keywords?

13 December 2018 | 7 Comments | Willemien Hallebeek

“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 …

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The 6 most common SEO mistakes and how to avoid them

24 November 2018 | 6 Comments | Michelle Foolen

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 …

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What is site structure and why is it important?

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 …

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