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Site Structure

Your site’s structure is very important for both your users and search engines. The information architecture of your site determines whether people can easily find content related to what they’re currently reading or are interested in. Because of that, reviewing and improving a site’s structure is one of the most essential pillars of good SEO.

Creating a good site structure inherently also means doing good keyword research, so you might want to learn more about that too. If you’re looking for a resource on all of these, buy our eBook on Content SEO, which combines keyword research with content writing tips and tips on how to optimize your site structure.

Must read articles about Site Structure

Crawl efficiency: making Google’s crawl easier

16 October 2018 by Joost de Valk - 5 Comments

Search engines crawl your site to get the contents into their index. The bigger your site gets, the longer this crawl takes. It’s important that the time spent crawling your site is well spent. If your site has a 1,000 pages or less, this is not a topic you’ll need to think about much. If  you intend …

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Ask Yoast: Workaround to create category page

17 August 2018 by Joost de Valk - 5 Comments

It can be quite a search to find the perfect WordPress theme. One that has a design you like, is nice and fast, and has all the functionalities you need. So, imagine you’ve finally found a theme you like, that answers all your needs, only to realise you’re not happy with the way it generates …

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What are breadcrumbs and why are they important for SEO?

12 July 2018 by Edwin Toonen - 18 Comments

Breadcrumbs are an important part of almost every good website. These little navigational aids don’t just tell people where they are on your site, but they also help Google work out how your site is structured. That’s why it makes a lot of sense to add these helpful little pointers. Let’s take a look at …

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The ultimate guide to content SEO

Content SEO is a key part of any SEO strategy. Without content, it’s impossible for your site to rank in search engines. It’s therefore crucial to write and structure quality content! This ultimate guide covers the most important areas of content SEO. Read on if you want to learn how to create content that ranks. …

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6 questions about redirects for SEO

3 July 2018 by Edwin Toonen - 18 Comments

A redirect happens when someone asks for a specific page but gets sent to a different page. Often, the site owner deleted the page and set up a redirect to send visitors and search engine crawlers to a relevant page. A much better approach than serving them an annoying, user experience breaking 404 message. Redirects …

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Keep or delete old content

Should I update or delete old content on my site?

Sometimes, content on your website becomes irrelevant or out of date, and you need to decide whether to update it or delete it. Think of it as spring cleaning. There are several ways to do this and this article helps you decide the best solution for your old content. Update old content that is still …

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Keep or delete old content

The context of internal links

Internal linking should be one of the key focus points in your SEO strategy. It’s my favorite aspect of SEO because it’s so very actionable. The Yoast SEO Premium plugin helps you set up a great internal linking structure very easily. So let me explain the importance of a great internal linking structure. Learn how …

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Ask Yoast: Reusing category name as tag in different taxonomy

8 June 2018 by Joost de Valk - 19 Comments

Finding the right structure for your site can be difficult, but it’s an important thing to figure out for your SEO. It’ll not only guide your visitors to the content they’re looking for, but also help the search engines understand what content on your site is most important. Dividing your content into groups, using categories …

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Ask Yoast: Noindexing tags, categories and paginated content on a foodblog

18 May 2018 by Joost de Valk - 10 Comments

We regularly receive questions about category pages and similar pages. It seems some of you are unsure of how to properly implement these. And sure, it’s good to think about this, as pages like category or tag pages can be thin content, if you do nothing to improve them. But you can also use these …

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Ask Yoast: Google ranking the ‘wrong’ page for keyword

26 April 2018 by Joost de Valk - 4 Comments

It’s one of the most frustrating problems you can encounter when working on your site’s SEO: one of your pages is ranking well in Google, but it’s ranking for the wrong keyword. You haven’t optimized this page for the keyword it’s ranking for, and the page you did optimize for that keyword, is nowhere to …

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