Joost De Valk

  • How to get Google to crawl your site faster

    A question that often pops up for sites that are chasing “hot topics” is: how to get Google to crawl our site faster? This could be either because you have a big site and want to see changes faster or because you’re optimizing a news site. There are a few things you can do to improve your crawl speed. We’ll cover them in this post.

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  • Ask Yoast: how to get most out of cornerstone content

    You’ve did it! You’ve written that awesome post that’s designated to be one of the cornerstone articles of your site. And now what? How can you show Google that it is one of the most important articles of your site? This is an issue a lot of our site review customers struggle with. The answer is quite simple though! In this Ask Yoast we’ll explain: “How can I use cornerstone ...

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  • Ask Yoast: when should I use hreflang?

    Do you own a site in multiple languages or aimed at different regions? In that case, you want search engines to point people to the most “fitting” language and site. On top of that, you want to prevent Google from seeing similar content on sites for different markets as duplicate content. hreflang is the technical SEO solution for sites that have similar content in multiple lan ...

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  • New plugin: Local SEO for WooCommerce

    Ranking locally should be a top priority for all small businesses. Customers increasingly depend on local search to find a relevant business near their current location. In view of that fact, you must make sure Google knows everything about your business so it can index your data and promote it in the search results.

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  • Yoast SEO 3.7: meet Insights

    Our development team has been working hard on new features for Yoast SEO Premium. You can expect some exceptionally cool stuff in the coming months. Besides fixing a couple of bugs, we lay the groundwork for one of these features today. Eagle-eyed users of the 3.7 version of Yoast SEO Premium will probably have noticed the new box beneath the analysis section, called ‘Insights’.

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  • Ask Yoast: include taxonomies in XML sitemap?

    Your tag and category pages could be very important pages on your site. If you’re using these pages in the right way, they can boost your site’s SEO. You might wonder if you should also include these taxonomy pages in your XML sitemap. In this Ask Yoast we explain whether you should, and why! Our support team received the following question from a Yoast SEO user: “I just installed Yoast SEO.

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  • Yoast SEO 3.6

    At Yoast, we love to make our work available for everyone. We try to develop products that follow accessibility guidelines to take away any technical hurdles people may stumble on. But we can always take an extra step to help the user navigate the front-end. That’s why we’ve added a wizard to Yoast SEO 3.6, one that guides the user through the initial set-up. Following hot on the heels of the 3.

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  • Ask Yoast: Links to PDF files

    If you’re starting with an (eCommerce) site you might have a lot of content that’s already available in PDF files: product brochures, datasheets, pricing information and so on. So some people might think: why not upload these PDF files and link to them? There are some disadvantages to showing PDF files on your site though.

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  • WordPress: How to noindex a post!

    Some posts and pages should not show up in search results. To make sure they don’t show up, you should tell search engines to exclude them. You do this with a meta robots noindex tag. For example; you might not want people to find the “thank you”-page you redirect people to when they’ve contacted you. Or your checkout success page.

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  • Ask Yoast: why connect GSC with Yoast SEO?

    If you use our Yoast SEO plugin you’ve got the opportunity to connect it to Google Search Console (GSC). With GSC you can monitor the SEO health of your site, while Yoast SEO helps you to optimize your site. Connecting the two, so they can work together, will allow you to be more efficient when maintaining your site.

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  • Tagging posts properly for users and SEO

    Tags for a post can be hard to choose: in this post I’ll explain why they’re important and how to choose them. One of the hardest things as your site becomes bigger is creating and maintaining a site structure that actually makes sense. Tags and categories can help create that structure, allowing people to easily find the posts that interest them.

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  • Ask Yoast: 301 or 302 redirect?

    You’ve deleted a post or page. Of course you know that you’re not done yet though! You’ll have to create a redirect, to avoid that visitors will land on your 404 page. Perhaps your site has a page that shows the information that you’ve just deleted, or something similar. So you want to create a redirect.

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  • Yoast SEO 3.5

    We’ve just pushed out a new release of Yoast SEO, our flagship plugin. The new version, 3.5, mostly has a metric ton of small bugfixes. In this post, we’ll discuss the most notable changes, but you should mostly be aware that this is what we would call a bugfix release. XML Sitemap changes We’ve decided to remove the change frequency and priority variables from our XML Sitemaps.

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  • Why every website needs Yoast SEO

    Every website needs an SEO plugin. More specifically, every website needs our SEO plugin. For most websites, Google is the most important source of visitors. No matter how important social networks can be for a site, SEO is often the most important factor for a site’s growth. Not following SEO best practices, or not doing SEO at all, can be quite detrimental to your site’s performance.

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  • Ask Yoast: fix website or start new one

    Imagine owning a website with a lot of outdated content. What to do? Should you try to fix the old website? Or would it be better to start all over again with a brand new website? In this Ask Yoast we’ll dive into this frequent dilemma. We’ll do so by discussing the following question, sent to us by Roc Krivec: “I have a blog with 1K+ blog posts.

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  • Yoast SEO 3.4: accessibility first

    Today we’re releasing Yoast SEO 3.4, a release mostly aimed at improving our accessibility. Which means you won’t see most of the changes, but they’ll make a world of difference to others. We’ve also improved our readability checks and how we deal with some languages, more on that below. Accessibility changes When we hired Andrea a while back (more on that here), we knew we were in for a treat.

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  • Ask Yoast: Facebook or Adwords advertising?

    If you want to give your products or events that extra push, should you promote them on Facebook? Or would it be better to use Adwords to drive traffic to your site? If you would have to choose, perhaps because of a limited budget, which one should you pick, Facebook or Adwords? At Ask Yoast we received a question from someone who doubted between these two channels: “If I only have a limited bu.

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  • Google maps API changes

    Google has recently announced some changes to their Google Maps API. More specifically they have changed for which functionality in Google Maps they require API keys. This has a profound effect on our Local SEO plugin as that plugin allows you to easily embed maps with directions and/or store locator functionality.

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  • Crawl budget optimization

    Google doesn’t always spider every page on a site instantly. In fact, sometimes it can take weeks. This might get in the way of your SEO efforts. Your newly optimized landing page might not get indexed. At that point, it becomes time to optimize your crawl budget. Crawl budget is the time Google has in a given period to crawl your site.

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  • Help center in Yoast SEO

    In Yoast SEO 3.2 we added a new feature called the help center. The help center is meant to help you figure out all the settings in Yoast SEO. To do that it contains a ton of training videos. In Yoast SEO 3.3, which we released this week, we added knowledge base search to this help center. In this post I want to show you how you can use these features.

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