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Google has been pushing a new concept called Accelerated Mobile Pages, in short AMP. This post explains what AMP is and aims to do, who should implement and why, how to get your WordPress site ready for AMP and how to make sure Yoast SEO integrates nicely with it. What are Accelerated Mobile Pages? What is AMP? The Accelerated Mobile Pages project aims to make pages load instantly on mobile.
It’s a vastly overrated notion that a homepage should include all sections of your website and serve all kind of visitors. It needs one clear call to action. That call to action needs to be the main thing you want your visitor to do on that page, like buy your products or subscribe to your newsletter.
Today we’re releasing Yoast SEO 3.1. It’s a release we’re truly very proud of in terms of functionality but also in the process we’ve gone through. Yoast SEO 3.0 was arguably our biggest release ever, with a lot of changes that needed to happen but it also lead to issues. Yoast SEO 3.1 aims to keep the good things of 3.0 while fixing the things that most people didn’t like.
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.
If you want to write awesome and SEO-friendly content, you should write findable content. Findability has to do with maximizing the likelihood your content will be picked up by the search engines. In this post, I’ll explain how the Yoast SEO plugin will help you to make your posts findable. What is findable content? Search Engine Optimization is focused on making your web pages ...
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 ...
There will be times where you want to redirect visitors to a different part of your website when they visit a particular page or post. Reasons for this can be that you renamed a post and its URL, a page was removed or you want a different page to rank. Redirects in a nutshell The name ‘redirect’ pretty much says it all: It sends visitors traveling to a specific page to an alternative one.
Right after an online purchase by a customer, an important marketing opportunity arises. At that moment, someone chose to buy a product on your website. Seize that moment! In this article, we’ll go over a number of things you can do to turn these online customers into brand ambassadors. Want to optimize your WooCommerce shop for local shopping? You need Local SEO for WooCommer ...
If you are writing blogs, you want an audience. Nobody wants to perform in an empty room! Ranking high in search engines by doing your SEO flawlessly will, of course, help. But you can do more! In this post, I’ll give you lots of blog marketing tips to make sure your audience will grow and will keep on growing! Tip 1: Start with a mission Marketing has to do with increasing the ...
Nobody wants to read old news. The content of your articles and blog post should be new, fresh and original. It should add something to all the junk that’s already out there on the internet. In this post, I’ll explain the importance of original content for SEO to you. Google’s mission In order to understand why original content is important for SEO, we should take a look at Google’s mission.
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 ...
Related posts are a way to keep a visitor on your website. People use related posts to reduce the number of visitors that leave your website after reading an article. A related posts section is the glue that binds posts together. Does that mean you have to install a plugin that takes care of this for you? And that you can trust on this to cover your related post optimizations? We don’t think so.
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.
The effectiveness of every content SEO strategy largely depends on the quality of the keyword research that has been executed. If you optimize for words that nobody searches for, you won’t be found. If you optimize for terms that are much too competitive to rank for, you won’t be found either. In this post, I explain why you should start with keyword research and how you can ma ...
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’.
Keyword research is the very first – and most important- step in any content SEO strategy. It’s also the one thing we can’t automate or execute for you. On top of that, it’s super hard. What we can do, is give tips and feedback on how to execute proper keyword research. That’s why we launch the Yoast Keyword research training today.
In October 2015, Google announced a little thing called AMP. Initially, AMP started with a focus on news pages, but that focus rapidly changed towards every page of your website. That doesn’t just go for news websites. It seems like AMP is here to stay and every website needs to optimize for it. That also goes for eCommerce sites. This article discusses AMP for eCommerce sites.
Reference numbers (or post IDs) might be easy for your CMS, but they aren’t for your users. Remembering a URL with a number in it is hard, so the chance people will remember it and link to it is smaller. If people can remember your URLs they can also find it and share it with their friends more easily. In this Ask Yoast we explain what you should do with reference numbers in URLs.