• Sliders suck and should be banned from your website

      Two years ago, we wrote about why we really don’t like sliders. We still don’t like sliders. If your theme forces you to include a slider (also named carousels) on your homepage, please realize that it’s making you use a feature that has no value for SEO. A feature that is probably slowing down your site by loading extra JavaScript.

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    • Top WordPress plugins every site should have

      WordPress in itself is a decent system but plugins can really take it to the next level. Adding top WordPress plugins can make WordPress into the Swiss Army Knife of websites: just pull out whatever functionality you need for your specific site! Top WordPress plugins Many people have asked us for our list of top WordPress plugins.

      Michiel Heijmans/ Yoastin Blogging- 31 readers -
    • The perfect WordPress SEO permalink structure

      In the past we received a lot questions regarding optimizing your WordPress SEO URL / permalink structure. Questions ranging from whether you should have the category in your permalink structure to the length of your slugs. In this post, we’ll address some of these questions and attempt to give you a better understanding of your permalink structure.

      Joost De Valk/ Yoastin SEO Blogging- 37 readers -
  • Yoast SEO 4.8: Cornerstone content analysis

    In this release, we’re fine tuning our algorithms to give cornerstone content articles the analysis they deserve. Articles you’ve marked as cornerstone content will now be judged on a different level, so we can make sure they have the quality and authority an article like that should have. Yoast SEO 4.8 helps you write better cornerstone content articles.

    Joost De Valk/ Yoastin SEO Content- 16 readers -
  • Ask Yoast: Block your site’s search results pages?

    Every website should have a decent internal search functionality that shows the visitors search results that fit their search query. However, those search results pages on your site don’t need to be shown in Google’s search results. In fact, Google advises against this too; it’s not a great user experience to click on a Google search result, just to end up on a search result page of your site.

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  • How to start a blog

    If you’re thinking about starting a blog, the most important thing I have to say to you is: go for it! Start your blog! Just do it! Blogging is a great SEO strategy, it’s a wonderful marketing tool and blogging is lots of fun! A new blog will allow you to make smart and strategic choices. Just take a little time to think about how to set up your blog before you begin, so you’ll ...

    Marieke Van De Rakt/ Yoastin How To's- 13 readers -
  • Meta keywords: why we don’t use them

    You would think this post would be redundant by now: people know that the meta keyword tag is useless nowadays, right? The truth is that we still see site owners using meta keywords on their website. In addition to that, people are still searching for meta keywords according to Google Trends, although there seem to be less queries than 5 years ago.

    Joost De Valk/ Yoastin SEO- 13 readers -
  • Interview with Karl Gilis (AGConsult)

    We’re thrilled to announce that CRO expert Karl Gilis will be speaking at YoastCon on November 2! Karl Gilis from AGConsult is one of the most influential usability and conversion optimization specialists in the world, and our personal go-to-guy if we need advice on these matters for Yoast.com. We’ve asked him 5 questions, or actually 6, to warm you up for his talk on YoastCon.

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  • Ask Yoast: Word order of your focus keyword

    If you’re using Yoast SEO to optimize your posts and pages, it’ll ask you to fill out a focus keyword. This is the search term you want your content to rank for. Deciding on a focus keyword can be challenging. For example, if you want to optimize your content for a long tail keyword – existing of multiple words – what is the exact key phrase you should use? Does word order matt ...

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  • How do I determine what my cornerstone articles are?

    Cornerstone articles are those articles that are most important to your website. These are the articles you would like to rank high in the search engines. Cornerstone articles are usually explainers; relatively long articles combining insights from different blog posts. Perhaps you never thought about cornerstone articles before, even if you have your website for quite some time already.

    Marieke Van De Rakt/ Yoastin How To's- 16 readers -
  • Internal linking for SEO: why and how

    Your content needs links to be able to rank. Google can only find your posts and pages when they’re linked to from somewhere on the web. In addition to that, internal links connect your content and give Google an idea of the structure of your website. They can establish hierarchy on your site, which enables you to give the most important pages and posts more link value than oth ...

    Yoastin SEO How To's- 12 readers -
  • Block your site’s search result pages

    Why should you block your internal search result pages for Google? Well, how would you feel if you are in dire need for the answer to your search query and end up on the internal search pages of a certain website? That’s one crappy experience. Google thinks so too. And prefers you not to have these internal search pages indexed.

    Michiel Heijmans/ Yoastin SEO- 13 readers -
  • What is Google’s Knowledge Graph?

    Google’s Knowledge Graph is hard to find, but its results are not. Take for instance that big block of information that appears on the right-hand side of your desktop screen after entering a search term. This block – also known as the Knowledge Graph Card – contains relevant, context-specific information regarding your search, powered by the Knowledge Graph.

    Yoast- 13 readers -
  • Ask Yoast: Create profiles on online platforms?

    Nowadays there are a lot of online platforms where you can create your business profile. The idea is that you can be found on those platforms and that the backlinks to your site will benefit your SEO. But is it really worth investing your time and money in those kind of directories? Get the answer in this Ask Yoast! Marcial Bollinger emailed us asking: “There are a lot of po ...

    Joost De Valk/ Yoast- 13 readers -
  • What is on-page SEO?

    Every SEO strategy is focused on ranking as high as possible in the search engines. To do this, we all try to design and develop a website that Google’s secret algorithm will love. That’s basically what SEO is about. The factors in Google’s algorithm can be divided into two categories which will determine the ranking of your website: on-page factors and off-page factors.

    Marieke Van De Rakt/ Yoastin SEO- 18 readers -
  • Perfecting your goals in Google Analytics

    There are quite a few tracking features in Google Analytics for which you have to do a bit more than just implement the UA-code on your pages. One of those features is the ‘goal’. The goal is a feature in which you can track one of the following things: how many people reach a designated page, how many people stay on your site for a minimum amount of time, how many peopl ...

    Yoastin Google- 27 readers -
  • Domain names and their influence on SEO

    We often get questions from people asking about the influence of domain names on SEO. Is there any relation at all? Does it help to include keywords like product names in your domain name? Is the influence of domain names different per location? And what’s the use of using more than one domain name for a site? In this article, I’ll answer all these questions and more.

    Michiel Heijmans/ Yoastin SEO- 13 readers -
  • Yoast SEO 4.7: Introducing Italian

    Yoast SEO now supports transition words for the Italian language so the content analysis feature can give you more detailed information about the readability of your post. This is the first step in providing full support for Italian. The Insights and Internal Linking Suggestion features will soon follow. We’ve also added a new check to see if your post has at least one internal link.

    Joost De Valk/ Yoastin SEO- 12 readers -

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