Tag Archives: Ask Yoast

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

David Dumdei emailed us saying, “Google insists on ranking our homepage for “computer services” and completely ignores the pages on our subdirectory “computer services” “that is actually optimized for this keyword. “As our home page isn’t optimized for “computer services”, we rank low. “What can we do if we already have great site structure and… Read More »

Ask Yoast: Yoast SEO meta descriptions and excerpts

Renee Lodens emails us asking, “Is there a way to bulk copy the Yoast SEO meta descriptions to the excerpt field?” Also, is this considered duplicate content? Well, let’s start with the first thing. It’s probably easier to do it the other way around. If you put the description that you want in the excerpt… Read More »

Ask Yoast: Yoast SEO premium features explained

Alexa emailed us saying, “My audience are travel bloggers and I think they all use the free version of Yoast SEO. “I don’t think they would pay for Premium unless they really understood the value. Can you share the main differences of the free vs. the paid version?” Well, there’s nothing I like more than… Read More »

Ask Yoast: having a privacy page and SEO

Derek Little emailed us asking “I’ve heard that having (or not having ) a privacy page is or was a big factor in SEO, and important to Google. Is this still the case?” Well, as far as I know, this was only ever a factor for the AdWords quality score, not for SEO itself. So,… Read More »

Ask Yoast: Emojis and SEO

Iris Schöberl emailed us from München, where I’ve just been and Oktoberfest was awesome once more, asking, “Do you as an SEO expert recommend to use emojis? Or is it spam to Google?” I’m thinking that you probably mean in the meta-description and in titles etc. where some emojis will actually show up in the… Read More »

Ask Yoast: Comment systems and SEO

Hey, Max emailed us, asking ” There is no question that the Disqus service takes a little while to load on a webpage. So, do these blog commenting services, like Disqus, affect SEO in some way?” Well, yes, they do. Because, in fact, they’re so slow to load that most of the time, what you… Read More »

Ask Yoast – Static site generation and SEO

Erwin emailed us saying, “Static site generation results in faster load “than using a dynamic platform such as WordPress. “But the ecosystem for static site generators doesn’t include a good SEO tool, “so optimization must be done manually. Which aspects should I pay attention to, to optimize such a website?” Well, to be honest Erwin,… Read More »