40 WordPress Optimisation tips

I presented on A4UExpo Europe yesterday on WordPress Optimisation, doing 40 tips in 40 minutes. Here are the slides:

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147 Responses

  1. Agent SEOBy Agent SEO on 29 April, 2009

    Great list Yoast. There are some really great technical suggestions here. I agree with the part about abandoning Digg, as I’ve tried to form a small strategy around it and it hasn’t really yielded any results!

    • snomanBy snoman on 1 November, 2009

      yes, Digg seems not useful in the short term & I wouldn’t waste time on a campaign through it, but its a good “set it and forget it” addition that can add a little to the long tail – we’ll stick it on the sno blog http://www.sno.travel/blog but not push it particularly

      we have implemented the vast majority of your suggestions and snoman’s sno blog and Grand Alpine Tour are starting to get really great numbers… what we really need is a full design by your firm, but the SEO set up is half way there…

  2. mark harrisonBy mark harrison on 29 April, 2009

    I’ve only just discovered your blog and I am so pleased I have and without doubt,the best thing I have discovered this year. Your WordPress articles are truly fantastic so thank you and I look forward to reading you more now that you are in my reader.

  3. Obrázky na lidéBy Obrázky na lidé on 29 April, 2009

    Quite useful list Yoast! Thanks.

    • wie baliBy wie bali on 8 May, 2009

      thanks thats smart tips

  4. Alison Moore SmithBy Alison Moore Smith on 29 April, 2009

    Helpful and depressing. I didn’t really need more to do this week! :)

  5. raiderhostBy raiderhost on 30 April, 2009

    thankz for tips, its the great tips to optimal my blog.

  6. Samuel FolkesBy Samuel Folkes on 30 April, 2009

    Hmmm, this was a pretty informative list. Thanks Yoast. Getting on it right away.

    LOL @ Allison Moore Smith. I share your sentiments…

  7. Jon  BuscallBy Jon Buscall on 30 April, 2009

    Thanks for sharing such a great bunch of slides. I really appreciate it. Just going through it for a second time.

  8. PimpMyWordPressBy PimpMyWordPress on 30 April, 2009

    Great tips. Thanks a lot for sharing.

  9. just GuidoBy just Guido on 30 April, 2009

    Cheers for putting this online so fast.

    Missed out on the code bits that you need to add to prevent indexing of some of the stuff… yeah… thanks! ;-)

  10. Francis CollisBy Francis Collis on 30 April, 2009

    Thank you very much Yoast for sharing these great tips with us!

  11. Alex VermeuleBy Alex Vermeule on 1 May, 2009

    Hi Joost, would you always enable WP Super Cache? (tip#1). Or just when you’re experiencing a traffic spike?

    Thanks for all the great content on WordPress btw!

    • RamoonusBy Ramoonus on 4 May, 2009

      I`ve got WP Super Cache always enabled …

  12. JulianBy Julian on 1 May, 2009

    Hi Joost,

    Thank you a lot for that session! I’m trying out now what your landing page for comments is :-)

  13. MichaelBy Michael on 1 May, 2009

    Very cool post… the tips are great.

    I tried to follow the slide on “Remove Unecessary Meta Info”

    I added the code to my Theme’s function php, but it doesn’t seem to remove the info… do I need to add something to the code?

  14. PikesanBy Pikesan on 2 May, 2009

    Wrote down 15 action items from your presentation after watching it 3 times. And I thought my blog was pretty tight! Very helpful!

  15. HamiltonBy Hamilton on 2 May, 2009

    Great tips, I’m testing all of them. Thank you!

  16. Decky RoorohBy Decky Rooroh on 3 May, 2009

    It would be nice if you share that presentation without slideshare account ?
    Because, I think many your reader don’t have it.

  17. Happy HotelierBy Happy Hotelier on 3 May, 2009


    Never too old to learn.

    Question: The 404 notifier plugin page says only compatible up to WP 2.5?? Usable beyond WP 2.5?

  18. Kevin AlvarezBy Kevin Alvarez on 3 May, 2009


    Thanks for taking the time to post the tips. Some of them were new to me. I think Tip #41 also is a valuable lesson. People need to remember to include a call to action in their presentations and blog posts.

  19. Brian BentzenBy Brian Bentzen on 3 May, 2009

    Good stuff. Just twittered it:-)

  20. SueBy Sue on 5 May, 2009

    Well, at least I am doing a few things right. Now to work on the rest. Thanks for giving me the clues on where to start.

  21. IlmondodeiSitiWebBy IlmondodeiSitiWeb on 5 May, 2009

    great report!
    the tips inside are classic, but remember it is a good thing!

  22. Blogging for businessBy Blogging for business on 6 May, 2009

    Great article. Just emailed the presentation to a friend. Working my way through the list. Thanks a bunch.


  23. znafisBy znafis on 7 May, 2009

    Thanks. I’ll try it

  24. StijnBy Stijn on 7 May, 2009

    Thanks for sharing. I read through the entire thing and have downloaded the following plugins: wp-greetbox, wp-pagenavi, debug queries, wp-refere, and 404 notifier. Most of the other ones I knew of before. Only some seemed less interesting.

  25. RizwanBy Rizwan on 8 May, 2009

    Interesting tips, but you said in Section #2 tip 14 Disable Paged Comments do you think its a good idea when we have 4000+ comments on a post? Should we display that 4000 comments on one page. If you have better idea please tell me Thanks.

  26. James CallahanBy James Callahan on 9 May, 2009

    thank you Yoast. A very impressive list. I started applying many of those tips on my own blog already.

  27. Trri SetiyoBy Trri Setiyo on 9 May, 2009

    Thx. Great info. I will use it to my blog

  28. Karl FoxleyBy Karl Foxley on 9 May, 2009

    I really like your site, your plugins and the information you share. You always share top quality info that others wouldn’t give away to their closest friends. :)

    Thanks again,


  29. Blog design LabBy Blog design Lab on 10 May, 2009

    Very interresting & usefull. I realise, that wordpress is not so good just out of box !

  30. Toddler activitiesBy Toddler activities on 11 May, 2009

    interesting 40 tips, thanks a lot

  31. WebdevBy Webdev on 11 May, 2009

    Hi, most of the tips are great! Thank you! However, for me Digg just works better than StumbleUpon for example.

  32. gadgetBy gadget on 11 May, 2009

    As always, great info but now I’ve got a load of research to do to understand what you’ve said – lol.

  33. CatzieBy Catzie on 11 May, 2009

    I learned a lot from that. :D Thanks.

  34. RoyBy Roy on 11 May, 2009

    Phwoarr…..! It all makes sense and I just know it has to be done, but what a lot of work, not to mention a learning curve for me. I think your final slide is probably the most important of them all. ;-)

  35. zuliady azwinBy zuliady azwin on 12 May, 2009

    Hm, nice information dude, i will use this tips in my blog site ;)

    Thank you,

  36. Website DesignBy Website Design on 12 May, 2009

    Man you have done a lot of research hats off to you! Thanks for sharing such great SEO information

  37. kate jamesBy kate james on 12 May, 2009

    yeah very useful and informative tips .. AWESOME
    Thanks for such great help…

  38. music videosBy music videos on 12 May, 2009

    This was a pretty informative list. Thanks…

  39. Frank JBy Frank J on 14 May, 2009

    Many of these are well known. I always instruct my blog friends to remove php calls that should be static. It makes a small difference in server and page loads if you’re on a dedicated server that’s hosting only your blog. On shared hosts it does make a big difference and can reduce the cpu utilization.


    40 WordPress Optimisation-interesting 40 tips, thanks a lot….. good

  41. Wesley PlugersBy Wesley Plugers on 15 May, 2009

    Thanks Joost. Cool post!

  42. Craig DicksonBy Craig Dickson on 15 May, 2009

    Is there no sound for this presentation? I thought it was my system, but I tried it on a couple of browsers and OSes and doesn’t seem to be any. Too bad. I would like to have heard the thinking behind some of the tips.

  43. AntBy Ant on 16 May, 2009

    Great, great tips! One of the better lists on wordpress optimization I’ve seen so far.

  44. Wedding Dresses LiverpoolBy Wedding Dresses Liverpool on 16 May, 2009

    I use a wordpress blog for my bricks & mortar business site and there’s some tips in that list that sould even help me. Thank you

  45. Jaroslaw DobrzanskiBy Jaroslaw Dobrzanski on 16 May, 2009

    Nice bunch of tips. Some of them were obvious but several were kind of new for me. Top work!

  46. Guennadi MBy Guennadi M on 19 May, 2009

    Thank you for sharing this with us. I just started blogging and this comes at a very good time. Thank you.

  47. elQuiqueBy elQuique on 21 May, 2009

    Great tips and good job, very usefull thanks Yoast !!

  48. Francis CollisBy Francis Collis on 21 May, 2009

    Very usefull! Thank you very much for sharing!

  49. Ener HaxBy Ener Hax on 21 May, 2009

    great tips, nicely presented, and inspiring *starts now . . . 40 minutes to go*

  50. JesseBy Jesse on 22 May, 2009

    Short sweet and effective thanks for this.

  51. Robin LeeBy Robin Lee on 23 May, 2009

    Thanks Yoast for such useful tips!

  52. Webmaster ToolsBy Webmaster Tools on 24 May, 2009

    Great List , I love to apply all these to my personal and business blog

  53. Get RealBy Get Real on 25 May, 2009

    Of course he deleted my comment – what a fraud! There is nothing in this post (or on this whole site) that has any real information aside from him pushing his own apps. So here is a real comment from a real person and he will delete it – only leaves up the fake comments.

    • Craig S. DicksonBy Craig S. Dickson on 25 May, 2009

      In response to “Mr. Get Real”.

      Perhaps you are correct sir.

      But then again, at least Mr. Yoast has the courage to put his face and name out there in a public forum and puts forward ideas and opinions that are then vulnerable to petty criticism by callow individuals who don’t have enough self respect to even bother to use their real names.

      I have read both of your comments on this thread and neither have added any value to the conversation. If you truly believe Mr. Yoast is incorrect, then why do you not offer up some concrete alternative ideas?

      Unless you are prepared to offer up something of value, then your comments are just a waste of page space and bandwidth and deserve to be deleted to conserve everyone’s time and resources.

  54. MattCuttsBy MattCutts on 26 May, 2009

    Good stuff! I enjoyed lots of these tips.

  55. John DeereBy John Deere on 26 May, 2009

    Thank you for good and cognitive video. Really usefull.

  56. PeterBy Peter on 27 May, 2009

    Hi Yoast, thanks for all these tips, it’s a blessing locating your blog today. Sure i have bookmarked it to visit as often as possible and access more information, keep up the good work. Givers never lack, you will prosper the more.

  57. StaciBy Staci on 27 May, 2009

    Your tips and your site in general continue to be an invaluable resource! THANKS!

  58. MusaBy Musa on 28 May, 2009

    Its a great post which not only useful for wordpress blog, for other web sites(cms, e-com) as well.

    Good Job!

  59. Phil v. SassenBy Phil v. Sassen on 30 May, 2009

    Great work!

    You helped me a lot. Hope that Google respects the changes …

    Cheers, Phil

  60. Brandon C.By Brandon C. on 3 June, 2009

    “Seek and ye shall find” – I have been looking for detailed information to help me
    in making good sound SEO adjustments to my site. Joost, thank you for all of the hard work you do!

  61. ShamenBy Shamen on 4 June, 2009

    Thanks the the great tips!

  62. Sajid LatifBy Sajid Latif on 5 June, 2009

    this was a pretty informative list. Thanks Yoast.

  63. TravisBy Travis on 6 June, 2009

    I heard your interview at WebMasterRadio and had to hear more on WordPress SEO.

    Maybe with time you’ll see more worthy-competition, the WordPress community gets bigger everyday with insight like this.

    Thanks so much!

  64. Wendy MasonBy Wendy Mason on 11 June, 2009

    Great suff – I’m realising I have a lot to learn from people like you!

  65. alexBy alex on 12 June, 2009

    tried some of the methods on my blog (it’s about shipping), and it did speed up the site by a second or two.. so thank you! :)

  66. JeroenBy Jeroen on 22 June, 2009

    Thanks for your tips, they are very useful for developing some new wordpress sites!

  67. This was a pretty informative list. Thanks…

  68. V.CBy V.C on 2 July, 2009

    Could you show us how to move .htacess to sever config? And disable .htacess parsing?

  69. WidewebwayBy Widewebway on 10 July, 2009

    Really 40 great tips!! Many Many thanks :)

  70. Tom AndersBy Tom Anders on 21 August, 2009

    Thanks for the lists guys…great help.

  71. FalkoBy Falko on 11 September, 2009

    Perfect work!

    Thanks for help in some points.

    Greetz, Falko

  72. snomanBy snoman on 16 September, 2009

    incredible list but you really should offer it as a “package” WordPress install – this is just the level of SEO effort I’d like to see on the blog for our ski holiday site http://www.sno.mobi – how much in Joost-time do you think all of the setup for this list would be on a new WP blog?

    drop me a line if you’re interested in doing a “super setup” for us

  73. shaunjudyBy shaunjudy on 19 September, 2009

    Thanks for these tips! They have helped me out a lot. Thanks again.

  74. Chilli-AlexBy Chilli-Alex on 11 October, 2009

    Wow, great presentation and advice, thank you.

  75. afwan auliyarBy afwan auliyar on 19 October, 2009

    great tips for beginer like me ….


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