Posts by Joost de Valk archive - page 21

Twitter Cards, Open Graph & Social Meta Data

16 June 2012 by Joost de Valk » - 35 Comments

Example Twitter Card

Two days ago, Twitter introduced a new system called Twitter Cards (see their docs). It allows site owners to enhance the expanded tweets Twitter creates for their site, much in the same was as  OpenGraph tags give site owners the chance to determine what their posts & pages will look like when shared on Facebook. In […]

Category: Social Media
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User Contact Fields in WordPress

13 June 2012 by Joost de Valk » - 20 Comments

WooThemes chooses WordPress SEO

WordPress comes with a “default” set of user contact fields, which has always looked random to me: AIM, Yahoo IM and Jabber / Google Talk, instead of what I’d want to have there: Twitter, Facebook and Google+. A while back I got frustrated enough to have a look at how this was actually dealt with »

Category: WordPress
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WordPress SEO 1.2 – Major Upgrade

12 June 2012 by Joost de Valk » - 369 Comments

WordPress updates

My WordPress SEO plugin has been updated to 1.2. A few weeks back I did a series of bug fix updates and while doing that I noticed there where things that were really bugging me in the plugin. Everybody seemed to focus on the settings and hardly anyone was working with the snippet preview and »

Category: WordPress

Push rel=”author” through your head

8 June 2012 by Joost de Valk » - 132 Comments

rel=author in action

No this title wasn’t a pun. It’s dead serious. My buddy Arjan discovered yesterday that Google is now allowing rel=”author” markup through a <link> element in the head of your site. This makes adding rel=”author” to your site properly a lot easier, and allows me to add it to my WordPress SEO plugin. The rel=”author” link »

Categories: Technical SEO, WordPress
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Penguin, Panda, it’s not that black and white..

14 May 2012 by Joost de Valk » - 85 Comments

Yoast - Penguin update

We’re getting quite a few site review requests and SEO consultancy requests recently for people that have been hit by a sudden drop in traffic after the recent Google Penguin update. Because there has been quite some news about Google’s Penguin update and before that its Panda update, people are blaming those. In our perspective, »

Category: Search news
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Having a blast at BlueGlass LA

24 April 2012 by Joost de Valk » - 4 Comments

BlueGlass LA

I’m currently sitting in the conference room for BlueGlass LA, listening to Marty Weintraub and finishing my presentation I’ll be giving this afternoon. Which leads me to the point of this post as I’m going to try and prove a point, therefore the following video is not really meant for you to watch but for »

Category: Technical SEO

Why I dislike

21 April 2012 by Joost de Valk » - 14 Comments logo

When I released my updated WordPress SEO article a few weeks back, my buddy Avinash was kind enough to tweet it. He tweeted it, at first, with a link. is a sharing service that allows you to basically make a copy of a page and add some notes or even some changes to »

Category: Social Media

WordPress Stats Infographic

16 April 2012 by Joost de Valk » - 57 Comments

My Google Analytics plugin recently hit 3 million downloads and my WordPress SEO plugin hit its first million downloads. I thought those stats were cool and I decided to have an infographic made with more WordPress stats and dive in a little bit more and gather some stats that I thought would be interesting. If you »

Category: WordPress
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The ethics of SEO

4 April 2012 by Joost de Valk » - 101 Comments

The type of SEO I help my clients do and promote to you using this blog is often labeled white hat SEO because it stays within Google’s and other search engines guidelines. Other SEO’s don’t care about Google’s guidelines as much and do what’s called “black hat SEO”. Far too often though, black hat SEO »

Category: Technical SEO

Over-Optimization vs Optimization

19 March 2012 by Joost de Valk » - 95 Comments

So Matt said something at SXSW last week about Google introducing a filter / penalty / change. As my inbox is already overflowing with emails from people asking whether they should stop optimizing their site and/or using my plugin, I thought I’d do a quick post. What Matt said was vague at best but he »

Category: Technical SEO