Posts by Joost de Valk archive - page 21


WordPress SEO Community & Roadmap

14 May 2013 by Joost de Valk » - 41 Comments

Our WordPress SEO plugin has been getting more and more downloads, bringing it to the top of the most downloaded plugin chart on WordPress.org fairly regularly. With that comes more interest from other developers as well, which is something we absolutely love, but is kind of impossible to manage properly on WordPress.org. Which is why we’ve »

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Why we moved to email support with HelpScout

17 April 2013 by Joost de Valk » - 56 Comments

When we started doing premium WordPress plugins, we also added a support forum to yoast.com. Many people liked this but I was, to be honest, skeptic. My experience with the WordPress.org forums are … Poor, at best. I just don’t think forums work very well, in large part because there is an ever continuing tendency »

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The future of SEO plugins for WordPress

8 April 2013 by Joost de Valk » - 86 Comments

I find myself becoming more and more defensive of WordPress SEO plugins, my own in particular. When people make jokes about them I tend to get angry, which is perhaps a stupid reaction, but it made me think: why would people make jokes about them, are they that stupid? What does the future hold for »

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Why Google won’t display the right page title

26 March 2013 by Joost de Valk » - 39 Comments

Lately we’ve been inundated, literally, with support requests for Yoast SEO and its premium add-ons, all asking one “simple” thing: why isn’t Google picking up my page title? People who changed their page title and see that the search results still show their old title are bound to think Google didn’t “get” the new title yet »

Category: Technical SEO

Why I switched to Copyblogger’s Synthesis Managed WordPress Hosting

25 March 2013 by Joost de Valk » - 53 Comments

Last thursday, I migrated Yoast.com to Synthesis, the managed WordPress hosting platform operated by Copyblogger Media. Previously this site had been hosted on a VPS.net Cloud Server, which was rock solid as this site grew to almost a million pageviews per month. VPS.net is fast, affordable, provides good support, and I continue to recommend them. »

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On focus, and how we’re slowly changing our business model

22 March 2013 by Joost de Valk » - 41 Comments

Warning: this isn’t the usual SEO / WordPress related post, but more of a “personal” post about how I’ve gone about building and changing my / our business. When I started Yoast, then called Altha, it was just me, doing web development for a few clients here and there. It was a side job to »

Category: Announcements

HTTP 503: Handling site maintenance correctly for SEO

18 March 2013 by Joost de Valk »

Last week I got a few messages from Google Webmaster Tools, saying it couldn’t access the robots.txt file on a site of a client. Turns out the client didn’t handle scheduled downtime correctly, causing problems with Google. While this article covers some rather basic technical SEO the last bit might be interesting for more advanced »

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Local SEO made easy!

14 March 2013 by Joost de Valk » - 68 Comments

Local SEO by Yoast

We’ve been hard at work here at Yoast.com, together with our good friend Arjan Snaterse, to complete the delivery of our next baby: the Local SEO plugin, which is, just like our Video SEO plugin, an extension to the WordPress SEO plugin. The Local SEO makes creating geo sitemaps and KML files a breeze, while »

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Why we don’t support old WordPress versions

7 March 2013 by Joost de Valk » - 23 Comments

web content accessibility at yoast

For all sorts of reasons, some people have a problem with updating WordPress installs properly. I will state now that for both our free and premium plugins we do not support anything but the latest and the prior to last version. At the time of writing that’s WordPress 4.5 and WordPress 4.6 . If you’re running anything »

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Change of pricing / licensing for Video SEO plugin

8 January 2013 by Joost de Valk » - 59 Comments

SEO

As of last night, a license for our Video SEO plugin has become $20 cheaper for what’s probably about 90% of our customers. While doing an analysis over the holidays of what we’d sold and how much time we spent supporting people, we found that people using the plugin on multiple sites were bound to ask »

Category: WordPress