Posts by Joost de Valk archive - page 30


Searching without result

1 October 2009 by Joost de Valk » - 25 Comments

start with keyword research

Already a long time ago Justin Cutroni wrote a great post a while back on Tracking Zero Result Searches in Google Analytics. Tracking zero result searches on your website (corporate site, eCommerce website or your blog) is vital to get a glimpse of what your visitors are looking for but can’t find on your website. Let’s go »

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Hosting your JS at Google

16 June 2009 by Joost de Valk » - 21 Comments

While in a previous post I talked about WordPress database optimization, with this post I intend to show you how to improve your sites performance a bit more by hosting your javascripts with Google. This only works if you’re using jQuery, prototype or another library that is supported by Google’s AJAX Librararies API. While those »

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Optimizing WordPress database performance

30 March 2009 by Joost de Valk » - 71 Comments

I’ve been working with a plugin that was mentioned on the wp-hackers list last week, called debug queries, to optimize the performance on some of my sites, including this one. The plugin was pretty easy to use, and I’ve improved a bit on it. I’ve sent the patch to Frank, who authored the original plugin, »

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Magento SEO

5 March 2009 by Joost de Valk »

Magento SEO

Out of the box, Magento SEO is reasonably fine, after applying these tips, it becomes a rock solid ranking machine, selling your products all day long!

Categories: eCommerce, Technical SEO
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Interview with Todd Garland of BuySellAds

30 January 2009 by Joost de Valk » - 20 Comments

I’ve recently switched from selling my ads directly to having BuySellAds take care of it, and it’s been an absolutely awesome experience. As a result of that experience, I do not agree with Chris Brogan yet that advertising is completely broken, but it does need a good level of reinvention. So, to introduce you to »

Category: User eXperience (UX)
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The Full mailto Link Syntax

27 October 2008 by Joost de Valk » - 29 Comments

For a small project I had to create a smart mailto link to make my life a bit easier. I wanted the mailto link to hold not only a to and the subject (I’d figured that much out) but a multi lined body too. Turns out that is pretty darn easy to do. So, for »


Breadcrumbs in WordPress

20 August 2008 by Joost de Valk » - 49 Comments

yoast seo

Historically, blogs, and thus WordPress, have never had breadcrumbs. There’s hardly any theme that has them built in, and though there were some breadcrumb plugins for WordPress, in my opinion, they sucked.  Breadcrumbs are a great utility, both for usability and SEO. They allow people and search engines to easily determine the structure of a »

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WordPress Goodies

16 June 2008 by Joost de Valk » - 4 Comments

A small update to say I’ve fixed one plugin and added another resource for WordPress fanatics. First of all, I used to think that with the release of WordPress 2.3 and 2.5, the need for my Permalink Redirect plugin had gone away. However, I noticed that some friends of mine had loads of indexed URL’s »

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Table sorting JavaScript

14 June 2008 by Joost de Valk » - 4 Comments

Unobtrusive and with alternating row colors Sections: example table quick start donate download Related pages: changelog tutorial Ramon Eijkemans pointed me to a script written by Stuart Langridge. This unobtrusive table sorting script was awesome, offering sort mechanisms for text, numbers, dates and currencies, by simply adding an external script to a page and a »


Conditional comments

10 June 2008 by Joost de Valk »

Internet Explorer is not known for it’s standard compliancy, and because of that, people have been using all sorts of CSS hacks to get around rendering problems in it. The IE team have been working hard to prevent a lot of these hacks with the release of IE7, so a lot of your presumably fixed »