Posts by Joost de Valk archive - page 38

WordCamp Ireland: having a blast!

7 March 2010 by Joost de Valk » - 29 Comments

So I’m in Kilkenny, Ireland for WordCamp Ireland, and I’m having a complete blast, thanks in large part to the great organization done by Sabrina Dent and Katherine Nolan. The tech track is absolutely blowing my mind: it’s really techy! The people here are great: I met a lot of awesome people, basically to be […]

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The Reader Survey: help us improve!

3 March 2010 by Joost de Valk » - 12 Comments

We blog about optimizing your website all the time here at Yoast, and we usually give you tips and tricks you can implement straight away on how to do that. Now it’s time that we improve what we do, here at So it’s time for a short survey, I’d be very grateful if you »

Category: Usability & Conversion

Optimizing for Rich “Jump To” Snippets

1 March 2010 by Joost de Valk » - 46 Comments

Back in September last year Google announced a new form of rich snippets: those with jump to links in them. They themselves used the example for this trans fat search result: Now I hadn’t paid too much attention to this new feature until we started testing a new search traffic monitoring tool we’ve built at »

Category: Technical SEO

Implementing hreview in your WordPress theme

28 February 2010 by Joost de Valk » - 30 Comments

In his previous post here on Yoast, Frederick explained why you should use Microformats to get Rich Snippets showing for your site and increase the CTR from Google. In the comments of that post, people were asking if there are plugins to easily implement this in your theme. While those are probably a bit hard »

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Backing up your WordPress blog with ease

17 February 2010 by Joost de Valk » - 52 Comments

I love the fact how the WordPress community is growing, and how people are starting to see the business models they can roll out around the product. And yes, all of this while still maintaining the GPL. We’ve of course seen Gravity Forms, which for me has replaced entirely my own WordPress contact form and »

Category: WordPress

Unleashing Quix

13 January 2010 by Joost de Valk » - 104 Comments

I’ve been working on a secret (side) project for 3-4 months now, way longer than I ever intended to work on it, but it’s now ready for release. I’m ready to show you Quix, a tool I think is very cool, which I’ve shared with quite a few of my friends already who all like »

Category: WordPress

The best WordPress hosting

5 January 2010 by Joost de Valk » - 5 Comments

Best WordPress hosting

Simply finding the best WordPress hosting is hard: there’s a lot of WordPress hosting offers out there, and only a few companies are actually good!

Category: WordPress

Preventing your site from being indexed, the right way

17 December 2009 by Joost de Valk » - 36 Comments

It keeps amazing me that I keep seeing people use robots.txt files to prevent sites from being indexed and thus showing up in the search engines. You know why it keeps amazing me? Because robots.txt doesn’t actually do the latter, even though it does prevent your site from being indexed. Let’s go through some terms »

Category: Technical SEO
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Google Analytics plugin updates

4 December 2009 by Joost de Valk » - 49 Comments

One of my most popular plugins is my Google Analytics for WordPress plugin, having been downloaded almost 700,000 times. This post is to let you know that this plugin is going to be getting quite a few updates in the coming month, the first of which I’ve just submitted to There’s two reasons for »

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Importing from another MySQL into WordPress

2 December 2009 by Joost de Valk » - 13 Comments

Sometimes data imports into WordPress can be a pain, but most of the time, it’s pretty darn easy. In a previous project I had to go through the trouble of outputting WXR files and then importing those, but it’s really a lot easier if you do a direct MySQL to WordPress import using the WordPress »

Category: WordPress