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Video SEO plugin video

I’ve been very hard at work with the Video SEO plugin, adding support for the most used video embed plugins for WordPress. See the changelog for specifics. The plugin is, I’m proud to say, selling well and people seem to be loving it. I’m also working on another project with the guys from Video User…

Video SEO just became a lot easier!

The Video SEO plugin I have been talking about for far too long has finally been finished and released. The short version is, it’s for sale for $89, find out more here. Keep on reading for a bit of backstory. Video SEO is probably one of the most technically challenging aspects of SEO. There are…

WooThemes chooses WordPress SEO

WooThemes once again showed that they are at the forefront of WordPress development today: they deprecated their WooFramework’s SEO functionality and recommend their users to switch to WordPress SEO by Yoast. I’ve worked closely with Matt Cohen, WooThemes CTO, to build an import functionality for WooThemes users straight into WordPress SEO. I recently added statistics…

Twitter Cards in action

I first wrote about Twitter Cards in June, when Twitter had just announced them, today I got a tweet from Paul Savage who noticed that they were now enabled for yoast.com. That’s super awesome news as it means that the implementation I did in my WordPress SEO plugin works. Of course I had to do…

WordPress Archive Pages: the tutorial

On any bigger site, you’ll get archive pages of some sort. Whether they are taxonomy or category archives, like this SEO category, Custom Post Type archives like this one for our WordPress plugin reviews or my speaking engagements, or even date archives: they all share the same common traits. In WordPress an archive will, by default, consist…

Why relative URLs should be forbidden for web developers

Twitter is the website / web service most of us love and sometimes hate, a service that has become an integral part of most of our online identities. It’s one of the services we expect to be there when we Google ourselves or other people. So when you Google yourself and instead of twitter.com, you…

Redesign and more :)

Yoast keeps changing and growing in many, many ways. One of those is a redesign, which is now live. We’re finally using the theme framework we’ve been recommending to others for ages: StudioPress’ Genesis. We used an external developer for most of the development, just because I’m too pressed for time myself and didn’t want…

Tag Optimization for WordPress

Note March 18th, 2013: we’ve decided to stop selling our term optimizer for now, we’ll be including it with another WordPress product later on. In our website reviews we regularly encounter websites who’ve got just as many tags as posts, or 20,000 posts and 5,000 tags. This is undesirable as it means you’re not using…

Twitter Cards, Open Graph & Social Meta Data

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…

User Contact Fields in WordPress

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…