Posts by Joost de Valk

Joost de Valk

Joost de Valk is the founder and CEO of Yoast. He's a WordPress / Web developer, SEO & and an Open Source fanatic. He's also (and more importantly) the father of three sons called Tycho, Ravi and Borre, a daughter called Wende and the husband of the lovely Marieke, who also works at Yoast.

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Yahoo’s Search Assist and tracking keywords

2 October 2007 by Joost de Valk » - 1 Comment

Dave’s post pointed me at the new look for Yahoo!, and Greg did some coverage on SEL. The coolest thing in there is Yahoo Search Assist, which Danny explains at length in this somewhat older post. It works amazingly cool and it might even make me consider Yahoo! a bit more often. Sean Hardaker raises […]

Category: Analytics

Two nice bookmarklets

1 October 2007 by Joost de Valk » - 4 Comments

Seth had a nice bookmarklet in a post today, it shows all links on a page. I altered it a bit to make the links clickable, and it works quite nice. So here’s a bookmarklet: I immediately made another one as well which shows all the meta’s on a page:

Category: General SEO

Are search engines using link-data over time?

30 September 2007 by Joost de Valk » - 5 Comments

Every once in a while, you encounter pages in search results that haven’t changed for quite a while. When reading Aaron’s post about major ranking changes in Yahoo! I started doing one of my favorite queries: the one for CSS3 (screenshot). I noticed two strange things: first of all, result #1 and #3 are from »

Category: General SEO

Upgrade your WordPress!!

25 September 2007 by Joost de Valk » - 7 Comments

WordPress 2.3 “Dexter” has been released, and it’s cool, so upgrade NOW. If you’ve upgraded ad you use my Robots Meta plugin, you’ll see two new functions: “Enforce a trailing slash on all category and tag URL’s” and “noindex the comment RSS feeds”. Especially the second one is a reason to upgrade, as it allows »

Category: WordPress

How to check your image search stats and keywords

20 September 2007 by Joost de Valk » - 1 Comment

A few people have been asking how to check their image search stats and which keywords were used, after they’ve applied my Google Analytics image search “hack” or when they’re using the Google Analytics WordPress plugin. So, instead of typing this in each email, here’s a small howto. Go to Google Analytics Traffic Sources -> Search »

Category: General SEO

Extracting click data from Google Analytics

20 September 2007 by Joost de Valk » - 2 Comments

Small note: Quite a few people asked how to check the outbound click and download data from Google Analytics, so I compiled a small howto on checking your outbound click stats. Update: I added a few more: How to check your image search stats and keywords Creating a Google Analytics filter for image search

Category: Analytics

Checking your outbound clicks in Google Analytics

20 September 2007 by Joost de Valk » - 7 Comments

Using Content Drilldown to see your outbound clicks Since the release of my Google Analytics WordPress plugin I’ve had the question several times: where can I find my outbound clicks and download stats in Google Analytics? You do that by using the Content Drilldown function. You can find the content drilldown function as a submenu »

Category: General SEO

Click here to read all about a natural link profile

17 September 2007 by Joost de Valk » - 16 Comments

Sint Smeding IM’d me tonight, pointing me to this post on his blog, which basically is the Dutch version of what Brian Clark is talking about: whether or not to use “Click here” as anchor text for links. The first thing I had to think of was a post by Jennifer Slegg about choosing the »

Category: General SEO

Nice and cheap internet marketing products?

17 September 2007 by Joost de Valk » - 8 Comments

DealDotCom is creating quite the hype at the moment… They’re promoting themselves as the Woot! of internet marketing, or for the Europeans among my readers: the iBood of internet marketing. I’m very curious as to what they have to offer, as this looks quite tempting: If you’re involved in Internet Marketing in any way, shape, »

Category: Usability & Conversion

Exporting your users and / or commenters to a CSV file?

15 September 2007 by Joost de Valk » - 1 Comment

If you have a huge blog, you might want to create a mailinglist for your readers as well. Now to start that mailinglist, you could get all the people who once commented on your blog, or just those who registered for your blog, into that mailinglist. If you’re running on WordPress and want to do »

Category: WordPress