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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Cave your trolls!

16 August 2007 by Joost de Valk » - 4 Comments

Henk van Ess recently asked me to help him in developing an idea he had called “Cave Your Trolls“. The idea is that troll commenters are “caved”, meaning they can only see their comment themselves, and no-one else can. They think their comment is left there and rejoice, but no one else has to bother […]

Category: WordPress

Spock: Another Search Engine Reputation Management Resource

9 August 2007 by Joost de Valk » - 10 Comments

I’ve been looking at Spock for a while now, and now that it’s in public beta, I can finally say what I think this is good for: (Personal) Search Engine Reputation Management! Just check out the search results for “Joost de Valk” and for “Onetomarket“. My guess is the search pages will rank better for »

Category: General SEO

JasonD on DaveN vs Jason Calacanis

8 August 2007 by Joost de Valk » - 1 Comment

JasonD pinged me this afternoon if I wanted to test something on a new site of his, WidgetLogic, which isn’t completely ready yet. The reason I wanted to let you people know was this vid. Go see for yourself, it’s about DaveN and his discussion with the Paris Hilton of our industry, Jason Calacanis, here. »

Category: General SEO

Busting some SEO myths

8 August 2007 by Joost de Valk » - 11 Comments

Short note: A fellow Dutch SEO, Wiep, has done a nice post busting some SEO myths, worth checking out! The results: Google indexes a website if you add a Google Analytics code. Busted! Google indexes a website if you use Google AdWords. Busted! Google indexes a website if you add Google AdSense. Busted! Google indexes »

Category: General SEO

The trouble with 301 redirects and backlinks

7 August 2007 by Joost de Valk » - 2 Comments

On the SERoundtable the question is raised whether you can check if a site 301 redirects to your website, referring to a thread on the SEW forums and an article by Aaron Wall. That seems quite simple to me, as most of the times you’ll see clicks coming in from sites on which your own »

Category: General SEO

Upgrading and Installing WordPress from Subversion

5 August 2007 by Joost de Valk » - 22 Comments

WordPress 2.2.2 was released this morning (upgrade, really, do), and for the first time since I moved to my new server (about which I will post more soon), I had the fun of updating all my WordPress blogs. Normally, updating WordPress wasn’t any fun, as it meant copying all sorts of files all over the »

Category: WordPress

Microsoft Censoring .info domains in MSN Messenger

5 August 2007 by Joost de Valk » - 37 Comments

As most regular readers know, I own, and because of that, I talk quite a bit about it on MSN messenger. Recently, I started getting problems when I was sending links with in it to my contacts. Tonight, after doing a bit more research, I found out that ALL .info domains are being »

Category: Announcements

WordPress version detection

4 August 2007 by Joost de Valk » - 5 Comments

Sometimes you’re browsing around and wondering whether a blog is a WordPress or not (at least I am)… So I created a small script that detects that, and show the version of the WordPress as well. A useful tool for all you blackhats out there too perhaps? Go grab the Show WordPress version Greasemonkey script! »

Categories: General SEO, WordPress

Getting Google Analytics to extract keywords from Google Image searches

4 August 2007 by Joost de Valk » - 9 Comments

Google Analytics doesn’t get the keywords people used to find your site using Google Image search, and thus labels them as “referral” instead of as “organic”. Google Image search gives you referral URL’s that aren’t really readable. The query string that the searcher used to get to that referring URL is hidden somewhere deep down »

Category: Analytics

Perfectly coded AJAX with fallbacks, and still no Google love?

2 August 2007 by Joost de Valk » - 1 Comment

You’ve probably seen it too… Great looking websites coded with all sorts of fancy AJAX functions, and it’s done absolutely right. If you disable javascript, all the links that were first used to show content or do an action on the current page, now take you to a new page on which the content you’re »

Category: General SEO