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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…

WordPress SEO 1.2 – Major Upgrade

My WordPress SEO plugin has been updated to 1.2. A few weeks back I did a series of bug fix updates and while doing that I noticed there where things that were really bugging me in the plugin. Everybody seemed to focus on the settings and hardly anyone was working with the snippet preview and…

Push rel=”author” through your head

No this title wasn’t a pun. It’s dead serious. My buddy Arjan discovered yesterday that Google is now allowing rel=”author” markup through a <link> element in the head of your site. This makes adding rel=”author” to your site properly a lot easier, and allows me to add it to my WordPress SEO plugin. The rel=”author” link…

Penguin, Panda, it’s not that black and white..

We’re getting quite a few site review requests and SEO consultancy requests recently for people that have been hit by a sudden drop in traffic after the recent Google Penguin update. Because there has been quite some news about Google’s Penguin update and before that its Panda update, people are blaming those. In our perspective,…

Having a blast at BlueGlass LA

I’m currently sitting in the conference room for BlueGlass LA, listening to Marty Weintraub and finishing my presentation I’ll be giving this afternoon. Which leads me to the point of this post as I’m going to try and prove a point, therefore the following video is not really meant for you to watch but for…

Why I dislike Bo.lt

When I released my updated WordPress SEO article a few weeks back, my buddy Avinash was kind enough to tweet it. He tweeted it, at first, with a bo.lt link. Bo.lt is a sharing service that allows you to basically make a copy of a page and add some notes or even some changes to…

WordPress Stats Infographic

My Google Analytics plugin recently hit 3 million downloads and my WordPress SEO plugin hit its first million downloads. I thought those stats were cool and I decided to have an infographic made with more WordPress stats and dive in a little bit more and gather some stats that I thought would be interesting. If you…