Technical SEO archives

Dirty little secret of Blog SEO

16 December 2010 by Joost de Valk » - 58 Comments

Secret of Blog SEO

To optimize your blog, you have to do more than just install a few plugins, proper Blog SEO is about optimizing content after getting a few technicalities right.

Category: Technical SEO

Duplicate content: causes and solutions

9 December 2010 by Joost de Valk »

Duplicate Content issues for websites

Getting rid of duplicate content is a very important task for an SEO. This article discusses common causes & how to identify and fix duplicate content.

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Affiliate Links and SEO

29 September 2010 by Joost de Valk » - 53 Comments

Update: I’ve switched away from using WordPress plugins for redirects, as a non-WordPress solution turns out to be much faster. More details here: how to cloak your affiliate links. The bit about Analytics below is still relevant though. Google will always say they won’t penalize you for affiliate links per se, but for thin content »

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SEO Hosting

15 September 2010 by Joost de Valk » - 48 Comments

How bad hosting can lead to losing SEO rankings Downtime of your website can lead to vastly decreased performance in organic search. I’ve been saying this for years, and have had some small examples to show for it. Now though, I’ve got a great example that I wanted to share with you. The client in »

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URLs, social media and campaign tracking

20 August 2010 by Joost de Valk » - 17 Comments

Canonicalizing URLs is a very important  aspect of Search Engine Optimization but also of Social Media Marketing. This morning, when checking my feeds, I noticed an example that I thought could help you understand the what and the why of it. What I noticed was this: Smashing Magazine had put out one of their usually »

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Debugging your XML sitemap with an XSL Stylesheet

28 June 2010 by Joost de Valk » - 13 Comments

When you’re developing XML sitemaps, no matter on what platform, it’s pretty hard to debug them sometimes to be proper XML. You have to validate all the time and you can’t do a quick “glance” over to see whether your sitemap has the URL’s you were expecting. As mentioned before I’m working on my WordPress »

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Video SEO: A technical guide

21 June 2010 by Joost de Valk » - 68 Comments

Update 19-9-2012: I’ve released my own Video SEO plugin for WordPress. Check it out! As mentioned in a previous post, recently I have started playing with Video SEO, and found it to be a part of SEO I quite like. It’s a very technical trade so far, so apologies for all the code in the »

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Video SEO and WordPress

16 June 2010 by Joost de Valk » - 42 Comments

Update: if you’re reading this, chances are you’re interested in our premium Video SEO plugin for WordPress! I’ve been testing a lot with video SEO lately, and I’ll be doing a whole lot more of that testing, as video SEO seems to be a nice area to play in. Now I noticed my buddy Mark »

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W3C Validation: why you should care, and why not

13 June 2010 by Joost de Valk » - 54 Comments

Every once in a while I get an email about W3C validation. The people emailing me either point me at the fact that my own site doesn’t validate correctly (thank Facebook for most of that), or they ask me whether I think W3C Validation is important. Most of them ask even more specifically: whether I »

Category: Technical SEO

Google & Microformats: Drive More Traffic

18 February 2010 by Frederick Townes » - 78 Comments