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12 October 2007 by Joost de Valk »


Google: keyword density should NOT be this important

8 October 2007 by Joost de Valk » - 15 Comments

I’m talking about the Dutch SERPs at the moment. Google has been getting better and better at recognizing synonyms, plurals and singles etc in Dutch, and a few other European languages too. This caused a problem though, because suddenly, all our “startpagina’s”, pages full of links on a particular subject, had their keyword density doubled »

Category: Technical SEO

Feeds in the search results?

3 October 2007 by Joost de Valk » - 15 Comments

There was some discussion on one of the biggest Dutch online marketing sites as to whether RSS feeds were any good for your SEO. I gave a quite lengthy reaction to that in Dutch which I wanted to share with all of you as well. My opinion is that the fact that feeds are showing »

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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: javascript:(function(){as=document.getElementsByTagName("a");str="<ul>";for(i=0;i<as .length;i++){str+="<li><a href="+as[i].href+">"+as[i].href+"</a>\n"}str+="</as></ul>";with({document.write(str);document.close();}})() I immediately made another one as well which shows all the meta’s on a page: javascript:(function(){metas=document.getElementsByTagName("meta");str="<ul>";for(i=0;i<metas .length;i++){str+="<li><b>Name:</b> »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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Searching for freshly indexed pages

13 September 2007 by Joost de Valk » - 6 Comments

The post Matt did about better date search inspired me to create OpenSearch plugins which allow you to search for pages indexed in the last 24 hours or the last 7 days. Find them on this page, or just install them from here: Results from the last 24 hours Results from the last week

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Optimizing your WordPress titles

13 September 2007 by Joost de Valk » - 12 Comments

I’ve recently redone my entire category structure, going from a large group of categories to only six of them. I did that with a plugin which adds an ajaxy bit of interface so you can easily add and delete categories to posts from the category overview. This plugin is called wp-cats. Now after doing this »

Categories: Technical SEO, WordPress