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A Dutch discussion on paid links

6 March 2008 by Joost de Valk » - 46 Comments

Here in the Netherlands we have this long history of having so called startpagina’s. They’re basically collections of links to websites around a subject, with each subject having it’s own subdomain. They’re named after startpagina.nl, the first, biggest and probably best of it’s kind, and there are many, many, many, many clones. These pages were »

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Google subdomain & 302 spam

6 March 2008 by Joost de Valk » - 11 Comments

Dave pointed out last week that 302 spam is far from gone. Wiep pointed me at another form of spam that’s far from gone, combined with 302 spam. If you search for “hypotheekoffers” and flip to page 2, you’ll see a whole lot of subdomain spam. These subdomains 302 redirect to one domain, resulting in »

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Snagsta

26 February 2008 by Joost de Valk » - 16 Comments

One of the great benefits of becoming a bit better known in the SEO industry is that you get to work with the hip and the cool people in the web 2.0 space. The guys at snagsta, a social recommendation site, one of whom I met last year at A4Uexpo, have a pretty good concept »

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SEO for Newspapers

22 February 2008 by Joost de Valk » - 50 Comments

photo credit: Martini Captures In preparing for our first meeting with our new client het Financieele Dagblad today Ramon showed me a few articles he’d found on Newspaper SEO, and while reading through them I thought: kind of ok, but not completely there yet. So I present you with my ideas on Newspaper SEO, based »

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Putting nofollow back on links in comments

20 February 2008 by Joost de Valk » - 38 Comments

This blog has been a dofollow blog for quite a while, and I actually believe in the “fight spam, not comments” theory. However, the amount of spam I’m receiving this month, disguised as actual comments, is killing too much of my precious time. And since I think you’d all be better served when I have »

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Move WordPress to a new domain in 10 easy steps!

14 February 2008 by Joost de Valk » - 123 Comments

Move WordPress to a new domain

A friend recently asked me how to move his blog, which is on /blog/ on his domain, to a new domain on its own. The steps to move WordPress are easy, but have to be taken in the right order to make sure you’re not annoying your users and the search engines. I know a »

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WordPress plugins and SEO mailing list

11 February 2008 by Joost de Valk » - 29 Comments

I’ve decided to start a weekly mailing list on WordPress plugins and SEO, which will contain: Info on new cool plugins I’ve come across or have coded myself SEO tips for WordPress Speed optimization tips for WordPress Tips and tricks for increasing the conversation on and the community around your blog The tips and tricks »

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In Iceland!

8 February 2008 by Joost de Valk » - 3 Comments

After a long day of flight delays, planes with flat tires, and snow storms at the airport preventing easy landing, I’m now relaxing at the Hilton in Reykjavik, and preparing for the RIMC tomorrow. Had some great fun already with Hubert Diemel, Ton Wesseling and Dennis Mortensen from IndexTools. I’ll throw up the slides of »

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Find out who’s scraping you!

22 January 2008 by Joost de Valk » - 18 Comments

Sometimes you just need to know who is linking to a blog, or even better, your competitor’s blog, or who’s scraping it, and you’d actually like that data in a format you can use. I thought I’d make a list of the sources you can use to gather link-data from, outside of the “obvious” Yahoo »

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Playing with the X-Robots-Tag HTTP header

20 January 2008 by Joost de Valk » - 31 Comments

Ever since the announcement on the Google Blog and more recently Yahoo’s announcement that they’ve enhanced their support for it, I’ve been meaning to play with the X-Robots-Tag header. This HTTP header allows you to do what you’d normally do in a robots meta tag, in an HTTP header, which has some pretty cool appliances. »

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