Blocking your site’s search results?

Recently, Matt Cutts posted about search results in search results, as apparently Vanessa had updated the guidelines about this a bit after some uncertainty as to how you should handle your sites search results. The guideline now states: Use robots.txt to prevent crawling of search results pages or other auto-generated pages that don’t add much…

Cloak your sitemap!

There’s a discussion on Webmasterworld as to whether XML sitemaps are a welcoming door for scrapers. Especially with the new autodiscovery feature for sitemaps around, it becomes very easy for a scraper to find any and all URL’s in your site. So in my opinion, they are a bit too warm of a welcome. Tedster…

nofollow is NOT meant for editorially reviewed links

Imagine you’re like me, and you like WordPress so much that you write plugins for it. People start writing about these plugins and they, of course, link to you. You see these pages writing about you show up in your referrer stats and of course you go and have a look at what they’re writing…

Affiliate links? Cloak them!

John Chow did a post on how to hide your affiliate links… Of course the only proper way to hide affiliate links is: cloaking them. I’m thinking about building a WordPress plugin for that specific purpose. Anyone know of a proper affiliate link cloaking script?

Optimize your shopping cart in 5 steps

A friend of mine was adding a shopping cart to his site, and wanted some advice on how to optimize his shopping cart. I thought: why not give the advice I gave to him to all my readers as well? So here we go, a complete article on shopping cart SEO. Step 1.: Make sure…

How to get Google to crawl your site faster

Yet another question out of my referrers to answer: “how can i get google to crawl my site faster“. There are two possible reasons why Google is slow in spidering your site. The first might seem obvious: if Google doesn’t find enough (quality) links pointing to your site, it doesn’t think your site is very…

Why I blog

Yet another blog meme has been going on all over the web, and I was guessing it was going to be my turn sometimes in the near future. Steven Bradley (aka vangogh) tagged me this time. You might remember the previous “5 things you don’t know about me” blog meme, this is sort of the…

How to use Google Webmaster Tools

I’m a huge fan of Google Webmaster Tools, and I’ve written a tool for it which seems quite popular, (and might get an update soon). I’ve been noticing that people find my site by searching for the search term “how to use Google Webmaster Tools”, so I thought I’d post a guide of how I…

Selling links? Don’t advertise it openly!

As you might have noticed, I’m a huge fan of 103bees, as I truly think it’s one of the nicest tools out there for bloggers and other people interested in what people were searching for when they reached your site. Today, however, I logged in to my account, and I saw that 103bees is selling…

Domain-info works again

I got some e-mails and even a phone call that my domain-info tool wasn’t working properly. The reason was that the link: command in the Live search API seems to have been disabled, and my code threw out the complete SOAP error… I’ve removed that. For now MSN inlinks will return no results, I’ll probably…