Technical SEO archives

The trouble with 301 redirects and backlinks

7 August 2007 by Joost de Valk » - 2 Comments

On the SERoundtable the question is raised whether you can check if a site 301 redirects to your website, referring to a thread on the SEW forums and an article by Aaron Wall. That seems quite simple to me, as most of the times you’ll see clicks coming in from sites on which your own »

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WordPress version detection

4 August 2007 by Joost de Valk » - 5 Comments

Sometimes you’re browsing around and wondering whether a blog is a WordPress or not (at least I am)… So I created a small script that detects that, and show the version of the WordPress as well. A useful tool for all you blackhats out there too perhaps? Go grab the Show WordPress version Greasemonkey script! »

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Perfectly coded AJAX with fallbacks, and still no Google love?

2 August 2007 by Joost de Valk » - 1 Comment

You’ve probably seen it too… Great looking websites coded with all sorts of fancy AJAX functions, and it’s done absolutely right. If you disable javascript, all the links that were first used to show content or do an action on the current page, now take you to a new page on which the content you’re »

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Searching with Google: country based results made easy

13 July 2007 by Joost de Valk » - 5 Comments

Dave Davis dropped me a line to tell about the Google Global Firefox extension they have just released, which allows you to search Google with geo targetting for different countries without having to edit the URL by hand. It’s quite useful, I dare say, so check it out!

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Google Search URL parameters cheat sheet

2 July 2007 by Joost de Valk » - 36 Comments

I’ve been playing around with the URL parameters Google has to offer a lot lately, mostly after the de-personalized search stuff. I’ve now built a list of these parameters and created a PDF cheat sheet file with all of them in there. Included in this PDF are links to the documentation for the values some »

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Blogspam works, but only in large quantities

28 June 2007 by Joost de Valk » - 17 Comments

Dave Davies did some research on whether nofollow links still pass some linkjuice, and as it turns out (which we knew of course) it does, a bit… So, for your blogspam to be useful, you have to do it in very very large quantities :)

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Nasty duplicate content trouble created by annoying “SEO”

24 June 2007 by Joost de Valk » - 6 Comments

Duplicate Content issues for websites

Update: Scott has since fixed the issue, as seen in the comments. (And I have thus removed the nofollows :) I was checking the backlinks to my No Personalized Search plugin page, when I saw this turn up as one of the backlinks:     Now of course I thought that was odd (and a »

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Google de-Personalized Search for Firefox and IE7

14 June 2007 by Joost de Valk » - 55 Comments

I’ve done it myself, I’ve created an OpenSearch plugin which adds &pws=0 to the query and thus shows you the clean results. This plugin easily allows you to search without having personalized searchresults, without logging out of Google. It’ll work with Firefox 2+ and IE7. Here it is: Google Search Plugin without Personalized Search. Update: »

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SEO Jokes

29 May 2007 by Joost de Valk » - 18 Comments

My colleague Roy made me laugh today, and not a little, over this very geeky SEO joke: Me: “Hey, we’re ranking for duplicate content.” Roy: “How often?” Now, if you can laugh about that, you know you’re doing good as an SEO and probably bad in your personal life :). Any more SEO jokes you »

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Blocking your site’s search results?

10 May 2007 by Joost de Valk » - 6 Comments

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 »

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