Technical SEO archives

Extreme SEO Q&A

26 October 2007 by Joost de Valk » - 4 Comments

So yesterday I was on the panel for the last session of the day: an Extreme SEO Q&A, moderated by Ciaran Norris, and on that panel with me were Dixon Jones, Marcus Tandler and Jason Duke. We had a lot of fun, and loads of good questions came up. Some of the topics we touched »

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Nofollow outbound links on your homepage and category pages

23 October 2007 by Joost de Valk » - 17 Comments

As you might have seen, I have now nofollowed all outbound links on my homepage and category pages. On the single pages for posts, these links are not nofollowed, unless I nofollowed them on purpose. I decided to do this after some discussion with a couple of guys (for who’s interested: Roy, Martijn and Dave), »

Category: Technical SEO

I requested reconsideration, and got my PageRank back!

19 October 2007 by Joost de Valk » - 41 Comments

This blog got penalized with a -1 PR penalty for “selling links”. Now I did have some paid links on this blog in the past, when I was newer and less visible to the search world, and less “wise”. I’m not against buying or selling links, but doing it on your own blog, when you’re »

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Conference schedule

18 October 2007 by Joost de Valk » - 10 Comments

I’ll be speaking at two conferences next week and the week after, and I’m really looking forward to both! The first one is A4UExpo in London next week, where I’ll be on an Extreme SEO Q&A panel. I’m on that panel together with Marcus Tandler, aka Mediadonis, Jason Duke, aka JasonD from StrangeLogic and Dixon »

Category: Technical SEO

Intelligent site structure for better SEO

17 October 2007 by Joost de Valk » - 2 Comments

I wrote an article for titled intelligent site structure for better SEO. Go check it out!

Category: Technical SEO

What’s the PageRank of your wp-admin dir?

14 October 2007 by Joost de Valk » - 2 Comments

Sometimes you’ve got these moments when you’re working on something, and you think “d0h”. I logged into the admin pages, to find that the /wp-admin/ page had become a PR6… So I decided to update my robots-meta plugin and add the possibility to nofollow the login/logout and admin/registration links, to prevent this from happening »

Categories: Technical SEO, WordPress

The ultimate guide to the meta robots tag

12 October 2007 by Joost de Valk » - 11 Comments


Google doesn’t get it?

10 October 2007 by Joost de Valk » - 1 Comment

Looking in my Google Webmaster Tools in the “Unreachable URL’s” section, I found this (click to see bigger one): So let me get this straight, they couldn’t reach the page, because it gave a normal HTTP 200 Success code? Seems like a bug to me…

Category: Technical SEO

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

WordPress 2.3 makes creating dupe content even easier!

8 October 2007 by Joost de Valk » - 5 Comments

WordPress 2.3 has tags built in, as it was one of the most requested features by users. The default kubrick theme and a lot of others now have a link underneath each post to the category the post was placed in and the tags appointed to the post. Like this: Combine that with WordPress’s default »

Categories: Technical SEO, WordPress