rel=”next” & rel=”prev” for paginated archives

Google is once again showing why standards compliant building might be very beneficial for SEO. They have started to use rel=”next” and rel=”prev”, both part of HTML4 and HTML5, to recognize archives and paged articles. Just yesterday I was having a discussion with Nathan Rice, on of the developers of Genesis over how one should deal…

rel=”author” and rel=”me” in WP and other platforms

The recent changes from Google and my post about it regarding the highlighting of authors in search caused quite a few questions. People have been asking me how to do specific things and how to make certain elements contain rel=”author” or rel=”me”. Instead of replying to each of those emails and comments I decided to write one…

Link Building Tips that Work

You might recall that I’ve written a Link Building 101 article not so long ago. Since then, I’ve had quite a few people asking me for link building tips, advice, tricks, etc. I’ll tell you now: I’m not the one to ask. I have ideas about it, of course, but my methods don’t work for…

XML Sitemap PHP script

Recently, while working on the site for my father in law (in Dutch), I wanted to create an XML sitemap for the many publications on his site, that are downloadable PDF’s. I regularly add PDF’s to his site too, and since I’m a tad bit lazy I don’t want to keep updating the XML sitemap. So…

Meta Keywords: why I don’t use them

There is one question about SEO which seems to be coming up time and time again, so let me answer it now and be done with it. Meta Keywords are useless. No search engine uses them for any real rankings. That is why by default, there is no meta keywords input field in my WordPress…

Archive SEO: archive by topic, not by date

It seems I run into a (WordPress) blog every day that has a full date archive. You’ll know what I mean, a list of links, with one link for every month in the last 3, 4, X years that they published a post in. My buddy Avinash has one (sorry Avinash for using you as…

GeoSurf Review – I love it.

This is a sponsored review. GeoSurf is one of those products that promises to do something and then does it so well that it surprises you. Fast, reliably and easy – and I wish I’d never worked without it. As I live and work in the Netherlands but have a fair bit of US clients,…

Power User Tip: Custom Post Type Feeds & Google

Not many people realize the power that WordPress gives them by making feeds for everything on the site. If you register a custom post type it gets a feed by default, so for my new WordPress Plugin Review section, which is built on a custom post type for plugin reviews, there’s a custom feed here:…

How Facebook likes help prevent duplicate content

Duplicate content is one of the biggest issues in SEO. I wrote an article about common causes and solutions of duplicate content recently and it was quite well received, which helped me to understand that lots of people still suffer from it. One of the issues I’ve always found with explaining the issue to site…

Meta Description for Search & Social

Auto-generate your way to SEO success? Meta descriptions elements have many uses and can be constructed in several ways. A good meta description entices the user to click, both by the fact that it contains enticing, well readable text and by the fact that it contains the sought for keywords, as that get’s bolded in…