RSS feeds in the age of Panda and Penguin

When I started blogging, everyone used an RSS reader and your RSS feed was the way of getting your new content in front of people. The use of RSS has dwindled, at least for us because the readership here on Yoast has quadrupled over the last 2 years but the number of RSS subscribers is now less…

Content Analysis with the WordPress SEO plugin

We’ve been rather busy with the WordPress SEO plugin the last few days. We did a release yesterday and a quick follow up today to fix a few collisions with other plugins. Loads of cool small fixes in there, but one in particular that I think is worth highlighting as it’s something other plugin developers…

How to cloak your affiliate links

We regularly review sites that monetize, in part, with affiliate links. I’ve always said and will continue to say that affiliate links should be redirected through a redirect script, but when we tried to help a client by linking to a proper explanation and example script, we couldn’t find one. So, in true Yoast style, I wrote…

Why Google won’t display the right page title

Lately we’ve been inundated, literally, with support requests for WordPress SEO and its premium add-ons, all asking one “simple” thing: why isn’t Google picking up my page title? People who changed their page title and see that the search results still show their old title are bound to think Google didn’t “get” the new title…

HTTP 503: Handling site maintenance correctly for SEO

Last week I got a few messages from Google Webmaster Tools, saying it couldn’t access the robots.txt file on a site of a client. Turns out the client didn’t handle scheduled downtime correctly, causing problems with Google. While this article covers some rather basic technical SEO the last bit might be interesting for more advanced…

Local SEO made easy!

We’ve been hard at work here at Yoast.com, together with our good friend Arjan Snaterse, to complete the delivery of our next baby: the Local SEO plugin, which is, just like our Video SEO plugin, an extension to the WordPress SEO plugin. The Local SEO makes creating geo sitemaps and KML files a breeze, while…

500 Website Reviews, what we’ve learned!

Over the last 3 years, we’ve sold & delivered 500 website reviews, selling our 500th today. I’m incredibly proud of this and wanted to share some of our learnings in this post, as well as announce some changes. Some stats on our website reviews I started doing these website reviews in 2010, finishing 42 of…

Want SEOs to lose their job? Start doing yours!

This morning, an article by Paul Boag was published on Smashing Magazine that got a few SEOs, including myself, all riled up. As Bill Slawski pointed out in the comments, Paul has written articles on SEO before. Paul, whom I respect tremendously for his web development work, obviously doesn’t “get” SEO and has evidently had…

Video not showing in search results: why?

In helping out people who are using my Video SEO plugin, I’m finding that some sites get “hit” by what I now call the “Not really a video page” effect. While it’s a pretty rare phenomenon I thought it was a good idea to share with the wider community and see what one can do…

Video SEO plugin video

I’ve been very hard at work with the Video SEO plugin, adding support for the most used video embed plugins for WordPress. See the changelog for specifics. The plugin is, I’m proud to say, selling well and people seem to be loving it. I’m also working on another project with the guys from Video User…