Affiliate Links and SEO

Update: I’ve switched away from using WordPress plugins for redirects, as a non-WordPress solution turns out to be much faster. More details here: how to cloak your affiliate links. The bit about Analytics below is still relevant though. Google will always say they won’t penalize you for affiliate links per se, but for thin content…

Rant: courtesy amongst open source users

So, I love the idea of open source development. The adage of “in the eyes of many, all bugs are shallow” has always appealed hugely to me. Heck, I want other developers to fix the bugs I created. It just makes sense, doesn’t it? They use my stuff; if they encounter a bug and are…

The heading structure for your blog

The heading structure of your pages is one of the very important aspects of on-page SEO. It defines which parts of your content are important, and how they’re interconnected. Because they have different goals, a single post needs another heading structure than your blog’s homepage or your category archives. This post intends to give you…

Quick WP Tip: paths and URLs in WordPress

I was reading an article on Sitepoint about custom write panels the other day when I got heavily annoyed. The direct reason for this was one of their code examples and the authors apparent incomplete knowledge of the WordPress API’s most basic functions and constants. In that example, he does the following: That annoyed me,…

A reader story: One Project Closer

I got an email from Fred of One Project Closer this weekend, outlining how he had handled improving the load time of his blog, and I was so happy with it that I asked whether I could post it online, to which he graciously agreed. So you can now read it in full: Joost, I…

Advertise on yoast.com

Let me be honest: I’m asking for your money :) There are ad spots free here on yoast.com, and I’d like to fill them. Due to a strange combination of circumstances, I’ve got a couple of ad spots free here at yoast.com at the moment, something I’m not very used to anymore. Let me first explain…

Google Analytics for WordPress gets a debug mode

With the wider introduction of the ga_debug.js script (Google Analytics Certified Partners had had access to that for a while so I’d been using it already); I finally had the chance to add a real debug mode to my Google Analytics plugin. Since the debug script uses the console to display its information, I also…

Why functionality in themes is not always good.

So you’ve switched over to a theme that comes with built-in functionality for titles and meta descriptions. Instead of using HeadSpace2, All in one SEO or another SEO plugin, you’re now using the theme’s built-in SEO functions and input boxes for title’s and meta descriptions. It just seems more logical doesn’t it? Loading one plugin…

Link dump: interesting reads from around the web

So last week I’ve started sharing a lot more of what I read on a day to day basis on Twitter, and I decided I had to share these links here on yoast.com as well. Below is a quite extensive list of links that I found interesting, ordered by topic. I’ll try to do these…