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Author Highlighting in Search with WordPress

30 June 2011 by Joost de Valk » - 30 Comments

highlighting authors in WordPress

Amidst all the news about Google+ and Google social interaction tracking (and yes I will work on & post about that too), Google released some other news today. They said they’re going to be highlighting authors in the search results. I think this is an awesome feature. It means that you’ll see a picture / »

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All In One SEO Pack to Yoast SEO Migration

17 June 2011 by Joost de Valk »

Import and export in the Yoast SEO plugin

So you’ve made the decision and want to migrate from All In One SEO Pack to our Yoast SEO plugin. It seems some people are afraid of taking the big leap. It’s actually fairly easy although it will be partly manual work. You won’t have to rewrite the title or description for any of your posts »

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WordPress SEO theme guidelines

31 May 2011 by Joost de Valk » - 60 Comments

It seems every “premium” WordPress theme these days calls itself “SEO friendly”. They’re usually not. So I thought I’d lay down some WordPress SEO theme “rules” or “guidelines”. These guidelines will consist of WordPress SEO theme “do’s” and “don’ts”, starting out with the don’ts: WordPress SEO theme don’ts Put the site’s name first in the »

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HTML Sitemap for WordPress

8 February 2011 by Joost de Valk » - 63 Comments

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An HTML sitemap (as opposed to an XML sitemap) is often mentioned as being useful for SEO. They certainly are if you use them wisely (and especially Bing seems to like them at times), but I like them even more for the fact that users like them a lot. There’s plenty of plugins out there »

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Turn your commenters into subscribers!

31 January 2011 by Joost de Valk » - 64 Comments

Only a small percentage of your visitors leave a comment. This group of people is probably also interested in subscribing to your newsletter, if you have one. So I created a method to add a “subscribe to my WordPress newsletter” checkbox to my comment form a couple of weeks ago. The result? 40 new subscribers »

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The anatomy of a WordPress theme

10 January 2011 by Joost de Valk » - 112 Comments

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With all the WordPress theme frameworks that arose over the past few years, you’d almost forget what a normal WordPress theme looks like. Almost, because Yoast has got your back and we’re about to remind you! Check out our anatomy of a WordPress theme infographic:   For reference, here is the copy in the infographic: Anatomy of a »

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Preventing anonymous comments in WordPress

4 January 2011 by Joost de Valk » - 64 Comments

I value comments a lot, in fact, I look at the number and quality of comments on a post almost as much as I look at the number of shares, tweets and pageviews to determine how well a post was received. Recently I’ve done some posts that got a lot of annoying responses. Most of »

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WordPress SEO now in public beta

11 October 2010 by Joost de Valk » - 161 Comments

Cross posted from my newsletter because people asked me too: I’ll be honest. I had not expected so many of my newsletter readers to start testing, but I’m deeply thankful that they (you) did. All your testing and your reports towards me allowed me to squash many many bugs, documentation inconsistencies and more over the »

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Want to test my WordPress SEO plugin?

6 October 2010 by Joost de Valk » - 128 Comments

I’m getting closer and closer to releasing my WordPress SEO plugin. Turns out it’s not as easy as I thought to get this right straight off the bat, and it’s thus taking more and more time. I have also learned in my recent years of developing though, that getting a version out and feedback in »

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Affiliate Links and SEO

29 September 2010 by Joost de Valk » - 53 Comments

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 »

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