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The anatomy of a WordPress theme

10 January 2011 by Joost de Valk » - 112 Comments

yoast SEO

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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The heading structure for your blog

2 September 2010 by Joost de Valk » - 45 Comments

why heading use is important

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 »

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7 reasons for malfunctioning plugins (and their fixes)

31 August 2010 by Joost de Valk » - 40 Comments

It happens to every plugin author: you receive emails from people that your plugin isn’t working. There are about 7 reasons that – for me – seem to be the root cause of up to 95% of these emails, and I thought I’d write them down and show you how I try to handle them. »

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Why functionality in themes is not always good.

25 August 2010 by Joost de Valk » - 35 Comments

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 »

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Video SEO and WordPress

16 June 2010 by Joost de Valk » - 42 Comments

Update: if you’re reading this, chances are you’re interested in our premium Video SEO plugin for WordPress! I’ve been testing a lot with video SEO lately, and I’ll be doing a whole lot more of that testing, as video SEO seems to be a nice area to play in. Now I noticed my buddy Mark »

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Design & development of your WordPress CMS

12 June 2010 by Joost de Valk »

So, after reading the article on getting from your website’s goal to a proper site structure, and having determined which kinds of page templates and functionality you’ll need, you’re ready for the next step: designing and developing your site. At the end of this article I’ll go through a short list of often-needed functionality, and »

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