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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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Tools To Improve Your Online Marketing Campaign

25 January 2011 by Joost de Valk » - 43 Comments

wirify

I recently gave a presentation at the Bol.com partner event about tools I use every day for my online marketing campaigns and site analyses, and I thought it’d be cool to share them with you in a post as well, even though for some of you this list might be a bit basic. Google Analytics »

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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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Bit.ly Links for WordPress, made easy.

5 January 2011 by Joost de Valk » - 25 Comments

Bit.ly adminbar item

WordPress recently added shortlinks for posts to everything, you get a Shortlink button in the backend on published posts, there’s a Shortlink menu in the admin bar etc. But most of us don’t want to use that shortlink. We use Bit.ly, or in my case, Bit.ly Pro and we have no need for that Shortlink »

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How to disable the WordPress Admin Bar

5 January 2011 by Joost de Valk » - 27 Comments

WordPress admin bar

WordPress 3.1 introduces a new feature called the Admin bar. A lot of people will be wanting to disable this when WordPress 3.1 comes out. Since release candiate 2 you can disable it on a per user basis like this: But since some people might want to disable the admin bar for everyone, I thought »

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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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How to reduce HTTP requests for your WordPress site

1 January 2011 by Joost de Valk » - 41 Comments

High Speed Websites

The web is sort of a reversed highway: you get tickets for going too slow and bonus points for speeding. Whether you’re “just” a blogger or you have an e-commerce site, your site needs to be fast. We’ve written about what to do to speed up Magento before, and I’ve mentioned caching for WordPress more »

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Should Themes or Plugins do your SEO?

7 December 2010 by Joost de Valk » - 127 Comments

My take on this might be clear to you, if it’s not: I am building the most complete WordPress SEO plugin out there and I recently wrote a post on the topic. There’s certainly parts of this, like proper heading structures and clean HTML that are task of the theme, but titles and descriptions are »

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Open Source, Motivations & Business

3 December 2010 by Joost de Valk » - 37 Comments

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A hefty discussion has been going on about people’s motivations to develop Open Source software, starting with Alex King’s blog post and followed up by many others including Weblog Tools Collection. I disagree wholeheartedly with some of Alex’s statements. Chris Olbekson did a post I agree with more, and he also asked for my opinion »

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WordPress SEO Update

22 November 2010 by Joost de Valk » - 157 Comments

WordPress SEO has a new version: 0.1.4. It took me quite some time, but there were a few bugs that really needed fixing in the plugin before I could continue adding features, options and more. These are fixed now, please grab the latest update from WordPress.org. The most important bug that was fixed is the »

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