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Open Source, Motivations & Business

3 December 2010 by Joost de Valk » - 37 Comments

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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Facebook Share (for WP E-Commerce sites too!)

21 October 2010 by Joost de Valk » - 36 Comments

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Sharing posts on Facebook is more fun when you have the proper Facebook share meta tags in your posts and pages, so the content you focus on get’s shared. Especially useful for WP E-Commerce based sites!

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Quick WP Tip: get_queried_object()

13 October 2010 by Joost de Valk » - 7 Comments

Getting the queried object in WordPress can be done in two ways: the hard way, and the easy way. Unfortunately for me, I only found out about the easy way a couple of days ago… The class wp_query has a function get_queried_object() that can be quite useful. Let me show you the old code I »

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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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WordCamp Bulgaria: my presentation & more

2 October 2010 by Joost de Valk » - 16 Comments

So I was in Sofia, Bulgaria for WordCamp Bulgaria. They write in Cyrillic and talk Bulgarian there; meaning I’ve never felt like a stranger this much ever in my life. In a good way though because the people were awesome. These people included Dobromir and Ivan, the two organizers, Nikolay from Automattic, Stefanos from Greece »

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Track SEO rankings with Google Analytics

30 September 2010 by Joost de Valk » - 59 Comments

Mike Pantoliano of Distilled had a good post over at SEOmoz about how to turn Google Analytics into your own rank tracker. We have been playing with the cd= parameter at Yoast before to track SEO rankings, as Mike also notes, and his improvement on the idea is a welcome one. In the comments, my »

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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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