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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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Quick WP Tip: paths and URLs in WordPress

1 September 2010 by Joost de Valk » - 8 Comments

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, »

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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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A reader story: One Project Closer

30 August 2010 by Joost de Valk » - 15 Comments

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 »

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Google Analytics for WordPress gets a debug mode

26 August 2010 by Joost de Valk » - 28 Comments

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 »

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