WordPress

This site is based on WordPress, and customizing and SEO-ing it is a constant process, so we blog about that quite often. After all, good SEO on this blog makes for lots of visitors, which is exactly what we want of course.

We write about our WordPress plugins, WordPress updates in general and how to optimize your WordPress site.


The future of SEO plugins for WordPress

8 April 2013 by Joost de Valk » - 86 Comments

FI_Video180

I find myself becoming more and more defensive of WordPress SEO plugins, my own in particular. When people make jokes about them I tend to get angry, which is perhaps a stupid reaction, but it made me think: why would people make jokes about them, are they that stupid? What does the future hold for »

Category: WordPress

Why I switched to Copyblogger’s Synthesis Managed WordPress Hosting

25 March 2013 by Joost de Valk » - 53 Comments

Last thursday, I migrated Yoast.com to Synthesis, the managed WordPress hosting platform operated by Copyblogger Media. Previously this site had been hosted on a VPS.net Cloud Server, which was rock solid as this site grew to almost a million pageviews per month. VPS.net is fast, affordable, provides good support, and I continue to recommend them. »

Category: WordPress

Why we don’t support old WordPress versions

7 March 2013 by Joost de Valk » - 23 Comments

WordPress updates

For all sorts of reasons, some people have a problem with updating WordPress installs properly. I will state now that for both our free and premium plugins we do not support anything but the latest and the prior to last version. At the time of writing that’s WordPress 3.5 and WordPress 3.4. If you’re running anything »

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500 Website Reviews, what we’ve learned!

22 January 2013 by Joost de Valk » - 66 Comments

The Yoast Website review team, from left to right: Michiel, Joost and Thijs

Over the last 3 years, we’ve sold & delivered 500 website reviews, selling our 500th today. I’m incredibly proud of this and wanted to share some of our learnings in this post, as well as announce some changes. Some stats on our website reviews I started doing these website reviews in 2010, finishing 42 of »

Categories: eCommerce, General SEO, Usability & Conversion, WordPress

Change of pricing / licensing for Video SEO plugin

8 January 2013 by Joost de Valk » - 59 Comments

SEO

As of last night, a license for our Video SEO plugin has become $20 cheaper for what’s probably about 90% of our customers. While doing an analysis over the holidays of what we’d sold and how much time we spent supporting people, we found that people using the plugin on multiple sites were bound to ask »

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WordPress threaded comments and SEO

12 December 2012 by Joost de Valk » - 39 Comments

Threaded Comments & SEO

Today my buddy Sander pointed out that he suddenly had pages showing as noindex,nofollow when he ran a spider across a site. A bit more researching learned us that WordPress automatically adds a noindex, nofollow robots meta tag to each URL that has ?replytocom in it. At first I (wrongly) thought this was new to »

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WordPress SEO, more secure than ever before.

7 December 2012 by Joost de Valk » - 25 Comments

Sucuri Safe Plugin

One of the benefits of making money on paid plugins is that you can more easily spend money for other people to look at and even better, review your plugins. Today is the first result of what might become a somewhat longer tradition: WordPress SEO is now a Sucuri Safe Plugin. What this means? It »

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Jetpack and WordPress SEO

29 November 2012 by Joost de Valk » - 85 Comments

Jetpack

The Jetpack plugin for WordPress has quite a few nice bits and pieces. There’s one issue: the developers at Automattic seem to think they’re alone in the world. In their last release, they enabled OpenGraph tags by default with no setting to disable it. Even when you already have WordPress SEO enabled and OpenGraph enabled »

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Video SEO for Wistia & Vippy

13 November 2012 by Joost de Valk » - 20 Comments

FI_Video

As promised in my post yesterday, today marks the day for a new release of my Video SEO plugin. This one brings support for yet another few plugins and some more: two new video hosting platforms: Wistia and Vippy. Wistia support: embedding and SEO The support for Wistia that is added in this release was on the »

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Why & how we sell premium WordPress plugins

12 November 2012 by Joost de Valk » - 40 Comments

Google Analytics eCommerce tracking for Easy Digital Downloads

About 2 months ago I released my first premium plugin for WordPress, my Video SEO plugin. A lot of people have asked me about the how and why of the selling and I thought it’d be a good idea to outline that in a post. Why sell premium WordPress plugins? Of course we got some »

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