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.

Tag Optimization for WordPress

4 July 2012 by Joost de Valk » - 86 Comments

WordPress Archive pages

Note March 18th, 2013: we’ve decided to stop selling our term optimizer for now, we’ll be including it with another WordPress product later on. In our website reviews we regularly encounter websites who’ve got just as many tags as posts, or 20,000 posts and 5,000 tags. This is undesirable as it means you’re not using »

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User Contact Fields in WordPress

13 June 2012 by Joost de Valk » - 20 Comments

WooThemes chooses WordPress SEO

WordPress comes with a “default” set of user contact fields, which has always looked random to me: AIM, Yahoo IM and Jabber / Google Talk, instead of what I’d want to have there: Twitter, Facebook and Google+. A while back I got frustrated enough to have a look at how this was actually dealt with »

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WordPress SEO 1.2 – Major Upgrade

12 June 2012 by Joost de Valk » - 369 Comments

WordPress updates

My WordPress SEO plugin has been updated to 1.2. A few weeks back I did a series of bug fix updates and while doing that I noticed there where things that were really bugging me in the plugin. Everybody seemed to focus on the settings and hardly anyone was working with the snippet preview and »

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Push rel=”author” through your head

8 June 2012 by Joost de Valk » - 132 Comments

rel=author in action

No this title wasn’t a pun. It’s dead serious. My buddy Arjan discovered yesterday that Google is now allowing rel=”author” markup through a <link> element in the head of your site. This makes adding rel=”author” to your site properly a lot easier, and allows me to add it to my WordPress SEO plugin. The rel=”author” link »

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WordPress Stats Infographic

16 April 2012 by Joost de Valk » - 57 Comments

My Google Analytics plugin recently hit 3 million downloads and my WordPress SEO plugin hit its first million downloads. I thought those stats were cool and I decided to have an infographic made with more WordPress stats and dive in a little bit more and gather some stats that I thought would be interesting. If you »

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SEO Campixx 2012

15 March 2012 by Joost de Valk » - 5 Comments

SEO Campixx 2012

I spoke at SEO Campixx 2012 in Berlin last weekend. It was an awesome conference and I met up with loads of good friends. During that time I was interviewed and my presentation was recorded, so I’ll let you view both below: My presentation on how to use my WordPress SEO plugin (warning, I was a bit groggy »

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WordPress SEO Webinar with SEO Braintrust

7 March 2012 by Joost de Valk » - 32 Comments

WordPress SEO

Last week I did a webinar with SEO Braintrust, which was incredibly fun. So much fun in fact that I have asked Andrea Warner, who hosted that webinar, to help me with setting up a paid webinar series around WordPress SEO, going into the subject matter even more deeply. More news on that will be »

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Why some WordPress Themes hurt your SEO.

7 March 2012 by Joost de Valk » - 59 Comments

Once again, I want to tell you to not blindly trust theme authors when they say their theme is SEO friendly. “SEO friendly” is just a label they put on their theme and since most of their customers don’t know what to look for to see if it’s actually true, yet know that it’s important, »

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Changing the look of your Search Result Pages

22 February 2012 by Joost de Valk » - 20 Comments

I love Google, I seriously do. What I don’t like too much is them adding more and more fluff to my search result pages (or SERPs) that I really don’t want or need. Most of us know about their new Terms of Service now, right? No reason to show me that box all the bloody »

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WordPress robots.txt Example

10 February 2012 by Joost de Valk » - 36 Comments

WordPress Robots.txt suggestions by Yoast

This post is outdated and while it might still be good reading, you can read our latest advice on WordPress robots.txt files here. Robots.txt is a way to tell a search engine which pages it’s allowed to spider, to “see”, and which pages it cannot “see”. Because of that, robots.txt differs from meta name=”robots” tags, »

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