Search & Social – you can’t get the cream out of the coffee

Search & Social – you can’t get the cream out of the coffee

Yesterday, Google launched “Search plus your World“, intermixing search and social and providing even more “personalized” results. There’s a lot of outcry about some parts of this, with people saying they don’t want “personalized” results. I actually think that normal users do want personalized results and that this is, for the most part, a good thing.…

Stop SOPA, help the internet.

Stop SOPA, help the internet.

I’m not political in my posts normally, just like WordPress.org isn’t and Matt Cutts isn’t, but it’s about time we put this whole SOPA thing to a stop. Since some well respected politicians are using my plugins and carry my news widget in their dashboard, I thought it was time I used that “power” to show…

WordPress SEO Plugin Theme Integration Guide

WordPress SEO Plugin Theme Integration Guide

Theme authors come in two different shapes and sizes: those who integrate SEO “functionality” into their themes and those who don’t. If you’re in the camp of integrating SEO functionality into your theme, you’ve got yet another choice to make: do you “yield” for site owners that have an SEO plugin installed, disabling your own…

GoDaddy’s spammy link building techniques

GoDaddy’s spammy link building techniques

Over the last few months, I’ve seen GoDaddy rise up in the rankings for a lot of hosting related terms. At first I suspected they were finally using their very strong domain in a smart way, but then I noticed they ranked for terms I know you can’t rank for without a lot of external links, no…

Rich Snippets showing up everywhere

Rich Snippets showing up everywhere

Google seems to have taken out the whitelisting process for several types rich snippets, most importantly the review and review-aggregate types. In the process they have also made some changes to how combined author / rich snippets are shown. Let me run you through what I’ve seen over the last few days. Review snippets for…

How to change your WordPress Permalink Structure

How to change your WordPress Permalink Structure

Quite often, in our Website Reviews, I give people the advice to change their WordPress permalink structure, this post details the why and, more importantly: how to make such a change without losing the traffic that you already have. It includes a new tool built by yours truly to help you create the necessary redirects. Keep on…

Using Cornerstone Content to make your Site Rank

Using Cornerstone Content to make your Site Rank

The most common question we answer in our website reviews is “how do I make my site rank for keyword X?”. What most people don’t realize is that they’re asking the wrong question. You see, sites don’t rank: pages rank. If you want to rank for a keyword, you’ll need to determine which page is…

Sending Reliable Email with Postmark

Sending Reliable Email with Postmark

Reliable email delivery is important to your business: your website probably has a contact form for hiring inquiries; your web application(s) rely on email for interaction with your clients, heck, you might even rely on your server to send email for e-commerce transactions. If those emails do not reliably reach you or your (prospective) customers,…

Questions and Answers – Google+ edition

Questions and Answers – Google+ edition

In honor of the new Yoast Google+ page, I’ve taken questions there which I’ll answer here, so everyone can benefit. Do you think the increased number of metatags released by Google are good for webmasters and the web, or just making things more complicated for the amateur so only those that can afford SEO consultancy…

SEO Ranking Data: Tracking Passively and Actively

SEO Ranking Data: Tracking Passively and Actively

People ask me at times whether I talk about SEO ranking data with my clients and/or monitor it for them. In almost all cases I do monitor it, in some cases, we talk about them, in a lot of cases we don’t, as it’s just not that reliable of a metric. On the other hand, with…