WordPress robots.txt Example

WordPress robots.txt Example

This post is outdated and while it might still be good reading, you can read our latest advice on WordPress robots.txt files here.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,…

Use Gravity Forms to submit custom post types

Use Gravity Forms to submit custom post types

In my previous post I explained how I used the Types plugin to create a new custom post type. That custom post type will be used to display a table of supported themes for my WordPress SEO plugin, and is therefor called wpseo-theme. Now the trick here is that I want users to be able…

Types WordPress plugin – Easy Custom Post Types

Types WordPress plugin – Easy Custom Post Types

I’ve long wanted to create a database of themes that support my SEO plugin and never came up with a manageable way of doing that. When my buddy Amir from WPML emailed me about their two new plugins, Types and Views, it took me a while to grasp what they did. Turns out I’m daft…

Tracking Outbound / Affiliate Links with getClicky

Tracking Outbound / Affiliate Links with getClicky

I use Clicky for most of my day-to-day tracking and analysis, only using Google Analytics for the harder analyses. One of the things Clicky can do most wonderfully is track outbound clicks. There’s an issue however when you start routing your affiliate links through a script or on-site redirect. I redirect mine through /out/ here…

On WordPress Dashboard Widgets

On WordPress Dashboard Widgets

I was one of the first plugin developers to add a dashboard widget to your dashboard when you installed one of my plugins. I’m hoping people will follow me in doing the reverse as well. While it generates traffic, it doesn’t generate sales. Let me show you. When I added mine, in the beginning, it…

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…