WordPress SEO now in public beta

WordPress SEO now in public beta

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…

Want to test my WordPress SEO plugin?

Want to test my WordPress SEO plugin?

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…

Sponsored review: SEO Rank Analysis with Authority Labs

Sponsored review: SEO Rank Analysis with Authority Labs

As you all know, the first link on a Google search page has, on average, a 40% click through rate.  Another 50%+ of the clicks go to the subsequent links on the page, with remaining clicks being scattered over subsequent pages. Most people will, in fact, search for another term rather than clicking through to…

WordCamp Bulgaria: my presentation & more

WordCamp Bulgaria: my presentation & more

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…

Track SEO rankings with Google Analytics

Track SEO rankings with Google Analytics

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…

Affiliate Links and SEO

Affiliate Links and SEO

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…

Rant: courtesy amongst open source users

Rant: courtesy amongst open source users

So, I love the idea of open source development. The adage of “in the eyes of many, all bugs are shallow” has always appealed hugely to me. Heck, I want other developers to fix the bugs I created. It just makes sense, doesn’t it? They use my stuff; if they encounter a bug and are…

The basis of keyword research

The basis of keyword research

Keyword research is the basis of all search marketing. It is the art of explaining what you do in the language that people use, and thus it should probably be the basis of all your marketing activities, both on and off the web. As an SEO, I use keyword research to determine what we should…

SEO Hosting

SEO Hosting

How bad hosting can lead to losing SEO rankings Downtime of your website can lead to vastly decreased performance in organic search. I’ve been saying this for years, and have had some small examples to show for it. Now though, I’ve got a great example that I wanted to share with you. The client in…

“Design by” footer links…

“Design by” footer links…

When you’ve had someone build a website for you, it turns out to be common practice for that “someone”, usually a web developer or a web designer, to add a “design by” or “website developed by” footer link to your site. Let me make my point clearly: if they haven’t given you a discount to…