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…

Doug Richard’s mentoring club

Doug Richard’s mentoring club

I’m currently at Made in 48 hours lecturing a few hundred people about effective search engine marketing and search engine optimization. The event has been set up by Doug Richard, known to people in the UK as a former Dragon from Dragon’s Den and a serial entrepreneur, VC and teacher of small business and startups. Doug has…

The heading structure for your blog

The heading structure for your blog

The heading structure of your pages is one of the very important aspects of on-page SEO. It defines which parts of your content are important, and how they’re interconnected. Because they have different goals, a single post needs another heading structure than your blog’s homepage or your category archives. This post intends to give you…

Quick WP Tip: paths and URLs in WordPress

Quick WP Tip: paths and URLs in WordPress

I was reading an article on Sitepoint about custom write panels the other day when I got heavily annoyed. The direct reason for this was one of their code examples and the authors apparent incomplete knowledge of the WordPress API’s most basic functions and constants. In that example, he does the following: That annoyed me,…

A reader story: One Project Closer

A reader story: One Project Closer

I got an email from Fred of One Project Closer this weekend, outlining how he had handled improving the load time of his blog, and I was so happy with it that I asked whether I could post it online, to which he graciously agreed. So you can now read it in full: Joost, I…

Advertise on yoast.com

Advertise on yoast.com

Let me be honest: I’m asking for your money :) There are ad spots free here on yoast.com, and I’d like to fill them. Due to a strange combination of circumstances, I’ve got a couple of ad spots free here at yoast.com at the moment, something I’m not very used to anymore. Let me first explain…

Google Analytics for WordPress gets a debug mode

Google Analytics for WordPress gets a debug mode

With the wider introduction of the ga_debug.js script (Google Analytics Certified Partners had had access to that for a while so I’d been using it already); I finally had the chance to add a real debug mode to my Google Analytics plugin. Since the debug script uses the console to display its information, I also…