HTTP 503: Handling site maintenance correctly for SEO

HTTP 503: Handling site maintenance correctly for SEO

Last week I got a few messages from Google Webmaster Tools, saying it couldn’t access the robots.txt file on a site of a client. Turns out the client didn’t handle scheduled downtime correctly, causing problems with Google. While this article covers some rather basic technical SEO the last bit might be interesting for more advanced…

Local SEO made easy!

Local SEO made easy!

We’ve been hard at work here at Yoast.com, together with our good friend Arjan Snaterse, to complete the delivery of our next baby: the Local SEO plugin, which is, just like our Video SEO plugin, an extension to the WordPress SEO plugin. The Local SEO makes creating geo sitemaps and KML files a breeze, while…

Why we don’t support old WordPress versions

Why we don’t support old WordPress versions

For all sorts of reasons, some people have a problem with updating WordPress installs properly. I will state now that for both our free and premium plugins we do not support anything but the latest and the prior to last version. At the time of writing that’s WordPress 3.5 and WordPress 3.4. If you’re running anything…

The focus keyword in WordPress SEO

The focus keyword in WordPress SEO

This question pops up time and again: why can I only add one focus keyword to your SEO plugin? People seem to think they have to set several keywords for each post. This post explores the reasoning behind that, very deliberate, decision. This is the input field I’m talking about: The focus keyword is not…

500 Website Reviews, what we’ve learned!

500 Website Reviews, what we’ve learned!

Over the last 3 years, we’ve sold & delivered 500 website reviews, selling our 500th today. I’m incredibly proud of this and wanted to share some of our learnings in this post, as well as announce some changes. Some stats on our website reviews I started doing these website reviews in 2010, finishing 42 of…

Change of pricing / licensing for Video SEO plugin

Change of pricing / licensing for Video SEO plugin

As of last night, a license for our Video SEO plugin has become $20 cheaper for what’s probably about 90% of our customers. While doing an analysis over the holidays of what we’d sold and how much time we spent supporting people, we found that people using the plugin on multiple sites were bound to ask…

WordPress threaded comments and SEO

WordPress threaded comments and SEO

Today my buddy Sander pointed out that he suddenly had pages showing as noindex,nofollow when he ran a spider across a site. A bit more researching learned us that WordPress automatically adds a noindex, nofollow robots meta tag to each URL that has ?replytocom in it. At first I (wrongly) thought this was new to…

Want SEOs to lose their job? Start doing yours!

Want SEOs to lose their job? Start doing yours!

This morning, an article by Paul Boag was published on Smashing Magazine that got a few SEOs, including myself, all riled up. As Bill Slawski pointed out in the comments, Paul has written articles on SEO before. Paul, whom I respect tremendously for his web development work, obviously doesn’t “get” SEO and has evidently had…

WordPress SEO, more secure than ever before.

WordPress SEO, more secure than ever before.

One of the benefits of making money on paid plugins is that you can more easily spend money for other people to look at and even better, review your plugins. Today is the first result of what might become a somewhat longer tradition: WordPress SEO is now a Sucuri Safe Plugin. What this means? It…

Jetpack and WordPress SEO

Jetpack and WordPress SEO

The Jetpack plugin for WordPress has quite a few nice bits and pieces. There’s one issue: the developers at Automattic seem to think they’re alone in the world. In their last release, they enabled OpenGraph tags by default with no setting to disable it. Even when you already have WordPress SEO enabled and OpenGraph enabled…