Why relative URLs should be forbidden for web developers

Why relative URLs should be forbidden for web developers

Twitter is the website / web service most of us love and sometimes hate, a service that has become an integral part of most of our online identities. It’s one of the services we expect to be there when we Google ourselves or other people. So when you Google yourself and instead of twitter.com, you…

Redesign and more :)

Redesign and more :)

Yoast keeps changing and growing in many, many ways. One of those is a redesign, which is now live. We’re finally using the theme framework we’ve been recommending to others for ages: StudioPress’ Genesis. We used an external developer for most of the development, just because I’m too pressed for time myself and didn’t want…

Tag Optimization for WordPress

Tag Optimization for WordPress

Note March 18th, 2013: we’ve decided to stop selling our term optimizer for now, we’ll be including it with another WordPress product later on. In our website reviews we regularly encounter websites who’ve got just as many tags as posts, or 20,000 posts and 5,000 tags. This is undesirable as it means you’re not using…

Twitter Cards, Open Graph & Social Meta Data

Twitter Cards, Open Graph & Social Meta Data

Two days ago, Twitter introduced a new system called Twitter Cards (see their docs). It allows site owners to enhance the expanded tweets Twitter creates for their site, much in the same was as  OpenGraph tags give site owners the chance to determine what their posts & pages will look like when shared on Facebook. In…

User Contact Fields in WordPress

User Contact Fields in WordPress

WordPress comes with a “default” set of user contact fields, which has always looked random to me: AIM, Yahoo IM and Jabber / Google Talk, instead of what I’d want to have there: Twitter, Facebook and Google+. A while back I got frustrated enough to have a look at how this was actually dealt with…

WordPress SEO 1.2 – Major Upgrade

WordPress SEO 1.2 – Major Upgrade

My WordPress SEO plugin has been updated to 1.2. A few weeks back I did a series of bug fix updates and while doing that I noticed there where things that were really bugging me in the plugin. Everybody seemed to focus on the settings and hardly anyone was working with the snippet preview and…

Push rel=”author” through your head

Push rel=”author” through your head

No this title wasn’t a pun. It’s dead serious. My buddy Arjan discovered yesterday that Google is now allowing rel=”author” markup through a <link> element in the head of your site. This makes adding rel=”author” to your site properly a lot easier, and allows me to add it to my WordPress SEO plugin. The rel=”author” link…

Common sense for your website

Common sense for your website

I am the last one to tell a website owner that his job is to become the local SEO or usability expert. That would be unrealistic. Why should a constructor learn SEO? He should not. Why should a gardner know all about user experience? He should not. But how about applying some common sense to…

Why should I visit your website?

Why should I visit your website?

One thing we often recommend in our site analyses, is the use of introductory content on a homepage. We get quite a lot response on that, with people being unclear how to do that. “Where should I put that content?” or “How long should that content be?” or the one I dislike the most: “I…

Penguin, Panda, it’s not that black and white..

Penguin, Panda, it’s not that black and white..

We’re getting quite a few site review requests and SEO consultancy requests recently for people that have been hit by a sudden drop in traffic after the recent Google Penguin update. Because there has been quite some news about Google’s Penguin update and before that its Panda update, people are blaming those. In our perspective,…