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WordPress SEO Premium 1.2

5 June 2014 by Joost de Valk » - 38 Comments

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As I announced yesterday on the Dradcast, we released a new version of WordPress SEO premium. This is another feature packed update with a lot of things people had been asking us for. Let me go through the list of new features: Import redirects from your .htaccess file If you have a lot of redirects »

Categories: Technical SEO, WordPress
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Visually direct and captivate your visitors

3 June 2014 by Thijs de Valk » - 14 Comments

In the last month I’ve been speaking at a few conferences with a talk I’ve dubbed “The Psychology behind Conversion”. In this talk I’m trying to explain why everyone who maintains a website should be interested in psychology and how it can help them. Being interested in psychology, especially when applied to the web, is »

Category: User eXperience (UX)

Thoughts on 404 Not Found error pages

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Have you ever wondered why you should have that 404 Not Found page? What’s the use? The page is gone or broken and you don’t want people to end up there, so why not just redirect that page to the homepage of your website? They even made WordPress plugins that will help you do this, »

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News SEO 2.0: Google News optimization with ease

22 April 2014 by Joost de Valk » - 42 Comments

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We’ve rebuilt and reimagined our News SEO plugin and taken it to the next level. Today we’re proud to release News SEO version 2.0, which allows you to easily optimize your site for Google News. It had been, unfortunately, almost 2 years since we last updated the plugin which meant it didn’t work anymore for »

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WordPress SEO Premium 1.1

4 April 2014 by Joost de Valk » - 19 Comments

WordPress SEO Premium

After we released WordPress SEO Premium at January 23rd and WordPress SEO 1.5 at the beginning of March (a major rewrite of large parts of the plugin), we’re now ready to release WordPress SEO Premium 1.1. This new version introduces regular expression support for redirects as well as an even better integration with Google Webmaster Tools »

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Beautiful or Usable: What’s important while designing your website?

How important are the aesthetics of a website? Does a beautiful site convert better? And what is the relation between aesthetics and usability? In this post, I try to answer these questions What is beautiful is usable? A much cited article on the matter is ‘What is beautiful is usable’. The main conclusion of this »

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Analyzing your audience

23 March 2014 by Marieke van de Rakt » - 8 Comments

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About three weeks ago,  I wrote a post about the necessity of knowing your audience. We ourselves are currently investigating our audience. We asked our newsletter readers to fill out a questionnaire. After we have collected the results of our survey, I started analyzing the results. It has been a great week for me! In »

Category: Announcements

Major update of WordPress SEO (1.5)

11 March 2014 by Joost de Valk » - 301 Comments

WordPress SEO by Yoast

Today we’re releasing what’s probably the single biggest update to our WordPress SEO plugin since its initial release. It improves speed, fixes a ton of bugs and edge cases and adds a new bulk title & description editor. On top of that we’ve changed several default settings and added some smaller new features. This post addresses »

Category: WordPress

Yoast research: get to know your audience!

25 February 2014 by Marieke van de Rakt »

analyzing your audience

The first step in marketing is to find out what your audience looks like. Who are your visitors? Where are they from? Who engages with your blog posts? In this post, I’ll explain how we got to know our own audience at Yoast.com. Knowing your audience! When Joost began Yoast.com it was a blog. He wrote »

Category: Analytics

WordPress Themes by Yoast

11 February 2014 by Joost de Valk » - 73 Comments

 Notice: We’ve discontinued our themes, as explained in this post. It’s done! The WordPress Themes by Yoast are now finally available. This project has been over a year in the making. When Mijke joined Yoast in September 2012, we decided it’d be a good plan to use her design skills and our knowledge about optimizing WordPress »

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