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The ultimate guide to the meta robots tag

12 October 2007 by Joost de Valk »

With the meta robots tag you can control what search engine spiders do on your site. Learn what it does right here!

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Feeds in the search results?

3 October 2007 by Joost de Valk » - 15 Comments

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There was some discussion on one of the biggest Dutch online marketing sites as to whether RSS feeds were any good for your SEO. I gave a quite lengthy reaction to that in Dutch which I wanted to share with all of you as well. My opinion is that the fact that feeds are showing »

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Are search engines using link-data over time?

30 September 2007 by Joost de Valk » - 5 Comments

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Every once in a while, you encounter pages in search results that haven’t changed for quite a while. When reading Aaron’s post about major ranking changes in Yahoo! I started doing one of my favorite queries: the one for CSS3 (screenshot). I noticed two strange things: first of all, result #1 and #3 are from »

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Click here to read all about a natural link profile

17 September 2007 by Joost de Valk » - 16 Comments

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Sint Smeding IM’d me tonight, pointing me to this post on his blog, which basically is the Dutch version of what Brian Clark is talking about: whether or not to use “Click here” as anchor text for links. The first thing I had to think of was a post by Jennifer Slegg about choosing the »

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Google Analytics for WordPress: my latest plugin

14 September 2007 by Joost de Valk » - 18 Comments

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I just wanted to let you guys know that I’ve thrown the first version of my Google Analytics for WordPress plugin out there. You can download it from here, while you wait for me to write the page for it on this site! It automatically tracks outbound clicks from posts, comments, blogroll, it tracks downloads, »

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Adding a description to your categories

21 August 2007 by Joost de Valk » - 4 Comments

Robbert mailed me today asking with which template tags I used to make the description show up on my category pages. Well, first of all, you can add a description to your categories under Manage → Categories: If you press the edit button there you can edit them like this: The description is what we’ll »

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The trouble with 301 redirects and backlinks

7 August 2007 by Joost de Valk » - 2 Comments

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On the SERoundtable the question is raised whether you can check if a site 301 redirects to your website, referring to a thread on the SEW forums and an article by Aaron Wall. That seems quite simple to me, as most of the times you’ll see clicks coming in from sites on which your own »

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Perfectly coded AJAX with fallbacks, and still no Google love?

2 August 2007 by Joost de Valk » - 1 Comment

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You’ve probably seen it too… Great looking websites coded with all sorts of fancy AJAX functions, and it’s done absolutely right. If you disable javascript, all the links that were first used to show content or do an action on the current page, now take you to a new page on which the content you’re »

Category: Technical SEO

WordPress theming: pushing trackbacks down

4 July 2007 by Joost de Valk » - 5 Comments

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I was playing around with my comments section as I wanted to style trackbacks differently from “normal” comments, and while playing around, I decided to just bump them down. The problem with the trackbacks was that they were interfering with the comment discussion. And as I want to keep that discussion as lively as possible, »

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Google Search URL parameters cheat sheet

2 July 2007 by Joost de Valk » - 36 Comments

I’ve been playing around with the URL parameters Google has to offer a lot lately, mostly after the de-personalized search stuff. I’ve now built a list of these parameters and created a PDF cheat sheet file with all of them in there. Included in this PDF are links to the documentation for the values some »

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