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RSS feeds in the age of Panda and Penguin

21 November 2013 by Joost de Valk - 105 Comments

When I started blogging, everyone used an RSS reader and your RSS feed was the way of getting your new content in front of people. The use of RSS has dwindled, at least for us because the readership here on Yoast has quadrupled over the last 2 years but the number of RSS subscribers is now less …

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Should you test that?

20 November 2013 by Marieke van de Rakt

Learning more and more about Conversion Optimization, it appeared to me as though testing (A/B or multivariate) is the only way to go.  Most of the sites of agencies claiming to help optimize your conversion, state that you should separately test every freaking little change you make on your page. Of course, I am exaggerating …

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Victory of the Commons

In this post we explain why we think that open source needs a business model attached to it to truly thrive. The ideal situation is a Nash equilibrium, which you could also call a Victory of the Commons. This is the write up of a presentation Joost gave at WordCamp Europe in 2013, which is embedded below. The presentation is based on an earlier …

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Plugin to the Future

In the past years, the number of plugins has grown enormously. Is it likely that this number will continue to increase? And what will the consequences of these enormous numbers of plugins be? Is it desirable to have so many different plugins or do we need consolidation? Let’s philosophize a little: Explaining the increase in …

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Science of Conversion Rate Optimization

24 September 2013 by Marieke van de Rakt - 7 Comments

Conversion rate tests are very useful,  but without proper knowledge of research and statistics, the pitfall of interpreting your results incorrectly is large. 1. Research design is beautiful but NOT flawless As I started to investigate upon the test designs of conversion rate testing, I was astonished and delighted with the beauty of the design …

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Planning and checking your Conversion Rate Optimization

28 August 2013 by Thijs de Valk

During my attempts to optimize the conversion rates here on yoast.com, I’ve met with quite some hurdles and roadblocks. That’s why I thought it would be a good idea to write a post; so you won’t have to invent the wheel twice. Define your Intensive Care Pages Although it’s very tempting to start off your …

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