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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…

Search & Social – you can’t get the cream out of the coffee

Yesterday, Google launched “Search plus your World“, intermixing search and social and providing even more “personalized” results. There’s a lot of outcry about some parts of this, with people saying they don’t want “personalized” results. I actually think that normal users do want personalized results and that this is, for the most part, a good thing.…

Optimising the Facebook Open Graph Protocol

A small note from Joost first: I’m working on a project with Alex Moss from Pleer. He knows an awful lot about the Facebook Open Graph protocol, in fact he did a couple of pretty good plugins for Facebook comments and buttons etc. I asked him to do a guest post about Open Graph here,…

How Facebook likes help prevent duplicate content

Duplicate content is one of the biggest issues in SEO. I wrote an article about common causes and solutions of duplicate content recently and it was quite well received, which helped me to understand that lots of people still suffer from it. One of the issues I’ve always found with explaining the issue to site…

Video SEO: A technical guide

Update 19-9-2012: I’ve released my own Video SEO plugin for WordPress. Check it out! As mentioned in a previous post, recently I have started playing with Video SEO, and found it to be a part of SEO I quite like. It’s a very technical trade so far, so apologies for all the code in the…

Facebook & (the lack of) Privacy

Two weeks back, while speaking at SAScon, I said in a panel there that “Facebook is the scariest shit I’ve seen in years”, related to their latest updates. I also said it was a lawsuit waiting to happen, coming from the European Union. I was right. Well, not entirely, it’s not a lawsuit yet. I…

Join Yoast on Facebook

I’ve been a bit slow on picking up on Facebook, I’ve had an account for ages but Yoast.com never had a Facebook fan page. My buddy Roy kept poking me though and telling me that I was missing out. So now it has: Yoast on Facebook. So I would really like if you join me…