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Jetpack and WordPress SEO

The Jetpack plugin for WordPress has quite a few nice bits and pieces. There’s one issue: the developers at Automattic seem to think they’re alone in the world. In their last release, they enabled OpenGraph tags by default with no setting to disable it. Even when you already have WordPress SEO enabled and OpenGraph enabled…

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

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

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

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

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…

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.…

rel=”author” and rel=”me” in WP and other platforms

The recent changes from Google and my post about it regarding the highlighting of authors in search caused quite a few questions. People have been asking me how to do specific things and how to make certain elements contain rel=”author” or rel=”me”. Instead of replying to each of those emails and comments I decided to write one…

Email Reliability: use an SPF record

A while back I outlined my system for preventing comment spam. One of the core fundamentals in there is that I send people an email to verify their email address before their comment is published. For this to work well, I need to trust on my email to be received. As it turns out, email…

Author Highlighting in Search with WordPress

Amidst all the news about Google+ and Google social interaction tracking (and yes I will work on & post about that too), Google released some other news today. They said they’re going to be highlighting authors in the search results.  I think this is an awesome feature. It means that you’ll see a picture / avatar…