Ask Yoast: RSS importers and duplicate content

4 April 2016 by Joost de Valk » - 2 Comments

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At Yoast we’re happy to help you with your SEO question! This time we received a question from Diana. She’s asking: “Does Google consider it to be duplicate content when I import my articles from one blog to my main blog using an RSS Importer? Will I be penalized by Google in some way?” Watch the »

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RSS feeds in the age of Panda and Penguin

21 November 2013 by Joost de Valk » - 105 Comments

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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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New Plugin: RSS Shortcode

1 July 2009 by Joost de Valk » - 31 Comments

Yesterday, while working on a project for Springer Uitgeverij, I was amazed to find out there is no simple RSS Shortcode plugin, that simply allows you to do this: And then that would show the feed you’d specified. Well, now there is: the RSS Shortcode plugin. It looks like this, when functioning (with excerpts set »

Category: WordPress
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Custom RSS feeds in WordPress

9 June 2009 by Joost de Valk » - 22 Comments

I use FeedBurner to track all my feed subscribers, but sometimes I want to provide a different feed to other people (without my feed signature for instance, or using excerpts instead of full feeds). Now when you use FeedBurner’s Feedsmith plugin, this’ll redirect all of your normal feeds to FeedBurner, and that’s a smart thing »

Category: WordPress

FeedBurner subscription show-off revisited

21 December 2008 by Joost de Valk » - 22 Comments

A couple of months back I blogged about how to show off your FeedBurner subscribers. In the comments then, a couple of people told me the code didn’t work for them. After a few back and forths I found out those people were on FeedBurner’s new servers, the Google ones. This new server actually has »

Category: WordPress

Showing off your FeedBurner subscribers

27 October 2008 by Joost de Valk » - 57 Comments

Quite a few websites have started to show of their FeedBurner subscriber count with something else than a widget. To do that, you have to be able to grab the number of subscribers through the FeedBurner API. Now I bet you want to know how! It’s bloody easy in WordPress, just do this: Copy, paste, »

Category: WordPress

Find out who’s scraping you!

22 January 2008 by Joost de Valk » - 18 Comments

Sometimes you just need to know who is linking to a blog, or even better, your competitor’s blog, or who’s scraping it, and you’d actually like that data in a format you can use. I thought I’d make a list of the sources you can use to gather link-data from, outside of the “obvious” Yahoo »

Category: Technical SEO
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Make the scrapers work for you!

10 January 2008 by Joost de Valk » - 130 Comments

Some of you had already noticed that I’ve added a link back to my blog in the footer of articles in my RSS feed, like this: I didn’t do that because I thought you guys couldn’t find my blog. It was actually a plugin requested by Shoemoney, who wanted to make the scrapers work for »

Categories: Technical SEO, WordPress
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A better way of tracking feed subcribes

20 December 2007 by Joost de Valk » - 10 Comments

I use FeedBurner, just like anyone else, to track my subscribers. One thing I really like to measure too though, is the number of feed subscribes, as in the act of subscribing. Now you can simply add onclick handlers for Google Analytics or any other stats package to all your feed links, but that means »

Category: Analytics
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FeedBurner: MyBrand is not an uncommon use of my feed…

18 October 2007 by Joost de Valk » - 4 Comments

I was logging into my FeedBurner account this morning to check out my stats, and this is what I saw: Now, I would hope, that my 2 main feed URL’s (the first redirects to the second), would NOT be an “uncommon” use of my feeds…. Now Graywolf already found out the hard way that they »

Category: Usability & Conversion