Remember the Google update I reported in early March? One thing I left out of that story, intentionally, was some chatter that the those noticing a ranking decline around then may have had a bug with the popular Yoast plugin. I left it out because after reviewing the Black Hat World thread in detail, it appeared the general consensus from that community that the bug with the Yoast plugin was NOT related to this Google update because (a) many who were hit didn't have the Yoast plugin and (b) those that did have the plugin didn't strongly believe it was related. There were some that felt their hit was solely related to the plugin but based on A and B, I really felt it was unrelated.What was the bug? Well, Joost de Valk documented it on May 30th. From what I understand, the bug in the plugin did not automatically forward attachments to their original source, which may result in confusing Google but at the same time, from how I understand Google works, Google wouldn't just drop tons of … [Read more...] about The Yoast Plugin To Blame For Google Large Scale Ranking Drop? Probably Not.
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Remkus de Vries Remkus is Manager Partnerships at Yoast and also focusses on our Translate Yoast site. Additionally, he works on the WordPress Project organizing and mentoring WordCamps. Today, I’d like to highlight a couple of valuable news items from the WordPress Community. We saw some great things happening with new solutions and updates to already existing plugins. Enjoy! WPCampus Online WPCampus Online happened on January 31 and featured a lot of great content. If you missed out or want to revisit the conference, the website has links to all the slides and speaker information on their schedule page. All sessions were recorded, just like the last time, and will be made available soon. PublishPress When you have a blog that needs an editor workflow – most times because you work with a multi-author blog – you’ll probably want something as nifty as the PublishPress plugin. Especially, now that it’s integrated into Gutenberg. … [Read more...] about New WordPress tools, plugins & presentations to learn from
Millions of bloggers across the globe are successfully using WordPress to reach out to their target audience. According to WordPress usage statistic published by Torque, 27% of all websites available as of October 2016 were WordPress-based. What makes WordPress more important is the fact that this platform can be efficiently used as a Content Management System for running your website. Many businesses are leveraging of this amazing feature to reflect their business priorities cost-effectively. In fact, WordPress’ market share among all content management systems is close to 60%. I have compiled a list of 10 plugins here, which prove useful for businesses because they extend the functionality of the WordPress site.Tip: Get 10X more e-mail subscribers with this WP plugin 10 WordPress Plugins for Business Websites 1. OptinMonster:OptinMonster, provides webmasters an easy-to-use form builder that allows them to create beautiful opt-in forms that are proven to … [Read more...] about 10 Must Have WordPress Plugins for Business Websites
Search Engine Optimization; the joy and nightmare of most bloggers. In this article I will share you the complete knowledge of proven seo techniques for wordpress. Before we move on, I will love to discuss about SEO in particular…. What is SEO? SEO is the acronym of Search Engine Optimization. It is the process and act of tweaking; beautifying; and modifying of your website to be readable by search engine crawlers or bots. A search engine bot is a special program that is written and well structured for the purpose of analyzing webpages; and their informations to know which is relevant and useful. All search engines have their personal bots. These bots are well programmed making them able to access all information on a webpage in a split second and index them if they are relevant; where most webmasters get it all wrong is that they don’t allow access to these bots to crawl their site at all; or either their website is unreadable by the spiders. This in most cases is not … [Read more...] about Proven SEO techniques for WordPress Using Yoast SEO
If you’re serious about your WordPress website, you have run a page speed test at some point. There are many variations of these tests out there. Some more convenient and true to your target audience than others. But they all will give you a pretty decent idea of where you can still improve your site. Certain speed optimizations may come across as “technically challenging” for some of you. Luckily, you have set up a WordPress website. And one of the things that make WordPress so awesome is the availability of WordPress plugins. Some free, some paid, but they all will help you to simplify difficult tasks. In this article, we’ll first show you a couple of page speed tests so you can check your page speed yourself. After that, we’ll go into a number of speed optimization recommendations. And show you how to solve these using just plugins. Running a page speed test Running a page speed test is as simple as inserting your website’s … [Read more...] about How to optimize WordPress after running a page speed test • Yoast