Interview with Joen Asmussen: Design Wrangler at Automattic

Joen Asmussen Interview

You may not know Joen Asmussen by name, but I’m sure you’ve definitely seen and even used his creation if you’re into working with WordPress sites. Joen is the main creator of the default theme of WordPress 3.6, Twenty Thirteen. I fell in love with the theme so much, that in addition to using the theme since WordPress 3.6’s alpha stages on my personal blog, I use a modified version of it on this site.

Joen lives in Denmark and works remotely for Automattic. Joen has also been involved with the development  of the new admin interface (MP6) from WP 3.8 onwards. In this interview, we talk about how Joen started as a designer, his experience working with Automattic, and much more.

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Link Building Tools You Shouldn’t Miss This Year

Link Building in the Post Penguin Era

Efficiency in link building requires a set of tools to generate results beyond its normal output time. These tools have their own ways of helping link builders make their work much easier. These include:

  • Increasing the speed of finding link opportunities on different web places.
  • Regular tracking of web mentions and fresh/new links.
  • Providing new search queries that are targeted to a specific niche type.
  • Quickly generate results that are needed for link acquisition (e.g. collecting emails of link targets).

There are several link building tools that provide a few or even all of the features stated above. However, you only have to choose a few of them to minimize costs and focus on the core features that these tools offer.

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Why Google Panda 4.0 is Great News for TechTage


As it’s clearly visible in the organic traffic (for TechTage.com) graph above, organic traffic levels rose a lot post Panda 4.0 for this site. This is actually the case for most high-quality sites with mostly original content.

In this post I’ll talk about what Panda 4.0 really wanted to target and why it’s a good news for most legitimately high-quality websites on the web. I’ll also share how TechTage initially struggled with search engine rankings itself despite being a blog focussed on SEO and containing high-quality content pieces that readers loved and shared – and how Google realised that was a mistake and fixed the assessment error on their part with the Panda 4.0 roll-out.

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5 Ways to Develop Your Link Building Skills


For the past several months, I’ve seen a lot of link builders who had been successful with their career and/or had managed to improve their blog’s search rankings through different on site and link building techniques.

Those who fail to see some improvements with their search traffic are now finding ways to make their SEO works effective for them. A few tries to diversity their campaigns into different inbound marketing channels (social media, paid ads, etc..) to increase the odds of getting more subscribers/followers for their brand.

Diversification and continuous improvement are the needed ways to develop your skills in internet marketing (especially in the link building space).

In this post, I will share tips on how you can develop your link building skills so you can stay ahead of the competition and improve your SEO results for your clients.

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