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Google Warning – Secure HTTPS vs. Non-Secure HTTP – What You Need To Know

Google is sending out notices to owners of websites that do not have secure (HTTPS) pages set up, or security is only partially set up. This is part of Google’s push for a more secure web. As previously forewarned by Google: “Starting October 2017, Chrome (web browser) will show a “NOT SECURE” warning when users enter text in a form on an HTTP (not secure) page.”  Website visitors shown this message will be warned their sensitive information could be stolen by attackers.

Video Search Optimization (Video SEO)

Note: these search optimization tips work for videos on other hosting sites as well Did you know YouTube is the second most used search engine after Google itself? We receive a lot of questions about video search optimization including how to get videos to show up on YouTube and in Google search.  Here are a few pointers on video creation, titles, descriptions, tagging and promotion to gain the maximum amount of traction and exposure.

Google My Business = Google Places and Google+ Local

Google Places for Business … Google+ Local Pages … Google Maps … What are these services, what is the difference and do I need them? Business listings on Google started with Google Maps and Places.  Later, with the introduction of Google+, they created Google+ Local so businesses could also set up a profile on the Google+ network.

Don’t Let ISIS Go Jihad On Your Website!

  The FBI just issued a warning about unmaintained WordPress websites being attacked and defaced by ISIS sympathizers.  The focus is on older, unpatched versions of popular WordPress plugins such as RevSlider, GravityForms and others. This latest attack once again underscores the need to keep your website software updated and secured.

Automated SEO Audits: The Good, The Bad And The Ugly

I’ll shoot straight with you – depending solely on automated machine-made website audits is cheap, dirty and unsatisfying. An automated website audit is the 99¢ drive-thru cheeseburger stuffed in a cheap paper bag, next to the salty fries that mysteriously never age. Why settle for this when you could have a nice, quality SEO steak dinner audit? Mmmm steak.

What’s The Difference Between 301 vs 302 Redirects?

For every website there eventually comes a time to redesign, move or remove pages.  In order to retain visitors arriving at an old page it is important to redirect them to the new location.  You might have heard of a 301 Redirect and 302 Redirect but what does it mean?

Why Did My Website Get Hacked?

Unfortunately we are hearing this question more and more.  Even if you don’t handle personal or financial data it doesn’t seem to matter; just about any website large or small could be vulnerable to attack.  But why would someone bother to hack your humble little site?  Some reasons might include: Enslave your website into an evil botnet. ** Use it as an email spam relay to advertise their human enhancement products, sketchy dating service, fast cash scam, etc. Use your website to further spread malware to other websites and computers. Maybe they just do it for kicks, giggles and bragging rights.

Received A Mobile Usability Issues Notification from Google Webmaster Tools?

Google is sending out warning notifications to owners of websites that are not mobile-friendly.  Already a feature of our SEO audit, testing for mobile compatibility is important because Google is checking – and if your website does not display well on a mobile device, Google will adjust mobile search rankings for your website appropriately. Bottom line – If your website is mobile-friendly, awesome!  If not, your rankings in mobile search will suffer.  Not good. What can you do?

Don’t Be A Hashtag Zombie

Sure everyone wants to be loved and popular online, but all too often the lowly hashtag suffers the brunt of this digital feeding frenzy. Not long ago, almost no one ever bothered with the hash key except for code monkeys. But now so many of the masses have turned into hashtag zombies.

8 SEO Tips For YouTube

So you made a great, engaging video and proudly uploaded to YouTube.  You think your video is awesome but it’s not getting many views and you’re not sure what to do.  Here are some pointers to guide you on your path to internet stardom: