Understanding Online Reviews as a Business Owner

Understanding Online Reviews as a Business Owner


Customer reviews are absolutely crucial when it comes to developing an online presence for your business - alas it's an area that many business owners shy away from for a variety of reasons. Some simply do not believe in the ... read more

2015 Social Media Keyboard Shortcuts Guide

2015 Social Media Keyboard Shortcuts Guide


SetupABlogToday launched an awesome infographic that's been making the rounds across the interwebs today - and I felt it only appropriate to reblog is on here also. Check out the following infographic outlining the best social media keyboard shortcuts across ... read more

Web Designers: No-Follow Your Footer Credit Links

Web Designers: No-Follow Your Footer Credit Links


These days most website's out there have a little link at the very bottom with a credit to the agency or designer who created the website. It's a practice that has been around forever among website designers - and it's ... read more

Upcoming gTLD Domains for March 2015

Upcoming gTLD Domains for March 2015


March brings about some great new domain name extensions. As usual you can register these new domain names at either Namecheap, 1&1 or GoDaddy. March 11th: .coach, .legal, .memorial, .money March 24th: ... read more

NYC Gets Hit With DDOS Attack

NYC Gets Hit With DDOS Attack


For the duration of last week and up until yesterday a series of hackers have taken down New York City government’s email system. That included basically all government agencies, including the FBI and NYPD, who were unable to send or ... read more

Get 27% Off 1 Year of Yola Silver for March 2015

Get 27% Off 1 Year of Yola Silver for March 2015


We often mention Yola's sales and promotions around here - and as such I've never seen Yola give anything past a 20% discount before. Sure they've done specific monetary values of $40 and $50 before - but their percentage discounts ... read more

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Understanding Online Reviews as a Business Owner

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Customer reviews are absolutely crucial when it comes to developing an online presence for your business – alas it’s an area that many business owners shy away from for a variety of reasons. Some simply do not believe in the importance of online reviews; others don’t know how to properly respond to their reviews or where to even look for them. That fueled me to create the following, rather basic, video – discussing 3 key points that I believe are crucial for all business owners to understand when it comes to managing the online reviews for their business.

  1. Understand the importance of an online review and the weight they carry.
  2. Take the good with the bad.
  3. Focus on generating reviews.

2015 Social Media Keyboard Shortcuts Guide

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SetupABlogToday launched an awesome infographic that’s been making the rounds across the interwebs today – and I felt it only appropriate to reblog is on here also. Check out the following infographic outlining the best social media keyboard shortcuts across Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, Tumblr, and Google+.

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Web Designers: No-Follow Your Footer Credit Links

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These days most website’s out there have a little link at the very bottom with a credit to the agency or designer who created the website. It’s a practice that has been around forever among website designers – and it’s something that has been quiet the topic of debate among the SEO community. The question finally reached Google’s very own John Mueller who gave us the following answer:

I guess this kind of looks at things like with regards to unnatural links, for example.

And from our point of view, these kind of links, by default, are things where the webmaster doesn’t really place the link explicitly on their own. So this is something where I’d recommend, if you want to put your footer link there, make sure it has a nofollow link there, so that this is something that people could click on if they’re interested, but it’s seen as something that is not an editorial link by the webmaster. It’s not something that you’d have to worry about later on and say, “oh, my god. I put all these links on this website. Now Google will think I’m building an unnatural link pyramid or something crazy.”

So this is something where putting a nofollow there is definitely good practice. You don’t need to kind of not put these links there if you think that it makes sense. If that’s something that you’ve kind of decided on together with the people who are running this website in the end, then that’s something, certainly that you might want to do, but I definitely put a nofollow rule for those links.

Below is the video during which the above question get’s answered:

Upcoming gTLD Domains for March 2015

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March brings about some great new domain name extensions. As usual you can register these new domain names at either Namecheap1&1 or GoDaddy.

  • March 11th: .coach, .legal, .memorial, .money
  • March 24th: .green

NYC Gets Hit With DDOS Attack

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For the duration of last week and up until yesterday a series of hackers have taken down New York City government’s email system. That included basically all government agencies, including the FBI and NYPD, who were unable to send or receive email messages.

Commenting on this, Lancope CTO, TK Keanini, said:

“Anything connected to the Internet is subject to this kind of incident period. Readers should at the very least read this and think about their business continuity plan. A ready and prepared defender is not something the attacker is counting on Architects take note because building in resiliency from the start is all about designing with this threat model in mind. So many wait and suffer through an outage before they make the investment.”

From all the reports I’ve read it seems that no sensitive information or data was compromised during this DDOS attack.

Get 27% Off 1 Year of Yola Silver for March 2015

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We often mention Yola’s sales and promotions around here – and as such I’ve never seen Yola give anything past a 20% discount before. Sure they’ve done specific monetary values of $40 and $50 before – but their percentage discounts usually hit the peak at 20%. With that said I’m extremely excited to announce Yola’s brand new coupon code for March 2015 which gives you 27% off a yearly subscription to Yola Silver. Simply use coupon code 27MARCH during your checkout process.

This coupon code expires March 31st, 2015.

Figure Out What Kind Of File That Is With HexBrowser

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As a webmaster there’ll be times when you download something without an explicit file extension, or with an extension you’ve never seen before, or with the wrong extension assigned to it. Now you’re left to figure out what kind of file you really have – which is where HexBrowser.NET comes in. A freeware tool that identifies file types. Click “Open”, select whatever you like, and HexBrowser.NET’s “Info” pane tells you all about it.

HexBrowser opens each file to look for specific signatures inside which it uses to determine the exact type of a file you’ve prvovided. It currently recognizes more than 1000 different file formats.

Audio:  real, wav, mp3, decaudio, adlib, sunraster, adif, midi, avr, au, vqf, alp, esps
Video:  real, asf/wmv, mpg, mov, 3gp, mp4, mjpeg, dv, flac, nsv, mng, swf, mtv, fli, flc, bik
Graphics:  jpg, jpeg2000, bmp, gif, wmf, tiff, openexr, mdi, kdf, viff, psd, mrsid, cmf, png, jng,
wpg, psp, iff, emf, eps, ps, pcx, pic
Office:  MSOffice, OpenOffice, PocketWord, StarOffice, Write, iWorks, txt, rtf, html, pdf, chm, pst, xml
Archives:  zip, rar, lha, larc, installshield, c64, sbx, daa, cab, tzf, jar, sit,
gzip, ghost, zoo, hyp, ima, arj, 7-zip, z, lzx, hqx, deb, rpm
Other:  mac/linux/unix/dos/windows/amiga/ps3 executables, database files, fonts+++

Furthermore HexBrowser shows detailed information about each file, or a hex – or a text dump of the beginning of each file. For the sake of speed, only the first 12 KB of the file is shown.

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As always you can find a download link inside the free webmaster resources directory.

Google To Make Mobile Friendliness A Ranking Signal

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Having a mobile friendly website has always been a good idea. You want your mobile visitors to be able to comfortably view your website and browse through your data. That said Google also wants to make sure you don’t forget about your mobile viewers – so as of April 21st Google plans to make mobile-friendliness a ranking signal – much in the same way that SSL is.

Starting April 21, we will be expanding our use of mobile-friendliness as a ranking signal. This change will affect mobile searches in all languages worldwide and will have a significant impact in our search results. Consequently, users will find it easier to get relevant, high quality search results that are optimized for their devices.

This however does raise the question of what will happen to the websites built back during the 90′s that are text based, with no mobile friendliness. Will they now rank lower than a more modern, mobile friendly website if they’re content is still well researched and extremely relevant? What do you think?

Before You Get Excited About The FCC’s Net Neutrality Decision

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February 26th started off as a great day. The US Federal Communications Commission voted in favor of net neutrality. Woot! Right? FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler commented that “no one – whether government or corporate – should control free open access” to the net. Big cable companies (Comcast, for example) cannot charge users more to access a so-called internet “fast lane.” Nor can they relegate users who can’t afford to pay extra to an internet “slow lane.” Open access for all is now the law of the land. All servers go.

BUT. We missed something. Thursdays vote also let the FCC have control over the rates; and it opened up the doors for Federal and State imposed taxes and additional fee’s to be added onto your existing bills. Michael Powell explained it best in his write up: I support Net neutrality, but that is not what the FCC just did

What will this mean for American consumers? In the short term, the Internet will not work differently. We will continue to enjoy the same open Internet experience that we do today. But the price we will pay over time for this radical shift in regulation will be severe. Consumers are likely to see higher bills from new taxes and fees and expenses related to regulatory compliance, along with a host of unintended consequences. They will wait longer to receive faster next-generation services. Internet providers, which spend massive capital to dig up streets, hang wires and connect homes, will see this intense chain of activity subjected to regulatory second-guessing that will slow the dynamic improvements we all desire. And garage startups, which today assert with confidence that the new regulation doesn’t apply to them, will soon find themselves caught in the government’s ever-expanding web.

Google Wins Auction for .APP gTLD

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Earlier this week on 25 February 2015, Power Auctions LLC, ICANN’s authorized auction service provider, kicked off an auction for a new gTLD: .APP. Twelve applicants participated in the auction for the new .APP domain name with Google Registry (Charleston Road Registry Inc) prevailing with a winning price of $25,001,000. I have attached the auction results below:

It’ll be interesting to see what Google does with this new gTLD. Google already supports app indexing – and the new domain aligns with that perfectly. What are you’re thoughts?

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