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The World Wide Web is constantly evolving and growing – and as a webmaster it’s up to you to stay on top of all the latest and most important updates that may possibly affect you’re online presence. Here we do our best to offer a curated collection of webmaster news – touching base on SEO, Social Media, Online Marketing, & so much more.

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Bing Launchs Free Chat Bots For Restaurants 

Bots are set to be the next big thing in marketing as more and more companies begin to incorporate chat bots into their campaigns. Bing is capitalizing on this growing trend by introducing a bot-powered chat system – enabled for most restaurant businesses across the United States. This lets users ask questions straight from Bing search results – and get immediate ...

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Google Rolls Out Verified Customer Reviews

Reviews are a great way to make sure your business stands out on Google, and Google just changed the game. Verified Customer Reviews lets your users leave a review directly after making a purchase from your website. These reviews then go to grow your overall review rating on Google, as well as your seller rating – and that goes a ...

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WannaCry Attacks: What Happened & How To Stay Protected

Last Friday the National Health Service in the United Kingdom reported outages as a massive malware attack brought down various computers and systems. As news of this broke, other organizations realized they were being hit by the same malware virus. Government bodies and individual users reported experiencing similar attacks. It quickly became obvious that the attacks, which were carried out ...

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MailChimp Makes Automation Free For Everyone – Forever!

Automation is something that MailChimp does really well – offering a wide array of powerful marketing automation features. Features that were previously only accessible for paying members. However, as of this month, that’s all changed. MailChimp has made automation free for all! Users on the Forever Free, Monthly, Pro, and Pay As You Go plans can all setup automation campaigns ...

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Automate Your PPC Campaigns with Google AdWords Smart Display Ads

As a business owner it’s often difficult to get started with a PPC advertising campaign. Google AdWords offers alot of different targeting and remarketing options which can feel rather daunting at first. As you progress through your campaigns, the constant monitoring and tweaking can feel rather tedious, especially if you don’t have the budget to hire a dedicated marketing agency ...

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ESET Launches Free Cyber Security Awareness Training

The number of online threats are steadily rising and more and more of them are wreaking havoc on businesses due to improper staff training and awareness. Unfortunately most businesses just don’t have the necessary budget and resources to train their staff on proper online security measures. ESET wants to help with the launch of a new, totally free, cyber security ...

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Facebook Pixel Can Now Track Website Actions & Form Submission Data

The Facebook Pixel just got a huge upgrade – and this is BIG news for marketers. Facebook Pixel makes up Facebook’s own tracking system which helps to track conversions, run re-targeting campaigns, and optimize your advertising campaign budgets. The recent update lets the Pixel also track website actions, such as form submissions, and also collect the data submitted in those forms. ...

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Google Confirms: SSL Ranking Boost Won’t Be Getting Any Stronger

Way back in 2014 Google announced the SSL ranking boost which gave a small ranking boost to all websites who switched over to HTTPS instead of HTTP. Since then talk about the SSL ranking boost has never really subsided – with people constantly looking to SSL as a quick way to increase their website rankings, and others constantly looking for ...

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Welcome OrangeAssassin – The Open Source Antispam Framework from SpamExperts

SpamAssasin by Apache has long been the standard in linux-based anti-spam filtering technology and comes as standard across most shared hosting platforms you may encounter. In-fact if you are using Apache with cPanel/WHM on your host right now – there’s a good chance that you have Apache SpamAssassin enabled and running. However the recent introduction of OrangeAssassin, an open-source replacement ...

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Instagram Goes to War on Fake Accounts – Shuts Down Instagress

No social network likes fake accounts. Facebook is constantly purging them from their databases, with 30k of them being deleted just last week. The move was sure to expand to Instagram eventually where bots and third-party providers have been happily offering fake comments, likes, and followers, for a very long time. In-fact, a study from 2015 which examined over 10 million ...

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Facebook Deletes 30,000+ Fake Accounts

Following a recent clean-up effort by Facebook the company has announced that they have identified and removed some 30,000 fake accounts from their networks. I’ve always said that buying fake likes and followers doesn’t really work – and this is the best proof of that. Facebook is constantly adapting their algorithms to enhance their ability to detect fake accounts – ...

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Facebook Open Sources Litho – A UI Framework for Android Apps

During this week’s F8 developer conference Facebook announced their plans to open-source Litho – a declarative framework designed to build efficient user interfaces on Android platforms. In-fact this is the very same framework that Facebook uses to build it’s own Android apps – complete with built-in tools to improve scroll performance by 35%. The beauty of Litho is that it’s ...

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Google Confirms: Domain Name Age Doesn’t Affect Search Rankings

The SEO community frequently talks about domain name age and debates it’s importance within the Google algorithm. As such it was inevitable that someone would finally ask John Mueller for an official answer, and John responded with his usual detailed reply: “no“. @_newsbulletin @methode no — John ?.o(???)o.? (@JohnMu) April 12, 2017 Check out more SEO confirmations from Google here.

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Can Facebook Messenger Make Money Via Ads?

Facebook Messenger is making tremendous strides recently as its popularity and use continues to grow. Recent reports show that Messenger holds 1.2 billion monthly active users as of April 2017, up from 1 billion in July 2016, which is an impressive 200 million user growth within a mere 8 month period. Needless to say these are some pretty impressive numbers, however ...

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Infographic: Lesser Known Facts About Domain Names, Hosting & The Internet

Did you know that emails have technically been around since 1962? Or that info.cern.ch was the first official website? How about the fact that .zip is one of the fastest growing domain name extensions? Check out the following infographic from the folks over at EverData Datacenters who have compiled some less-than-common facts about domain names, hosting, and the world wide ...

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Submit New URLs To Google Straight From The Search Results Page

Remember the days when you would utilize various online services to submit your website to search engines? Thankfully this isn’t really required anymore and in-fact Google has made it easier than ever to submit your URL to them. Simply run a search for “submit to Google“, or anything similar. You will then be be shown a simple submission form at the ...

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Instagram Makes it Easier for Users to Contact Businesses

Ever since Instagram rolled out business profiles back in 2016 they’ve been steadily improving them to ensure that business owners can truly get the most from their business profiles. The most recent change aims to simplify the process a user goes through to contact a business by placing buttons to Call, Email, or get Directions below the main profile header. ...

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Comodo Dome Shield Provides Free DNS-Based Online Security for All

Over the years malware threats have steadily risen, with the latest report showing a 132% increase in malvertising from 2015 to 2016. Malicious websites are constantly popping up, and new malware threats are constantly going around and infecting websites. Luckily Comodo is here to help by offering their cloud-based web security platform, Comodo Dome Shield, completely free of charge for ...

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