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Does Location of Server Affect my SEO?

does server location affect seo?There are a plethora of hosting services popping up over-seas, targeting U.S. customers. Some are as cheap as a $1 a month. We have done our due-diligence on these companies and many of them are legit. So, with fast hosting that is cheap, what could be wrong with it?

Many of these companies are located in places like Hong Kong, Singapore and Brazil. Therefore their servers are also located there. One thing that search engines like Google do is that they associate a server location with the location of targeted traffic. For many web developers with websites overseas this is a pain in the buns.

There are some ways to mitigate this problem and I will discuss them here. Continue reading

Beware of “Domain Service” Scam

domain scam noticeOne of the more common scams today is something known as the “domain service” scam. This is an email sent by scammers that try as hard as they possibly can to make it look like it is coming from your domain registrar. At first glance, it looks like you are about to lose your domain name.

It will usually have the words “Expiration Notice” in bold or red letters. It will list an expiration date that is in the very near future. And it will have a link to “send a payment”. Notice it does not say “renew domain”. Continue reading

How Does Adding Content to My Site Help?

content creation for my blog affordable price optimizedHere’s the deal. A website should be a constantly evolving entity. It should be updated regularly. Anything and everything that has to do with your business should be on your website. This is how over half of your current and potential clients will interact with your business.

Adding fresh new content, whether via blog or site pages, is part of the effort mentioned above. The content informs new visitors and existing clients of what you are doing/thinking.

But the content serves more purpose than just giving something for visitors to look at. The content improves your ranking with Google and other search engines. The Google algorithms are set in a way that reward those who are active with their website. You put in more work, you get better results. Continue reading

Bitcoin Thieves Up Their Game

I typically just stick to content related to web design and search engine optimization on this blog. But from time to time I will post an article about scams that are taking place in the virtual world. Today is an especially unique blog for me in that it will be the first time that I discuss cryptocurrency on this platform.

Electrum hack and phish

As you probably know by now, cryptocurrency is basically internet money. People use it by sending it to one another at which point they can exchange it for the fiat currency of their choice. It uses a technology called blockchain to complete the transaction. Continue reading

Attention: Important Notice , DOMAIN SERVICE NOTICE

If you have ever bought a domain name, you’ve probably received an email with that same (or very similar) text in the subject line. Rest assured, it is spam. One thing is for certain: almost every email you get regarding your domain name, you can ignore. Unless the email is from the company which you bought the name, it is spam, scam or phish. And even then, don’t click any links. The scammers may make the email look like it is from your registrar.

Most of these type of emails will say you have a limited time to confirm, protect, or -fill in blank- your domain name. The email is designed to play on your impulse to solve the problem quickly and click.

If they are not scamming you then they are trying to sell you something that you don’t need. Look at this email below: click it to enlarge

You will notice the spammers in this one I received made no attempt to hide the fact that they are from some web company (see return email address and link url). They also use strong threatening language like “failure to do so will result in bla bla bla..” or “Do not discard this message..”. This one in particular is designed for the newer domain name purchaser who is essentially a novice in this area. 

Getting Spammed from Your Contact Form Recently?

Are you starting to get spammed through your website contact form again? You are not alone. Literally millions of people have been receiving heavy doses of spam this week. The problem is that Contact Form 7, a form used by millions of people within their WordPress installations, has stopped working with Google ReCaptcha V2. When you log in, you get an alert to change your site keys to reCaptcha V3, a version that is supposed to work in the background. The problem is, spam is still getting through.

I have searched the web and have found many complaints but no answers from WordPress. I suppose the best thing to do to save time/money at this juncture is to wait and see of they sort this out and tighten up the security. Continue reading

Single Page Optimization

learn how to optimize you article on the webThere is not point in having a very optimized page that is within a website which is itself not optimized. Google would not see this page as the “single great apple in a basket of rotten apples”, rather, they would just see it as a basket of rotten apples. With that said, I am going to discuss the proper optimization of a single page.

Industry practices in this matter change all the time as Google itself changes. It is important to stay updated on all the algorithm changes at Google by reading their various blogsContinue reading

Be Careful, Even the Unsubscribe Button May be a Phishing Trick

latest info about phishingBy now you probably have become pretty good at spotting a phishing or “spoof” email. The email looks a bit off right? Those are the easy ones. But phishers and scammers are getting better at their phishing emails.

Lately we have been seeing a new wave of emails where they take an existing email from the actual company and duplicate it with very good effect. A couple tips to remember are: Continue reading

Importance of Allowing Commenting and Linking on Your Blog

example of open blog comment format

Open Blog Comment Format

All too often these days I will read a nice blog post on someone’s site and go to comment on it and see that “comments have been closed”. This is a big SEO mistake. Interactive web-pages are worth more than non. If a person or company’s reason is that they don’t want to take the time to approve the comments or sift through spam I have only this to say: It’d be the best 15 minutes you spent on your site every month.

“Your post’s comments are also calculated as a part of your post’s content!  The number of high quality comments your post receives will also improve the overall ranking of your content.” – Private Links Network

This takes me to my second point. The type of comment area really doesn’t matter. There are Disqus comment plug ins, Facebook comment plug ins.. etc. But having the open comment where a person can leave their name (or keyword) and a link to their website is actually good for your site.

This is because you can approve their comment, go to their page and comment back and expect to be approved. There is a little link swapping there and the fact that both sites have content that are usually related is even better.

This doesn’t mean that you have to approve every comment or every piece of spam that ends up in your Que. Take the time to sift through and find the comments made by a genuine reader. Delete the ones with canned formats. ex “I really liked your blog. Now check out my blog at yada yada yada. ”

In conclusion, think as your page as a relationship with the reader and Google as the ultimate judge. You want to establish report and maybe even a conversation. You don’t want to simply dictate things to the masses. Nobody likes a dictator.

History of Pay Per Click Fraud

Back when I first started in this business in the very early 2000’s pay-per-click advertising was in its infancy. The sector was overrun with wanna be search engines, fly by night search engines and very few reputable search engines. Search engine optimization was not really an actual thing yet so paying per click was the most viable option. But you had to beware of where you spent your money.

Back then many search engines would claim they supplied search results for Google, MSN and Yahoo but there was no proof that they actually did. The big search companies like those I have just mentioned often times farmed out their paid clicks and split the revenue with the supplier. Continue reading