Displaying items by Blog Tag: #security

Google Beginning To Use HTTPS As A Ranking Signal

Google recently announced it has started to use HTTPS as a ranking signal in order to “make the Internet safer more broadly.” HTTPS is a language code that secures the information being passed back and forth between web servers and clients.

Many websites are accessed by HTTP, which means that these websites are talking to your browser using the regular 'unsecure' language. In other words, it is possible for someone to "eavesdrop" on your computer's conversation with these websites that are served via HTTP. This is why you would never want to enter personal or financial information into a website unless you notice that the web address begins with https://.

Proactively Keeping Your Website Secure in 5 Easy Steps

As a business owner, keeping your website investment and online data safe is a top priority. However, this can sometimes prove to be a difficult task. One does not have to look too far in order to see examples of devastating security breaches (eg. the Heartbleed bug, Target credit card data leak). In fact, according to the online security firm Sophos Labs1, approximately 30,000 new websites per day are identified as distributing spam or malicious code. Most of these are small business websites that have been hacked and turned into malware distribution zombies. But fear not as there are some basic steps all website owners can take in order to keep their site and online data safe and help prevent becoming a hacking statistic.

5 Simple Things You Can Do To Keep Your Website Running Smoothly

For most businesses having a smooth running website that performs well in search engines is imperative. A well running website not only helps current customers find you but will generate new business and often sets the first impression a potential client will get of your business. Your business website is a directory, information resource, advertising department and sales team wrapped up in one and is available to current and prospective customers 24/7/365. Here are 5 simple things you can do to keep your all-important website running smoothly.

How Important is Good SEO for my Business Website?

As a business and website owner you are most likely inundated with companies trying to sell SEO (search engine optimization) services via email and telemarketing. In this post we dissect the two sets of users who are trying to find your business online and summarize the importance of SEO for each case, helping you decide what is right for your business website.

There are two distinct sets of user groups who use search engines like Google to find out more about you and your business. As a business owner it’s important that your website places well in Google for searches performed by both user groups in order to retain current clients and to capture new business leads and sales.

Designing with Purpose: The Most Important Question in Website Design

We humans spend a lot of time contemplating the purpose of all kinds of things but, as a business owner contemplating a new or redesigned website, the purpose of your website is the first and most important decision you can make.

Research shows that users are easily frustrated when they can’t quickly figure out how to complete task or find information on a website. While many elements go into making a website work, it all must begin with a Purpose. If the purpose of your website is unclear in your mind it will be unclear to your designer and ultimately unclear to your customer.

Email Marketing: 6 Crucial Steps for Success

How often should you contact your clients to remind them of your goods or services? This is debatable but Oscar Wilde summed it up the best when he said...

“The only thing worse than being talked about is not being talked about.”

Today, email marketing and email newsletters provide one of the best and least expensive means of staying in touch with your current and potential clients.

Build It and They Will Come…or Will They? Attracting Visitors to Your (New) Website

As a small business owner you know that your website is an important tool for communicating with your current and potential clients and that is why you have invested in making sure your website looks great, is functional and easy to use. This is a great first step in maximizing your use of the web to help your small business grow BUT there is a very important next step that is often times overlooked by small business owners.

Website Content: A Guide for Small Business Owners Part 2

In the first blog segment on generating content for your website we offered a few simple tips for written content. In this segment we will discuss getting great visual content.

Part II – Photographic Content

Websites are a visual medium and a picture truly does say a thousand words. Whether those are good words that actually say what you want to say about your business is another story!

Website Content: A Guide for Small Business Owners Part 1

You have just made the decision to take a digital leap and bring your business online, but how do you represent your product or service clearly and effectively within a website?

In the next two blogs we will offer a few tips on how to generate website content for your new or existing business.

Part I – Written Content