April
19
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Improve Your Odds of Getting Google’s Mysterious Sitelinks and Why it Matters

  Wondering how you can get sitelinks in search results for your site? If you don’t know what sitelinks are, they’re those search results that show several different links to different parts of a site under the main site listed for the search (See image below). Sometimes there will also be a search box to search that site right in the search results. Google says: “The links shown below some of Google’s search results, called sitelinks, are meant to help users navigate your site. Our systems analyze the link structure of your site to find shortcuts that will save users time and allow them to quickly find the information they’re looking for.” But not everyone is lucky enough to be…

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April
15
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The FCC, You and Your ISP: Protect Your Browsing History

  You probably know by now that the Federal Communications Commision’s guidelines to protect your internet usage history will no longer be. The regulations, put into action during the Obama administration, would have taken effect this coming December. But it was voted down, and now your ISP will have the right to sell data it knows about you to anyone, unless other restrictions get put into place. There was little hope that maybe President Trump would surprise everyone and not sign the bill, but that fell flat on April 3rd. Now more than ever that your privacy is up for grabs how do you protect it? Hostwinds can protect your information from your ISP with our VPN. This allows you…

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April
10
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WordPress Plugin Preview: Draw Attention (Interactive Images)

  Today’s featured WordPress plugin is a little gem called Draw Attention, which is created by Tyler Digital. It lets you easily create interactive images to post on your site that are responsive and even SEO friendly. It’s not widely known about, as there are only about 3,000 active installs at this time.   Note: If interested in discovering new plugins, you might be interested in Public Post Preview, too!   You can use it to put clickable hotspots on your images. Then when someone clicks the hotspot, it opens up an information box that can contain text, images, links, etc. Use it to create interactive tutorials or to give readers more information on any specific item/area in your image….

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April
06
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Email Marketing Deliverability: The Top Do’s and Don’ts in 2017

  No matter how much time you spend crafting the perfect email copy, beautifully designed templates and perfected headlines that demand high open rates… It won’t matter if your emails never even make it into your subscribers’ inbox. So how do you improve inboxing and deliverability, and prevent your emails from getting the dreaded spam slam? That’s exactly what this post will help you do. Whitelist certificates and enterprise level email services First and foremost, there are two important things you should think about if you’re having problems with email going to spam: Whitelisting and where you’re sending your email from. If you’re serious about your email marketing then it’s highly recommended to pay to get whitelisted or to use…

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April
03
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Small Businesses Embrace Online Marketing but Fall Short

  Most small business owners today know that being online isn’t a matter of “Should I” anymore. It’s a must. And they’re embracing that by having a website and using social media. But unfortunately, many aren’t succeeding in being found online. They aren’t confident in their online presence and most don’t bother with SEO.   Note: If you’re interested in upping your online marketing this year, you might be interested in: Why you might want to consider retargeting 3 New reasons to consider Pinterest marketing Understanding and tracking dark social   Small businesses not using SEO According to Clutch’s study, half of small business aren’t using search engine optimization for their website. SEO isn’t a quick fix for anything, but…

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March
31
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How to Fix Your High WordPress CPU Usage Problem

  If high WordPress CPU usage problems are driving you insane, this post will help you out. If your site is using too many resources, it’s probably making your site run slow for your visitors and could be affecting your rankings. Not to mention the fact that you may be getting warnings from your hosting provider or they may have even suddenly shut you down without warning.   Note: Here’s a guide on how Hostwinds handles continuous high resource usage (No, we won’t shut your site down all of a sudden because your site gets a surge of traffic and resource usage goes through the roof)   So here we go, here are some of the first things you should…

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March
28
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WordPress Plugins Preview: Public Post Preview

  A couple weeks ago we did a guide for allowing temporary admin access to your WordPress site, which certainly can come in handy. But what if you just want someone to be able to read your post before it’s published? Maybe they want to verify a quote of theirs you’re using. Maybe your client needs to see what you’ve written before the rest of the world sees it. Or maybe there are several people who need to see the post. You don’t have to give them admin access just to do that. Why take the chance of someone messing around in there and accidentally breaking something or creating multiple accounts just so one post can be accessed? That’s where…

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March
24
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Step up WordPress Security with These .htaccess Tips

  There’s a single file that can give you incredible power of how your WordPress site functions and how secure it is – your .htaccess file. Understanding the different commands available to use and how to use them can help you do everything from increasing WordPress security, setting up basic redirects, restrict files or password protect specific content. This guide will show you the possibilities and .htaccess tips and tricks to get you started.     Note: Always keep backups up to date. Here’s a guide to some of the best WordPress backup plugins to help.   What is .htaccess? .htaccess stands for hypertext access. For WordPress sites, it’s automatically created when you choose to change the settings for your permalinks….

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March
20
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Should You Spend More for a Dedicated Server vs Shared Hosting?

  There are a lot of options when it comes to hosting your website. That’s actually a good thing, as you can choose the hosting plan that perfectly suits your needs. No single hosting package would be able to fit the needs of everyone. Whether you’re starting a blog for something you’re passionate about or need to create a business site, use this information to make an informed decision and choose the best hosting solution for you. The three main types of hosting available are shared hosting, VPS (virtual private servers) and dedicated hosting. In order to choose the right one, you should understand the pros and cons of each in terms of what they offer, how they affect your…

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March
18
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Tech Tools: Increase Productivity with Ghost Browser

  Whether you’re a social media manager, a developer who’s constantly having to log in and out of WordPress as different users or just need to be logged into the same site as different people….Ghost Browser might be just what you need. Today we’ll take a quick look at this new Ghost Browser, a browser that lets you do all this with no hassle. Sure, there’s Chrome’s People Manager, but you still end up with multiple windows scattered around. Ghost Browser is lightning fast and well… you never know if something’s better until you try it, right?     Ghost Browser is a new browser, developed by Loving Cup Productions. They call it “The Productivity Browser for Tech Pros” and…

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