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How to Land Your Next Job in 2020

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“New year, new me.” Chances are you’ve said this at some point in the month of January, as the start of a new year infuses motivation and energy into all of us after the holidays. As the end of January nears though, it’s important to stay focused and keep the momentum going, especially when it comes to a change that can affect your day-to-day life like finding a new job. Here are a few ways you can land your next job in 2020. Search, search, search Starting a job search from scratch sounds... .

10 Ways to Show Your Blog Some Love

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Valentine’s Day, Galentine’s Day, or Palentine’s Day — no matter what you celebrate, don’t forget to include your blog in the festivities. We promise that if you treat it well, it’ll take care of you in turn. Why start a blog in the first place? Bloggers we’ve talked to have described them as their passion. Blogging allows them to connect with people nearby or across the world who have similar interests; it’s a way of supporting their lifestyles (hello, travel bloggers!). Some folks use blogs for their side-hustles to make extra money and others depend on their blogs as a primary source of income. Face it: You and your blog are in a relationship. Just as with any relationship, it’ll thrive with a little TLC. Ways to Improve Your Blog   Use these 10 tips to better your blog and show that you’re ready to commit. 1- Update old blog posts, content, and links. Many people put all their focus on “new” — new blog posts, new infographics, new videos. The thinking behind that is that new content will increase your site traffic. And to an extent, that’s true. But that doesn’t mean brand new is always better. (Tell that to your ex, amirite?) We’ll explain. Google, the leading search engine, loves new content. However, in this case “new content” is expanded to include updated content. And older content already has other benefits like URL authority and traffic. Bots and spiders crawl your site looking for different things. Among those things are indicators of fresh content. They’ll make note of your updates and it can lead to your content seeing a bump in SERPs.   Added bonus: People are less likely to bounce off webpages that aren’t full of outdated links and information. 2- Create a content calendar.   As mentioned previously, Google is smitten with new content. Creating a calendar helps you stay on top of future posts and plan your updates. There are a variety of tools at your disposal for creating content calendars. A quick Internet search shows many free options, or you can use the calendar features in trusted online tools such as G Suite or Office 365 (along with a host of other familiar and user-friendly features that they offer!). Added bonus: Using a cloud-based calendar allows you to plan with other content collaborators no matter where they’re located. 3- Verify that your blog (and website) is truly mobile responsive. News flash: It’s 2020! If your visitors want to catch up on your blog from their mobile devices, like a phone or tablet, make sure it’s a pleasant experience for them. No one wants to drag their finger across their screen to get from one end of a sentence to another. And no one will take the time to do that either. Instead, they’ll bounce. When designing and working on your blog, keep responsive design in mind. WebFX defines responsive design as, “…a way to put together a website [or blog] so that it automatically scales its content and elements to match the screen size on which it is viewed.” You don’t need to be a coding wizard to create a mobile responsive site, so relax. Any good Website Builder includes a mobile optimization feature. Added bonus: Making sure your blog is optimized for mobile devices also improves your SEO! Mobile optimization is a contributing factor in Google’s search ranking, so don’t overlook it. 4- Check the speed of your blog. You know what else will drive away your visitors? A super slow-loading blog. Why should they stick around when there are approximately 784028495868 bazillion other web pages in existence that they could be browsing (and that could have loaded in the same time frame)? Let’s face it: A slow-loading blog takes all the fire and excitement out of the relationship. Use a free resource, like Google’s PageSpeed Insights, to get a better understanding of your site’s loading time. If your loading time is abysmal, poor, or even mediocre, try doing these things: Optimize your images.Reduce the number of blog posts featured on your homepage. Go easy on the ads. Make sure you’re using the right plugins (fastest and newest versions.) 5- Audit your plugins. Even if you get a high score on your PageSpeed Insights review, you should still take stock of all the plugins you’re using. No relationship needs a third wheel (or multiple third wheels) dragging them down, so get rid of any plugins you no longer use or need on your blog. We can’t stress this enough — backup your blog before making any changes to your plugins or any big changes to your blog in general! If something bad should happen (and while it’s highly unlikely, it is possible) you’ll be happy you have that backup. Do you use WordPress for your blog? Here’s a great article by Mediavine on how to audit your WordPress plugins. 6- Add an email signup form to your blog. You’ve heard us say it before and we’re saying it again for the people in the back. It’s high time you introduced your blog to email marketing. They make for the perfect pair. Adding an email signup to your blog is one of the easiest ways to promote and increase repeat readership of your blog. If you’re like most of us, you probably check your email every day. Stay top of mind with your readers by meeting them where they’re likely to be, in their inbox.   7- Network with other bloggers Starting and maintaining a blog can seem intimidating at times. It’s a relationship, remember? And all good relationships require work and effort. But here’s the thing — you’re not in it alone. We’re betting you probably have a friend or two that you turn to for relationship or romantic advice. Well, why shouldn’t you have other bloggers you can turn to when you have questions about your blog or blogging in general? Odds are good that they’ve experienced what you’re experiencing and can help guide you through it. And that’s not all networking with other bloggers is good for. Once you get to know other bloggers you can try: Guest posting on each others’ blogs.Boosting your backlinks by sharing each others’ content. Do this as appropriate. Spamming each others’ blogs with irrelevant links looks bad to both your readers and search engines. Contributing to supplementary content together, like podcasts, webinars, or giveaways. 8- Get social from behind the computer screen. It is your responsibility as a blogger to engender trust in your readers. If you want your visitors and readers to value your content and share it with others, they need to know the source behind it is trustworthy. It’s all part of something called social proof. SproutSocial defines social proof as, “the concept that people will follow the actions of the masses. The idea is that since so many other people behave in a certain way, it must be the correct behavior.” The thinking goes that if many people trust and share your content, then it must make sense for them (any other people) to do the same thing. Show who you are and that you’re trustworthy by: Connecting with your readers in the comments.Creating social media groups (like Facebook groups) where your readers can connect and converse with you.Posting testimonials from those who’ve worked with you in the past or have tried your products. 9- Go beyond the written word on your blog. Did you know that the word “blog” is a shortened version of web log? Since blogs started as online journals, it makes sense that they’re heavily reliant on the written (or typed) word. That dependency on written content won’t change, but it doesn’t mean you can’t spice it things a bit. A little variety never hurt anyone, so consider adding any of the following types of content into the mix: VideoGifsPhotos or imagesInfographicsGraphs or chartsWebinarsQ&A with readers or guests Added bonus: Multimedia content increases the amount of time people spend on your site. 10- Implement Google Analytics on your blog. Your blog can be your biggest ally in forging new connections and creating financial independence. But to get the most out of your blog it needs review, maintenance, and optimization. Luckily, Google yet again provides us with a free tool that helps you understand your blog’s performance and where it can be improved. Have you heard of Google Analytics? It’s a great resource that helps you analyze your site. You can learn where your visitors come from, how long they’re spending on your site, where they’re bouncing, and so much more from the Google Analytics platform. These insights can then be applied in different ways so as to optimize your blog and increase the revenue you can make from it. Neil Patel writes a great piece titled, “7 Google Analytics Reports That Show How Your Blog is Really Performing” that we really think you should check out. Optimizing your blog doesn’t have to be difficult. Take these tips to heart when working on your blog, but don’t feel as though you have to tackle them all in one day. Managing your blog should be an enjoyable experience, so go ahead and plan out what improvements and optimizations you’ll start with, and set goals to accomplish them. Once those are checked off your list, move on to the next blog improvement tip and knock that one out, too. What other blog improvement tips do you have? Let us know in the comments. The post 10 Ways to Show Your Blog Some Love appeared first on Domain.com | Blog.

Improved Offline Publishing

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The best technology is invisible and reliable. You almost forget it’s there, because things just work. Bad technology never disappears into the background — it’s always visible, and worse, it gets in your way. We rarely stop to think “My, what good Wifi!” But we sure notice when the Wifi is iffy. Good technology in an app requires solid offline support. A WordPress app should give you a seamless, reliable posting experience, and you shouldn’t have to worry whether you’re online or offline while using WordPress Mobile. And if we’ve done our jobs right, you won’t have to!  We all need fewer worries in life, so if you haven’t already head to https://apps.wordpress.com/get/ to download the apps. Offline Publishing On the go and without a connection?  No worries! The apps will now remember your choices and once you’re back online,your content will be saved and published as requested.  But if you changed your mind about publishing a post while you’re still offline, you can still safely cancel it. The new Offline Publishing flow. This improved publishing flow comes together with a revamped UI for yourf post status.  You’ll be able to clearly see which posts are pending, saving or publishing. Smoother Messaging We removed several alerts that were being presented while you were offline.  These blocking alerts required you to take action but often provided no insights on either what the problem was, or how to resolve it.   They have been replaced with contextual non-blocking messages both within the UI, and in notices appearingright above the toolbar. As a result, you’ll see less disruptive and uninformative alerts, and more inline and informative messages, such as the one shown above. Safeguards We also added some safeguards to ensure there are no surprises! You can cancel offline publishing. Modifying posts that are scheduled for publishing will cancel the publishing action. Don’t worry, though – you can always reschedule the post for publishing. All queued save and publishing operations will be canceled if your device stays offline for more than 48 hours.  We want you to be in complete control of what gets published and when.

cPanel & WHM LTS Named Tier Autofixer and You

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Beginning in cPanel & WHM Version 86, the way we use the term “LTS” or Long Term Support in reference to our software is changing. We’re making this important change for several reasons, and we want to provide you with information to help you keep your servers secure and up to date. How cPanel’s Versioning and Tiers Work  We’re making a change to our release methodology and update system, which will assist you in keeping your servers ...

HostGator Customer Spotlight: Michelle Visser of Souly Rested

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The post HostGator Customer Spotlight: Michelle Visser of Souly Rested appeared first on HostGator Blog. Starting a side hustle can feel like a big risk, but here is the good news. Many other people and companies that have come before you started as side hustles.  In fact, HostGator started out as a college project. So, we know how hard it can be to stay motivated when creating a business on the side.  That’s why we make it part of our mission to help side hustlers get their feet off the ground. We do this by providing a website builder that helps customers get an affordable and smart-looking website up in no time, with no previous expertise needed.  We also like to make the process fun and rewarding. That’s why we sponsor the Side Hustle Stars Awards, and highlight some of our successful customers. To help you stay motivated as you create your own side hustle website, here’s a look into the inspiring story of 3rd place Side Hustle Star Awards Winner, Michelle Visser, the creator of the blog Souly Rested. Who is Michelle Visser, and What is Souly Rested? Souly Rested is a blog based on life on a 219-year-old farm in rural New England. The blog includes everything from tutorials on tapping maple trees to cooking with maple and everything in between. We wanted to learn more about Michelle Visser her fun blog, Souly Rested, so we asked her a handful of questions. Since Michelle Visser is an avid niche blogger, the first thing we wanted to learn was what her most successful blog post was. Visser said, “My most popular post is about how we trained our dog to be friendly to our free-ranging chicken. When I saw its numbers rising not long after I wrote it, I quickly realized that my readers just want genuine solutions to everyday problems that we all face. It also helped the post’s popularity that I couldn’t find any other blog post at all on this topic.” As you start your own blog, you may consider answering everyday questions as well, and see how your posts perform. Monitoring your post performance is a great way to generate more ideas for your blog. We were also dying to know what Visser’s most popular social media post was, since social media is a stellar way to promote a website.  Visser said, “My most popular social media post was when I asked readers to vote on their favorite cover design for my book. That taught me that readers love to have a say and tell me their opinion, which works out great for marketing research. If I want to know what my readers want, I just need to ask them.” What better way to find out what your readers want than to ask them via social media? Overall, we learned that Visser has grown a successful homesteading community, offered countless blog posts with practical advice, designed and started selling a product for backyard sugarmaking, and even launched books. What Challenges Come with Blogging? While Visser has experienced loads of success with her blog, it hasn’t always been easy for her to keep up the rapid pace of creating continuous and relevant content. Visser said one of her biggest challenges has been “hanging on and continuing to create great content when only your aunt and a few friends are reading it.”  However, her motto is close to what Kevin Costner says in Field of Dreams, “if you build it, they will come.” Visser adds, “ if you build it right,” then they (website visitors) will come. As Visser has continued creating and publishing content, she has shared her expertise on baking with maple syrup, making DIY kombucha, gardening, and real-food recipes. She has also provided encouragement for homesteaders and built a robust following. What Advice Do You Have for Other Bloggers? We also asked what advice Visser has for other people interested in starting a blog. She says, “Don’t sugar coat it. If something’s hard, be real. Share why it’s hard. Then explain why—for you—it was worth the work.” Visser also says to not be afraid to “tap into your reader’s needs and fears and find a few great products that you love that help you meet those needs or squelch those fears.”  She explains that selling products, and even finding affiliates that meet the needs of readers, are great ways to make money on a blog.  Visser has experienced this success herself. She says, “I’ve established myself as both a maple and a kombucha expert, sell related e-products, sold $28k worth of related merchandise via my affiliates and via my blog, and am hoping I sell tens of thousands of printed books when Sweet Maple hits bookstores this fall.” Why Choose HostGator? When it comes to building a website, business owners and bloggers have several options. We wanted to know why Michelle Visser chose HostGator to build her blog.  She said, “Honestly, I was just starting a blog and I didn’t make a penny for years. The most important thing to me at the time was saving in every way that I could. HostGator was the most cost-effective hosting company I could find that also had great reviews.” HostGator started as a side hustle. The team gets what it’s like to penny pinch. That’s why we offer 3 affordable hosting plans for our website builder, starting at just a few dollars per month. We also make it our mission to help our customers build a successful website. Michelle Visser appreciates this about HostGator.  She said, “It blows me away how friendly and non-condescending folks are when I call with (sometimes silly) questions. And, I’ve never once hung up from a call without a resolution.” For help getting your own website started, check out the Gator Website Builder today. We can’t wait to help you build your website. Find the post on the HostGator Blog

Twitter Marketing Hacks to Increase Followers and Engagement for your Business

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As global internet usage continues to accelerate in growth, social media remains deeply embedded into the lives of the majority of online users. Approximately 4.4 billion users are now online, and social media consistently dominates the rankings of the world’s most visited websites.  Twitter, in particular, continues to have a strong showing on ranking lists, despite oft-reported declines in the active users. It’s doing well in terms of advertising, too—with total ad engagements up 20% year-over-year. Marketing-related statistics aren’t the only measure of impact Twitter has. It remains a strong force in shaping conversations all across the internet, where news from different communities and virality go hand-in-hand.  That’s why being on Twitter is beneficial for any brand or individual looking to increase awareness of their products, services, or expertise.  To start, here are the four Twitter growth hacks you need to have in your strategy to maintain success on the platform.  Post frequently, then post again. Twitter is a fast-moving platform. Over 500 million tweets are sent through each day—and with how easy it is to post and scroll through the feed, you’ll risk tweets getting lost in the shuffle if you aren’t careful. If you’re promoting a piece of content, tweeting just once a day isn’t enough.  Good practice dictates tweeting at least five times a day. You can spread this out by splitting the promotions for each half-day as well: two or three in the morning and two or more in the afternoon. This covers your bases and improves the chances your content will be seen by those who haven’t checked their feeds in a while.  Salesforce, for example, writes different tweets with the same call-to-action link when tweeting about events. This means more people see their tweets at different times, they’re directed to click on the same CTA, and there’s less risk of the same person seeing the exact same content multiple times, which could seem like spam. Because of how fast it moves, it’s essential to post to Twitter every day. While other social media platforms may let you get away with posting three times a week, on Twitter it’s essential to stay active daily. To do this, prepare tweets by scheduling them in advance at optimal times. According to HubSpot:  Tweet between 8 to 10 am and 9 to 6 pm. B2C brand engagement is higher on weekends, while B2B is higher on weekdays.  5:00-6:00 pm may garner more retweets and click-throughs. Add in-line images to tweets.  One of the most effective Twitter growth hacks isn’t much of a hack at all— it’s a simple change that makes a world of difference. Adding in-line images to Tweets instead of just a link preview or bit of text can increase retweets by 150% and favourites by 89%.  Considering how often you need to tweet, that seems like a lot of content to produce. Not so! When doing cross-platform marketing promotions and sharing the same piece of content to multiple social media websites, prepare in advance by optimizing images for each network. Twitter’s minimum size for in-stream photos is 440×220 pixels, with a maximum at 1024×512. Create variations for all images with these proportions. However, Twitter does automatically collapse photos that don’t fit these dimensions, allowing them to expand upon clicking. If you plan to go this route, keep photos at least 506×253 pixels to maintain quality.  Be part of the conversation. All social media thrives on conversation, but Twitter more than most. Being responsive on Twitter goes a long way in terms of customer service—60% of users expect a response to their tweets within an hour, and their opinion of you and your brand will soar if their concerns get resolved. Being open to feedback is essential, so approach all inquiries with a friendly and helpful tone.  In addition to customer service, joining discussions around significant events highlight your brand’s awareness of the world around it. Advertising chances get kicked up a notch during these events as well: Twitter Ads during live events are 11% more effective at stimulating engagement.  However, don’t just jump in on an official or trending hashtag by thinking of it as a chance to sell. Engaging with events as part of your Twitter growth hacks only works if you consciously avoid the sales pitches. Instead, talk about the event and engage others with it.  Expand your network. Perhaps the simplest of the Twitter growth hacks for expanding followers is to expand your own Twitter network—by researching who to follow. Some of the world’s top influencers in all kinds of industries make their home on Twitter, so engaging with their tweets—and the tweets of their followers—can give you a leg up in terms of impressions and reach. Netflix, for example, regularly retweets posts by users who mention any of the shows they’re currently promoting. They can range from tweets from famous celebrities or ordinary users whose posts earn a substantial amount of likes and retweets on their own. Despite the rise of visual-focused networks like Instagram and the continuing domination of Facebook, Twitter stays popular due to its carving out a niche for relevant information and interesting discussion, delivered immediately. Just like any other social media network, though, you’ll need to spruce up your presentation to stay attractive. Combining quality visuals with discussions and conversations at the right time can make your Twitter profile interesting, timely, and visible—easy to follow and easier to engage with. .fb_iframe_widget_fluid_desktop iframe { width: 100% !important; } The post Twitter Marketing Hacks to Increase Followers and Engagement for your Business appeared first on ResellerClub Blog.

What is WebAssembly and How Do You Learn It? A Quick Guide

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The post What is WebAssembly and How Do You Learn It? A Quick Guide appeared first on HostGator Blog. You’ve heard about HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. But, what is all this new chatter about WebAssembly?  In short, WebAssembly is the newest web language, brought to the world by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C).  This new official web standard can be run in modern web browsers and offers a safe, low-level assembly-like language with a compact binary format that provides “efficient execution and compact representation of code on modern processors including in a web browser,” according to a WC3 press release. It also runs alongside JavaScript, and also makes it possible for languages like C/C++ and Rust to run on the web. In other words, WebAssembly is a modern and safe way of enabling high-performance applications on the web when using Open Web Platform technologies. It provides a smart way to run code written in various languages on the web at near-native speed. This article will offer a quick look at the benefits of WebAssembly and how you can learn it. What Are the Benefits of WebAssembly? The purpose of WebAssembly is to provide a virtual instruction set architecture that allows high-performance applications. High-performance applications that can use WebAssembly include things like video, audio codecs, graphics, 3D, multi-media, games,  cryptographic computations, and portable language implementations. The main benefits of WebAssembly are as follows: Fast and efficient. WebAssembly is encoded in a binary format that executes at near-native speed on a wide range of platforms. Secure. With advances in machine learning and AI, maintaining safety is key. WebAssembly has a memory-safe, sandboxed execution environment that can be implemented inside existing JavaScript virtual machines. If embedded in the web, WebAsdsembly uses the same security policies of the browser.  Possible to debug. WebAssembly is printed in textual format, making debugging, testing, optimizing, learning, teaching, and writing programs by hand possible. Open. WebAssembly is part of the open web platform, and also supports non-web embeddings. Enhances web performance.  WebAssembly enables near-native performance, optimized load time, improved streaming capabilities, and a compilation target for existing code bases. Additionally, a web page can execute and code can download simultaneously. Hardware, language, and platform-independent. WebAssembly works with all modern architectures, devices, and embedded systems, and doesn’t favor one language, programming model, or object model over another. Additionally, it can be implemented on browsers, stand-alone systems, and in other environments. Compact. WebAssembly has a binary format. This format is fast to transmit because it is much smaller than typical text or native code formats. These are the main benefits, but the list of reasons why you would want to use WebAssembly is robust. For a more comprehensive look into all the advantages of WebAssembly, check out the WebAssembly Core Specification document. How Do You Learn WebAssembly? When it comes to learning WebAssembly, there are a few typical prerequisites—no matter what your learning preferences are.  Before diving headfirst into WebAssembly, you should already be a programmer that understands JavaScript in the Browser environment. If you don’t have this knowledge, then back up and get a working knowledge of JavaScript. Additionally, you should be capable of basic Command Line (Terminal) usage. Another helpful prerequisite is to have experience with C/C++. If you don’t have this experience, it’s typically not too much of a problem as many training courses will teach you this in addition to learning WebAssembly. One of the best ways to learn WebAssembly is to take an online coding course from one of the many online learning platforms like Udemy. There is also plenty of free supplemental material on YouTube and guides from popular developer websites like Mozilla.  Let’s take a deeper look at both options. What to look for when taking a paid WebAssembly course If you opt for a paid course, find one that first provides an in-depth look into what WebAssembly is and why it’s so powerful. Before you start learning the techniques, you’ll want to understand why you would want to learn WebAssembly over, or in addition to, HTLM, CSS, and JavaScript. A good course will offer you this information. You’ll also want to find a course that provides an organized and detailed look into how WebAssembly works. This includes how WebAssembly allows you, essentially, to do more with less, or how it enables high-level applications on a low-level infrastructure. Finally, find a course that helps you create WebAssembly modules from scratch, teaches you the latest web development technology, and that matches your current developer proficiency level. Remember, when you pay for a course, you shouldn’t have to do any of the hard work yourself. The course should take you from step one to being proficient in WebAssembly in an organized fashion. What are some good free resources for learning WebAssembly? If you would rather save the money and teach yourself via developer websites, it’s important to remember that you will have to do additional work to find the most relevant information and sort the information yourself. To help you get started, here is a quick list of helpful resources: W3. What better place to learn WebAssembly than to look to the organization that created it? W3 provides a core specification document with loads of valuable information. You’ll glean insight into the design goals, scope, security considerations, structure, validation, execution, numerics, binary format, text format, and more. Thankfully, this manual is free and well-organized. Codelabs. Codelabs is another excellent source if you’re looking for quick training. They offer a 60-minute training that helps you get the dependencies, build a pure C-model, instantiate and the Game of Life with JavaScript, and more. It’s imperative to remember that you should have some working knowledge of developer basics before taking this course. Mozilla guides. Mozilla guides are another fantastic resource if you’re looking to learn WebAssembly from resources from the internet. Guides include things like WebAssembly topics, compiling a new C/C++ module to WebAssembly, compiling an existing C/C++ module to WebAssembly, compiling from Rust to WebAssembly, loading and running WebAssembly code, using the WebAssembly JavaScript API, understanding WebAssembly text formats, and more. This is a great resource if you’re looking to spruce up knowledge of WebAssembly while using one or more particular types of languages. There are several other free online training resources, but these three options will give you an excellent place to start. Looking to the Future The introduction of WebAssembly is an exciting new addition to the web and an excellent way to help developers do more with less. If all of this sounds like Chinese to you, but you’re still interested in building a website, don’t worry. HostGator is here for you. With HostGator, you don’t have to know any web language to get a website up and running. All you have to do is choose your web hosting plan, pick the perfect template, and customize it to your liking with our drag and drop Gator Website Builder. You can get started building your website today! Find the post on the HostGator Blog

Announcing Built with Workers

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Ever since its initial release, Cloudflare Workers has given JavaScript developers a platform to enable building high-performance applications with automatic scaling.As with any new technology, we know it can be a bit intimidating to get started. For one thing, running code on the edge is a paradigm shift—forcing us to rethink classic web architecture problems, or removing them altogether. For another, since you can build just about anything, it can be challenging to figure out what to build first.Today we’re launching Built with Workers, a new site designed to help get those creative juices flowing and unblock you, by answering that simple but important question: What can I build with Cloudflare Workers?Some time in 1999, at age 11, I received my first graphing calculator. It was a TI-82 that my older sister no longer needed. It was on this very calculator that I learned to write code. Looking back, I’m not sure how exactly I had the patience or sanity to figure it all out.It was a mess. Among the many difficulties were that I had to type the code out on the calculator’s non-QWERTY keyboard, the language I was writing in didn’t have functions, and oh yeah, the text editor would frequently bug out and I’d inexplicably lose half or all of my code.But what was perhaps more challenging than all of that, was that I had absolutely zero code examples to draw inspiration from.I remember when I stumbled on a design pattern to handle input. It was quite the eureka moment. With only labels and gotos, I would have to check if each key was pressed and then loop back around to do it all over again. Little did I know I’d be programming games just about the same way today using  requestAnimationFrame .Though I was able to make a few simple programs hunting around like this, I quickly hit my limits and stopped writing them.A couple of years later, a friend of mine, with his fancy-pantsed TI-83 Silver Edition calculator with 4× the RAM of mine—I was a bit jealous—showed me a program that came with his fancy new calculator.It was called Phoenix. If you ever played any graphing calculator games, it was probably this one. It was fast and action packed, flying a spaceship around shooting enemies. It was beautiful.Seeing this game totally changed my perspective on the platform. I went on to create a couple of games involving similar mechanics and a similar animation style, all because I’d seen this game on a friend’s calculator.It opened up my eyes to what was possible, gave me the confidence to try things I previously thought were impossible, and brought out the detective inside me to want to figure out how they were able to build each piece of functionality.A few other friends of mine started writing programs too. We would trade our programs in the back of math class together using a cable to attach the two calculators together.Importantly, when you’d receive a program from another friend’s calculator, you could run it and you could view and manipulate the source code. This allowed us to collaborate on games, by passing them back and forth.Our apps and games became more complex and interesting. Non-coder friends of ours were becoming interested in our projects too, and we started sharing games at lunch. We would get great feedback from them, leading us to fix bugs, build more stylish graphics and intro sequences, and streamline the player experience.I’m sure our teachers loved us...A few years later, I got the Internet.What made the Internet so exciting to me was that by design, the source code of any website was just sitting right there, one keyboard command away. Just like the calculators.So I did what many of us did back then—and still do today: if I saw something cool, I stole it. Oh nice hover animation: I’ll take that thank you very much. Cool button design: yup, that’s mine now.Back then we called them websites not apps, and ourselves web designers not frontend engineers, but in all of the time since then, the web platform hasn’t really changed.Although the web today is more complex, often with many more layers of abstraction, it’s still the case that if you can see something in your browser, most likely you can quickly access, study, copy, manipulate, borrow and steal the source code that created it in just a few seconds.This is why I’m personally so excited to bring Built with Workers to the community, and to learn from the projects on it myself.Every project page has a section in which the creators get to describe how their project uses Cloudflare Workers. Many projects use Workers KV, our distributed key-value store, and Workers Sites, our edge-based static site hosting, and some projects are entirely written, built, tested, and deployed with Cloudflare Workers.Even better than that, many projects on Built with Workers are open-source, featuring a direct link to the Github repo, allowing you to quickly get at the source. The Built with Workers site itself is one of these open-source projects on the Built with Workers site.We hope that the projects on Built with Workers will help inspire you to build your next project, by seeing just what’s possible.Visit Built with Workers →It’s been thrilling to see the incredible projects people are building. If you’ve got a project you’d like to share, please fill out this form.

How to Analyze Your LinkedIn Profile Using the LinkedIn Dashboard

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Looking for analytics to assess your LinkedIn profile’s performance? Are you looking at the LinkedIn dashboard for profiles? In this article, you’ll discover how to use the dashboard on your personal LinkedIn profile to analyze and improve your profile visibility, prospecting, and content strategy. What Is “Your Dashboard” on LinkedIn? Every LinkedIn profile has a […] The post How to Analyze Your LinkedIn Profile Using the LinkedIn Dashboard appeared first on Social Media Marketing | Social Media Examiner.

cPanel Store Now Offering SolusVM Licenses

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We have begun offering SolusVM Master Enterprise licenses to Direct Store customers through the cPanel Store as an option for hypervisor users who wish to utilize the virtualization management software. SolusVM licenses are a new option to purchase, but aren’t a required installation or upgrade. If you’re interested in a control panel for a virtualized environment, read on to find out more. What is SolusVM? SolusVM is a GUI and API based VPS management system with support for platform virtualization tools such as 

6 Benefits a Chatbot Can Offer Your Small Business

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The post 6 Benefits a Chatbot Can Offer Your Small Business appeared first on HostGator Blog. If you’ve ever wished you had a business assistant who didn’t cost much but took care of time-consuming tasks, good news. You probably can have that, thanks to some big improvements in the way chatbots work. Chatbots used to be good for answering only the simplest questions but now they can do a lot more. Thanks to advances in chatbot tech, a growing number of chatbot plugins and Facebook Messenger’s chat tools for business, bots can handle several important customer service and marketing tasks for you. Here are 6 ways a chatbot can make your small business better. 1. Instant Customer Service Nobody wants to wait for answers to basic questions about your business. With a chatbot, they don’t have to. No matter what time of day people visit your site with questions, and no matter how busy you are, chatbots can take care of those basic Q&As for you. You can set up your chatbot with a menu of questions and answers relevant to your business and customers. If your chatbot has AI-backed natural language processing capabilities (and some WordPress chatbot plugins do), your customers can have real conversations with your bot to get answers to their questions.  WPBot’s demo customer service chat combines natural language conversation and a menu What if someone asks a question your bot can’t answer? You can configure your bot to connect the customer to your customer service team via email or phone.  2. Marketing Data Collection Chatbots are a great way to build your marketing lists. If your customers sign into the chat with their Facebook profile, you can receive their public profile data. You can also request an email address and phone number to build your marketing lists.  Estée Lauder and some other retailers require a name and email address to begin online chats. As the bot grows your list, you can create marketing campaigns with better reach and segmentation (more on that below). 3. Personalized Product Recommendations  Sephora’s chatbot on Kik does a great job of delivering personalized recommendations to its shoppers.  The bot’s Beauty Uncomplicator feature helps users find foundation, eyeliner and other products that match their skin type and style preferences. That can move shoppers from browsing to making purchases without leaving the chat.  With a bot that can offer personalized suggestions, your business can meet one of the make-or-break standards of personalized customer experience. The others include a frictionless shopping experience and help making good purchase decisions. That leads us to… 4. Help Customers Find the Products They Want With the right chatbot, your customers can find what they’re looking for while they chat, without having to click around the site on their own. For example, some WordPress chatbots integrate with WooCommerce to support product searches, upsells and cross-sells within the chat feature. This creates a customer experience that’s more like in-store service than online click-and-search shopping.  Why would you want customers to shop through your chatbot instead of browsing your site? Because unless a site is exceptionally intuitive and easy to use, they’d rather not. “Hard to navigate” sites were the number one frustration of online shoppers in a 2018 report. More than 1/3 of the respondents said they’d been frustrated with an online store’s navigation within the past month. 5. Remind Customers About Items in Their Shopping Cart The average cart abandonment rate for online commerce hovers around 70%, year after frustrating year. There are a lot of factors that make customers ditch their carts, like a clunky checkout process and high shipping fees. But sometimes shoppers just get distracted, or have to get back to work, and forget there’s something they meant to buy languishing in a digital cart. Chatbots can help with that, by sending a reminder to shoppers about those products, or an invitation to ask questions, or a discount offer on the items in their cart. That can raise your conversion rates without any effort by you. 6. Send Campaigns via Email, Chat, and Text The real power of today’s chatbots is how much data they collect and organize for business owners. When you have a chatbot that gathers Facebook Messenger information, email addresses and phone numbers, you have instant marketing lists. And when you combine that contact information with details about how those shoppers used the chatbot and your site, you have an easy way to segment those lists and create more effective campaigns. We’ve already talked about the ability of some chatbots to remarket to shoppers who’ve left items in their online cart. But you can also use your chatbot data to quickly create campaigns based on  Past purchases. Maybe 10 people bought dog crates from your store last week? Those customers might need a special offer on chew toys their pups can enjoy during crate time.Product searches in your store. Were shoppers looking for fall jackets before you had them in stock? Let them know as soon as you have them available. Questions shoppers asked your chatbot. Did a shopper spend a lot of time asking about and looking at your store’s woodworking tools? Update them whenever you have new woodworking items in stock. Some chatbots will let you send chat campaigns to your whole list or segments. Some integrate with other marketing tools so you can build email and text campaigns, too.  Now that you’ve seen how chatbots can help your small business, how do you get started? We cover that in an upcoming post that looks at the most popular and powerful chatbot plugins for WordPress, including plugins to help you integrate Facebook Messenger into your site.  Find the post on the HostGator Blog

New Removals report in Search Console

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We’re happy to announce that we’re launching a new version of the Removals report in Search Console, which enables site owners to temporarily hide a page from appearing in Google Search results. The new report also provides info on pages on your site that have been reported via other Google public tools.There are different tools available for you to report and remove information from Google, in this post we’ll focus on three areas that will be part of the new Search Console report: temporary removals, outdated content and SafeSearch filtering requests.Temporary removalsA temporary removal request is a way to remove specific content on your site from Google Search results. For example, if you have a URL that you need to take off Google Search quickly, you should use this tool. A successful request lasts about six months, which should be enough for you to find a permanent solution. You have two types of requests available:Temporary remove URL will hide the URL from Google Search results for about six months and clear the cached copy of the page.Clear cache URL clears the cached page and wipes out the page description snippet in Search results until the page is crawled again.Outdated contentThe outdated content section provides information on removal requests made through the public Remove Outdated Content tool, which can be used by anyone (not just site owners) to update search results showing information that is no longer present on a page.SafeSearch filteringThe SafeSearch filtering section in Search Console shows a history of pages on your site that were reported by Google users as adult content using the SafeSearch Suggestion tool. URLs submitted using this tool are reviewed, and if Google feels that this content should be filtered from SafeSearch results, these URLs are tagged as adult content.We hope you will find the new report clearer and useful. As always, please let us know if you have any comments, questions or feedback either through the Webmasters help community or Twitter.Posted by Tali Pruss, Search Console Software Engineer

New Removals report in Search Console

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We’re happy to announce that we’re launching a new version of the Removals report in Search Console, which enables site owners to temporarily hide a page from appearing in Google Search results. The new report also provides info on pages on your site that have been reported via other Google public tools.There are different tools available for you to report and remove information from Google, in this post we’ll focus on three areas that will be part of the new Search Console report: temporary removals, outdated content and SafeSearch filtering requests.Temporary removalsA temporary removal request is a way to remove specific content on your site from Google Search results. For example, if you have a URL that you need to take off Google Search quickly, you should use this tool. A successful request lasts about six months, which should be enough for you to find a permanent solution. You have two types of requests available:Temporary remove URL will hide the URL from Google Search results for about six months and clear the cached copy of the page.Clear cache URL clears the cached page and wipes out the page description snippet in Search results until the page is crawled again.Outdated contentThe outdated content section provides information on removal requests made through the public Remove Outdated Content tool, which can be used by anyone (not just site owners) to update search results showing information that is no longer present on a page.SafeSearch filteringThe SafeSearch filtering section in Search Console shows a history of pages on your site that were reported by Google users as adult content using the SafeSearch Suggestion tool. URLs submitted using this tool are reviewed, and if Google feels that this content should be filtered from SafeSearch results, these URLs are tagged as adult content.We hope you will find the new report clearer and useful. As always, please let us know if you have any comments, questions or feedback either through the Webmasters help community or Twitter.Posted by Tali Pruss, Search Console Software Engineer

A Definitive Guide to Starting a Reseller Web Hosting Business

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Starting a web hosting business may seem like a daunting task, however, it need not be! In this article, we’ll walk you through how to set up your own Reseller web hosting business. Before we dive in – let us first understand what web hosting is. Web Hosting – web hosting is the act of providing storage space and access to websites or applications on the server. The idea of web hosting is to make your website/application available to everyone connected to the internet.  To host your website on a server, you (the user) need to purchase a web hosting package. Essentially what this means is that you’re renting out space. Take, for instance, there is an entire apartment building with multiple houses. The building is your server whereas, you renting out an apartment is your personalised space or web hosting package. Once you purchase hosting from your chosen web hosting provider, your provider hosts your website and you can access it by typing in the website name in the URL bar in your web browser. When you are redirected to your website and it loads, it means your website is successfully hosted on the server. However, if you find any errors or the page doesn’t display you must contact your service provider.  Which is the right hosting for you?  Depending on what your website is your preferred hosting choice changes. If you run a WordPress website like a blog then WordPress Hosting is the best choice. On the other hand, if you run an e-commerce store then you have the option of Cloud Hosting. Similarly, if you’re running a reseller web hosting business that is, reselling hosting services to clients such that you earn some profit, then Reseller Hosting is the hosting to go for.  Advantages of Reseller Hosting There are several advantages of Reseller Hosting, let us have a look at them: 1.Free Cpanel Accounts At a time when you have to pay an additional amount for cPanel integration, our Linux Reseller Hosting plans come with unlimited FREE cPanel accounts. With cPanel you can create, modify and manage unlimited customer hosting accounts seamlessly. Apart from this, your control panel is fully branded to reflect your company’s identity. 2. Sturdy infrastructure Our Linux Reseller Hosting is great for developers and hosting providers as it is built on a state-of-the-art architecture boasting of high-performance processors and network to deliver a world-class experience. 3. Easy and effective domain management When it comes to Reseller web hosting business, domain management is of utmost importance. With our Reseller Hosting plans you can easily create customised hosting plans for your customers with sufficient bandwidth and unmetered disk space. Moreover, our hosting management system, cPanel allows you to install scripts with a single click and has an intuitive GUI to make your work easier. 4. Unmatched Speed Speed is another crucial factor to be considered when running a web hosting business, as the better, your website loading speed more are the chances you will rank high on search engines. Our Linux Reseller Hosting comes with varnish caching that helps improve your website speed by almost 1000x. Moreover, our plans even come equipped with CloudFlare CDN, low-density servers and cutting-edge hardware for your website to improve its SERP ranking. 5. Email Services  As a web hosting business, it is important that you provide basic email services to all your customer accounts. Our Linux Reseller Hosting plans allow your customers to create unlimited email accounts for their domains. The email service provides secure IMAP support that enables your customers to access their email from any device.  Along with all these benefits, we at ResellerClub also boasts of the fantastic support that’s available 24/7 via chat, calls and emails to help resolve your queries so that you have an amazing business experience. Check out our Reseller Linux Hosting plans today to start your own web hosting business.  Do you have any queries? If yes, feel free to comment below or contact us.  .fb_iframe_widget_fluid_desktop iframe { width: 100% !important; } The post A Definitive Guide to Starting a Reseller Web Hosting Business appeared first on ResellerClub Blog.

How to Turn YouTube Viewers Into Subscribers and Leads

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Is your YouTube marketing delivering results? Wondering how to get more subscribers and prospects from YouTube? In this article, you’ll find tips to develop and optimize YouTube content that turns viewers into subscribers and leads. #1: Attract Cold Leads on YouTube With Topical Content Total video views is one of the factors YouTube’s algorithm takes into […] The post How to Turn YouTube Viewers Into Subscribers and Leads appeared first on Social Media Marketing | Social Media Examiner.

How to SEO Audit Your Website in 2020 [Technical Guide]

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Things change quickly on the Internet. Your website may have been perfectly optimized for a great user experience and SEO when it was created, but we’re guessing a lot has transpired since then (even if it doesn’t seem like it).   Do you want to make the most out of your website — increase your conversion rate, better your SEO, and have the most engaging content? Because to do so you’ll need to audit your site on a regular basis. In this post, we’re covering ways you can perform a review of your site so you know what’s working and what needs improvement. How to perform a website audit. Let’s start at the beginning, shall we? In order to successfully audit your site, you need to know three things: What a website audit entails, who your ideal audience is, and what your goals are. The first because, well, how can you perform an audit without knowing what it is? And the second because your site should be designed with your ideal audience in mind. Any improvements you make to your site based on your audit should make life easier for them, not harder. Finally, you need to have identified your website goals. The improvements you make to your site should support your goals (e.g. – increase conversions by 5% month over month.) Many people and online resources will tell you that a website audit has everything to do with SEO. While that is a large part of it, your site is more than just an SEO machine and we have to look at the bigger picture. We appreciate BluLeadz’s definition of a website audit. They say that “a good website audit takes into account all the factors that can influence your website’s success: From your perspective, your customer’s, and Google’s.” Considering Google held 88.47 percent of the search engine market as of 2019, their perspective and opinion of your site is absolutely crucial to your success. Your customers’ perspective is essential, so part of your audit will revolve around reviewing the user experience of your website. And of course, your perspective is vital. Who knows your goals and motivations better than yourself? Now is the time to make sure your website is aligned to support them. Website Review and Audit Tools It’s difficult to determine where you should begin working on your site if you don’t have a solid understanding of how it’s currently performing. It’s best to first perform your audit and then plan your improvements based on the results.    A good thing to do at the beginning of every website audit is use a tool built for that specific purpose. You can find both free and paid website audit tools by doing a quick Internet search. Many free tools require that you provide an email address in exchange for their services (it’s called lead generation), or you can pay for a tool to provide a more in-depth review of your site.   Website Grader HubSpot created a popular tool, Website Grader, that provides information on your site’s performance, mobile friendliness, security, SEO, and more. Check out Domain.com’s grade below. What isn’t pictured here is the plethora of information you’ll receive by starting your website audit with this beginner-friendly tool. You can use the insights from the audit to hone in on the areas where your site needs the most or immediate work. In fact, the last section, titled “What Should I Do Next?” lays it out for you. Google’s Site Audit Tools Google offers multiple tools to help you review and understand your website. Here are three of their resources that can best assist you with your audit. PageSpeed Insights The name, “PageSpeed Insights,” is pretty telling isn’t it? It’s a tool that “reports on the performance of a page on both mobile and desktop devices, and provides suggestions on how that page may be improved.” Insights ranks your webpages using a numeric grade — 90+ is a fast page, 50-90 is middling, and anything below 50 is without a doubt a slow webpage. Note that this tool only reviews the webpage URL that you supply, not your entire website at once. Depending on the size and complexity of your site, it may not be feasible to enter the unique URL for each and every one of your webpages. Maximize the efficacy of this tool by identifying the most important pages on your site and reviewing those first. You can figure out what pages are most important and receive the most traffic by using heatmapping tools, or by utilizing the next Google tool in this list. Google Analytics Analytics provides an incredible amount of information and insight into your website. If you’ve never used it before, here’s a great beginner’s guide to Google Analytics to help you get started. Now, some of you might be wondering why we’re focusing on this tool since it provides in-depth information on your site visitors’ behavior. But think about it: Your site visitors’ behavior, in large part, correlates to the quality and efficacy of your website and its content. Have a slow loading site? You’re going to see some big bounce rates and small dwell times. People won’t hang around waiting for the page to load; instead, they’ll leave and find another faster loading website that suits their needs. Google Analytics helps you identify your most popular and well-trafficked landing pages. These could be the pages that people are landing on from search results, other sites, etc. most often. Consider running these pages through the PageSpeed Insights tool to make them as good as can be before moving on to less trafficked pages. Google Search Console Once upon a time, Google Search Console was known as Google Webmaster Tools. We like the newer name, because it speaks to this tool’s purpose: to help you “…monitor, maintain, and troubleshoot your site’s presence in Google Search results.” If you have a website, you can benefit from Search Console. It’ll tell you things like: How often your site appears in Google search results. What terms and queries people search by that lead to your site in the results. Indicate any issues you may be experiencing with indexing. And more! Google provides instruction on getting started with Search Console here. The information and insights you gather from this tool will be instrumental in improving your website’s SEO and overall success. Questions to ask during a website audit. Going into things blindly isn’t a great plan. This is especially true for your website audit. Before spending a lot of time with the resources we mentioned in the last section, make sure you know what questions they’re supposed to be helping you answer. Auditing your website for the user experience. We believe that your website’s user experience is integral to its success. When you create a user-friendly website, you’re really inviting those users to stay longer, interact more, and hopefully, convert (that just means they take the action you want for them to take — purchase, sign up for email, etc.) on your site. To audit your site for user experience, ask yourself the questions below. (Bonus: Many of the improvements you’ll end up making for user experience will directly improve your SEO!) Do I know my target audience?Are my CTAs (call-to-actions) and content geared toward my audience?Good CTAs are effective. They are clear and deliberate in telling someone what action to take.Is my marketing funnel optimized for these users?Is my site’s load time too slow or experiencing any issues? (If so, it could mean the answer to the following question is “Yes.”)Are my site visitors bouncing?Follow up by looking into their dwell time.  Is my site mobile responsive?If your site doesn’t display well on mobile devices, you’re missing out. As of the end of 2019 mobile devices drove the most website traffic, coming in at 52.6%.This is also important for SEO because Google uses mobile friendliness as a ranking signal.Does your site navigation make sense?Once someone lands on your site, will they be able to easily find what they’re looking for and move around?Here’s an (admittedly extreme) example of a site with terrible navigation. Would you know how to navigate this site without having to rest your eyes every now and again? Is your website design up to par?If your site looks like it walked straight out of the 90s then you’re in trouble.Do you have a lot of broken links?It’s a bad look, and your visitors won’t think of your site as reliable. Is your contact information easy to find?We recommend making it available on every page, even if at the footer.Do you have any intrusive pop-up ads or is your site cluttered in ads?Use a browser in incognito or private mode to get a sense of the ad experience for your visitors.  Auditing your website for technical issues. A technical audits helps get down to the nuts and bolts of your website: Are the systems and technologies working, or are they not? Is my website secure?SSL is integral to the security of the information exchanged on your site.Without SSL, information passed from end user (site visitor) to unsecure sites (like during a purchase or email sign up) and vice versa isn’t encrypted. This means it can be intercepted by lots of bad actors out there on the Internet.Secure websites are favored by Google in search results.Browsers display whether a site is secure or not, and that can make all the difference in a visitor’s trust (remember, they’re your potential customers.)Below are examples of sites with and without SSL. A site with SSL (using HTTPS) showing a secure lock icon. Site without SSL (not using HTTPS) displays “Not Secure” right next to the domain name. Is your personal information protected from the Internet’s prying eyes with Domain Privacy + Protection?Keep your site safe from both hackers and human error.How does your site display across the most popular browsers?Test your site across all the major browsers so there are no surprises or bad experiences for your visitors. Make any necessary changes to improve how your site renders on these browsers. Don’t forget to test the mobile versions of these browsers!Are you using a CMS (content management system) like WordPress?If yes, are you using the most up-to-date and secure version?Audit any plugins to make sure they’re running the newest versions and don’t pose security issues. Remove any no longer needed or used.  Is your site backed up?Before making any big changes to your site, you should create a backup. Wouldn’t it be terrible if something went wrong while making updates to your site? Without a backup created of your site, that can equal lots of heartache, time, and lost revenue.  Auditing your website for SEO. An SEO audit helps you optimize your website so that it performs well and ranks higher in SERPs, search engine result pages. Do you have a sitemap created so that Google and other search engines can easily crawl and index your site?Is your robots.txt file accurate?Are all the pages on your site optimized according to the various SEO ranking factors?Moz provides a run-down of different On-Page SEO ranking factors here.Are you using appropriate and relevant SEO keywords across your site and content?Do all your pages have title tags and meta descriptions?Title tags and meta descriptions are HTML elements that appear in the header on a web page. When a page shows as a search result, its title tag and meta description normally display right along with it on the SERP (search engine results page.) This is important because it can influence whether someone clicks through to your site from the SERPs.Is your website accessible?Do your images have alt text?Do you have any broken or misdirected links?Domain.com’s resident SEO expert, Mike, thinks SEO Minion, a free 3rd party SEO tool, is good for checking broken links. Please note, this is not a Domain.com product or resource.How many backlinks do you have?Backlinks are links created when one website links to another. You may also hear them referred to as “inbound links.”Are they quality backlinks?Moz created Link Explorer, a free tool to help you identify your backlinks and provide other link metrics, but it does require that you sign up for a free Moz account.SEOquake is another 3rd party tool (free plugin) that offers great insights into your SEO.Is your URL structure optimized?URL structure matters to both search engines and the people visiting your site.Here’s Search Engine Journal’s guide to an SEO-friendly URL structure. Wrapping up your website audit. Auditing your website can seem overwhelming at first. If that’s the case, break it out into smaller sections and complete them one by one. It could take a few days or a few weeks, but either way, audits are necessary for the success of your site. You should plan on auditing your website at least a couple times each year. For more complex websites, consider auditing them more frequently. Reviewing and auditing your site will give you a leg up with search engines, your customers, and over your competitors. Did you have any other tips or recommendations for auditing sites? Let us know in the comments! The post How to SEO Audit Your Website in 2020 [Technical Guide] appeared first on Domain.com | Blog.

Empowering Your Privacy

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Happy Data Privacy Day! At Cloudflare, our mission is to help build a better Internet, and we believe data privacy is core to that mission. But we know words are cheap — even data brokers who sell your personal information will tell you that “privacy is important” to them. So we wanted to take the opportunity on this Data Privacy Day to show you how our commitment to privacy crosses all levels of the work we do at Cloudflare to help make the Internet more private and secure — and therefore better — for everyone.Privacy on the Internet means different things to different people. Maybe privacy means you get to control your personal data — who can collect it and how it can be used. Or that you have the right to access and delete your personal information. Or maybe it means your online life is protected from government surveillance or from ad trackers and targeted advertising. Maybe you think you should be able to be completely anonymous online. At Cloudflare, we think all these flavors of privacy are equally important, and as we describe in more detail below, we’ve taken steps to address each of these privacy priorities.Governments don’t necessarily take the same view on what privacy should mean either. Europe has its General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), under which people have the right to control how their information is used, and the protection of data is a fundamental right under the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights. The United States takes a consumer-centric approach focusing on deceptive use of information, the sale of information, and privacy from unwarranted government surveillance. Brazil’s privacy law is similar to that of Europe’s, and Canada, New Zealand, Japan, Australia, China, and Singapore (to name a few) have some variation on the theme of a national, comprehensive privacy law.Rather than viewing privacy of personal data as an ocean of data to be regulated through the lens of any particular government, we think privacy merits a different approach. To begin with, we don’t think there should be an ocean of personal data. We believe in empowering individuals and entities of all sizes with technological tools to reduce the amount of personal data that gets funneled into the data ocean — regardless of whether you live in a country with laws protecting the privacy of your personal data. If we can build tools to help you share less personal data online, then that’s a win for privacy no matter your privacy priorities or country of residence. Technologies that Enable the Privacy of Personal DataWe’ve said it before — the Internet was not built with privacy and security in mind. But as the Internet has become more essential to daily life and more central to even the most critical corporate and government systems, the world has needed better tools to provide privacy and security for these online functions. When we talk about building a better Internet, for us that means (re)building the Internet with privacy baked in. Since Cloudflare launched in 2010, we’ve released a number of state-of-the-art, privacy-enhancing technologies that can help individuals, businesses, and governments alike:Universal SSL: In 2014, there were 2 million websites that supported encrypted connections. In September of that year we introduced universal SSL (now called Transport Layer Security) for all of our customers, paying and free, and overnight we were able to make SSL easily available at scale to the millions of websites that use Cloudflare. Supporting SSL means that we support encrypting the content of web pages, which had previously been sent as plain text over the Internet. It’s like sending your private, personal information in a locked box instead of on a postcard.Privacy Pass: Cloudflare supports Privacy Pass, which lets users prove their identity across multiple sites anonymously without enabling tracking. When people use anonymity services or shared IPs, it makes it more difficult for website protection services like Cloudflare to identify their requests as coming from legitimate users and not bots. To help reduce the friction for these users — which include some of the most vulnerable users online — Privacy Pass provides them with a way to prove they are legitimate across multiple sites on the Cloudflare network. This is done without revealing their identity, and without exposing Cloudflare customers to additional threats from malicious bots. ESNI: We announced beta support for encrypted Server Name Identification (ESNI) in 2018. Server Name Identification (SNI) was created to allow multiple websites to exist on the same IP address (something that became necessary with the shortage of IPv4 addresses), but it can reveal which websites users are visiting. As described here, ESNI encrypts the SNI, fixing what has been a glaring privacy hole.1.1.1.1 Public DNS Resolver: In 2018, we announced our public privacy-focused resolver, the 1.1.1.1 Public DNS Resolver (which also turned out to be the world’s fastest public DNS resolver). It was our first consumer product, it’s free, and we built it because we believe that consumers should have the ability to browse the Internet without providers in the middle monitoring user activity. So our public DNS resolver service will never store 1.1.1.1 public DNS resolver users’ IP addresses (referred to as the source IP address) in non-volatile storage, and we anonymize the source IP addresses of 1.1.1.1 public DNS resolver users before logging any data. This way, we have no information about what website a specific user has looked up using the 1.1.1.1 Public DNS Resolver service. We can’t tell who is visiting any given website, and we don’t want to know. DNS over HTTPS (DoH): Using the 1.1.1.1 Public DNS Resolver means that your ISP won’t get all of your browsing data from acting as your DNS resolver, but they will still get it from provisioning those requests unless you encrypt that channel. For those reasons, we added support for DoH. DNS requests can contain some alarmingly personal data, such as your location, the domains and subdomains you have visited, the time of day requests were submitted, and how long you stayed on certain sites. Encrypting those requests ensures that only the user and the resolver get that information, and that no one involved in the transit in between sees it. In addition to DoH, we’ve partnered with Mozilla to support private web browsing in Firefox. We have also employed query minimization to ensure that those who don't need to access the full URL you are requesting, simply don’t.1.1.1.1 Mobile Application with WARP: People are accessing the Internet from their mobile devices more and more, so in 2019 we launched our 1.1.1.1 Mobile Application with WARP. You can enable our mobile application in DNS-only mode to ensure that all of your mobile device's DNS queries are sent to our 1.1.1.1 Public DNS Resolver using either DNS over HTTPS or DNS over TLS. You can also enable WARP in our mobile application, which includes everything from our DNS-only mode and will also route traffic from your device through the Cloudflare network via encrypted tunnels. This means that even if you are accessing websites or mobile applications that are not using HTTPS, the content transmitted to and from your device will be encrypted if you have WARP enabled and will not be sent as plain text over the Internet.   How We Do Privacy at CloudflareThe privacy-enhancing technologies we build are public examples of how we put our money where our mouth is when it comes to privacy. We also want to tell you about the ways — some public, some not — we infuse privacy principles at all levels at Cloudflare. Employee Education and Mindset: An understanding of privacy is core to a Cloudflare employee’s experience right from the start. Employees learn about the role privacy and security play in helping to build a better Internet in their first week at Cloudflare. During the comprehensive employee orientation, we stress the role each employee plays in keeping the company and our customers secure. All employees are required to take annual data protection training, which introduces employees to the fundamentals of the Fair Information Practices (FIPs), GDPR and other applicable laws, and we do targeted training for individual teams, depending on their engagement with personal data, throughout the year. Privacy in Product Development: We have built the FIPs and GDPR requirements into product development. Cloudflare employees take privacy-by-design seriously. We develop products and processes with the principles of data minimization, purpose limitation, and data security always front of mind. We have a product development lifecycle that includes performing privacy impact assessments when we may process personal data. We retain personal data we process for as short a time as necessary to provide our services to our customers. We do not cross-track individual Internet users across sites. We don’t sell personal information. We don’t monetize DNS requests. We detect, deter, and deflect bad actors — we’re not in the business of looking at what any one person (or more specifically, browser) is doing when they browse the Internet. That’s not what we’re about. Internal Compliance with Privacy Regulations: Even before Europe’s watershed GDPR went into effect in 2018 and the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) took effect earlier this month, we were focusing on how to implement the privacy principles embodied in regulations globally. A key part of this has been to minimize our collection of personal data and to only use personal data for the purpose for which it was collected. We view the GDPR and CCPA as a codification of many of the steps we were already taking: only collect the personal data you need to provide the service you’re offering; don’t sell personal information; give people the ability to access, correct, or delete their personal information; and give our customers control over the information that, for example, is cached on our content delivery network (CDN), stored in Workers Key Value Store, or captured by our web application firewall (WAF). Security as a Means to Enhance Privacy: We’re a security company, so naturally we view security as a critical element of ensuring data privacy. In addition to the extensive internal security mechanisms we have in place to protect our customers’ data, we also have become certified under industry standards to demonstrate our commitment to data security. We are ISO 27001 and AICPA SOC 2 Type II certified. Cloudflare's SOC 2 Type II report covers security, confidentiality, and availability controls to protect customer data. We also maintain a SOC 3 report which is the public report of Security, Confidentiality, and Availability controls. In addition to this, we comply with our obligations under the EU Directive on Security of Network and Information Systems (NIS). Privacy-focused Response to Government and Third-Party Requests for Information: Our respect for our customers' privacy applies with equal force to commercial requests and to government or law enforcement requests. Any law enforcement requests that we receive must strictly adhere to the due process of law and be subject to judicial oversight. We believe that U.S. law enforcement requests for the personal data of a non-U.S. person that conflict with the privacy laws of that person’s country of residence (such as the EU GDPR) should be legally challenged. Consistent with both the U.S. CLOUD Act and the proceedings in the Microsoft Ireland case,  providers like Cloudflare may ask U.S. courts to quash requests from U.S. law enforcement based on such a conflict. In addition, it is our policy to notify our customers of a subpoena or other legal process requesting their customer or billing information before disclosure of that information, whether the legal process comes from the government or private parties involved in civil litigation, unless legally prohibited. We also publicly report on the types of requests we receive, as well as our responses, in our semi-annual  Transparency Report. Finally, we publicly list certain types of actions that Cloudflare has never taken in response to government requests, and we commit that if Cloudflare were asked to do any of the things on this list, we would exhaust all legal remedies in order to protect our customers from what we believe are illegal or unconstitutional requests.Bringing Privacy and Security to Vulnerable Entities (Project Galileo): Since 2014, we have been providing a wide range of security products to important, yet vulnerable, voices on the internet with Project Galileo. Privacy is essential to the more than 900 organizations receiving free services under the Project, as many face threats from powerful adversaries. These organizations range from humanitarian groups and non-profit organizations, to journalism and media sites that are repeatedly flooded with malicious attacks in an attempt to knock them offline. Spreading the Message on What We Think Privacy Should Look Like: It isn’t enough to build tools with privacy in mind; we also feel a responsibility to share best practices we have learned and work with policymakers to help them understand the implications of regulation on complex technologies. For example, Cloudflare has actively supported efforts to develop a framework for US Federal privacy standards, urging policymakers to adopt technology-neutral approaches that allow standards to change and improve as technology does. In Europe, we are engaged in the ongoing discussions on the draft ePrivacy Regulation, which aims to enshrine the important principle of confidentiality of communications and guides companies on cookie usage and direct marketing. We are also actively contributing to the EU debate on the draft eEvidence Regulation, which seeks to facilitate cross-border access to data. We believe this initiative must fully respect the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights and the EU data protection framework. So What’s Next?Protecting the privacy of personal data is an ongoing journey. Our approach has never been to check the boxes of compliance and move on. We are continually evaluating how we handle personal data and looking for ways to minimize the amount of personal data we receive. We will continue to be self-critical and examine our own motivations for the technologies we develop. And we will keep working, just as we have for the past ten years, to find new ways to secure privacy and security for our customers and for the Internet as a whole.

Data Privacy Day 2020 Predictions — A Big Year For Personal Security

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Data Privacy Day 2020 kicks off all over the Internet today. Buckle up because 2020 promises to be a bumpy year in the world of data. To that effect, we’ve compiled a short list of data privacy predictions for 2020. Will we be accurate in our forecast? In December, we’ll go back and see how prescient we were. But for now, let’s see what the 2020 crystal ball is saying. 2020 Data Privacy Predictions Biometric technology will continue to trend up. Continue reading Data Privacy Day 2020 Predictions — A Big Year For Personal Security at InMotion Hosting Blog.

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