Now would be a good time to remove the "Google+" profile link from your website, if you haven't already.
Google is about to have its Cambridge Analytica moment. A security bug allowed third-party developers to access Google+ user profile data since 2015 until Google discovered and patched it in March, but decided not to inform the world. When a user gave permission to an app to access their public profile data, the bug also let those developers pull their and their friends’ non-public profile fields. Indeed, 496,951 users’ full names, email addresses, birth dates, gender, profile photos, places lived, occupation and relationship status were potentially exposed, though Google says it has no evidence the data was misused by the 438 apps that could have had access.
The company decided against informing the public because it would lead to “us coming into the spotlight alongside or even instead of Facebook despite having stayed under the radar throughout the Cambridge Analytica scandal,” according to an internal memo. Now Google+, which was already a ghost town largely abandoned or never inhabited by users, has become a massive liability for the company.
I've had a few clients ask me recently about ensuring that their website is ADA accessible, mainly referring to visually impaired users and their ability to navigate and interact with your site.
I've also spoken to business owners who have already been targeted with litigation because their website was not ADA compliant.
I've inquired with a client of mine (who happens to be an attorney) and asked them for any guidance they could offer on the issue.
You’ll no doubt have noticed, whether from reading the news or experiencing its effects yourself, that on August 1st, Google released what it’s called a ‘broad core algorithm’ update. This is the same way it referred to the updates in March and April, perhaps in an effort to move away from the irregular, major updates like Possum, Pigeon, Panda, etc. which inevitably send shockwaves throughout the SEO and content industry.
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GMB has a handful of new features and some best-practice confusion. Contributor Sherry Bonelli clears things up and answers five frequently asked questions on fake reviews, random people changing your listing and more.
Not only does your Google My Business listing increase your chances of showing up in the Google Local 3-pack, but when your business is searched for by name, Google often shows a Knowledge Panel that displays detailed information about your company.
These details are pulled directly from your GMB listing, as well as from information Google finds from other online sources and user-generated content (like third-party reviews, Q&As, user-suggested information and so on).
When it comes to building a website, the biggest problem that people generally face with software like Wordpress, Drupal, and Joomla is there is so many different ways of building a particular ‘section’ of a site.
You could build your “Meet the Staff” page using one “Article” in the CMS and list out all of the staff member’s head shots, names, titles, and descriptions in one big long page… or, you could create a custom content form for staff members that allows you to enter each bio as a separate article with fields for their image and each piece of information about them. This type of decision makes a huge difference once you add a few dozen bio’s into the site and then decide to change something. It’s not fun going back through them all, one by one.
I just switched from the regular Apple Mail app, which I had been using daily since 2008, to Thunderbird. I had been having problems with Apple Mail's program's "message tagging" feature, which I used for marking which emails I had to respond to. This feature became a daily nuisance, and after repeatedly calling Apple's tech support and jumping through all sorts of hoops, I finally decided to try Thunderbird. What a breath of fresh air! And yes, Thunderbird is Open Source software.
I've got the following Thunderbird plugins / extensions installed:
I also disabled the "Lightning" plugin because I don't want to use Thunderbird for managing my calendar. For this, I'll continue using Google Calendar (via Apple's Calendar.app).
Historically, I've recommended GoDaddy for domain registration services to my clients because they were the cheapest. However, GoDaddy's hosting plans were a general pain to work with: they provided limited resources like CPU and memory, the database servers were isolated and slow, and they didn't include my preferred hosting account control panel software, cPanel. This is now included with GoDaddy's economy hosting plans, which is the main reason that I decided to give them another look. I actually intended on making this switch - I had GoDaddy provision 3 separate hosting plans at a rate of 3 years for $89.64...
I recently started receiving these email notifications from Google about certain sites becoming indexed as "mobile first" - and wanted to write a quick post for those who are curious and want more information.
Basically, this is a non-issue and something you can essentially ignore if your site is built using latest, common practices. This mainly becomes an issue only for sites that are not mobile friendly (e.g. desktop only) - or, for sites that have both a desktop and a mobile site. For my clients, I've never built a "mobile only" site - I always build proper, responsive websites that are inherently mobile friendly. For some of my older clients, this may be the push that finally drives you into a modern, responsive (mobile friendly) website.
I have been accepting payment via PayPal for over 5 years through my website. I recently decided to start offering “real” credit card processing options and want to share my findings.
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