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Here you’ll find all sorts of super useful information for making the most out of your web hosting experience
as well as countless tips and tricks for small business owners, freelancers, digital professionals and online entrepreneurs.

9 Feb

How to use Google Alerts to Monitor your Small Business Online
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Google Alerts is an amazing tool that detects content changes on the internet and notifies you when those changes are noticed by Google (usually immediately). Originally launched in 2003, Google Alerts allow users to pick certain keywords or search terms and will notify them when those search terms appear online and will direct them to the site that published the specified keywords. For example, if you wanted to know when someone was writing about your business and what they were saying, you would set up a Google Alert to notify...

10 Significant Influencer Marketing Statistics From Last Year
6 Feb

10 Significant Influencer Marketing Statistics From Last Year
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Influencer marketing has been an effective and oft-talked about technique for the past few years and it shows no signs up letting up. In fact, Forbes recently predicted a massive boom in influence marketing in 2017. This infographic from Mediakix does a great job of detailing some of the more appealing figures surrounding influencer marketing potential from last year. Influencer marketing involves marketing products and services to those who have a sway over the things other people buy. This market influence typically stems from an individual's expertise, popularity, or reputation. Influence...

How HostPapa's Server Health Team Protected Thousands of WordPress Users
3 Feb

How HostPapa Protected Thousands of WordPress Users
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Thanks to HostPapa’s server health monitoring and automatic vulnerability patching, almost 200,000 WordPress installations on HostPapa servers were quickly and automatically protected against a severe content injection vulnerability earlier this week, ensuring that not one single HostPapa customer fell victim to intrusions.   Background: As part of a vulnerability research project, the good folks over at Sucuri have been auditing multiple open source projects looking for various security issues. While combing through WordPress, one of the largest open source content management systems on the market, they discovered a severe content injection (privilege escalation)...

The Unfortunate Truth About Domain Squatting
19 Jan

The Unfortunate Truth About Domain Squatting
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Domain squatting is the unfortunate result of anyone, at any time, being able to lay claim to any domain name of their choosing. Essentially, it’s when somebody purchases a domain with the intent of preventing others from purchasing it and/or profiting from the domain through the eventual reselling of it to desperate buyers. Domain squatting has become quite a nuisance to businesses of all sizes. There are over 100 million .COM domains already registered, making it very difficult for small businesses to obtain the domain that they want. Domain squatters are...

6 Oct

How To Use Content Marketing to Boost Your Company’s SEO
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You hear the term all the time: Content Marketing. But what does this generic sounding buzz word really mean? It’s an all encompassing phrase that tends to confuse people who read about it. But it can dramatically boost your company's search engine ranking (SEO) and help your business surge past your competitors. Essentially, it involves creating a piece of content and sharing it with your online network. The ultimate goal is other people seeing a piece of content and sharing it amongst their networks. This content-based, grass-roots marketing will improve...

28 Sep

An Intro To Google My Business and Local Search
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With the way business is conducted today, it is increasingly more important to have an Internet presence for your company, no matter its size. If no one can find your website, what’s the point of going through the hassle of building one? This is where local search comes in. Not to worry, Google My Business is here to ensure that your business is easily found through local search results. It will drive more traffic to your website and will make sure your customers find your company exactly when they are looking...