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9 Feb

How to use Google Alerts to Monitor your Small Business Online

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...

WordPress Theme Showcase: Ciqawel Barbershop Theme
8 Feb

WordPress Theme Showcase: Ciqawel Barbershop Theme

Ciqawel is moody and clean WordPress theme that was designed to be used for barbershop and hair salon websites but, like all great WordPress themes, can be used for many other purposes as well. This WordPress theme is ideal for business owners who need an easy, attractive and effective way to share their work with clients, generate leads and increase brand exposure. It has purpose oriented design, responsive layout so it looks great on all devices, and special features like three different landing page options, blog layouts, galleries, services and...

What Super Bowl LI Taught Us About Business Momentum
6 Feb

What Super Bowl LI Can Teach You About Business Momentum

Loosely defined, momentum is simply a mass in motion. But in the world entrepreneurship, business momentum is a powerful force, essentially characterized by a series of successes. Political candidates and sports figures talk about it all the time. They see it as a necessary force and a requirement for implementing a winning strategy. In fact, if last night’s Super Bowl taught us anything (other than the fact that Lady Gaga’s use of synchronized drone flight was brilliant) it’s that once momentum starts to build, just about anything can happen.   [caption id="attachment_1130"...

10 Significant Influencer Marketing Statistics From Last Year
6 Feb

10 Significant Influencer Marketing Statistics From Last Year

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

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)...

Mastering Product Photography for Small Businesses
2 Feb

Mastering Product Photography for Small Businesses

High-quality product photography can make all the difference when selling online. After all, you know that they say about first impressions. Would you ever buy a product without seeing an image of it first? No? Neither would the majority of people on the Internet. An image is the first thing that a customer will see when searching through an online store. It is what grabs a customers attention, so, as a small business, it’s important to master small business photography. In fact, studies show professional product photography can increase your...


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