Top Google Search Secrets that Will Make You Look Smarter

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Google is the most utilized search engine on the Internet. In fact the website is such an integral part of everyday life, Google has become a verb. When you need answers, you can always “Google it.”

The system’s flexibility is one of the reasons why approximately two trillion searches are done on the search engine giant annually. To put this into perspective, that’s more than 228 million searches every hour.

That’s a lot of cat pictures and celebrity gossip.

Not everyone knows how to take the system even further than just running a simple search. Learning how to Google something can actually give you access to far more data than you probably realize. Continue reading “Top Google Search Secrets that Will Make You Look Smarter”

17 Catchy Ideas That Will Increase Your Email Response Rate

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Did you know that click-through rates from emails are approximately 3.2 percent? That means one out of every 33 people who read your email hosting will actually interact with it. This doesn’t include the fact that just more than 30 percent of all messages you send may be opened.

Email marketing is still one of the most cost efficient methods for engaging an audience. It costs very little to maintain and is one of the few you can do in vast quantities almost instantly. Can you image if you could increase your response rate from these averages?

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17 Easiest Tips and Tricks for a Successful Google Search

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Because of how powerful the search engine has become, “Google” has developed into a verb. Most people will “Google It” when they need to find virtually anything. However, there are several ways you can increase the likelihood of finding specific information in the popular engine. Here are 17 Google search tips and tricks that can help you find exactly what you’re looking for. Continue reading “17 Easiest Tips and Tricks for a Successful Google Search”

10 Easy Tricks to Create Unhackable Passwords

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Passwords are the lifeblood of online activity. With all that is available on the Internet, it’s possible to have tens if not hundreds of sites to which you need credentials for. If you put a great deal of your business online, the risk potential is even greater. So, how can you create strong passwords that will keep unwanted guests out of your accounts? This all depends on how creative you are. Here are several ideas that can help you implement credentials to protect your data. Continue reading “10 Easy Tricks to Create Unhackable Passwords”

7 Smart Ways to Speed Up Your Website

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The speed of your website will be one of the major factors that play into its success. Whether you’re operating an eCommerce site or you’re developing a simple blog, visitors want pages that are fast to load. According to Akamai, a global leader in Internet performance and network development, nearly half of the people online will abandon a page if it takes longer than three seconds to display content. This percentage is double for those looking to make purchases online. Even search engines will rank your site lower in results if it takes too long to load.

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8 Steps to creating a Personal Website

Are you still using WordPress or Blogger to showcase your recent photo captures, cooking recipe, vacation news and so on? Are you finding it difficult to get visitors to your blog? Do not worry, you are not alone. There are many like you who have reached to a stage where they say, “Enough of using WordPress, Blogger and other such blogs for posting stuffs…it is time for me to have my own site…” In this article, you will get to know eight simple ways on how you can create a personal website and also promote it.

Here are the eight simple steps for creating and promoting your website.

 

Step 1 – Look for a Web Hosting Service

A Web Hosting Service provides you the necessary infrastructure for you to create a website. It is very much necessary to look for a good web hosting service. There are lots of good web hosting service providers available in the market. There are also lots of sites that provide you good comparison on these web hosting service providers.

Now that you got your infrastructure ready, next is to look for a domain name.

Step 2 – Get a Name for Your Domain

A name says it all! It is all the more important to have a perfect domain name for your personal website. Your name must be relevant to the content that you plan to have in your personal website. Your domain name will look like www.yourdomainname.com . When the domain name is related to the content of your website, most of the search engines can easily route visitors to your website. So, the first method to promote your personal website is by having a domain name that is related to the content of your website. There are many domain name registrar’s available, GreenGeeks offers free domain registration. Once the domain name is ready, you can decide on the content next.

Step 3 – Narrow Down on the Website Content

Now, you need to decide the website content. If you are creating this website for your friends and families, well you can choose a theme for your website. Some ideas are a photo galleries, cooking, movie reviews, book reviews, travel, and so on. Keep writing down your thoughts as they flow in. Since it will be your personal website, just remember to write whatever you want to write.

Step 4 – Get Your Own Logo

A picture is worth thousand words! Design a logo for your own. There are lots of websites that helps you to design your own logo. You can use some free tools such as gimp, inkscape and so on to create your own logo. If you are proficient is creating your own logo, great! Else it will be good to use these free design logo websites and design your own logo.

Step 5 – Create Your Own Pages

So far, you have done all the background work for your personal website. Next is to start populating content for your website. Use any Web-publishing tool to create pages for your website. Make sure that you create a home page (save it as .html) and few other related pages such as Profile, Biography, Contact and so on. Try to add some good images in all the pages so that your page looks attractive and keeps your reader keep coming to your website often. Make sure to save your home page as index.html.

Step 6 – Publish Your Website

Move all your pages (ftp is the common method) to the root folder of your hosting service. Go to your browser and hit your domain name,www.yourdomainname.com and there it is. You can see your home page that you had created appearing in the browser.

Step 7 – Regularly Update Your Website

Updating your personal website and keeping it up to date is the key to maintain a good personal website. You need to remember that people would come to your personal website only when you post new information. Regular updates to your personal website will keep regular visitors coming to your website.

Step 8 – Promote Your Personal Website

So, now there is new information on your personal website, how will the visitors know? Well, that is the key reason why you need to promote your personal website. You can regularly update your new information status on most of the social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, and so on. Only when people know that there is new information in your website, they would visit your website.

Protecting WordPress Login Page from Attacks

Protecting WordPress against Login Attacks

WordPress as we know is one of the most popular content management systems around. That’s why WordPress is generally a target for attacks. Recently we came across a very robust DDoS targeted to the login page of WordPress sites hosted on our network and also on other well known web hosting providers. 

We take security and continuity of service very seriously and we’re very pro-active at everything we do. We’ve added a few new security rules in our already existing set of rules to protect against this type of new attack that we’ve seen. Since implementing this new rule, we’ve seen an increase in protection against these types of attacks.

While we’ve done what we can to ensure maximum security for your websites, there are a few more things that you can do to help yourself from these types of attacks:

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PageRank Status – A Great SEO Tool for Chrome

PageRank Status is a really great SEO extension for Google Chrome, it’s developed by Chrome fans. This free extension supports over 35 languages and there are over 170,000 webmaster users as of February 25, 2013. Unlike most similar extensions that limit to showing the basic PageRank or Alexa Rank information, PageRank Status does that and more. It can show Google PageRank (PR), Alexa Rank, Compete Rank, Quantcast Rank, Pages indexed, Backlinks, Cached pages, Facebook likes, Tweets, Whois, DNS, Geolocation IP Information, Page Meta, Page Speed and much much more.

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4 Reasons why you should be using CloudFlare

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Late last year we announced a partnership with CloudFlare, where we make it easy for you to enable CloudFlare on your account to take advantage of the benefits that CloudFlare offers. If you aren’t using CloudFlare on your hosting account, here’s 4 reasons why you should:

1. Increase in Site Performance

We use the best quality hardware and network available, so naturally our web hosting is already fast… but CloudFlare provides an increase in website performance through their global CDN (Content Delivery Network). When enabled, the CDN will automatically cache your static files (JavaScript, CSS, Images, etc.) on their servers located across strategic data centers around the world. When a visitor visits your website hosted with GreenGeeks, CloudFlare’s Anycast technology will load those static files from a server located nearest to the visitor and your dynamic content will load from our servers. This results in faster load times due to decreased latency between server and visitor. Through feedback from customers, we’ve seen increases of 50% or more on site performance when CloudFlare is enabled.

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Top 5 SEO Tips to Help You Rank Higher

google-bing-yahoo-08-24-101Customers ask us all the time about how to get their site at a higher ranking in Google. These days, most people discover new sites by finding them in search engines like Google or Yahoo. The process of improving your ranking in these search engines is called Search Engine Optimization, or SEO. Here are a few ways to improve your search engine ranking:

1. Use the GreenGeeks Search Engine Optimization Tools

Included in the GreenGeeks control panel is a set of tools for search engine submission and optimization  Simply log in to cPanel and click the “SEO tools” icon. This set of tools submits your site to search engines, can help you with link building, check your site against blacklists, and much more!

2. Make sure all of your pages are named

Use the <title> tag to ensure all of your pages have a descriptive title. This will help search engines determine all of the content your site has to offer. For example, if your page is about the dog grooming service that you offer in the Los Angeles, you may put a title such as: Professional Dog Grooming in Los Angeles.

3. Use descriptive links on your page

Instead of linking to informational pages by saying click here, link to informational pages by making it more fluent. For example, GreenGeeks offers exceptional Green Energy Web Hosting. Search engines use links to help determine what content your site has, so using descriptive links will help improve your SEO. Remember, it needs to read natural otherwise Google may take it as being spam, which will hurt your SEO.

4. Add alternate text for images

Make sure that your images utilize the ALT tag or if you’re using a content management system like WordPress, add a description. Search engines cannot see images, so describing the images will enable them to be picked up.

5. Design your site in an organized way

In the end, a well designed and organized website tends to rank higher in search engines. Using a content management system like WordPress or Drupal will help you achieve a clean and easily optimized site. These tools also have many SEO plugins to help you get the most out of search engine optimization.

These are just a few basic tools for getting started with SEO. How do you achieve a high ranking in search engines? Let us know in the comment section bellow.