Consider These 3 Important Elements For Your Blog
Nearly all websites have a blog nowadays, and besides being a great hub to promote your business, they are a great way to increase your content for your SEO and visibility organically. Blogs take a lot of time to prepare, not only with what content to publish but also in technically preparing your website and ensuring the design is visually engaging. If you're almost ready to launch a blog, consider these 3 elements.
4 Reasons Why You Must Use a Reliable Hosting Service
Earlier in the year (specifically March) a major web services provider (who shall remain nameless) experienced an outage lasting longer than 24 hours. During this time, they were not able to offer their customers an estimation on when their services would be back online. Services affected included websites and email which for online businesses was extremely problematic and very costly. We've all become so reliant on websites and in particular our emails. Can you imagine if your website and email were offline for more than 24 hours mid-week?
3 Important Reasons Your Website Needs to Use HTTPS
HTTPS (Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure) is used by over 50% of all websites on the internet and is one of the most critical elements for the security of your website and your visitors. The two major functions of HTTPS for a website are to:
1. Encrypt and protect information sent between the user and the website
2. To validate the authenticity of the website. These are critical to protecting users online.
Google Fact Check: Fact, Fiction or Fail
Back in October 2016, Google integrated their Fact Check feature into Search. Now it's been rolled out globally. The format is simple: What's the claim; who made it; is it verified by a reputable source. Two sources currently being used to "verify" the claims are PolitiFact and Snopes. There is also a feedback button if you believe there is an issue with the claim made. The rationale of this tool is to provide a way to fight back against the spread of fake news on the Internet - and provide some level of clarity on what are substantiated online claims. But while the intentions of Google are good - time will tell as to whether or not their implementation is effective or accurate enough to rely on, given that it's actually optional.
How to Submit a URL to Google
Until recently, the only way to submit URL's to Google Search was through Search Console, a more technical part of Google that some find difficult to use. Now, you can also submit a URL to Google directly through Search!
Because of this, it's a great time to quickly review how to submit a URL.
All you have to do is go to Google and type "submit a URL" then enter the URL, tick the reCAPTCHA and press submit.