Recently Google published that they will be giving a boost to companies and websites that encrypt their entire site with SSL (this is the official release). My advice is to put this on your development schedule and start working toward this goal.
Remember, you’ll need to 301 redirect your old non-secure site to the new SSL enabled site. Which means you’ll most likely take a short term hit in rankings over the migration period (but you should gain long term benefits)
Your checklist should be as follows:
- check all scripts on your site to ensure nothing is still pointing to the non secure version of your site.
- check to make sure everything works in the secure url structure.
- 301 redirect the non-secure to secure
- flip the switch to point everything to secure.
- go to webmaster tools and force complete respider of your site.
- Contact anyone possible that is linking to your site and ask them to point to https rather than http.
This is going to be a process, but at the end your site will most likely rank better in the long term.
Spain Just Passed An Insane Law Taxing Google For Linking To News. Not copying News, not plagiarizing news, no just linking to news.
This is one of the most crazy laws ever passed. Every single news aggregation site, such as Reddit, Digg, Google News, SlashDot, Sqlspace … heck even Facebook is now subjected to this Spanish Tax.
How this will be enforced is unknown, how this will be implemented is unknown. Spain however is in dire need of revenue. The Country has been battling unemployment levels that are on or near what the United States encountered during the Great Depression.
Many experts are wondering if such drastic measures will stifle innovation and create job loss in a country that has already been hit hard. Many media outlets depend on news linking sites to generate traffic to their sites. If websites stop linking to Spanish News outlets, those outlets will not receive anywhere near the ad revenue and traffic they did prior to the tax.
Honestly Spain, you are barking up the wrong tree.
Many of our clients are reporting 40% or greater mobile traffic as a complete picture of their overall site traffic.
Meaning 40 out of 100 visitors are now coming in on an iOS or Android device.
It’s directly impacting everything, from how people interface with the site to their purchase habits. It’s become key to success of companies to ensure that their site is mobile friendly.
It’s not that you need to have a mobile site, just a responsive one that adapts to whatever device the person in question is using. Using an iphone, well this is the screen that fits it, using a tablet here’s a screen that fits that.
Mobile users behave differently than desktop. They have a small screen and are most likely sitting on a park bench or sitting passenger in a car. They want to be able to order whatever they are looking for using the most simple way possible. Think of how you use your phone, then adapt your site to that.
CNN recently reported that 40% of their traffic is mobile. The adaption rate of mobile is much, much faster than that of desktops in the 1980′s and 1990′s.
Universal properties created prior to December 2013 may temporarily report doubled Visits counts between the hours of 0500-0800 in the View timezone. This issue corrects itself automatically. We are working on a fix to address this issue as soon as possible.
— Google Analytics.
This is a problem as it literally double counts the number of visitors, making comparisons nothing less than impossible because not all visits were double counted.
The below photos were taken from our understanding at nearly the same location about 20 years apart.
FYI… we read the news today and saw that flexcoin was hacked.
We sold that in 2011, Here’s the thread where we sold it on bitcoin talk to a Canadian firm. Here are the details of the owner since 2011. We have zero bitcoins , and exited that space years ago.
The owner’s name is James Gray and his firm is based in Canada.
We have zero other details as we haven’t visited that site since that time… and who knows how it’s been changed and coded in the years since that time.
Just wishing everyone a happy and safe holiday season. Remember it’s time for families and friends, not work. So do your best to keep the holiday season alive.
I wanted to welcome Best Cigar Prices.
In case you haven’t noticed, you have somewhat of an issue heading into Christmas. People are scared to shop at your locations due to the recent credit card / debit card disaster.
10% off won’t cut it. No one is going to head into Target and swipe their credit card to purchase anything from your locations until we are 100% positive that the security issue is resolved.
Perhaps using the adaptive glass method would solve your problems but you would have to offer 10% off on gift cards, not just a discount on products today. The reason the adaptive glass method would work is because they would accept the money for the discounted gift cards rather than directly though Target’s compromised system.
This is most likely the best solution for you. However based on the reaction that Target gave their existing clients, such as this women who lost $1,200 through credit card fraud due to lack of security at Target we don’t expect much.