Hello Happy Site Owners!
Tips this week include:
- New plugin tutorials
- New webmaster articles
- Online surveys coming soon
- Expansion of the SEO course
- A guest interview on LiveStream Insiders
- Why the internet broke last week and what you need to do
- Common security mistakes that site owners make
- A super guide on switching to https
- A great survey on what site maintenance folks and their clients need to know
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The big news this past week was half the internet shutting down. I’ve got more for you on that in the Security Tips section.
The other big news is that we’re drawing ever closer to the January deadline of flipping any sites that have a public login over to https. I have more for you on that in the Webmaster Tips section.
New Plugin Tutorials
I’ve been making a slew of tutorials for settings on the plugins I won’t do a site without.
- How to Set Login Lockdown to Stop Brute Force Attack
- Get a Better WordPress Text Editor – TinyMCE Advanced
- Revision Control Plugin Helps Keep Your Database Clean – out on Wednesday
You’ll find these on my site, on YouTube, and just to be handy, I also included them in the Site Success Courses so you don’t have to jump around everywhere looking for them.
New Webmaster Articles
As y’all know, I’m pivoting my biz for 2017.
Webmaster Training will be front and center because site security and performance are top concerns these days and that’s the skillset all designers and technical VAs need.
To that end I’ve started a series of posts on the topic, beginning with the host files below your WordPress installation. In fact, that’s where your site security and performance start.
And, those will give site owners a clue what it takes to secure a site.
New Online Surveys
I want to thank Mary Iannotti of Digital Marketing Diva for her super help with creating my first online survey.
I really do want to get to know the folks in my programs better so I can keep improving them with the info you need most.
I’ll be starting with my webmasters so look for that email invite soon.
And, I’m currently working on the paid webinars for the expansion of the DIY SEO course. It will now include a lot of what I teach in my live 1-on-1 training.
These will be free to folks already in the course.
BlogAid News subscribers will get first word and the biggest discount on the new webinars. So, be sure you’re on that list.
New Guest Interviews Coming
I did a walk through yesterday with the developers at BeLive.tv which is a service that streams into Facebook.
I’ve since been testing it out with the fabulous Krishna De who wrote an outstanding article on how to use BeLive for Facebook.
I’m hoping to start using it, or another service to bring you more live interviews with special guests and my clients again too. I’ve so missed doing those for you. And live is better so you can ask questions too.
I’m also checking out Skype again, as I’ve heard they finally got their connectivity issues fixed. And, I’m checking out Zoom.
So, one way or another I’m going to start doing interviews again.
Sun Oct 30 at 3pm ET / 12pm PT
I’ll be a guest on the next Livestream Insiders show with host Krishna De. This is, by far, the very best weekly show you can follow for all the livestreaming news and platform reviews too. Krishna and I will be chatting about choosing the right platform and features for your business.
BlogAid Live Show Taking a Break
In the meantime, I’ve got a ton of video tutorials and tests to get completed, so I’ll be taking a short break from the weekly schedule for the BlogAid Live shows for a bit. I’ll still do them, just not on a weekly schedule for a little while. I’ll keep you posted on that.
That’s all the news from around here. Let’s jump into this week’s tips.
There is an entire Internet of Things (IoT) that is comprised of smart devices that are not secure.
Things like your:
- Smart TV
- Cell phone
- Anything connected to the internet
An army of those things were hijacked and used to attack the Dyn DNS service by overloading it with requests.
Major companies could not be reached, including:
- About 40 more
I’ve been telling you about it for two years and to get that stuffed secured.
Does that make you want to listen to what I’m warning about now so you can get way ahead of the curve with your site?
And, you want to be sure you have XML-RPC turned fully off so that your site is not hijacked and used in such an attack too.
It’s going to take all of us securing our sites and devices to help secure the internet.
Be sure to do your part.
And tell everyone you know.
Plus, I sure would appreciate it if you’d spread word through your various groups, especially for those who could use a site audit.
Make sure that you are at least covering all the basic security issues with your site. The folks at BlogVault have a good post on the common security mistakes site owners make, and you bet I definitely see these during site audits too.
I’m in the process of getting my ducks in a row to flip my two member sites because they have a login on every page. And Chrome is going to start showing warnings for that in January.
This is not something you want to wait until the last minute to do because it is a time consuming project and the folks that can help you with it are going to get flooded with requests as soon as Google flips the switch on Chrome with these warnings.
If you’re a webmaster, SSL and converting sites to it is most definitely a topic that you want to start learning immediately. This new series of posts on WP Explorer will help get you started.
And, I’ll be looking into creating a new section for it in the Webmaster Training Courses as I start taking my own sites through the process too.
The bottom line is, this is where the 2017 money is going to be. So, get started on your education now.
For all of you who offer client services, and for all the clients who need those site services, you most definitely want to read this post from ManageWP about the industry averages they found on both sides of the fence.
Through all of the charts, it was interesting to me to see what services are in high demand. The funniest part is, those are actually the things many clients can do for themselves.
And then at the end of the post is a graph on what service providers are struggling with. The biggest issue – to get clients to value what they do.
Odd how those two things stand in direct contrast to one another. Clients are willing to pay for the things they could do themselves, but don’t really value the services.
I see this on job boards too. Folks want to pay bottom dollar for what they perceive to be an easy thing to do, yet have no basis for evaluating what it takes to get it done.
As a webmaster, what do you struggle with?
As a site owner who outsources, what do you struggle with?
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