Here Are 5 Reasons Why Email Marketing Still Matters | Inc.com

Top 5 Reasons Why Email Marketing Still WorksThese five research-backed stats will convince you to start sending email content.

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Top 10 Most Important Google Analytics Reports

There is so much data available that you can sometimes get a little lost and not know what you should be focusing on; so this blog post is here to help you know the main areas to look at for the valuable information. This is particularly important now that some SEO tool companies are removing their rank tracking services – this post will help you identify data that is more valuable than rank reports!

This is an easy to read, useful article – read more >

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Keywords vs. Search Queries: What’s the Difference?

Keywords vs. Search Queries: What's the Difference?

In casual conversation, the terms “keyword” and “search query” are often used interchangeably, but there is actually a difference. So what is the difference between a keyword and a search query?

A search term is the exact word or set of words a customer enters when searching on Google.com or one of Google’s Search Network sites.

Search Terms = Search Queries

A keyword is the word or set of words AdWords advertisers create for a given ad group to target their ads to customers.

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A Beautiful Wedding Theme from WordPress

“Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope.” — Maya Angelou

Source: William & Katherine – “Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope.” — Maya Angelou

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Free Stock Photos for your Website or Blog

Big collection of free images for your website. These stock photos can be used absolutely for free in your online project.

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WordPress 4.5 “Coleman” Released

WordPress 4.5 “Coleman”Version 4.5 of WordPress, named “Coleman” in honor of jazz saxophonist Coleman Hawkins, is available for download or update in your WordPress dashboard. New features in 4.5 include inline linking, formatting shortcuts, live responsive previews and more…

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Wordfence Announces New Firewall

FirewallThis morning at 9am Pacific time we rolled out a new kind of firewall to over 1 Million active WordPress websites.  It comes with a Threat Defense Feed that updates our firewall as new threats emerge. It also continuously updates our malware scan as we discover new malware patterns through our forensic research.

If you have auto-update enabled in Wordfence, you will automatically be upgraded to 6.1.1 today which will include the new features. You can manually update by signing into your WordPress site and upgrading to Wordfence to 6.1.1 or you can download Wordfence from the official WordPress plugin repository

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The Panama Papers

The Panama PapersMossack Fonseca (MF), the Panamanian law firm at the center of the so called Panama Papers Breach may have been breached via a vulnerable version of Revolution Slider. The data breach has so far brought down the Prime Minister of Iceland and surrounded Russian President Putin and British Prime Minister David Cameron with controversy, among […]

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SEO: Basic Principles and Techniques

SEO: Basic Principles and Techniques

SEO: Basic Principles

  • Make pages primarily for users, not for search engines.
  • Avoid tweaking your website intended to improve search engine rankings. A good rule of thumb “Does this help my users?”
  • Think about what makes your website unique, valuable, or engaging. Make your website stand out from others in your field.

SEO: Basic Principles and Techniques

Avoid the Following Techniques

  • Automatically generated content
  • Participating in link schemes
  • Creating pages with little or no original content
  • Sneaky redirects
  • Hidden text or links
  • Participating in affiliate programs without adding sufficient value
  • Loading pages with irrelevant keywords
  • Creating pages with malicious behaviour, such as phishing or installing viruses, trojans, or other badware

Engage in Good Practices 

  • Monitoring your site for hacking and removing hacked content as soon as it appears
  • Preventing and removing user-generated spam on your site

How to Ban User

How to Ban User

Lyn wrote: “Hi Tony, I got this email below about a new “User Registration” but I haven’t loaded anyone or given anyone access to upload new details? Do you have any clue for me on how this may have been created without the relevant passwords? Below New user registration details: Username: ChristieOster23 E-mail: candescentpunct@hotmail.com Thanks, Lyn”

Hi Lyn,

Just by looking at the Username and E-Mail you can “see” this is spam!

I have divided the answer into two sections viz. User Roles- How to Control WordPress User Permissions Effectively (as per a previous Q & A) as well as “How to Ban a User” (below).

Please read the article: User Roles- How to Control WordPress User Permissions Effectively”. Assuming you read it, let’s continue…

There are various plugins that will enable you to block IPs and even block entire countries. However sometimes you will not be able get the relevant IP address so this article is about how to go about blocking email addresses. Ban Hammer does that for you by preventing unwanted users from registering.

Go to the admin area of your website > click ‘Plugins’ > ‘Add New’ > in the search bar type ‘Ban Hammer’ > click ‘Install Now’ > click ‘Activate Plugin’.

After installation go to ‘Tools’ > click ‘Ban Hammer’. In the ‘Blacklisted emails’ box enter all the emails you want to ban one below the other as per the screenshot below:

Ban User

In a case where the User already registered, delete the User and then add the User’s email address to ‘Blacklisted emails’

And that is it!

Further Reading

Ban Hammer

https://wordpress.org/plugins/ban-hammer/screenshots

Trust the aforementioned is of assistance.

Cheers,

Tony

Consulting & Training: AdWords, Blogging, E-commerce, Email Marketing with MailChimp, Google Ads, Google Analytics, Search Engine Optimization (SEO), Social Media Marketing, WordPress

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