Plugin Update: Yoast SEO Vulnerability

If you’re running the Yoast SEO plugin, make sure you update it ASAP! A vulnerability was recently found that could allow a hacker to take over your site. You definitely do not want this to happen. If you need help with maintenance task such as this one, please reach out and I will set you up on a maintenance plan that will take care of all of these things for you.

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New Year, New Passwords – 5 Easy Steps

secure-passwordIt’s a new year and you’ve got all kinds of resolutions you want to make this year. I would like to suggest that you make updating your passwords one of your top resolutions. Your service providers, be they a bank, Amazon, Facebook, or any other online property that holds your sensitive information can only do so much. You need to do your part in protecting your own information. Using a strong password doesn’t have to be difficult. You can follow these simple steps and you’ll be on your way to easy to use, hard to crack, passwords.

1. Do not use personal info, such as your birthday, child’s name, etc.
2. Use at least 8 characters. If you want to be REALLY secure use 15 characters.
3. Think of a phrase you like, for example “I love to eat”
4. Using a mix of letters (different cases), numbers, and symbols, start replacing the words and/or letters in the phrase
5. You could do something like this: eYe<32eEt!

Now you have a base password of: eYe<32eEt!

Now you can just add a few more characters to easily identify the password based on the site you're using. For example:

Facebook = "FBeYe<32eEt!"
Twitter = "tWeYe<32eEt!"
Bank = "BnKeYe<32eEt!"

You get the idea, right? Good! Now start changing those passwords and any new passwords you need to create can follow the same process.

Password Mangement Tools

If you’re looking for something to manage all these passwords for you, there are a few great services out there you can use:

1Password from AgileBits:
LastPass (a personal favorite):

Sharing Passwords

Sometimes we want to share passwords to our blogs or other services with our friends or web developers (like me). You should NEVER send those passwords in email, text or any other non-secure way.

LastPass lets you share info through their service, but everyone needs to be a user. It’s free, so it’s not a big deal, but it is yet ANOTHER service to sign up for.

So, if you want to share something quickly and easily, this is a great site that I find very useful, it’s called You can put your info into a temporary page, which has a unique, very long URL. You can set how many times the link will work and for how long it will live. After that, the link is dead. It’s perfect. No logins, no signups, very secure. Give it a try:

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No Such Thing As SEO Shortcuts

web-trafficClients, prospects and friends often ask me for shortcuts that will greatly enhance their site’s SEO. Unfortunately, there is no magic bullet or even a handful of super effective tricks that will yield great results. However, there are some simple steps you can take to definitely HELP to improve your rankings. Amber Kemmis over at SmartBug Media lays out some great tips on her article. Take a look and start implementing these tips right away.

Come back to let me know what changes, if any, you saw in your rankings.

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