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I Miss My Face: Why Did The Google Authorship Markup Disappear?

Editor’s note:  This post was written by Zack Rutherford, a freelance copywriter. He contributes web content and especially snappy articles to TemplateMonster. Combat sports enthusiast and poetic soul, Zack endeavors to create beauty through syntax, sentence structure, and the liberal use of hyperbole. Follow him on Twitter (@zack_rutherford) or visit his website (Zackrex.com) to read all of his innermost thoughts and unfounded opinions.

Seriously, where did my face go? Googling my name used to turn up such gratifying, ego-boosting results. Now I get words and more space for ads I’ll never click. Darn you, Google! Why must you be so useful and frustrating at the same time?

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So in case you’re not sure what I’m talking about, Google had been pimping its Authorship markup for months. “It will build credibility,” they said. “It provides a personal connection with your audience,” and I loved this one: “It’s important for your search rankings.” Well, I did my part, I signed up for Google+ and put my beautiful bearded mug up for all to see, and what do I get? Annoying questions on my YouTube account, and another social network I don’t feel like keeping up with. Read More

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How to Stop Hackers From Stealing Your Identity

Maybe you’ve had your email account hacked – discovering the breach only when friends let you know they’ve received a weird email that you never sent. When this happened to me, I simply changed my password and moved on. Unfortunately, not all hacking attempts are so innocuous. If you become the victim of online identity theft, it can take lots of time and money to repair the damage. According to Javelin Research, it costs $631 on average to clear up a single identity theft. Don’t fall prey to those who would damage your credit and peace of mind – here are six tips to protect your identity on the Internet, especially if you work online.

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9 Reasons Why Blogging and Ecommerce are a Match Made in Heaven

Who among us can resist a great bargain on that pair of jeans with the perfect amount of fade? It’s no wonder that ecommerce accounts for nearly 12% of US retail sales with over half of all Americans being avid online shoppers.

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What’s more eye opening is the fact that 61% of Americans have made a purchase on a blog post.

See the connection? People love shopping online. Blogs influence people’s shopping decisions to a large extent. Result: online shopping and blogs are a great combination.

Let me give you 9 more reasons why blogs can help your ecommerce business spread its wings and soar. Read More

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You Want a Job at Google? Take a Look at This.

There used to be a time when everyone venerated Google. These days, there are some who think Google is evil. There are some who hate it with a passion. And there are still some who look up to the Big G.

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However, with all that we’ve heard and seen about the working conditions at Google, it is but understandable that many a young (or old, what’s age anyway?) online professional/IT pro/you-name-it wants to work there. Read More

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Local SEO: Does Your Business Really Need It?

Even if you know all about SEO, you may still be unfamiliar with local SEO. Many business owners are mystified by what exactly this is, which is a shame because they could be missing out on a lot of business.

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If you have a business with a physical location where you rely on local customers visiting you (such as a restaurant or shop), local SEO could play an important role in your marketing strategy. Read More

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Avoiding the Pitfalls of Social Media Sites

Obviously, social media is an important and effective way to promote your blog and/or business. However, it is important to use these resources to your benefit, rather than your detriment. You spend enough time working on your blog to keep it fresh and full of new and useful posts, so you want your promotional efforts to have an impact, without requiring an unreasonable time commitment.

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Here are some tips to help you get the most out of social media, while also side-stepping the inherent hazards associated with various platforms: Read More

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Are You an Annoying Person on Social Media?

It’s rather easy to be annoying – both online and offline. As they say, “haters gonna hate”, and whether you are truly being annoying or people just don’t get you, there will always be those who think you are an annoying person.

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When it comes to social media, though, it is hard to deny that there are common characteristics that highlight an annoying person. Whether your answer to the title is yes or no, you might want to take a look at the following questions and figure out if you are an annoying person on social media. You never know – after all, you do not want to be that person, which can only be detrimental.

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Beyond Google: 5 Social Media Strategies for 2014

Social media strategiesIt doesn’t take an expert to see that Google search no longer has the same reach that it had just a few years ago. Sure, Google still controls more than two-thirds of American search, but it isn’t the only platform by where people connect online. Thanks to social media, your customers may be just as likely to find you on Facebook or some other sites as they are using Google search. Here are five social media strategies (websites) for 2014 that every company should consider.

Facebook – What are you using Facebook for? Hopefully, your business has its own page there, perhaps multiple pages for different and distinct products that you sell. Facebook can no longer be ignored: there are more than 1 billion global users engaged. Use it post new information about your company, to elicit feedback from your customers, and make special promotional pitches. Encourage people to “like” your pages and to reshare your information. Read More

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Malware and Viruses: How Infected Are We?

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The other day, I had a very confusing day, thanks to my laptop going nuts on me. I thought for sure that I got infected by a virus or some malware. No matter what search I did on Google, I always got redirected to search results for “biometrics”.

It didn’t stop there. When creating a new post, the title field and time stamp kept reverting to specific data. It.drove.me.nuts.

And I panicked. I immediately downloaded Avast for Mac and did a full system scan, but everything was clean. Read More

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Inky Deals Offers New Colossal Bundle with $10,063 Worth of Top-Quality Resources

Designers are always on the lookout for resources and tools that can make their work easier, not to mention inspire them to take their designs to new levels. When it comes to finding inspiration and tools, there’s no better place to be than in a community of like minded people.

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That’s where Inky Deals comes into the picture. Technically a deals web site for designers, Inky Deals has become one of the go to sites for many a designer. With a community encompassing more than 300,000 design enthusiasts, the site offers a host of premium resources at prices anyone can afford. From web designers to graphic designers, Inky Deals has made quite a lot of people happy with their offers. Read More

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