My name’s Matthew and I am a professional blogger, online marketer and all around internet hound. My repeated forays into the great unknown of the online world has lead me to be a bit more cautious than your average internet user who just wants to Google the weather, check their email and see what’s happening in their social media accounts. Read More
Over the course of this column, I’ve talked a great deal about the various pitfalls bloggers may encounter over the course of running their sites. This has included everything from hosting disasters to libel lawsuits and more. Blogging can be a scary place and I’ve done more than almost anyone to point out the reasons to be afraid and worried.
However, Franklin D. Roosevelt perhaps said it best when, during his first inaugural address in 1932, he told a suffering nation, “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself”. He was right.
Fear is a paralyzing force. It causes us to freeze or seek safety, it pushes us to avoid risks, shirk the spotlight and to take the much safer path. For a blogger, this can be a death blow. Blogging can be a risky activity but fear of those risks can often be greater than the risk itself. Fear prevents you from blogging, it prevents you from creating your best content and, most importantly, it prevents you from truly growing your site.
Learning to address and deal with fear, whether fear of success, fear of failure or something else entirely, is crucial for every blogger. Unfortunately though, this is one of those pitfalls that isn’t easily avoided, especially if you have a very fear-prone personality.
Even in our day and age many people still wonder whether websites can be trusted and whether online shopping portals are scams or genuine services. Over the last years several security focused software companies have built new portals allowing the visitor to check the ‘trust worthy history’ of websites but most internet users are not aware of the existence of these sites.
A Safe Site makes the action to check the trust rank for the user very easy and fast: all you need to do is enter the website URL or better even use the browser toolbar link to receive results from Web of Trust, Google Safe Browsing, Norton Safe Web, McAfee Site advisor and also Alexa site info. The results are displayed in a simple layer and can easily be navigated.
Thanks to a collaboration between A Safe Site, and Free Trust Seal, sites can place a free trust badge on their site, which when clicked displays the trust ranking of the site.
The importance of a good trust result, displayed visibly, will not escape any owner of an e-commerce or online service provider. Read More