Category Archives: Internet safety

The SEO of Speed and Security

The SEO of Speed and Security “What is SEO?” I ask, rhetorically. The most common answer: “You know, keywords and stuff…” SEO in 2017 will involve much more than keywords, although they are still definitely part of the mix. Google has been penalizing sites that don’t render properly on small screens like phones for some […]

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It’s “your” website… really?

What do you mean by “your” website? A typical website consists of files on a server that can be reached on the Internet by means of a domain name. Unless you own the webserver you can only edit “your” files by using the correct username and password to access your website’s hosting provider. You may […]

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Site hacked? Completely replacing it might not be enough…

When your site gets hacked completely replacing it might not be enough. Your website is under attack every day. Unfortunately, everyone with a website is at risk for getting hacked. sem[c] was brought in to help when a site that had previously been hacked and fixed but it seemed to have been hacked again.  The client […]

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What the scourge of referrer spam means to you

For a long time it was true that the more traffic that your website got the better.  No more.  Not exactly. Coders have been spoofing Google Analytics accounts to make it appear that visits are coming from what seems to be a never-ending list of websites. These “visits” are fake. No one is visiting your […]

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Online security? – if you are using WordPress maybe not so much…

Online security is a relative thing. With more and more news of huge hacks of companies’ financials you really should wonder about your own website.  Especially if it is based on WordPress. From time to time we are brought in to evaluate the effectiveness of SEO provided by others. Recently we were asked to audit […]

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Ecommerce – nothing is simple

Ecommerce E-commerce has many components. Since the main purpose is to make money you need to process credit cards. This isn’t necessarily the easiest thing to do.  It also can spring some interesting surprises. sem[c] ‘s client The Samurai Business Group presents a number of events every year. It order to improve the process both […]

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Do you know where your passwords are?

So much has been written about online security that it’s hard to believe how many people have important passwords they don’t know about. Part of the problem is that there really aren’t any viable options. So we are still stuck with using passwords.  This mean keeping track of them. Yet rarely does one of our […]

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If your website breaks, SEO is NOT going to fix it!

Even if you have the best SEO in the world (we can help you with that) your website won’t help you if it’s broken. Websites break for all kinds of different reasons. The important point here is “Who is going to fix it?” This sounds simple but very often turns out to be anything but. […]

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A cautionary tale on WordPress security and SEO

WordPress security and SEO: a cautionary tale Search engine optimization (SEO) is a great way to be very clear about what your business does. The opposite of SEO is being confusing instead of clear.  What could be more confusing than advertising someone else’s business instead of your own? This is what neglecting your WordPress update […]

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Why is there spam?

It works. It makes money. Think about it.  Why would so much effort be made to create and disseminate something that it seems everyone hates and never reads? There is a lesson about social media marketing in today’s example. My wife received an email that spoofed my name. It wasn’t from any of my accounts. […]

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