You can now add description of your business directly within Google My Business. It’s not a new feature though. Google removed this feature back in 2016 when they dropped the Google+ support. And now made it available again. This feature offers a hassle free way to keep the information about your business updated and ultimately help the searchers.
Here’s how you can add business description:
Login to Google My business.
Click on the info button on the menu bar.
Click on the add business description
Click on the pencil icon and add info.
The character limit is 750, so make it crisp and engaging. Learn more about it here.
The brand new Google My Business dashboard is here and people are excited about the new features. Many influential marketers got their hands on the new dashboard about a month ago, and now Google is making it available to other people on…a random basis. Here’s a screenshot of the new Dashboard.
The new Google My Business dashboard boasts many improved features such as:
All users regardless of their size will be using the same interface. It means that you will no longer have to switch between the card and list view.
The new dashboard is easy to navigate, allowing you to view and edit your listings within the same window.
You can now find the posts and insights directly on the side navigation panel.
This one is big. Now adding more listings will not affect the loading speed of the page.
Not sure if you have the latest version of the dashboard? Log in to your account and check if there’s a “Black to Classic GMB” option in the left side navigation menu.
BE CAREFUL HOW YOU COLLECT REVIEWS – GOOGLE UPDATES ITS REVIEWS GUIDELINES
PSA from Website Hosting Canada Leader HostedinCanada.com
Google is struggling hard to keep the reviews trustworthy. They are trying to weed out fake reviews and bring genuine reviews, but they have a long journey ahead. As reported in Google My Business forums, recently, a Kentucky law firm allegedly ran a contest on Facebook, offering people zoo tickets in exchange for positive reviews.
This didn’t go down well with other law firms and businesses and they reported the incident to Google. As a result, Google updated their reviews guideline from:
“Don’t offer or accept money, products, or services to write reviews for a business or to write negative reviews about a competitor.”
“In addition to Prohibited Content guidelines, text reviews are subject to the following additional requirements:
Don’t use reviews for advertising purposes. This includes, but is not limited to, posting email addresses, phone numbers, social media links or links to other websites in your reviews.
Don’t include promotional or commercial content.
Don’t offer or accept money in exchange for reviews.
Don’t solicit reviews from customers in bulk.”
Reviews are important and it is almost as effective as a personal recommendation, but be careful how you collect it.
To help you get more reviews for your business, we highly recommend our review widget. It’s a small piece of code which is placed on your website and helps you get positive reviews on Google, Yelp and Facebook. In addition, it helps to filter out negative reviews too thus ensuring a positive experience for website users. Need more details? Please connect with us.
PSA: Canadian Web Hosting Sites Need to replace Your SSL/TLS Certs by Symantec, Thawte, VeriSign, Equifax, GeoTrust and RapidSSL Immediately!
CALGARY, ALBERTA, CANADA, March 22, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — This is a PSA (public service announcement) by HostedinCanada.com, a leading Canadian Web Hosting provider. This is a reminder to all website owners. Google’s Chrome browser, which currently makes up 77.9% of browsers used on the internet, and has grown almost every year since 2008, starting at 3.1%, has already started the process of ending support for Symantec SSL/TLS certificates. This includes companies owned by Symantec including Thawte, Verisign, Equifax, GeoTrust and RapidSSL.
Chrome 66 is ending support for Symantec certificates issued before June 1, 2016 on the following schedule:
• The ‘Canary’ release already ended support for these certificates. It was released on January 20th, 2018. • The Beta release for Chrome 66 will be released on March 15th. • The Stable release for Chrome 66 will be released on April 17th.
If you are running a Symantec certificate issued before June 1, 2016, and you do not replace that certificate, then from April 17th onwards this is what your site will look like to site visitors (See Image).
As you can clearly see, the error is described as NET::ERR_CERT_SYMANTEC_LEGACY, meaning that your website is using a legacy Symantec certificate that is no longer supported.
Starting with Google Chrome version 70, all remaining Symantec certificates will completely stop working, including those issued after June 1, 2016. Chrome 70’s release schedule for Canary, Beta and Stable is July 20th, September 13th and October 16th respectively.
If your website has an issue, the page should give you a warning. Make sure you just enter the hostname and remove the https:// prefix and the ending slash.
An alternative way to check if your website will have a problem is to download Chrome’s bleeding edge ‘canary’ version and visit your website. Then check the DevTools in Chrome for any warning message regarding your SSL/TLS certificate.
You can find more info on the official Google Security Blog.
If you need assistance contact HostedinCanada.com toll-free from anywhere in North America at 1-866-730-2040, as they can help you transition to a supported SSL Certificate. If you host with them they will provide a FREE SSL Certificate for a limited time. (Use Code FREESSLMARCH if ordering or switching to HostedinCanada.com) Also, please help spread the word. If you know anyone else who owns a website share this message, so they are not caught by surprise when this change goes live next month.
There are many factors that influence a sites ranking in voice search results. To figure out which factor is most important, Backlinko conducted an extensive analysis. Here are the findings:
Page speed is crucial. Most of the results were from fast loading pages.
Domain authority is of absolute importance.
Content that ranks well on the desktop also ranks well on voice search.
Surprisingly, Schema is not that important factor as only 36% of sites that ranked well on voice search results were using schema.
41% of Voice search results came from featured snippets.
HTTPS is an absolute must.
This research debunked the myth that Schema is of absolute importance. And also made it clear that page speed is CRUCIAL. All the results that listed well on voice search were almost 2 times faster than traditional pages.
Google’s reliance on domains with high authority for providing voice search results comes from the tendency that they “may” provide higher accuracy as compared to domain’s with less authority. But it is possible that they will come up with a more sophisticated approach for the same in near future.
The research also shed some light on the importance of long-form content. People speak more words that they type, so it’s natural that pages that use comprehensive content will reign supreme in this area.
However, you don’t have to specifically optimize your site’s content for voice search, writing in-depth content will suffice the need.
On a side note, the virtual assistants are on the rise. So the marketers who are willing to offer their clients with latest digital marketing should take these platform seriously.
A successful WordPress website offers its audience two benefits – great, useful content, and an amazing browsing experience. The latter heavily depends on the web hosting service. So, choosing a web host is one of the most important decisions for a website owner, especially because there are numerous providers that offer WordPress hosting in Canada. The web host’s bandwidth, reliability, and value-added services allow the websites to provide their audience with a smooth and memorable experience. This is possible when your Canadian web hosting service offers phenomenal customer support, its services are easy to use even for a non-tech person, and offer plenty of add-ons that’ll give you full flexibility with regards to your website.
Those are the primary considerations you should focus on when choosing your web hosting service.
HostedInCanada has designed special plans for WordPress hosting in Canada. Website owners get a plethora of features, add-ons, and benefits that are uniquely geared to provide their WordPress websites with an exceptional hosting experience. Here’s how to Buy WordPress hosting in Canada.
Step 1: Select Your WordPress Hosting Package here.
HostedInCanada offers 3 hosting plans for WordPress websites, and each of them comes with its own sets of features. Choose the plan that gives you the best value for money. Whichever plan you choose, you get full access to the amazing customer support at HostedInCanada, which is the most important factor when choosing a Canadian hosting service.
Step 2: Choosing Your Domain Name
HostedInCanada offers you 3 options when it comes to your domain name. You can buy a new domain, transfer your existing domain to HostedInCanada, or continue using your existing domain as well as the existing domain registrar by updating the name-servers of HostedInCanada with your domain registrar. If you are finding it difficult to come up with a domain name, here are a few tips: 1. Make it easy to type and remember 2. Keep it short and descriptive 3. Use Keywords people would search for your product or service 4. Target your local area or national area (i.e. HostedinCanada.com) 5. Avoid numbers and hyphens, people just don’t remember them 6. Be memorable of course 7. Research your options before buying 8. Use an appropriate domain extension (.ca, .com, .lawyer, .photo, .contractors) 9. Protect your domain by registering obvious miss spelled versions Once you have made your selection, you will be taken to the next page.
Step 3: Configure Your Hosting PackageIn this step, you can configure your hosting package.
You can select your billing cycle, choose add-on services, and review the order summary one last time.
Step 4: Domains Configuration (New Domain Buyers Skip This Step) In this step, you configure your domain to redirect it to HostedInCanada’s web hosting servers.
So, if you are buying a new domain from HostedInCanada, then this step will not pop up in your hosting purchase process as it will be done automatically for you. If you are using a pre-existing domain, then you will need to share the EPP code generated from your existing hosting service with HostedInCanada. Then you can proceed to the next step, which is Checkout.
Step 5: Checkout
On this page, you’ll share your contact details, your billing details, and your payment details. You can make the payments using your credit card or PayPal.
And that’s it. You’ve purchased your WordPress hosting in Canada, and possibly a new DYNAMIC domain name. The entire process will hardly take a few minutes and you will be done even before you know it.
Keep in mind HostedinCanada.com offers lots of options and promotions for the next step, building and marketing your WordPress website. The amazing part is you can actually TALK TO our team, before and after each stage of the ordering. Don’t believe me? After your order, call HostedinCanada.com and ask them about getting a FREE WordPress theme. Quote code 2018hic232 and see what you get. If you ordered there WordPress Enhanced or Enterprise package, you will be eligible to have your WordPress Website build for you at 25% off the incredible package price they have for their starter WordPress website package. That’s what ease of use means, and that’s why you should choose HostedInCanada for your WordPress hosting needs.
Domain name registration in Canada with HostedinCanada.com is the process of reserving a name on the Internet, usually one year but with most domains, you can register up to 10 years. Keep in mind that once you register a domain it will remain yours for as long as you renew it and there is no way to purchase a domain name forever.
Domain name registration is required for a website, an email or another web service(s). Also, you don’t have to always register a new domain name. Many companies allow you to use subdomains of their domain names for a website, or you can have an email with their primary domain (ex. yahoo.com, gmail.com, telus.com).
One of the key features of a domain name is that it gives you personality and a recognized identity. Once you register a domain name, the information about its owner is publicly available, but most domain registrations companies now offer the ability to hide this information for a fee.
The price for a domain name registration varies greatly on its extension and with over 1000 TLD’s (Top Level Domains) available you have lots to choose from. A sample and most common is .com, one of the most affordable ones. Also, you can reserve country-specific, like .ca for Canada. But they are usually a little more expensive.
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