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The power of mind set
+Stephanie Calahan lives and projects one of the most positive attitudes I have ever encountered. It was born of necessity. Here's a quick chat she had with +Lany Sullivan that will give you a taste of what I mean. Definitely worth you're while to get to know Stephanie and her back story too. I'm glad I did!!
 
How is your mindset affecting your business and your life?

This 17 minute conversation with +Stephanie Calahan really will make you sit back and pay attention to how you act and react. What you choose to do and be in your daily life can have either a positive or negative impact.

We've all been hit by bad days or situations. How we choose to handle them determines the result. 

Make sure you download her free workbook too!

#mindset   #rcuwomen  
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+MaAnna Stephenson +Lany Sullivan I'm truly humbled by your words. Thank you! Glad to be of service. 
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The power of SEO and social
This is the stat spike I woke up to this morning from jumping on the news about Googlebot. Blogging the trends works!
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+John Mueller addresses the blocked bots warnings
It's about both indexing files that shouldn't be indexed and not being able to render the page. Google is reading our reports and will be tweaking their messaging to be clearer.
 
I see a bunch of posts about the robotted resources message that we're sending out. I haven't had time to go through & review them all (so include URLs if you can :)), but I'll spend some time double-checking the reports tomorrow. 

Looking back a lot of years, blocking CSS & JS is something that used to make sense when search engines weren't that smart, and ended up indexing & ranking those files in search. For a long time now, that's no longer the case  (happy to get reports if you do see it though), and nowadays it's extremely helpful to be able to access CSS & JS files so that we understand what a page really looks like. Is it mobile-friendly? Is there content that we'd miss without JavaScript? Blocked CSS & JS files are some of the bigger problems that we run across in the meantime.

Search Console gives you tools to find blocked content across your site, to test individual pages to see if all embedded content is accessible, and to test your robots.txt files to find why a specific URL is blocked (and to submit an updated robots.txt so that we can crawl it ASAP). We've also documented this problem in various ways over time, for example in https://developers.google.com/webmasters/mobile-sites/mobile-seo/common-mistakes/blocked-resources 

That said, we hear you that these messages aren't as clear as they could be, and we'll double-check your reports (here on G+, on Twiter, in the forums, etc) to see what we can do to improve that. 
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+Denver Prophit Jr. this one isn't mine, but +Gary Illyes proposed it :)
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Woohoo!!! My test video was accepted!!!!!
I can start on the screencasts while I'm still testing ways to best do the on-camera lectures. Going to try my iPhone with an app and the mic/earbuds it came with, just for fun. Then will know which lav mic I want to order (for the phone or to go USB into PC).

And for the heck of it, I'm going to do one with my handheld mic, not in the stand, but holding it, like some lectures have to do on stage. I'm actually quite used to that from being on stage as a musician. Will be fun to see if it brings a different vibe to it too.
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I tried one of the iPhone video recording apps. Played with all of the settings for hours today. Never got it to perform any better than the native recorder.

But, it did let me try a Blutooth mic. Wasn't too bad, but no better than the rig I had before. Still had to doctor it too much.

So, going to get the Giant Squid lav mic and proper adaptor for it ordered today and hoping that will solve it.

I also have two windows in the room. Amazing how well big pieces of cardboard work to help me control the light, depending on what time of day I shoot. :-) and I have a couple of soft floods to kill shadows.

I do like having some natural light, though. And I really don't care for the white, infinite background look either. Plus, that just washes me out too.

Glad to be almost there with it!
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Tips Tuesday – WordPress GPL, Stripe vs PayPal, Google Authorship Return
10 power-packed minutes of site success tips
Read or listen: http://bit.ly/tt150728

Tips include:

- tell me what you want in Tips Tuesday
- Yoast SEO 2.3 MaAnna Minute video tour
- why to learn the business end of any endeavor
- sharing your visibility strategy
- latest WordPress security release
- what designers need to know about WordPress GPL license
- drip content comes to WishList Member
- why I’m testing Stripe as a PayPal replacement
- the possible return of Google Agent Rank authorship
- why I’m switching from Google Analyticator to Google Analytics plugin
- an excellent post on controlling bot crawls
- news on Google finally disconnecting G+ accounts from other services
- jumping on the video bandwagon

Thanks to +*****, +Denise Wakeman, +Bill Slawski, +Ronnie Bincer for their inspiration and tips this week!!!!

#blogaidtipstuesday #tipstuesday #wordpresstips


Tips include: - tell me what you want in Tips Tuesday - Yoast SEO 2.3 MaAnna Minute video tour - why to learn the business end of any endeavor - sharing your visibility strategy - latest WordPress security release - what designers need to know about WordPress GPL license - drip content comes to WishList Member - why I’m testing Stripe as a PayPal replacement - the possible return of Google Agent Rank authorship - why I’m switching from Google Ana...
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Season 2 of +Geekspeak Guides is on the way
Looking forward to joining cohost +Susan Finch for a whole new batch of fun, laughes, rants, and oh yeah, helpful tips for site owners too.
 
Prepping for Season 2 with +MaAnna Stephenson . Archived shows with +Yvonne Heimann will be on the Geekspeakguides website, itunes and Stitcher, as well as our YT channel. MaAnna and I will be recording new intros, welcomes, and our September shows soon! We'll keep you posted.
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A robots.txt file is not just for Googlebots
The MaAnna Minute video below shows what your site looks like without one, or without proper directives to keep out bad bots. It's not just about SEO. It's about security and performance too. Want to know more about the latest warnings from Google? http://www.blogaid.net/googlebot-css-and-js-block-warning-checks-fixes
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Googlebot knee jerk reactions rampant
Been seeing a bunch of bad advice to open your robots.txt file in a way that will cause both security and performance issues.

Google is tweaking the mess they created with this right now.

STOP chasing the Google cheese with every news story that hits in a way that is a detriment to your site. Keep in mind that there 100s of ranking factors. Your site is not going to plummet over this overnight.

Give them a minute to correct their own circus and monkeys.

Read here for more to get a better balance of what's happening http://www.blogaid.net/googlebot-css-and-js-block-warning-checks-fixes
Here’s what you need to know about this warning, how to check it, and ways to fix real issues.
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Get educated and stop the hacks
Google's #NoHack campaign is back to help educate site owners on how to stay safe online. You know I'll be following along.

Thanks to +Ana Hoffman for catching this news for us.
 
Google: 180% increase in hacked sites in the past year

Yes, 180%. Insane!

The number was announced as Google launched their #NoHacked campaign again. http://tgcafe.it/1DM2kfB

Over the next month or so, Google will be working on educating webmasters on hacked sites: how to prevent it, how to fix it, how to stay secure, etc.

They are kicking off the campaign with some basic tips on how to keep your site safe on the web.

1. Strengthen your account security

Set a longer password that might contain a mixture of letters, numbers, symbols, or be a passphrase.

Don't reuse passwords for multiple accounts.

Turn on 2-Factor Authentication for accounts that offer this service.

2. Keep your site’s software updated

Periodically check your site for any outdated software.

Consider completely removing any add-ons or software that you don't need on your website - for instance, unnecessary Wordpress plugins.

3. Research how your hosting provider handles security issues

I hate to see people going with a hosting company because they can do it for under $5 a month.

REALLY?!!!

Google suggests to contact your hosting provider to see if they offer on-demand support to clean up site-specific problems.

4. Use Google tools to stay informed of potential hacked content on your site

Use Google's Search Console (formerly Google's Webmaster Tools).

That is Google’s way of communicating with you about issues on your site including if they have detected hacked content.

To learn more about securing your site, follow Google's #NoHacked  campaign on Twitter (https://twitter.com/googlewmc) and Google+ (http://google.com/+googlewebmasters).

Also, keep your eyes open for a Google Hangout focused on security where you can ask security experts questions. (Wed, 26 Aug http://tgcafe.it/1KwnTWo)

Google'e #NoHacked announcement: http://tgcafe.it/1DM2kfB

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More marketing news: http://tgcafe.it/your-marketing-news
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You're welcome +Dagmar Gatell
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Googlebot CSS and JS Block Warning - Checks and Fixes
Emails are going out from Google Search Console with warnings that you may lose rankings if you don't get these render issues fixed.

Here's a post on how to check your site for errors, how to find the source of them, and what you can do to fix them.
Here’s what you need to know about this warning, how to check it, and ways to fix real issues.
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It appears that Google heard us. +John Mueller addresses the blocked bots warnings. It's about both indexing files that shouldn't be indexed and not being able to render the page,mjust as I mentioned in my post. Google is reading our reports and will be tweaking their messaging to be clearer. https://plus.google.com/+JohnMueller/posts/8iCsUmstaHy
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New in Yoast SEO 2.3 - MaAnna Minute Video
New name and a bunch of new features, incliding:
- integration with Google Search Console
- tagline warning
- less admin clutter
- expanded social section
- better page analysis tool

Yoast continues to expand his excellent SEO plugin. See this quick MaAnna Minute video tour of all the enhancements, including: new name integration with Google Search Console tagline warning less admin clutter expanded social section better page analysis tool
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Actually +MaAnna Stephenson​ I saw it, just wanted to confirm about manually adding the code. If you see analytics of your site you must had visits from India on Tuesday and Wednesday via android and win 7 chrome. That was me ;-)
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Owner of BlogAid.net Where non-geeks get total site success consultation and training. WordPress, SEO, content, conversion, security, performance, membership sites, and more.
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I'm a geek who can still speak in plain English. I help small businesses and solopreneurs be successful and profitable through comprehensive site consultation and training including WordPress, SEO, conversion, performance, and security.

Visit BlogAid.net to learn more about me and how I can help you become a confident, successful site owner.

I also love trees and working with wood. You can see my unique carvings at Heartwood Art.
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Multi-instrumentalist and composer with music airing in 14 countries, first book was featured in Publishers Weekly, nationally recognized woodcarver featured in several magazines.
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Owner of BlogAid where I help non-geeks become confident, successful site owners.
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