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WordPress security is serious! Take action with these 10 tips that could save you a massive headache.

‪#‎wptips‬ ‪#‎wordpress‬ ‪#‎wordpresstips‬

h/t +Kim Beasley 
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Great article by Zvonko of Codeforest on WordPress Security. Most of it you probably know, but did you know you could move the wp-config.php file up from the /public_html root directory that is only accessible by those with the "power" and WordPress will still work fine? Sweet tip to protect your login file and date.
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This is a serious vulnerability, The MailPoet plugin (wysija-newsletters) is a very popular #WordPress plugin (over 1,700,000 downloads). This vulnerability has been patched, if you run the WordPress MailPoet plugin please upgrade ASAP!

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What's your Google+ view count? Post your count in the comments below. Tell me were you shocked by the number you saw?

Hint: Check your profile page or hovercard to find your view count number.

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h/t +Mark Traphagen +Eric Enge  +Lee Smallwood 
Why Does Google+ Have View Counts Now?

In this 5 minute video from the +Stone Temple Consulting Here's Why series, +Eric Enge asks me to explain the new Google+ view counts that show on most profiles and pages. 

For more about Google+ view counts, see


ERIC: So Mark, recently Google+ added view counts to your profile pages and hovercards, right? Why did they do that?

MARK: We now see view counts on Google+ pages and profile. If you go to someone's profile of page, and you look in the upper left-hand corner on the cover photo, you'll see two metrics, if the user chooses to display them. One is a follower count (which we've seen before; it formerly said "people who have you in circles"), and then views. 

The new one, though, is the view count, so let's talk about first what that is. What are these views? What we've learned from sources at Google is that it's a total of all of the views of basically three things:

1. Your profile or page, if somebody actually opened that and looked at it.
2. All of your posts.
3. All of your images.

Now with posts and images, it's really what we call in the online world an "impression," meaning that it appeared on someone's screen. It doesn't necessarily mean that they focused on it, that they clicked on it, it just appeared on their screen, even if they were scrolling by. If a post or an image comes by while they're scrolling, that counts as a view, which in part explains why some people's view counts are very large. A lot of people were surprised when they saw their view counts. 

So that's basically what it is.

ERIC: Why do you suppose they chose to start displaying this?

MARK: Well, I have a theory about that. I believe that when Google exposes something to us, a piece of data, that they always have an intentionality behind that. They want to give us that information for some reason. 

So I pondered about this. Why would they now be emphasizing view counts? Here's what I think. When you look at the view counts, first of all, as I said, for many pages and profiles they're very large, it's a very high number, especially in proportion to the number of followers. So on a very simple level it might be a way of encouraging people who use Google+, that a lot more people are seeing their stuff (potentially) than they might have thought.

Most of us, of course, tend to focus on the information right in front of us. We put up a post, and we got 4 comments and 5 +1's, and, "well, that's that!" What we don't realize is that reshares of that post, or even +1's since last July, can be pushing that post out to hundreds or even thousands of people. That's where those big view numbers came from. So the first thing would be encouragement. Sort of a pat on the back acknowledgement that your reach on Google+ is more than you think.

The second thing is, I think, what I've called Google User Behavior Modification (GUBM). They use these metrics, they put out information, because they want us to change our behavior. I believe that they want to see less concentration on people just chasing after follower numbers, which can be gamed in various ways. People buy fake followers or get massive circle shares schemes going.

In order to get a view count, you actually have to be posting something on Google+. You have to be putting up posts or images. You have an incentive to do posts or images that people will want to engage with, that they'll reshare, that they'll +1, so that view count goes up. So they're pushing engagement.

ERIC: So the first part was really a marketing piece, which is, "let's show that Google+ has a lot of value." That's like seeing a lot of page views or impressions, as you said. So that's interesting, and then the second part is, OK, let's put some reality in the system, so that people can compare impression or view counts, and get less focused on this
follower count, because too many people are gaming that. 

MARK: And that's better for the users, and better for Google. If users are happy, if they're seeing content going by in their streams, they're going to feel better about Google+, they're going to want to use it. It overcomes that "ghost town" image that Google+ has had in the past. So it's pushing a win-win that they hope will be for the benefit of both the users and the network itself. 

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Our own +Stone Temple Consulting page just passed 800,000 views on just under 3000 followers. We're so pleased with the reach that Google+ gives us!
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Ummm... Can someone say PR nightmare? Check out what happened on the US Airways twitter account today.  

YIKES. This is very NSFW and US Airways is looking into what happened exactly.
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Can someone explain why on Google+ the title of the blog post does not display or the text snippet preview?  It works just fine on Facebook.  This person is using a WordPress Blog and for the life of me I can't figure out why it's not displaying properly on Google+.

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Am I assuming all the relevant meta details are completed in your blog post?
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Friday Google-+ tips for you!

H/t +Denis Labelle
Google+ Help Tips
1. Who Should You Circle?:
2. Make use of Google+ tours:
3. Photos:
4.  Save posts, articles and ideas on G+:
5. 3 steps to more privacy on your G+ profile:
6. Actively managing your community membership:
7. How to explore and join Communities:
8. How to send feedback on G+: 
9. Make Your G+ Photos “Auto Awesome”:
10. Automatically share your blog posts to Google+:
11. Ways to use Google+ photo editing:
12. Let hashtags find fun posts for you:
13. Make your Communities happier and healthier:
14. Do More with Your Photos From Auto Backup:
15. Search your own photos ->
16. How to delete your Auto Backup photos ->
17. Google Photos app is one-tap access to your Google+ Photos:
18. How to post publicly, to your circles, or to a community:
19. Share an album with someone not yet on G+:

20. How to restore photos from Trash:

21. How to adjust the mix of posts in your Home stream:

22. Follow your favorite YouTube channel on Google+:

. Circle +Google+ Help  
. Join Google+ Help community:
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This is a great list of tools! I use almost all of them daily :) #smtools  

h/t +Peg Fitzpatrick 
12 Most Budget Friendly Social Media Tools
by +Chad Egeland 

Included in the round up are some of my faves too!
and +Bitly 

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+Rebecca Wardlow great comprehensive list, we are using some of those programs ourselves! 
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Looking forward to sharing my social media knowledge with the folks at +Ideal Industries, Inc in Sycamore, IL
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Social media traffic referrals report 

2 interesting take-aways:

1) #Facebook is still the #1 leader in sending referral traffic! 

2) #Pinterest holds the #2 spot and is still growing! 

Are you utilizing #Facebook  and #Pinterest  for leads?  

H/T +Brian Jensen 
Just saw this social media traffic report by +Danny Wong . Some interesting finds here:
1) Despite people complaining about reduced organic reach, Facebook is still the leader in sending referral traffic and referral traffic from Facebook has even grown over the past few months. 

2) Pinterest is now the #2 referrer of traffic and has grown 48% since December. 

3) Stumbleupon is another winner and their referral traffic also increased by 14.9%.

Some key takeaways - Don't give up on Facebook marketing just yet and pay attention to Pinterest. 
Welcome to the Q1 2014 edition of our Social Media Traffic Report. See how many referrals the 8 most popular social media sites drove to publishers.
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Plan your work and work your plan. Decide in advance exactly how you are going to get from where you are to where you want to go. 

For more leadership tips, checkout my new leadership blog here:
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It's so nice to be aligned with the right people! Thanks +Sue Callison and Nancy Santini for making my job so enjoyable! Love you gals! Can't wait to meet you in person in June!

For my friends who don't know these amazing ladies ~ Sue is a breast cancer survivor who offers Solidea compression wear that can help you solve issues such as: ‪#‎Lymphedema‬, ‪#‎Lipedema‬, ‪#‎Edema‬, ‪#‎Cellulite‬, ‪#‎Varicosities‬, Tired & Achy Legs.

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Hi ~ I’m Rebecca Wardlow, a Certified Digital Business Strategist, eCommerce Specialist & Social Media Certified Professional I am from Sycamore, IL I have a tight-knit family of 7: my husband, 5 children and myself! (Yes, 5 kids!) Here are some things you may not have known about me: > I earned 6 figures in 2014! > I love working from home. > I believe in paying it forward. Just like you, I started at the ground floor and worked my through the ups and downs of running a business online. Along the way, I started to help others who were struggling by sharing my knowledge and resources. It became clear to me that many individuals just needed assistance creating, organizing and implementing systems for their business. My goal is to bring more systems & efficiency into your business so you breathe, live and enjoy your life & business!
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We celebrated my dad's 65th birthday here a few months ago. We had a group of 19 and the waitress did a great job of catering to us. The food was amazing, well prepared and cooked to perfection. The kids really enjoyed the smores and fire as we left. Thank you for making my dad's birthday so memorable!
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Brings back memories of the good old days with outdoor food service and car shows. The food is great and reasonably priced. The ice cream is out of this world! So glad to have such a great place in the local community.
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We stayed here last summer and the place was just perfect for my family of 5. Plenty of room in the 2 bedroom loft. I really enjoyed the fully equipped kitchen, allowing us to save money by eating in and not out. The pool was a bit small for my liking, but the kids enjoyed it. The outdoor area was simply breathtaking and would be a great place to host a wedding. I look forward to staying again when we come down for college visits with my son.
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I recently spoke during a Meet-Up Luncheon at this location. Although, I did not have time to eat, I can state the the staff was amazing. Always making sure things were just perfect and that I had everything I needed for my presentation. The place is clean and the food looked amazing! I look forward to going back this week and actually eating. Thanks for your wonderful hospitality.
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The local Sycamore store manager has done a fantastic job of supporting the community. The fundraiser they hosted for Matthew Rankin is something I will never forget. I am a life-long loyal customer of this location due to their involvement in our community. The food is always great and the staff is courteous. I love my local Culvers!
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One of my favorite place to go for a night on the town with the hubby. Good food, great staff and a nice welcoming atmosphere. One of Sycamore's hidden treasures for sure. Looking forward to visiting again soon!
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Pizza Villa has the absolute best pizza in the Chicagoland area. This family owned business makes you feel at home when you are in their location. The entire staff works hard to make sure your visit and food are the best of the best. In fact, it's so delicious that when my Uncle comes home from Oklahoma it's the first place we stop before taking him to our house. YUMMY!!!
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