SSL Padlock Problems and Solutions

Combination padlock next to computer keyboardIt could be mixed media, or it could be something else altogether.

By Becky Livingston
The Accountant’s Social Media Handbook

If you’ve recently implemented a secure socket layer (SSL) on your domain but see that the padlock is still open, you might have a case of mixed media on the site, or something else might be going on.

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The goal is to have a green, closed padlock next to your website URL when viewed in the search bar.
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SEO: What Are Realistic Returns?

ROI illustrationBONUS: Screenshots to help you track your efforts.

By Becky Livingston
The Accountant’s Social Media Handbook

Now that you’ve put all this effort into your site speed, keyword research, meta tag implementation and more, what can you expect in return?

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SEO is a marathon, not sprint.
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Top 20 Social Media Hacks to Build Your Business

Social media words on cubesSome of these can be automated.

By Becky Livingston
for From Success to Significance: The Radical CPA Guide

Social media should be a major part of your business marketing plan.

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Here are 20 ideas to help you build your small business.

You can use many of these ideas on one or more platforms; they are all designed to help increase engagement, develop leads and grow your brand.
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Get Found Online: Four Mobile SEO Tips

Man sitting on mountain and searching for mobile signalDo this BEFORE desktop SEO. Yes, there's a difference.

By Becky Livingston
SEO for CPAs: The Accountant’s Handbook

In late 2017, mobile search overtook desktop search for the first time.

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What does that mean for you as far as SEO? If your site isn’t mobile-ready now, you must make it a priority if you want to continue to get website traffic. READ MORE →

The CPA SEO Handbook: On Search Engines

To follow or not to follow? There are valid reasons for both.

By Becky Livingston
SEO for CPAs: The Accountant’s Handbook

Website crawlers – or spiders or robots – index content on web pages in an automated or methodical manner. They often create a copy of all the pages they visited for later processing by a search engine.

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Crawlers are handy programs used to automate maintenance tasks, such as link checking or code validation. They also can be used to gather information from web pages, such as email addresses.
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12 SEO Myths: Unraveling Google, Bing, SSL, Keywords, and More

Blue pushpin in word "SEO" at center of a targetLocal? Images? Mobile? All important.

By Becky Livingston

Below is a list of SEO myths that people might still believe to be true.

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  1. I must submit my site to Google and Bing for it to be indexed. What makes this a myth is the “must” part. If you’re creating a site that’s never been indexed before you can submit it to Google and Bing to be indexed, however, that doesn’t guarantee the site will be indexed or that this step will increase your search ranking. If you have an existing site, say that’s been around for a while, you don’t have to do this step even if it’s never been done before.

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Quick Tip: Accelerated Mobile Pages

Quick tip iconYou also can track how well they're doing.

By Becky Livingston
The Accountant’s Social Media Handbook

AMPs are for mobile devices and provide a faster website load time than more traditional pages, even ones created using a mobile-friendly template.

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These pages use a stripped-down version of HTML code and Javascript to create faster loading times for pages on mobile devices. They may be used in any app, browser or web viewer.
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Quick Tip: Boosting Site Speed

Smiling woman using smartphoneHow to score your site ... and make improvements.

By Becky Livingston
The Accountant’s Social Media Handbook

High bounce rates in your analytics report are a good indicator something might be up with your site speed, especially on mobile devices.

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The bounce rate is the percentage of single-page sessions that occur when visitors come to your site. In other words, a person visits a page and then exits the site, without visiting other pages.
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9 SEO Musts and 20 Pitfalls

Checklists for the DIYer.

By Becky Livingston
The Accountant’s Social Media Handbook

If you own a small firm and tackle your website and marketing yourself, this checklist is for you.

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Here is a nine-point SEO checklist you can use to help your website, product and brand gain online traction.
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Quick Tip: Link Building

Man viewing desktop computer screen5 tools to check your ranking.

By Becky Livingston
The Accountant’s Social Media Handbook

According to DemandWave, “More than half (52%) of B2B marketers consider external and internal link building a very difficult SEO task to execute.”

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Robbie Richards, the CEO and co-founder of SharpRocket, said, “Link building is one of the most challenging aspects of SEO. But it also has a HUGE impact on where your site ranks in the SERPs.”
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Why You Need an SSL Certificate NOW

Digital padlocks illustrationWant to drop in search results? Ignore this step.

By Becky Livingston
The Accountant’s Social Media Handbook

In 2017, Google implemented a mandatory requirement for all websites that appear in its Chrome search engine to have an SSL certificate. That requirement went into full effect in July 2018.

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The protocol uses an SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) certificate, which encrypts information sent between your website and its server. Even if you have a ShareFile, DropBox, portal, etc., on your site, SSL is an additional layer of protection for any forms that may be completed (e.g., contact us, lead generation forms, download forms, etc.), emails that may be sent, and more.
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Quick Tip: Local SEO

Woman wearing orange shirt texting on a smartphone walking in the street in a sunny dayDid we mention FREE?

By Becky Livingston
The Accountant’s Social Media Handbook

Local SEO is a free way to tell people in your geographic area that you have a physical location.

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It’s free from Google and Bing, which makes it even better.
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How to Improve Your Mobile SEO

Businessman using smartphone while waiting at a subway stationSome people will never see your site on a larger screen.

By Becky Livingston
The Accountant’s Social Media Handbook

There are many ways to test your website for mobile readiness. Simply search for “mobile SEO testing tools” to find several free ones you can leverage immediately, like this one from Google: https://search.google.com/test/mobile-friendly

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Enter your domain URL and any page within the site you want to test (this is really good for landing pages you’re using to draw in leads). The analysis will begin immediately, for that page only, not the whole site.
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