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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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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Four Rules for Setting Boundaries in a Social and Mobile World

Businessman using smartphone while waiting at a subway stationYour customers expect service everywhere they find you. Rule 1: set expectations.

By Jody Padar
From Success to Significance: The Radical CPA Guide

Here are some of my tips on setting boundaries in the social world.

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1 – Be upfront with your customers. If I respond immediately – awesome, however on social I may not respond immediately.

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Maximizing Social Media: The Importance of People

Young people holding social media logos“Social selling is lead generation rooted in social media.”

By Jody Padar
From Success to Significance: The Radical CPA Guide 

Social media is the underdog of business development. Although I build relationships in both an offline and the online world, most my firm’s business comes directly from having both an online and an offline connection. I have multiple clients now whom I have never met IRL (in real life).

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It’s all about relationships; it always has been. 
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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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Why Tracking URLs Are So Important

"Good vs. evil in technology" illustration using laptops4 specific benefits.

By Becky Livingston
The Accountant’s Social Media Handbook

If you’re creating content and sharing it anywhere online, consider using a URL tracking code to help you identify where links to your website are coming from, i.e., Source/Medium and/or All Campaigns in Google Analytics.

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First, let’s use a URL builder.
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