Hackers and malware continue to constantly plague Internet users and ISPs. As recent as last week, the public was not able to access major websites such as Twitter, Netflix, and Amazon for several hours. This downtime occurred as a result of DYN.com, a popular provider for commercially managed DNS services, which had been experiencing a massive DDoS attack resulting in the downtime of these popular sites. A domain name server has the ability to change an easy to remember name such as interserver.net into a series of numbers known as an IP address. This is comparable to searching for a random phone number in a phone book.
These attackers were able to successfully pull off a major DDoS attack as a result of human error for example someone forgetting to change their passwords on their Internet devices. These devices known as “Internet Of Things” are everyday objects that connect to the Internet. When you initially set-up many of these devices, you are provided with a default password. If the owner of his/her ‘Internet of Things’ forgets to change the default password then hackers will be able to search the web for default passwords to your device. This will enable hackers to take control of your device and utilize them for their purposes. Your device can end up a part of a larger botnet used in a major DDoS attack.
The premise of this article is to inform our followers about the importance of password security. We highly recommend changing default passwords into something more complex in order to deter hackers. There has been countless times where someone’s web service is compromised as a result of having used passwords like “Password123” or their birthdate. Of course, it may be difficult to remember long and complicated passwords, so we suggest using password managers. Instead of having to memorize a bunch of passwords, you can have all of your passwords in one secure place. If everyone took the necessary steps to ensure password security it would in turn minimize the impact and damage of major caused by DDoS attacks.
Posted at October 25, 2016 at 8:25 pm by Stacey Talieres
Nonprofit organizations help to meet the needs of millions of people around the world. From feeding the hungry to offering shelter to the homeless, and countless other helpful good deeds, nonprofits are essential. As a small way of giving back to these selfless organizations, InterServer is offering free web hosting to all qualifying nonprofit organizations.
High Quality Hosting
Unlike many other companies that offer free hosting to people, InterServer is providing industry leading shared hosting that will meet the needs of most organizations. The hosting is housed on the state-of-the art servers, within the world class data centers. These are the same types of hosting accounts that individuals and businesses use every day. Whether you’re just starting up a nonprofit organization, or you’ve been serving the community for years, InterServer’s free hosting offer is here for you.
Hosting is Essential for Nonprofits
In today’s Internet focused world, nonprofits must have a good website in order to reach out to those in need as well as potential donors. A good website starts out on a good hosting server that can house the data and service the traffic. Of course, nonprofit organizations need to keep their expenses down, so they can spend their limited resources serving the causes they are passionate about. With the help of InterServer, nonprofits are able to harness the power of the Internet, without spending a dime on the hosting they need.
What Nonprofits Qualify
InterServer offers this exclusive deal to all 501(c)(3) organizations free hosting. After signing up for hosting, simply submit a 501(c)(3) determination letter to get the free hosting services. This free offer is an ongoing service that InterServer provides to nonprofits.
Posted at October 11, 2016 at 2:04 pm by Stacey Talieres
Digital security has been an issue that has been of growing concern for website owners for quite some time now. It has actually gotten to the point where Google and other search engines have confirmed that they provide SEO benefits to websites that use secured connections. To help Webmasters to secure their sites, cPanel has been working on a new feature that makes it faster and easier than ever to use SSL certificates, which are the industry standard for website security. This new feature is called AutoSSL, and is available for all InterServer customers.
Making Security Simple
In the past, when a website owner wanted to use a SSL certificate they needed to go through a number of difficult steps including filling out forms and manually copying the certificates into place. AutoSSL removes these requirements and handles it all for you.
Once enabled, the AutoSSL system secures your websites (all of them using that cPanel) using a domain vaulted SSL certificate. This protects your website, and the data that is transferred to and from it, with a high level of encryption.
In the past, one of the biggest hassles with using SSL certificates is having to keep track of when they are expiring, and going through the renewal process to avoid problems. AutoSSL solves this issue by automatically requesting a new certificate and having it installed without any need for user interaction.
Difference Between Paid and Free SSL Certificates
The AutoSSL system provides users with what is known as a domain validated certificate. This is essentially the entry level SSL option because there is less verification that goes into issuing the certificate. Issuing DV certificates is automated, unlike paid options that require human interaction between the issuing and requesting companies, which is how cPanel is able to offer this level of security for free. Choosing the right type of SSL certificate is very important for ensuring your data is protected to the level you require. There is a huge difference between paid and free SSL certificates being offered. The following three types of SSL certificates are available to individuals and companies that are looking to protect their data:
The extra manpower required to validate the organization and extended validation levels of certificates are what makes them cost so much money. Since SSL certificates expire after a set amount of time (typically 90 days, 6 months, or 1 year, depending on the issuer) having a free certificate can save a lot of money over time.
Just the Beginning
AutoSSL is a great way to improve website security, but it is just the beginning of what is going to be offered by cPanel, and available to all InterServer customers. cPanel has confirmed that they are working on support for other encryption features (through Let’s Encrypt) to help keep people’s web content safe and secure. These types of advancements are becoming an essential part of safely running any type of site today. They can keep both website owners, and the visitors to their sites, safe from the increasingly sophisticated threats that are present throughout the web today.
AutoSSL is already available in all cPanels from InterServer. To enable this great feature, simply browse under the SSL/TLS heading, then click on Manage AutoSSL. The page that loads up will have two options, one to enable and one to disable the feature. Simply click enable and press save. This is all that is needed for an excellent first layer of security for all your websites.
*Disclaimer: This feature is not available for Windows Shared Hosting Plans
Posted at September 30, 2016 at 3:55 pm by Stacey Talieres
A lot is expected out of students today, which is why many companies offer them a variety of discounts and other perks. To help encourage students to learn more about web development, and what the Internet has to offer, InterServer has decided to offer anyone with a .edu email address free web hosting for an entire year. This web hosting can be used to house any type of personal or business website that they would like.
With some of today’s biggest websites (Facebook, for example) being started from a college dorm room, this great offer could help to produce new web services that will literally change the way the world works.
Powerful & Reliable Hosting
While there are a variety of free hosting options available online, most of them require the user to display ads in order to pay for the hosting services. Students who sign up for InterServer’s free hosting offer will be able to build their websites without these types of restrictions, and they will have access to the high quality hosting solutions that they need. InterServer is well-known for having the fastest and most reliable shared hosting solutions around, and this is exactly what students will be receiving.
Simple Website Creation Tools Included
InterServer offers all of their clients, including those taking advantage of this free hosting offer, hundreds of one-click installation scripts used to set up websites. This includes a script to automatically install and configure WordPress on the hosting server. WordPress is the world’s most popular website platform, and can help students get their sites up and running just minutes. Even those who have no experience running websites can create beautiful pages without any coding skills at all.
Great for Classwork Too
A growing number of courses are requiring students to create their own websites. This includes programming classes, web development classes, digital marketing classes, and many others. While some universities will provide students with hosting, it is typically low quality and very locked down. Having access to a full web hosting account from InterServer will help ensure the websites used in classes are not only high quality, but that the students can take them with them long after the course is over.
Request Your Free Hosting Today
Any student (or teacher) with a .edu email address can sign up for their free hosting account anytime by visiting InterServer.net. Go through the normal registration process, using your .edu address, to gain access to your full year of free hosting.
Posted at September 16, 2016 at 10:23 am by Jerry Low
When I first started blogging and affiliate marketing in 2004, there wasn’t much competition. It was easy to get your foot in the door and make money.
Now, things have changed. More and more people want in on the action, and Google is cracking down. While that all sounds like bad news, there is still a lot of money to be made in blogging. Take Pat Flynn, for instance. He made more than $93,000 in July 2016, and he’s just one example.
Of course, you can’t be like Pat Flynn overnight unless you have some smart strategies in place.
Fortunately, once you know how to get the ball rolling, you can start making some money with your blog.
I am going to help you with some personal tips of mine in this article.
You’re only going to be able to make money at blogging if there are people interested in spending money in your niche.
That means you need to pick a niche that you can make money on if you’re going to succeed. It’s important to understand that passion is critical since you’ll be blogging on the same topic for years. However, passion is only part of the equation. If you can’t make money in the niche, passion is futile. You’ll only be blogging for yourself.
Once you come up with an idea, you need to see if there is money to be made.
Start with Google AdWords. Head over to the Keyword Planner and type in a keyword related to your niche. For instance, if you’re interested in PlayStation 4 video games, type that into the search box. Look at the search trends and the competition levels for the keyword. You’ll see that the competition is high, meaning advertisers are snatching keywords related to PlayStation 4 games up.
Next, you need to head over to BuzzSumo to see how your niche performs on social media. When you type your topic into the search bar, a list of results will come up, displaying all of the social shares and backlinks for that topic. This will give you a very good idea of how much social buzz your niche has.
Now, you’re almost done with your niche research, but you need to use one more tool. It’s time to head over to an affiliate network, like CJ.com. Look for merchants that sell products in your niche and check out their network earnings. This will show up in the green bar. If their network earnings are good, that is a great sign.
Once you found a profitable niche and started a blog, you’re ready for the next quest, targeted traffic.
First, you need to understand what targeted traffic is. When someone searches for a topic that is relevant to your niche, that is your target audience. Also, when someone follows a competitor on a social media site, that’s part of your target market. The same is true for someone who engages with a relevant social media post or a blog post. This is your target market, and you have to win that market’s attention.
How do you make that happen?
You know you need to develop web traffic, but where do you find it? It turns out the Internet is full of great places to get traffic.
As the largest social network, Facebook provides ample opportunities to reach your target market. You can do this with Facebook ads. Facebook ads offer a fast and easy way to reach your target market. Just remember that your profit equals your revenue minus your cost, so you need to keep your costs down to excel with this strategy. Also, use Facebook Pixels to track your conversions so you know that you’re making money with your ads.
The key is to target your ads based on interests, digital activities, demographics, life events, and locations. The more targeted your ads are, the easier it will be to reach your target market.
There are a number of strategies and tricks you can employ with Facebook ads.
While many people create text posts and ads, photos are your best option on Facebook. According to a study, Facebook posts with photos have 120 percent more engagement. That engagement shoots up to 180 percent if the post has a photo album.
Of course, you aren’t going to put a photo album up as a Facebook ad. You have to get creative with this. You can turn a photo album into a graphic article, which is a fun way to transform a standard album into a visual presentation. You can also take a page from my playbook and take the photos from an album and turn them into a slide presentation. I briefly elaborated on each slide and included the relevant links for the photos. So far, this album has reached over 140,000 people, received more than 8,000 clicks, and gotten more over 950 page “Likes.” Of course, I didn’t get all of that traction by simply putting it up on my page. I managed to do that by creating a cool post and then boosting it.
This is a fun ad option that lets you send your post out to the masses. Just be sure to boost it to people outside of your page. That way, you can pull in new people.
Facebook video playlists are another great way to reach your target market.
Don’t embed the videos from YouTube. Instead, upload the videos directly to Facebook. You can create video tutorials, behind-the-scenes footage vlogs, interviews, or anything else that you want, and then use them to bring in lots of people.
There are lots of tools out there that make it easy to create videos. Use Wimeo, Magisto, and Animoto to make videos easily. If you want something that’s better quality, you can go with Camtasia Studio.
You likely have some posts that have performed really well on your blog. Amplify those posts with Facebook ads. These ads will have high levels of engagement, and they will help you reach more people. You’ll drive more people to your blog or your Facebook page, which will help you monetize your blog in the long run.
Search engines like Google provide an excellent way to make money from your blog. Better search rankings equal more traffic and revenue. It really is that simple. Whenever someone stumbles on your blog via Google, the person is considered a warm lead. If you can provide relevant information to these leads, you can turn them into fans. Then, you can turn them into paying customers.
The question is, then, how do you rank better so you can get more traffic?
While a lot of marketers put all of their time and energy into off-page techniques,you need to spend a lot of your time on your time on various on-page SEO ranking factors. This isn’t rocket science. You need to get back to basics, which means you need to tweak the headlines and title tags. Google doesn’t broadcast how it ranks websites, but researchers have determined that it still pays attention to headlines and title tags. It’s up to marketers to guess what it views as important, and titles and tags are still important.
It does go beyond titles and tags, though.
For instance, there was a rumor not that long ago that Google added CTR to its algorithm. Sites with a high CTR moved up into the results. Rand Fishkin at Moz ran an experiment and determined that Google does give sites with a high CTR a bump in the rankings. That means that you need to tackle this issue so you can benefit from this algorithm change.
If you follow these steps, you’ll boost your traffic from Google and other search engines. Once you get that traffic, you can convert it and start making money with your blog.
Your competitors have already done a lot of the hard work for you. They have spent time out in the trenches, digging up traffic. You can pull some of that traffic away from them by commenting on their blogs.
Blog commenting is one of the best strategies out there, and it’s also one of the most overlooked. It’s often overlooked because it’s rarely effective. It’s not ineffective because it’s a bad idea. It’s ineffective because people aren’t good at it. You have to engage in a meaningful conversation with a stranger. If you can do this properly, you will kill at this strategy. If you just go in and drop a link, you’ll be a nuisance. On the other hand, if you say, “nice post,” you won’t be a nuisance, but you won’t get anything done, either. You have to create a comment that makes people want to learn more about you. Then, they will visit your blog and become one of your readers. If you do this really well, you’ll even get the blog’s owner over to your site.
So how do you do this well?
First, only leave a comment when you have something meaningful to add to the discussion. Also, only leave a link when it’s appropriate to do so. If you have a post that is relevant to the original post, add it, but do this sparingly and be very careful. Spend a lot of time on the blogs and add to the conversation. You will start to notice a spike in your blog’s traffic coming from the blogs that you visit.
You have the power to drive traffic to your blog, and then you can monetize that traffic. In order to make that happen, you need to find a profitable niche, and then you have to reach your target market. Spend time on Facebook ads, and then double down with Google and other search engines. Finally, head over to other blogs so you can reach your competitors’ traffic. If you use all of these strategies correctly, you’ll have a successful blog on your hands.