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  3. Do you have a digital marketing agency to help you promote your business? Is it expensive?
  4. Will social media be enough for promoting your business? I have some friends who only rely on social media marketing and I can see that their businesses are doing great. Is still important to do some SEO?
  5. I gather this does not affect me since I do not allow users to upload squat to my sites. But yeah they voted to ban memes in the EU. LOL... It's not law yet. https://www.digitaltrends.com/computing/eu-copyright-law/
  6. BIG Mike

    Compressing images

    Another decent tool is https://developers.google.com/speed/pagespeed/insights/ - one of the things I like about this one is that it will automatically optimize images and minify CSS and JS and zip them up ready for download (near the bottom of the page after running Insights). For my own scripts, I prefer doing it (optimizing) as part of the upload process using PHP's GD Library - the results are always excellent.
  7. This is a good site for compressing images (http://compressjpeg.com). It's simple to use. I have an image gallery type site and I've been using this to compress images down to around -70% of the original image file sizes. I've got one page with about 100 images, loads pretty good. Basically knocked off 70% of the bandwidth just from compressing images. These images/pages are loading fast and trust me that's good considering I have slow DSL.
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  9. This is pretty cool... I use Bootstrap 4 to code all my new HTML templates and Wordpress themes. One of the nice things about Bootstrap is they make it easy to use modal popups... but the cool part is, you can load that popup content anywhere inside the HTML code and set it up so the modal popup is triggered with an HTML link/click (<a>). Everything is HTML so all the popup content shows up in the Google Cache (text version). Here's some Bootstrap 4 modal popup examples. The way I'm using this is, I have pages that are image galleries, the images are wrapped in regular HTML link code (<a>), when the link is clicked it triggers the modal popup with more information, as much content as I want. This way I have a very clean looking image gallery that can have as much text or links as I want for traffic and SEO. You can even use schema code on the modal popup content. I highly recommend anyone building new webpages to start using Bootstrap, it gets better with each revision. The documentation is very detailed with plenty of examples.
  10. yukon

    To HTTPS or not to HTTPS?

    Personally, I wouldn't mess with a site structure that's making good money. IMO, If you eventually have to take the risk, ride it out until the end and then take the risk when you don't have a choice. Right now (today) you've got a choice.
  11. The vast majority of the $150k per year is from Google traffic. Thanks for all the replies and suggestions.
  12. yukon

    To HTTPS or not to HTTPS?

    What percentage of Google traffic actually translates into sales/conversions for OPs site?
  13. Mike Friedman

    To HTTPS or not to HTTPS?

    There is truth to that. On the other hand, if someone is worried about the new changes coming to Chrome chasing away traffic and hurting conversions, at this point they only have about 2 weeks before they go into effect.
  14. BIG Mike

    To HTTPS or not to HTTPS?

    Paraphrasing what Mike said, needing SSL is becoming inevitable and it's really not just Google pushing for it anymore - I'm seeing a general push towards it everywhere. Fortunately, there is some middle ground here, where you could try phasing in SSL. What I mean by that is that typically, we'd add SSL and then slap a global 301 redirect in htaccess or the server blocks and call it done, but it doesn't have to happen that way. What you can try to do is add SSL (without the global redirect) and then modify your internal linking over time, starting with pages that aren't producing or are low producers. As you do this, modify your sitemap to reflect the changes as well. Depending on the volume of pages, you can also do individual 301 redirects in htaccess or the server blocks for those pages. You should start using SSL on any new back links you're making too. This gives you the best of both worlds - it leaves your non-SSL pages running normally, so SERPS won't be impacted all at once. This is more of a trial and error approach, but it moves you in the right direction without any major impact on your site overall.
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  16. overcoming doubt? dealing with doubt? Then there's these root keywords that adwords should be able to provide you with variants and how popular they are. perseverance/persistence/endurance/tenacity/resolve/resolution/dedication/determination?
  17. Mike Friedman

    To HTTPS or not to HTTPS?

    It's really tough to start thinking about messing with a site pulling in $150k per year. I think the "not secure" warnings are going to have bigger impacts in some spaces than others. For example, among older people, I could see them being more alarming. In niches like finance, law, and healthcare I could see it eroding some trust and hurting conversions. And if Google ever goes to the big warning page before you even get to a site not using HTTPS, that is really going to hurt traffic. I think the warnings are only going to become more intrusive over time. Google is getting their wish for the majority of websites to use HTTPS/SSL. Most of the conversions I have done happened seamlessly. There were a couple that had a few hiccups for a few weeks. In my experience, the smaller the site, the less likely it is to see any kind of fluctuations as long as everything is done properly.
  18. I have a money site that I have had for a very long time. It does roughly $150k per year. Unfortunately, I am not running ssl on it and I am worried that my monetization is going to take a big hit due to Google's alarms about my site not being secure. I am considering switching to https, but I am really worried that I might take a significant hit in my search engine rankings. I've read about other site owners saying their rankings dropped a lot after switching or that sometimes it takes several months for their rankings to come back. So what do you all think? Is it worth the risk to implement ssl on my site or should I keep it as is?
  19. I have two Adwords accounts, one personal and one for my LLC. I just got an email saying that my personal Adwords accounts has expired and they gave me a $150 coupon if I decide to reactive my account. And yes, you are allowed to have two Adwords accounts if you are incorporated. https://www.en.advertisercommunity.com/t5/Basics-for-New-Advertisers/Can-one-person-have-2-Adwords-accounts/td-p/202080 Nice!!! Where's my credit card?
  20. Exactly Dan! That is the conclusion that I came to. Only 2 of the twelve chapters are Christmas. I don't want to mislead or tick off any readers/parents or disappoint any children.. So that is out. Theresa, I'm not concerned about a winter or any other season for the cover, it was a specific holiday and a major one at that. I've decided against it. altogether. My graphics guy said, "Do whatever you want Mom, just don't make it too generic, LOL! He's busy getting settled into the new place and preparing for the birth of his son. They're inducing on Monday, a whole month early. Complications, Yikes! Thank you so much for you thoughts Shay! Mike, Dang it! I thought I was completely settled on what I wanted for the front and back covers, but I love your idea and so now I have to go and think some more, LOL! I really like your idea as a full spread across the front and back covers. But which should have 2 holidays and which should have one? Front or back?...Yep! Back to the thinking board, LOL! Terra
  21. Dan Riffle

    Opinions wanted please

    The front cover is extremely important to setting the expectation of the reader, especially if the cover has a strong thematic element. If you go with a Christmas cover, readers will be expecting a Christmas story. Is that what they're getting? If not, they may be disappointed. A general winter cover doesn't set the same expectations. Personally, I'll read a story set in the winter anytime. I won't read a Christmas story until I'm in a Christmas mood. Another example: My wife loves those schlocky Hallmark Christmas movies - there's a new one every Saturday night from November to New Years. We never miss a single one. Netflix, for some reason, is currently pushing some Christmas movies. The wife absolutely wants nothing to do with them right now. The same concept stands for books.
  22. mki

    GDRP Wordpress Solution

    PM sent. I'm not really "killing myself." I was doing yard work all day. I found out one of my plugins dropped cookies (SumoMe), so I modded it. It took about 5 minutes. I spent 10x longer than that digging through stock photo sites looking for a funny picture of a cat. Edit: Great I finally found a stock photo I like and it's a Shutterstock exclusive... FML //original public function append_script_code() { $this->check_generate_site_id(); $site_id = get_option('sumome_site_id'); if ($site_id) { echo("<script async>(function(s,u,m,o,j,v){j=u.createElement(m);v=u.getElementsByTagName(m)[0];j.async=1;j.src=o;j.dataset.sumoSiteId='".esc_attr($site_id)."';j.dataset.sumoPlatform='".$this->dataSumoPlatform."';v.parentNode.insertBefore(j,v)})(window,document,'script','//load.sumo.com/');</script>"); } } //modded public function append_script_code() { $this->check_generate_site_id(); $site_id = get_option('sumome_site_id'); if ($site_id) { echo("<script async>if(iCanHasCookies==true){(function(s,u,m,o,j,v){j=u.createElement(m);v=u.getElementsByTagName(m)[0];j.async=1;j.src=o;j.dataset.sumoSiteId='".esc_attr($site_id)."';j.dataset.sumoPlatform='".$this->dataSumoPlatform."';v.parentNode.insertBefore(j,v)})(window,document,'script','//load.sumo.com/');}</script>"); } }
  23. BIG Mike

    GDRP Wordpress Solution

    Given everything you've posted, my next question is, why are you killing yourself trying to come up with a solution on your own? The EU clearly doesn't have the infrastructure to go after every website that violates their legislation and even if they did, I doubt they'd even give you a second look. The EU in terms of the GDRP is focused on major corporations doing business with EU citizens, i.e.; Facebook, Google, Microsoft, etc.. Remember their big announcement that you have to collect taxes (VAT) for EU customers? How did that work out? Big companies comply, while everyone else gives them the finger, LOL.
  24. mki

    GDRP Wordpress Solution

    I have verified that my solution is similar to the TrustArc solution in functionality (in the sense that it uses a session cookie to control the behavior and uses an IP lookup) so I'm fairly confident that it is indeed compliant. (Again, I'm not a lawyer, so I'm never going to say that it's 100% compliant.) I believe that solution works around the page cache issue with a purely JS based solution involving a completely insane mess of JS code. If you visit bloomberg.com on a US IP, there's no notification. If you visit it on an EU address, there's an extremely annoying box blocking the user from being able to interact with the site that forces consent. (I remember reading the law and I thought there was a part that said that you couldn't do that...) Their site is dropping all kinds of cookies on me even with out my consent that contain tracking id codes while on an EU IP and it is definitely detecting that I am on an EU IP. I'm sure that solution cost an arm and a leg and I'm not sure if it actually complies. None of the 'tick boxes' that I thought needed to be ticked to comply with law are ticked in my opinion. After glancing at their code solely for the purpose of trying to understand the basics behind how it works: LMAO. What a nightmare.
  25. mki

    GDRP Wordpress Solution

    I can monetize US traffic on FB... Just not that specific campaign. It's an offer for online biz-op coaching delivered daily via email. Obviously the information level of an average FB user is not super high, so this works. The biggest issues I have are complying with all of the rules, which is why I made this thread.
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