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7 Surefire Ways on How to Make WordPress Site Secure

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According to this study, 73.2% of the most popular WordPress installations are vulnerable to hacker attacks. Surprisingly, the reason is not that WordPress is inherently unsafe.

WordPress is backed by one of the hardest-working and most innovative security teams in the industry. These IT pros tirelessly ensure that the platform is well maintained and secure for users.

You may be surprised to learn that vulnerabilities are often caused by WordPress site owners themselves, through either negligence or ignorance.

You as a site owner cannot afford to neglect your website’s security, and it’s really not difficult to set up a security plan that will protect your site’s integrity. There simply is no excuse!

Here are seven simple tricks that you can implement right now to make your WordPress site more secure:

1. Set up your website’s lockdown feature

Hackers trying to force their way into your site? Set up a lockdown feature that will lock your site after a certain number of failed login attempts.

If your site is bombarded by failed login attempts, you can set up your site to go on automatic lockdown. This feature will prevent the culprits from entering a username and password from the login area. You’ll also be instantly notified of the suspicious activity.

There are two interesting plugins that provide this feature. You can’t go wrong with either, to be honest.

2. Implement two-factor authentication

Require users to provide two different login details to prove their identity.

As a website owner, you can choose how to implement your two-factor authentication scheme, often a password followed by a secret code or a secret question.

One of the more popular ways to implement two-factor authentication is to use an app that will send a secret code directly to the user’s phone. That way only authorized users can gain permission to log in to the website.

Again, there are plugins that will help you set up this authentication feature, each with their pros and cons. Test them out first to determine the plugin that best fits your needs.

3. Change your password regularly

Frequently changing your password is one of the simplest ways to secure your website, as it limits security breaches to all your accounts.

If you haven’t been doing this with all of your accounts, you’re more vulnerable to getting attacked!

It’s very common for people to use only one password for all of their accounts. That means once a hacker gets hold of your password, he can quickly access everything.

When you change your password, don’t forget to strengthen it by using a mix of uppercase and lowercase letters, special characters, and numbers.

Using LastPass to store and save all your passwords can make things easier. Install this add-on on your browser to automatically fill out the login details of the site. You can also regenerate a strong random password for your website straight from the tool.

4. Secure your website’s wp-admin directory

The wp-admin directory is responsible for breathing life in to your website. Once it’s breached, your whole site will be compromised.

To prevent disaster, you can secure the wp-admin directory with a password. Consider implementing a two-factor authentication scheme that will protect both the login page and the WordPress admin area.

5. Limit your use of plugins

As useful and crucial as plugins are to the success of your WordPress site or blog, most WordPress hacking incidents are caused by a plugin.

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That’s why you need to be vigilant when choosing WordPress plugins and themes to install.

I’ve suggested plugins you can use for your site, so obviously I’m not saying that you shouldn’t use them. Unless you can limit login attempts using lines of code, for instance, it’s still in your best interest to use plugins for your site.

However, use the fewest plugins possible for your WordPress website. When you have no use for plugins, or even themes, delete them from your database immediately.

Look for plugin-free alternatives that you can use to supercharge your site instead. For example, if you want to redirect pages on your site, learn how to edit your .htaccess file instead of installing a plugin.

6. Get an SSL certificate

An SSL, or Secure Socket Layer, certificate is another effective way to protect your website’s admin panel. SSL encrypts data, which secures the data transfer process between the server and users’ browsers.

When your site is protected by an SSL certificate, it becomes very challenging for hackers to access your information. The best thing about getting an SSL certificate is that you won’t have to rely on plugin installations to secure your website.

Some domain and hosting providers offer free SSL certification for your site. However, if they don’t, you’ll need to buy a certification and manually set it up. The steps in this post will show you how.

7. Back up your WordPress website regularly

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The best way to protect your website from attacks is to prepare for the worst. At the end of the day, having an off-site backup will help you restore your WordPress website with minimal downtime. With just one click, you can get your website back up as if nothing happened.

Again, you can use a plugin that will create automatic backups for your site on a regular basis. One of the best ones on the market is UpdraftPlus. With the free version, you can manually save a copy of your site to the cloud. The premium version lets you create backups on a schedule, so you’ll be ready if worst comes to worst.

Conclusion

Website security is serious business. However, many solutions are a piece of cake to implement. Follow these tips and you’ll be doing your part to keeping your website safe, even when hackers attack.

Christopher Jan Benitez is a freelance writer for hire who provides actionable and useful web content to small businesses and startups. In his spare time, he religiously watches professional wrestling and finds solace in listening to '80s speed metal.

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The Importance of Digital Marketing Research for Brands in 2020

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One of the key aspects of launching successful marketing campaigns is to conduct market research beforehand. This is no different when marketing on the internet. Digital marketing research is crucial to successful digital marketing, and without it, one can quickly blow through their budget without seeing any type of ROI at all.

A perfect example of this can be seen in social media marketing, where billions of ad impressions are served hourly. The same is also true with paid media marketing and pay per click marketing within Google. There is simply way too much information and user views out there, and if you aren’t careful and are using paid advertising–you could blow through a large budget in a short period of time.

If you have been neglecting digital marketing research prior to launching your campaigns, read on to learn the importance of digital marketing research and why you need to get on the bandwagon!

Digital Marketing Research

Market research helps the marketer understand the market and the trends. The information received can be used to develop a sound marketing strategy. Having an understanding of your audience and how to communicate with them is key to growing your business.

But, how do you go about implementing digital marketing research?

Here’s how:

Eyes on the Audience

First, you must know who your audience is. Your business should have a niche target demographic to reach out to. Once you have established who this target audience is, you will have a better idea of how to communicate with them directly.

After you have identified your audience, you will need to get to know them better. You want to know their behavior patterns: how often they shop, what they shop for, what their preferred products are. Using a survey is a great option to ask your target audience questions to garner information about them.

And even better, if you do plan on collecting any type of data from your audience, you should definitely consider your options with remarketing afterward. By this, you can start running Google Ads or Facebook Ads campaigns that target only the audiences that you’ve selected (whether that be through pixel or email data).

Social Media Marketing and Other Digital Platforms

Once you have established your audience, you want to use social media and other digital platforms to market to them. Note: in your survey, it is best to ask them which platforms they prefer.

Essentially, you will be adopting a multi-channel marketing approach to reach your target audience. This means that you will be using different digital platforms to reach your audience, be it through content, social media, or messaging systems such as email, chat, or text messages.

Your market research will tell you which is the best platform to reach your demographic. For example, if your audience are teenagers and young adults – you may opt to use Snapchat and Instagram for marketing campaigns.

An older audience would prefer Facebook or even traditional platforms such as email for newsletters. And of course, if targeting professionals then LinkedIn is your platform of choice.

Who Can Help You and Who Can Challenge You

The importance of digital marketing research extends to knowing who can help grow your brand and who your competitors are.

A prominent aspect of digital marketing is the use of influencers. Use your marketing research to seek out these influencers and ask them if they can help promote your brand. For example, if you ran a company that sold protein powder, you would want to find fitness models who could endorse your products.

Similarly, use your marketing research to learn who your competition is. You can also look at their marketing campaigns to get an idea of what you are up against.

Get The Ball Rolling

Now that you have learned about digital marketing research, it is time to get the ball rolling. By following each of the recommended steps and methods above, there is no reason why you shouldn’t see improved numbers across the board. Digital marketing is changing all of the time, and so are the ways in which you can target and reach new audiences.

Research your target audience and ask them what their needs are. Determine your platforms of choice. Utilize influencers and keep a watchful eye on your competition.

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Do You Honor the Law of Lag?

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The law of lag is always in effect. How it works; you generously, patiently and persistently help folks, trust in the process and yeah, make sure you promote yourself freely, too, OK? Be patient and persistent. Relax. A lag exists between you working generously, and, actually seeing traffic and profits increases. I refer to this as the law of lag. Lag times exist between you doing what works blogging-wise and seeing specific traffic and profits increases. Relax. Take a chill pill. Do not panic. Never believe that 0 traffic and 0 profits over the first few weeks of your successful blogging campaign indicates being generous, patient, persistent and trusting is NOT working, guys. Far and away, this is hands down the biggest mistake I see in blogging. Bloggers do not honor the law of lag. Bloggers panic and bail because they see minimal or no traffic and profits increases, during weeks or months, after they follow the successful blogging route.

See the journey through guys. Honor the law of lag. Know how it takes time and practice to become skilled enough and to yield enough exposure to actually boost your blog traffic. Boosting your blogging profits takes a bit longer, usually. Honor this lag time between work and results to become a highly successful, prospering blogger. Imagine being a doctor. During your first 3 months in pre-med, do you panic and bail because you have not made a cent through being a doctor? Nope; of course not. Do you panic and bail during your 6th year of medical studies because you have not made a penny from being a doctor? Nope; of course not. Do not panic and bail if you have not made a penny during your first 6 months of generously creating and connecting. Be patient. Good things take time. You need to become more clear and skilled in order to gain credibility in the eyes of readers. Plus you need to gain greater exposure by generously posting to your blog and by guest posting.

What happens when business slowly, steadily begins to grow?  Now it’s time to learn how to better serve your customers.  Nobody knows how to serve customers and clients fully until serving customers and clients in real world circumstances, gaining critical experience without a mentor or coach looking over your shoulder. I learned priceless lessons by boosting my traffic, by meeting more folks, by coaching clients and by interacting with customers. I had to put in the time and be patient during seeming lulls, or lags, to be a full time blogger. Being patient, persistent and generous made me the blogger I am today. You never grow until you go through testing periods where nothing appears to be happening but where everything is happening more quickly than you could ever see, in the background. All grows exponentially under the surface but only slowly and steadily bubbles up as profits and traffic stats. Envision the slow burn, bubbling up as a lag that cultivates your generosity, patience and persistent, and, your trust in self, as well as your trust in the blogging process.

I believe in you. See the journey through. Honor the law of blogging lag.

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Do You Seize and Use Blogging Opportunities Aggressively?

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Look at the featured image for this post, guys. I love guest posting. Zac asked me to guest post here way back in 2015 right after I left the jungles of Costa Rica. I felt humbled but a little scared to seize the opportunity to guest post on Blogging Tips. Did I think I was good enough? Not quite. I also feared being criticized and failing because I would meet and greet a new, large blogging audience. Fast forward 4 years. After publishing posts on and off, I near 1000 guest posts on this blog alone. That, my friends, is seizing and using blogging opportunities aggressively. Zac said I could guest post on this blog whenever I wanted to guest post on the blog. I took his invite seriously. About 1000 guest posts later, I experienced increasing blogging success because I do not delay, hesitate or waffle when it comes to seizing and using blogging opportunities, aggressively, swiftly and with a single-minded focus.

I quickly seize blogging opportunities to promote my 100 plus eBooks daily – like this fun blogging tips eBook – because opportunities seized lead to big time blogging success. Opportunities you seize and use quickly lead to more opportunities which feed more opportunities as you swiftly become a more successful, prospering, fun-loving blogger. But most bloggers rarely seize and use blogging opportunities. Do you fear grabbing opportunities? What could go wrong? Why do you fear using opportunities for growth? True; sometimes you simply have no resonance with opportunities. Someone may try to convince me to freelance write for them but even a large financial promise cannot goad me toward freelance writing again. Bad match. However, I grab and use most opportunities that flow my way because gobbling up opportunities enters you into the spirit of opulence.

What do I mean? The spirit of opulence simply means if you think, feel and act abundantly, you seize most blogging opportunities immediately, using these opportunities to enter into a rich, wealthy, fun, freeing way of life. Example; most people who struggle financially feel so filled with fear that they stammer, delay and hesitate any time a blessed blogging opportunity knocks on their door. If you turn down opportunities for growth, you go broke. Plain and simple. Meanwhile, I publish 10 to 12 posts daily – or more – because I gobble up opportunities left and right and live a pretty neat life by adopting this frame of mind. I appear to be all over my niche because I seize blogging opportunities quickly, aggressively and clearly. I do not play around. I do not fear seizing opportunities for blogging growth because we all have to seize opportunities fast and use these blessings to gain the skills and exposure for becoming a successful blogger.

Every blogger who appears to be everywhere grabbed opportunities quickly. Do you notice some bloggers in 10, 20 or seemingly 50 places, at once? Said bloggers wrote and published 200, 300 or 500 guest posts over 6 months to gain such massive exposure. Doesn’t it feel good to help people? Don’t you feel fulfilled by being of benefit to your fellow blogger? Tap into that feeling, seize and use opportunities for growth and you will slowly but steadily experience greater blogging success. Blogging is not for meek, scared folks. Be clear. Be direct. Gobble up opportunities like a blogging beast to accelerate your growth and success to exponential levels.

Hey; if you don’t seize opportunities, I’ll be there to gobble ’em up 😉

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