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Cheap Web hosting is Bad for SEO

Often times when the topic of web hosting comes up with clients, it is something they have not thought about. Some ask for our recommendation and others do a Google search for “cheap web hosting” and are quick to spot the $1.99 hosting from GoDaddy.

There is nothing wrong with cheap hosting if used for a personal webpage. If on the other hand your site is business related or if search engine rankings are important to you, it would be a bad choice to choose the cheapest option.

Here are the top reasons why cheap or bad hosting can not only irritate your visitors but also negatively effect SEO:

1. Web Server Downtime
Cheap shared hosting plans experience a lot of downtime. During these times your website cannot be accessed by either visitors or search engines, which hurts SEO efforts badly.

2. Page Load Time
Slow page load time can directly impact high bounce rates and decreased conversion rates and negatively effect SEO. Cheap web hosting companies promise Unlimited bandwidth but fail to mention how slow it will be. How long your website takes to load has been a ranking factor used in Google’s search ranking algorithms since 2010.

3. Bad Shared Hosting Neighbors
With shared hosting, your website files are stored on the same server space and IP address with other websites. If the other neighbor websites are spammy it can negatively effect your SEO. Use this free tool to see who is sharing your IP address.

If you are losing sleep because of these and other hosting issues, drop us an email. We’ll point you in the right direction.

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DNS Services Bill Scam

We recently received calls from several clients asking if they should pay the “bill” from DNS Services for hosting and email servers. This was a surprise to us because we provide hosting and email services for these clients. Once the bill / invoice was scanned over to us, we quickly saw the scam. Notice the second paragraph,

“This is a solicitation for the order of goods or services or both and not a bil, invoice, or statement of account due. You are under no obligation to make any payments on account of this offer unless you accept this offer.”

This type of scam usually succeeds with the accounting department and busy small business owners who quickly pay what looks to be a real bill. If you receive this “bill” feel free to trash it or respond with a bill of your own, for wasting your time.

Contact us with any questions about DNS, web hosting or other web accounts.

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Romney Publishes Victory Website by Mistake

On Tuesday, one person was re-hired and another fired. President Barack Obama was re-elected and will continue working for another four years. The person fired was a Romney staffer who accidentally published the website Mitt Romney had prepared in case he became president elect.

Romney’s look and tag line “Smaller, Simpler, Smarter” Future of America, is classic! View the larger image grab at Politicalwire.com

Amazon IRL Stores Coming Soon?

Major news agencies are reporting that Amazon.com (the online shopping giant) is planning to open brick and mortar stores. Amazon is reportedly eying a location in Seattle to open a brick-and-mortar store within the next few months to sell exclusive books, e-readers and tablets.

Here is what CNBC Halftime Report had to say: