June Roundup: Writing Strong Content & Changing to HTTPS

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  • Updated: Jul 09, 2018

Hello dearest readers,

I don't know what the weather is like where you are, but in southern Indiana it is hotter than blue blazes. The last few days, the heat has soared into the high 90s (Fahrenheit) and with the humidity, it is well over 100 degrees (F) or 37.7 (C). It's heavy, hot and a great time to stay inside where it's air conditioned and read up on how to may my own blogs and business better.

I've found a number of pieces in June at WHSR that are either new or have been revamped that I think you'll enjoy as well.

Writing Strong Content

I'm excited to share that my article What Pop Sensation Taylor Swift Can Teach You About Running a Successful Blog has been slightly revamped in June. On June 30th, I had the opportunity to see Swift in concert. What an amazing show her Reputation tour was! The tech nerd in me is still in love with all the special effects. You can learn a lot about how to run a successful blog (and career) by studying this pop sensation.

Photo by: Olivia Beach, Kentucky Kernel Staff (source).

If you're interested in getting your content placed on other sites, you should probably read Gina Baladaty's 10 Resources for Finding Freelance Writing Work. Even if you don't want to work as a freelancer, the tips she provides can help you write your own blog or guest posts for extra exposure.

Web Hosting and Managing a Site

Secure Sockets Layer

If you haven't already heard, Google has set a deadline of July 2018 until all HTTP sites will be listed as “unsafe.” This could negatively impact your search engine ranking, so it's important to make the switch to an HTTPS site as soon as possible and get your SSL certificate in place. The A-to-Z Shoppers Guide to Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) by Timothy Shim offers you all the info you need to get your site ready for this change.

Best Web Hosts

Looking for a hosting company for your small business website? Azreen Azmi shares 5 Best Web Hosting for Small Businesses. He delves into must-have features and specific hosts to consider.

If you're wondering how much to spend on things such as domain registration, web hosting and design, Jerry Low's article How Much Does It Cost to Build a Website? delves into the ins and outs and what you can expect through every step of the process.

Cost of website and graphic design based on Upwork Top 100 freelancer profiles. Average hourly rate = $26.32/hour; highest = $80/hour, lowest = $3/mo.

Website Security

Website security covers a lot of different areas and varies greatly depending on what platform you run your website on and your particular business needs. In Timothy Shim's 10 Actionable WordPress Security Tips for the Layman, we learn how to secure the hacker attractive platform and protect both those who visit the site and your asset.

With the recent European Union GDPR changes, you might wonder what you need as far as a privacy policy and how to handle cookies. The Simple Privacy (and Cookie) Policy Guide for Website Owners by KeriLynn Engel delves into the ins and outs of getting your own policies in place.

Stay Cool, Stay Informed

As you can see, there was a lot of excellent information that went up throughout June. Stay tuned as we update more articles and add additional content in July. Until then, stay cool and enjoy learning through these seven amazing posts that will help you continue to build your business and your website.

Enjoy summer!

Lori Soard

About Lori Soard

Lori Soard has been working as a freelance writer and editor since 1996. She has a bachelor's in English Education and a PhD in Journalism. Her articles have appeared in newspapers, magazines, online and she's had several books published. Since 1997, she has worked as a web designer and promoter for authors and small businesses. She even worked for a short time ranking websites for a popular search engine and studying in-depth SEO tactics for a number of clients. She enjoys hearing from her readers.