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Facebook details you shouldn’t share

Kim Komando, Special for USA TODAY 9:13 a.m. EST January 23, 2015

To Facebook, your personal information is everything. The more the site has on you, the more money it can make from advertisers who want to target you. Unfortunately, there are some things you shouldn’t share online.internet marketing birmingham

These little factoids alone might be alright, but added up together could lead to identity theft, being stalked or other major trouble. Here’s what you shouldn’t share and how to keep your information safe when you don’t have a choice.

1. Your home address

Almost any person trying to rob your house can take advantage of knowing your home address. Post a photo from vacation or a live event and burglars instantly know an address that’s unoccupied. Be sure that none of that information is visible on your Facebook profile.

Go to your Facebook account and click your name at the top next to the search bar to load your profile. Then click the Update Info button and then, the “Contact and Basic Info” section to remove your address.

One other place you might not think about your address appearing is under events. If you create an event, it will likely have your address so people know where to go. If that accidentally gets set to Public, then anyone can see it. Or your friends might invite their friends, so now more people have it than even know.

Either delete the event right after it happens, or ask people attending to message you directly for the address.

Be sure to check back through your history to get rid of any old events or posts that have your address in them. Click here to learn how to use Facebook’s built-in tools to make browsing past posting history easier.

2. Anything work-related

Try not to put any information on your Facebook that reveals where you work. You don’t just have to worry about identity thieves when it comes to your employment.

If someone from your workplace searches for fellow employees on Facebook, then they might find something that they don’t like. Similarly, if a hacker wants to break into your company, gathering information about the employees is going to be their first task. Click here to learn the scary ways hackers can use social media to break into any company.

Bonus tip: If you’re worried about coworkers or employers stalking you on Facebook, then change these three basic settings.

Remove any information about your current job and be very selective about which coworkers you friend. When it comes to jobs that you’ve previously had, you might want to think twice before deciding whether or not you want to interact with your old coworkers. If you do, be sure to check your posting history to make sure you didn’t say anything bad about them in the past.

3. Your relationship status

Including your relationship status on your Facebook page just invites awkwardness. The number of “likes” that you might get from people after you change your status from “dating,” or even “married,” to “single” or “it’s complicated” will creep you out.

Bonus tip: Have some pictures you don’t want everyone to see? Here’s a tip that will teach you how to make sure that some of your friends don’t see all of your photos.

Certain relationship statuses are also a draw for cyberstalkers. At one point, there was a Facebook app that would notify you if certain friends changed their relationship status to “single.”

It’s easier to just remove your relationship status entirely and let people find out from your other interactions with them.

4. Your payment information

Facebook is free, but it still wants your credit card number. Adding your financial information lets you buy gift cards and other products straight through the website. How convenient!

Of course, one of the best ways to accidentally get your credit card charged for something could be to leave your Facebook profile open on your home, work or public computer. A family member, friend or complete stranger could use it to spend money on something straight through Facebook. You don’t want that to happen, do you?

Plus, there are no guarantees Facebook won’t have a data breach some day. You want your credit card number in as few places online as possible.

5. Your phone number

This one is tricky because several great Facebook security features, such as login notifications and login approvals, require your phone number. Plus, if you use the Facebook app on your phone, it’s going to know your phone number anyway.

On the other hand, by default people you friend can see your phone number, even if you didn’t want to give it to them.

To fix that, go to your profile by clicking on your name at the top of the Facebook page. Click the “Update Info” button and go to the “Contact and Basic Info” section. Next to your phone number, click the Edit link, and then click the little icon under the number and change it to “Only Me.” Then click “Save Changes.”

Just like with your address, you’ll also want to go back and remove any events and posts that include your phone number. And please never post a message that says, “I lost my phone and got a new one. Here’s my new number: XXX-XXX-XXXX.” Have people message you directly for it if they want it.

Of course, there are plenty of other bits of information on Facebook that shouldn’t be public. Fortunately, you can secure most of it, if you know where to look.

Remove “Archive” title from Search Engine Headers

Remove “Archive” title from Search Engine Headers. Pages and post look outdated with this information in search engine titles.

Okay fellow developers. I searched for hours trying to determine why the word “archive” was showing up in my meta titles on Google and other search engines. This is what I was seeing.

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This makes your content look old and especially when someone is searching your business then it looks really bad.

Here is the solution which is rather simple.

First login to your WordPress website assuming your using Yoast SEO. The issue is only with Yoast SEO plugin and not really an issue. It is Yoast allowing you to customize your settings and these were default settings.  On the left side of you will see the WordPress toolbar, click on SEO which is Yoast.

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On this page you may see the word “archive” combined like this: %%title%% Archives %%page%% %%sep%% %%sitename%%

Change to look like this for whatever Page, Post, Media, etc.

%%title%% %%page%% %%sep%% %%sitename%%

Set “Post Tags” and “Format” to “noindex,” and hide the WordPress SEO Meta Box on these pages (you don’t need it), since you don’t want search engines to index these. They are just more duplicate content bloat that can get you into trouble in a post-Panda world.

Tip: Remove “Archives” from meta title template for Categories & Tags. It just makes you look outdated.

After you make these changes please save settings at the bottom. Now when you go to look at this page it will not show the word “archive”. It will look like this:

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AFTER

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The same can be done with any of the tags, categories, media, etc.

For additional information go to https://yoast.com/articles/wordpress-seo/ or contact if you have questions or need assistance.

 

How to Manually Submit Your Website to the Major Search Engines

How to Submit Your Site to Search Engines

We highly recommend manually submitting your website pages to the search engines.  That said, the search engines give no guarantee of ranking your page because you have manually submitted it.  It is a tool that we use to let the search engines know that we have new information to share.

We suggest manual submission of your site’s pages to Google, Yahoo! and Bing because they have made it apparent that it is what they prefer.  The search engines have implemented manual submission as a best practice to protect themselves from extreme levels of spam.

It is important to submit your site’s pages to all of the major search engines (Google, Yahoo!, Bing) because even though the other engines have less traffic than Google, they still have millions of users.   When you submit a URL or domain name to the search engines, it could take anywhere from two to four weeks to get indexed.  Sometimes your page will not get indexed after you submit it, if that occurs, wait four weeks and then resubmit the page again.

If you are unhappy with your web page’s ranking results, take a look at what your competition is doing.  Make sure you are following the basic rules of search engine optimization.  Make changes to the page and resubmit it to the search engines.  You can submit your pages a maximum of two times per month until you are listed in the major search engines’ results.

Google
Google’s URL submit is very quick and easy.  Just go to Google’s web page for URL submitting, type in your URL, type in the message that ensures Google you are an individual not a software robot and click “add URL.”

You can also submit your site map to Google via their Webmaster Tools.

Yahoo!
Since 2010, Yahoo search has been powered by Microsoft’s Bing search engine. When you submit your site to Bing you will also show up in Yahoo’s search results. See below on how to submit your site to Bing.

At PMG, we add all of our clients’ sitemaps to the auto-discovery directive, robots.txt.  This ensures that all of the search engines automatically know about your sitemap.  It does not hurt to manually submit your sitemaps, for the search engines that allow it.

Yahoo! Directory also has a paid submission process.  The cost is $299 annually for each directory listing that you submit.   We recommend submitting your site to the Yahoo! Directory if you are a commercial site.  Yahoo! guarantees that your submission will be reviewed within seven business days.  If your listing is accepted, the annual fee will reoccur in subsequent years.

Bing
Bing allows you to submit your URL, just like Google and Yahoo!.  Go to Bing’s site submission page, type in the URL of your homepage (this is different than Google and Yahoo!).  MSNBot will follow the links from your homepage to all of the pages on your site.  Bing also requires you to identify yourself as a person, not an automated program, by typing the characters that you see in the picture.
http://search.msn.co.za/docs/submit.aspx

Ask
Ask presently does not allow you to submit URLs.  However, they do allow you to submit your sitemap.  Their interface for this isn’t as straight forward as the other engines but, you can submit your sitemap by pasting this URL into your browser bar and inserting your actual domain name…

http://submissions.ask.com/ping?sitemap=http://<your domain name>/sitemapxml.aspx