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Your Sitemap appears to be an HTML page – [Solved]

Your Sitemap appears to be an HTML page. Please use a supported sitemap format instead. Google sitemap issue comes up with this error even though webmasters submitting sitemap in xml format. We have googled a lot of time to find solutions but finally solution was discovered by testing different parts in Google webmaster.

While submitting your sitemap in Google webmaster, if you are getting this error “Your Sitemap appears to be an HTML page. It means your site has been compromised. And a hacker injected some weird data into your website. But the question is, where he injected. By considering subjected issue I would say, he injected hacked data in to your website index file. So go ahead and see the solution below. You can also watch video tutorial in order to get better idea for Google sitemap format error.

Your Sitemap appears to be an HTML page

 Your Sitemap appears to be an HTML page РSolution

Step # 1

First of all you need to check your website data structure. In order to do that, open your Google webmaster tools and follow the instructions below.

  • Click on the website for which you are having sitemap problem.
  • From the left side menu, click on last option “Other Resources”
  • Now click on “Structured Data Testing Tool”
  • Type your website under ‘Fetch URL’ and click on ‘Run Test’ button

Confused? ūüôā No worries, simply click this button and put your website address¬†

 

Wait some time and you will see data on left hand side (see video). If your website is still hacked then you might seen some weird Chinese language injected into your website. Which of-course you cannot understand if you don’t know Chinese. ¬†This happens in my case, for your case it depend which language hackers write in your index file. Anyhow don’t worry, solution is still simple and same.

Step # 2

  • Login to your cPanel account or if you are using Filezilla then open your ‘public_html’ folder
  • If using cPanel then go to ‘File Manager’
  • Go to ‘public_html’ folder. (if your website is installed in sub directory then open that directory folder)

Be advised, you should take a backup before making any changes to any file.

  • Locate ‘index.php’ file and rename the file. For example ‘index-test.php’
  • Now create new file and name the file as ‘index.php’
  • After you create new file, right click on that and click on ‘Edit’
  • In file editor copy and paste following default code and save this file

<?php
/**
* Front to the WordPress application. This file doesn’t do anything, but loads
* wp-blog-header.php which does and tells WordPress to load the theme.
*
* @package WordPress
*/

/**
* Tells WordPress to load the WordPress theme and output it.
*
* @var bool
*/
define(‘WP_USE_THEMES’, true);

/** Loads the WordPress Environment and Template */
require( dirname( __FILE__ ) . ‘/wp-blog-header.php’ );

Step # 3

Go back to your Google webmaster tools and resubmit the sitemap.

You should refresh the page couple of times in order to get results. Let me know in your comments, if still have issues.

Other Tutorial: How to fix Passing Json Request Failed Error in Commentluv Plugin

 

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Internet

How to Turn Off Chrome Notifications for Peaceful Browsing Experience

Chrome notifications are very useful in many cases. On the other hand we experienced while opening websites, we have asked to share location or to give permission for certain access. These notifications are result of advanced features discovered under tech world. Companies want to know your location in order to serve right goods or services for better user experience. Or they are looking forward to collect geographical user details directly.

For me, these notifications are most often annoying. But on the other hand for many reasons these are handy if carefully permitted. If you are one of those who do not want to get notify each and every time. You can simply switch off these notifications in Google Chrome.

Chrome Notifications

Stop Chrome Notifications from Browser Settings.

Turning off Google Chrome notifications is simple like a piece of cake. All you need to do is to go to Google Chrome settings and turn off these notifications.

  • Open Google Chrome browser.
  • Click on Menu Button (3 dots lines on top right corner)
  • Now click on ‚ÄúSettings‚ÄĚ.

You can also open Chrome Settings by copy pasting this line in Google Chrome. “chrome://settings

  • Now click on ‚ÄúShow Advanced Settings‚ÄĚ. This link is available at the end of settings page.
  • Click on ‚ÄúContent Settings‚ÄĚ button under ‚ÄúPrivacy‚ÄĚ
  • Drag down to the page and find these options ‚ÄúLocation‚ÄĚ and ‚ÄúNotification‚ÄĚ
  • Or skip all above steps and copy paste following line into Google Chrome browser address. “chrome://settings/content

Select radio buttons for these options;

  • Do not allow any site to track your physical location
  • Do not allow any site to show notifications

Now just click on done button or close the window. You are all set and now you will be able to enjoy and peaceful browsing experience.

Websites will no longer ask you to give permission for location access or in case for any sort of in page chrome notifications. By the way for Windows 10 users, Cortana is already busy by default in providing you few notifications. And you always have options to stop notifications. Apart from that, smart mobiles are now become first source of notifications. So why we need to have triple system for these annoying notifications?

See all of our tutorials

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Technology

How to Disable Startup Programs in Windows on Startup

To Disable Startup Programs you can simply delete them from startup folder. Or if the programs are running in back-end processes then you can deactivate or disable programs through msconfig tool. In my previous tutorial I shared the way, how to auto-run programs in windows. I want you to read that article, because that will help you to better understand your problem. Sometimes we manually put our applications and programs in startup folder. So that on every restart they start automatically. So to get ride of all kind of possible issue with auto-run programs, go through the tutorial below.

Reference of last Tutorial Auto-Run Programs

If you talk about the file you just added before in last tutorial. Then it is very simple to remove this file from auto-run. Just delete this from startup folder. But not all applications and programs you can remove from auto-run program on startup. Because many of the programs are listed hidden from startup folder.

Delete Startup|Auto-Run Programs on startup in Windows

You can access startup folder using any 1 out of 3 methods below.

Method # 1

To locate Startup folder copy and paste the following highlighted link in address bar of any folder.

C:\Users\Mobashhir\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup

Method # 2

Alternatively you can open the start up folder by following way. Click Start and the click All Programs. Find Startup folder and right click the folder and then open.

disable startup program

disable startup program

Method # 3

Open Run by pressing Windows + R and type ‚Äúshell:startup‚ÄĚ (without quotes)

disable startup programs

After you access the folder, just simply delete the applications and programs from start-up folder.

Disable Startup Programs|Auto-Run on Startup

You need to access windows configuration tool to disable startup programs. To access the tool, follow the steps below.

  • Click on windows start button
  • Search for “Run”
  • Then type “msconfig” in search area and press “OK”
  • On second step, you can also search for “msconfig” instead of “Run”

disable startup programs

Above all search terms should be typed without quotes. After you open system configuration tool, click on “Startup” tab and un-check all programs which you want to disable. Click and apply and now on restart auto-run programs will be disabled.

disable auto tun in windows

How to Disable Auto Run Programs on Startup in Windows YouTube Video Tutorial

Extra Job:

Boosting up your computer speed

Talking about to do some extra work with your windows speed. A number of people are looking for the subjected solution most probably, to increase windows speed. I recommend a little extra step to make your computer extra fast and smooth on startup. And also you can escalate with one of my tutorial. Where you can find the solution to remove all unnecessary software and applications, from your windows. Microsoft offers a free tool to fix windows speed issues. See here How to Speed Up Windows using Microsoft Fix It

increase windows speed

Open to system configuration tool using same method listed above. Click on “General” and then select option “Diagnostic Startup” and click apply. This fix will remove all unnecessary software and applications to run on startup. Unless you select them in startup tab. I hope this tutorial on disable startup programs¬†will help you to get ride of auto start applications in windows.

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Technology

How To Auto-Run Program on Startup in Windows

Auto run program on startup in windows 7, windows vista, windows 8 and windows 10 is almost same. This built-in windows option gives freedom to AutoPlay any software or program. But in some case people don’t like this option. It depends on nature of work you are doing. If you are home user then this option might not be useful for you. Or you may find this option, a cause of more CPU usage at startup. But¬†auto run program on startup¬†is helpful in all those cases where you must run any program on startup etc. People use this option with torrent application or network engineers use this option to run their network applications automatically.

In this tutorial I will also show you, how you can remove unnecessary applications from startup. Because auto run program on startup has two different cases. See below image to better understand.

auto run program on startup in windows

In above image I have multiple applications, which are running the time when I took this screenshot. And most of them are starting automatically whenever I will start my computer. Because I don’t want to run these application again and again. For Example; I am downloading a file using torrent. So as soon as I will start my computer, torrent application will automatically start. It means torrent is under¬†auto run program on startup. But it will not show up in Startup folder. Later I will show you how you can disable¬†auto run program on startup or how to disable¬†startup program in windows.

Auto Run Program on Startup in Windows

I will give you an example. And then I will show you how to do this. Suppose I want to run Microsoft Word, whenever I start my computer. To do this auto run program on startup I will add Microsoft Word file in Startup Folder.

Method # 1

To locate Startup folder copy and paste the following highlighted link in address bar of any folder.

C:\Users\Mobashhir\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup

Method # 2

Alternatively you can open the start up folder by following way. Click Start and the click All Programs. Find Startup folder and right click the folder and then open.

disable startup program

disable startup program

Method # 3

Open Run by pressing Windows + R and type “shell:startup” (without quotes)

disable startup programs

After you open startup folder. Right Click on empty space in folder and click shortcut, click browse and locate your file. Click next and then give a name to your shortcut and finish.

enable shortcut

create shortcut

You have added Microsoft Word into auto run program on startup. To take effect you need to restart your computer. Once you restart your computer you will see Microsoft Word will open automatically from auto run program on startup option.

Alternate way to add auto run program on startup folder

Now suppose I have an Excel document and I want to put in auto run program on startup folder. And you will find this simplest way. Just open startup folder using any one method given above. And copy and paste shortcut file into that folder. See video to better understand auto run program on startup.

Enable Auto Run Programs in Windows YouTube Video Tips

How To Disable Auto Run Programs on Startup in Windows

If you talk about the file you just added before, it is very simple to remove this file from auto run. Just delete this from startup folder. But not all applications and programs you can remove from auto run program on startup. Because many of the programs are listed hidden. I have covered a complete article in order to delete auto run program on startup. See here How To Disable Auto Run Programs on Startup in Windows

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How to Enable Autoplay | Disable AutoPlay Options in Windows

In windows we can manually enable and disable autorun and autoplay options. Autoplay and autorun most of the time affect the windows speed. AutoPlay is built option in Windows. And it lets you choose users which program to use for various kinds of digital media applications, such as music CDs or images/pictures from your any digital camera memory card etc.

enable autoplay win windows

If you are looking to stop AutoRun or looking to start a program automatically other then digital media, then you should visit the following page.

How To Auto Start|Stop any Program in Windows

Lets talk about the enable autoplay option for digital media, like CDs, Memory Card, DVDs, Images or Pictures etc.

How to Enable Autoplay Option in Windows

This method is same in almost all windows from Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, and most probably for Windows 10. To enable this option, you need to follow some steps.

  • Click on Start button.
  • Open your windows control panel.
  • Find the option Autoplay.
  • Or click on Start and then type autoplay in search box
  • Or copy and paste this in address bar of any folder¬†
    Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\AutoPlay

disable autoplay in windows

After you open if you are interested to play all media files automatically then click on first option.

Use AutoPlay for all media devices

This is also applicable for other media software and programs. There are multiple options to play with like you can change the settings for following. Audio CD, DV Movie, Pictures, Video Files, Audio Files, Blank CD, Blank DVD, Blu-ray Disc, DVD Audio, Super Video CD, and Mixed Content etc.

How To Disable AutoPlay Software or Programs

There might be different understanding from this heading. Some people looking to stop some AutoPlay software or programs. Because some unnecessary software inject into your Startup folder and automatically start, when you start windows. To handle this kind of problems you take help from this page.

How To Stop AutoStart AutoRun any Program in Windows

Talking about disable AutoPlay of digital media. If you would like to stop all digital media to start automatically. Then you need to go to same location and need to uncheck the option.

  • Click on Start button.
  • Open your windows control panel.
  • Find the option Autoplay.
  • Or click on Start and then type autoplay in search box
  • Or copy and paste this in address bar of any folder¬†
    Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\AutoPlay

If you like to stop all media services to stop auto playing then uncheck following option.

Use AutoPlay for all media devices

How to Enable Autoplay | Disable AutoPlay Options in Windows YouTube Video

To understand more about AutoPlay

Whenever you enable AutoPlay option, you can choose what should happen when you insert different types of digital media into your computer. For example, you can choose which digital media player is used to play DVDs. And if you disable AutoPlay, windows will ask you to choose what you want to do when you insert digital media into your computer. Like Video DVD etc.

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How to Fix Parsing JSON Request Failed Error in Commentluv

Talking about commentluv, which is a great plugin for WordPress. Sometimes it gives an error Parsing JSON Request failed error! not authorized. And this is only a settings issue in commentluv. And I would like to show you how you can get ride of this error and how to setup your commentluv plugin on WordPress.

Free Gift Commentluv Free WordPress Plugin

Fix Parsing JSON Request failed error not authorized

First of all I will come to the subjected point. To remove this error follow the steps below.

  • Go to your “WordPress Dashboard”
  • Click on “Settings” and then “Commentluv”
  • Find the link button “Click to Open Technical Setting
  • Scroll down and¬†uncheck the following line.
Use security nonce for ajax calls? (disable if you get Parsing JSON Request failed error! not authorized error)

See Screenshots of how to fix Parsing JSON Request failed error! not authorized

Parsing JSON Request failed. error! not authorized error)

Parsing JSON Request failed error! not authorized
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After you uncheck above box, your commentators will be able to share their links with comments. And your commentluv will not get error for Parsing JSON Request failed error! not authorized. Now lets talk about other features of commentluv.

Commentluv Free WordPress Plugin

If you are reading this article, then it means you might land for the solution of subjected problem in commentluv. But if you are not sure, what is commentluv and its benefits, then read from here.

Commentluv is great plugin to increase engagement on your website. It helps your readers to select their latest post links to show in your blog comments. With the help of commentluv your visitors will give more comments because they will get free backlinks and organic traffic from your blog.

How to Setup Commentluv Free WordPress Plugin

Install the commentluv free plugin from here. And upload it through your WordPress dashboard or using FTP. You can also install this plugin from your WordPress dashboard. Go to plugins tab under your WordPress dashboard. Click on Add New and search Commentluv in search box. This plugin is developed by Andy Bailey.

If you are not sure, how to download and install WordPress plugins then read this article. How to download and install WordPress Plugins

After installation activate this plugin and open the commentluv settings as shown in screenshot above. From primary settings you can control the visibility of commentluv. You can show this plugin under your all posts and pages as well.

Next option is Appearance; under appearance settings you can select commentluv badge. Either you can select default badge or you can also use custom badge by putting direct image link. Or if you are not satisfy with logo then you can manually write anything related to commentluv under¬†Use Text option. There is one more option is available under appearance settings. “Enable info panel’. It totally depend on you, whether you want to use this option or not. In order to better understand this option see following video.

Message Settings

Talking about message settings of commentluv plugin, I am using default settings and I did not change anything what they set for me by default. Because I am satisfied with the idea.

Operational Settings

Under these options you can select who do you want to give dofollow backlinks. In my case registered commentators will get dofollow backlink from this blog. And commentators can choose any of post from their blog. (from last 10 posts). You can modify by your own.

Technical Settings; I recommend, not to play with technical settings if you are not sure what you are doing. But where their you receive this error Parsing JSON Request failed error! not authorized, you can change the settings as mentioned above.

In last; commentluv is also giving a free gift plugin to their users. To unlock your free gift, use any one option to unlock.

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Top 5 Best SEO Tips For Bloggers To Drive More Traffic

As a blogger I like to talk about SEO and SEO tips. The survival of a blog in the world wide web is not possible, there is a lot of competition in Blogging, like all other professions it is a full time job.

Some peoples think to buy traffic for their blogs and websites and some think that the social media is the most powerful thing to get traffic on their blogs. But I think they don’t know that there is another power which is hundred times more effective than paid traffic and social media traffic. That is the “SEO” (Search Engine Optimization). You must use these best SEO tips for your blog to increase your blog traffic.

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Today, we are going to discuss the Best SEO tips for bloggers which I hope work to a lot. Stay with me and learn.

Top 5 Best SEO Tips For Bloggers In 2015.

1. Write A eye catching post heading.

It is the most important part of a blog post. I suggest you to write a short and eye catching post heading. Which have low keyword proximity and is SEO optimized. You have to use keywords in your post heading. The blog heading lead the content  and text in the whole post, if you make a mistake in writing a post heading it may be bad for your blog as well as your blog ranking. Search engine crawls a blog post heading up to 8 or 9 words, next to it search engine ignores. So, Keep an eye on your competitors blogs and do better then them.

Write for search engines as well as for peoples. If you use lot of keywords in you post heading and the sentence are not making any sense then you will be left from attracting peoples to click on your blog links. That will lose your rank and traffic as well. Writing a great heading is more simple than you think. Think as peoples that searches about that content on the internet.

2. Link Building.

It is a very important step in a blog’s SEO it requires a lot of attention. Keep an eye on other blogs and trying to do guest posting and in return get a backlink from those blog owners. Keep in mind the niche of the blog from which your are getting a backlink. You must get high quality dofollow backlinks to your blog.¬†This will help to increase your blog traffic.

If a blog is of music and giving your blog a backlink which is a tech blog. That’s a problem, But if your a getting a back link from a tech blog as well then its no problem and very effective for your rank in search engines.

I suggest you to guest posting on the blogs of same niche of yours. And trying to post some comments on popular blogs, But related to your niche.

3. Quality is the king.

You know the quality is main thing in a blog. If you think to post a huge quantity of words over the quality, the search engines will ignore you. You must maintain the quality of your content with the quantity. Trying to post quality content not quantity content.

A informative and helping post with 600 words is much better than a post with 1500+ words. I am just trying to clear you that the quality is the king I am not asking you to decrease the quantity of your post. Keep your quantity but also keep an eye on quality.

4. Keyword Research.

Keyword Research is a quite difficult task for you as well as for me. Because it requires a lot of time to find right keyword for your blog post. And to find right scope of that keyword in a region. There are a lot of keyword research tools but I suggest you to use the Google Ad-word tool, which is more accurate than others.

Keywords are those words which completely describes your content on your blog. Your blog address must contain a primary targeted keyword.

5. Include Videos In Posts

This might be the best SEO strategy for you if you utilize it wisely and correctly. As you know Google give more priority to the videos in their search engine. You can embed the Youtube, Dailymotion, Vimeo video in your ever post. So include at least one video with your every top post to rank it higher in search engines.

And if you use this technique on your whole blog, then you can separately create a video sitemap for your blog. SE will index your blog videos separately and your posts can be ranked well than simple posts.

These were some best SEO tips for you guys. Now its up to your that how you utilize them. Share this article with your friends if you like this. Ask if you have any question and give your feedback via comments.

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Internet

4 Ways to Download YouTube Music Videos Online

Facebook and YouTube music videos can be downloaded while streaming online. And you don’t need to pay even a single dollar. No need to download any paid software. Download YouTube music videos is free of cost. But you have to read terms and conditions from where you are going to download.

If you are prohibited to download any specific video then I suggest, not to download that video until unless you don’t have permission.

On my Facebook  connections a lot of friends asking same kind of inquiries like;

  • How to download music from YouTube
  • How to download a YouTube video
  • How to download YouTube videos
  • How to download videos from YouTube

Okay! Let’s talk about¬†how to download YouTube videos. I am going to share 5 different ways to download.

How to download music from YouTube

(Method # 1)

If you are interested in downloading online videos from YouTube or Facebook then, you can visit downvids.net

This is amazing website. And downloading procedure is so simple and effective. From this website you can also download YouTube video playlist in one click.

download Facebook and music videos

Open the website and copy and paste video link from YouTube. After pasting the link in download box, select the video quality. I recommend to set default quality. Reason why, sometime if you try to select higher quality than the available video format. Then there might be a chance to loss of actual video quality.

Music Downloader

If you wish to download music from YouTube instead of video. Then you can select the MP3 (audio file) check box. By checking this box you will get music file in Mp3 formate from YouTube. The whole above procedure is also applicable for Facebook. You just need to copy video link from Facebook and rest of the procedure is same.

Youtube Music Videos Downloader

How to download a YouTube video online

(Method # 2)

Use Torch browser to download all of your favourite videos from any website. Torch web browser is exactly the same look and feel like Google Chrome. But it has some extra features like, media grabber and torrent built in extension. But here we are only interested in media grabber. Because this media grabber works on almost all kinds of video formats for online videos. To explain the exact procedure that how it works, I have created a video tutorial to better understand it.

See the video tutorial below and download torch browser from following link. torchbrowser.com

Facebook and YouTube Music Videos Online

(Method # 3)

There is another great website, which is best in downloading online videos. Find the link http://en.savefrom.net

If you talk about websites providing services to download online videos with links. Then this website is having number 1 rating in my views. Because from this website you can download almost all browsers extensions. These extensions provide you direct video download links.

Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Firefox Mobile, User JS, Yandex Browser, Opera 11 Р12, Opera Next, Safari, Chromium

Above listed browsers are compatible with the extensions available on savefrom website. If you are mobile user then you can download Firefox Mobile extension from this website.

Here are some screenshots taken from developer website.

Dailymotion Videos

 

A complete tutorial for these tools is available here.

How to download videos from YouTube

(Method # 4)

Last but not least; ClipGrab is also one of best software to download videos from all famous video links. In order to use clipgrab, you need to download a free software from clipgrab.org, install that software in your PC or MAC book.

Copy your desired video link from YouTube, Facebook, Vimeo or Dailymotion etc. Paste the copied link into ClipGrab. You can also select quality of video. If the video is having minimum quality range as per your selection, then this software will give you video with same best quality.

Final Words; there is endless websites and ways to download videos from YouTube or other famous video websites. But not all are working fine. I will be coming back with more great tutorials. So stay in touch by subscribing this blog.

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Internet

Detailed Analysis on SEO Tools and Its Variegated Types

The internet’s impact in the 21st century cannot be ignored. With almost everything over the web getting SEO optimized, the significance of a website to attain a better rank for a higher position is getting intense. SEO services and SEO tools undoubtedly has become a good choice to place a web based site on the top via making utilization of white hat methods. In fact in the SEO process, utilizing the top SEO tools always will give a website owner manifold advantages and via using this data they can make their SEO strategy better. SEO is a highly labour intensive process. So, why not save a little effort and time by using the right tools for accomplishing the job in less time.

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Get familiarized with some smart SEO tools

A person has invested enough on their SEO for optimizing their site and alluring customers. Most of them also wish in getting the perfect tool for their SEO. Below is a list that will help them in getting familiarized with some of the smartest SEO tools. These include,

  • Link popularity checker– a person‚Äôs success is judged based on their popularity. Today there are ample websites online which can give them the accurate data of their links which will work wonders in letting them know of the gap amid them and their competitors. The link popularity checker is a wonderful tool to learn how much their SEO is paying them
  • Google monitor– it is a special tool that will aid a person is learning about their position for specific keywords. Google Monitor is an excellent tool especially for those who started a new website. They do not have to take the trouble of visiting different pages for checking their position as everything can be easily done via this tool
  • Site report card– this tool can help a website owner in getting information about their site. Especially when a site is ready to take off, the owner should review its report card. This can aid them in knowing regarding any typographic error, link failure, keyword analysis amid others
  • Domain names– for optimizing a site, it is best to have more domains than the main website. Such domains should comprise of the website owner‚Äôs keywords because it can aid their site for improved optimization. A webmaster should try in analyzing offers via various domain registration companies. The key here is in booking their domain name with their relevant keywords
  • Back link tracker– the back link tracker is a vital tool for tracking links. Most websites offer back link tracks for free but the owner requires in signing up for getting the right data. For link building the back links are necessary
  • Keyword suggestion tool- it is a known fact that keyword is the core of SEO. Most webmasters get confused when it comes to making the decision of selecting the most appropriate keywords especially for their website. Today there are myriad tools accessible that can suggest them the right keywords for their business. AdWords is an effective tool introduced by Google that can help in suggesting ideal keywords for a business. Apart from this, there are many similar tools which can help webmasters in getting several associated keywords for their business

There is a wide array of SEO tools accessible today at a person’s disposal. In fact an instant search for SEO tools on Google will yield uncountable results. Seeing this every person will be bound in getting confused and overwhelmed. Here the trick is in consulting an expert who is well-versed in professional SEO services and tools because it is they who can help a webmaster in selecting the right tools and leveraging them.

 

About the Author– Having good knowledge in this domain, Sophia Smith has written this article to educate the people on how SEO services and SEO tools undoubtedly has become a good choice to place a web based site on the top and also how consulting an expert who is well-versed in professional SEO services and tools can create wonders

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Blog

Top WordPress Plugins to Secure Your WordPress Account

Lets talk about your WordPress account security with the help of WordPress Plugins. As you may know, WordPress is incredibly popular. Unfortunately, this makes your WordPress account more vulnerable to security threats and issues. While keeping updated on how to protect your site can seem like a daunting task, thankfully there are many WordPress plugins out there to help secure your site. Here are the top 6 WordPress plugins that will help better your site security and make your life much easier.

Wordfence Security

Wordfence is one of the most popular security plugins out there. It continually scans your themes, files, and plugins to ensure they have not been compromised. Wordfence will notify you as soon as it comes across an infection. Wordfence also scans your post, comments, and malicious URLs to help keep your site safe.

Was your site unfortunately found under attack already? Well thankfully Wordfence also has the ability to recover core files from your WordPress Blog. What makes this plugin even more wonderful is that it is completely free! But, if you wanted additional features such as country blocking, scheduled scanning, or two step-authentication, then the Premium version of the plugin may be right for you. In the long run, spending money on extra security features could quickly pay itself off.

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All in One WP Security & Firewall

As the name says, All in One WP Security & Firewall plugin is one of the most extensive and comprehensive security plugins out there. Users love this plugin not only because it is free, but also because it is easy to learn and use. The plugin continually checks for security vulnerabilities and helps assist you in taking every precaution possible to secure your website. It even grades you on how well you are protecting your websites based on the security features you do or do not have activated. This is a great option for someone new to website security and wants a plugin to get started.

iThemes Security for Your WordPress Account

With iThemes security you will find over 30 ways to secure and protect your site. iThemes security takes measures to stop automated attacks, strengthens user credentials, and fixes common loopholes in order to prevent invasions. One of iThemes more interesting features are its measures to prevent brute force attacks. If a user is trying to login too many times, or is presenting suspicious activity, they will immediately be blocked from the site. iThemes does this not only by monitoring suspicious logins, but by also monitoring and recording any changes that have occurred to the site in order to catch any potential threatening activity. iThemes is also free, but has the option of updating to a Premium account that will offer extra safety features.

Bulletproof Security WordPress Plugin

This popular plugin provides a 1-click security solution. You simply need to activate the plugin, and then let it do its job of protecting your site. Users of this plugin enjoy its simplicity and ease of use. While this plugin may be easy to setup, it still does plenty for security protection. It protects the WordPress admin folder, as well as secures sites against RFI, CRLF, XSS, Base64, Code injection and SQL injection hackings. The plugin will also keep track of login attempts, and report to you when any malicious activity has occurred. This plugin is effective, reliable and easy to use, making it a great choice for a security plugin.

Google Authenticator WordPress Plugin

Google Authenticator is a simple plugin that offers a heightened level of security. It does so by providing a two-step authentication process. In order to do so, the plugin user needs to also have the app for an iPhone, Blackberry, or Android. You will not be able to use this plugin if you do not have a smartphone or other device.

Once the plugin is installed you are able to set a QR code with the secret key. You then enter the QR code on your smartphone or device, linking it with your WordPress account. With this plugin, every time you log into your WordPress account you will also need to open your Google Authenticator app. The app will generate a code that you enter to login into your WordPress account. This plugin makes users feel safe knowing they are the only ones logging into their WordPress sites.

Sucuri Security

Sucuri Security is a great option if you have never had any sort of security plugin before, and would like to ensure that there is not already malware infecting your site. After installing, every 3 hours Sucuri Security will check your site for website malware to ensure your site has no malware from malicious attacks. The plugin also offers a last login feature. This feature allows you to see the date, time an IP address of the last login on your account.

One of the more unique features of Sucuri Security is its post hack option. Obviously we hope that the plugins mentioned will protect us from security issues. However, if you have been hacked, the post hack option allows you to change your username and password while you are being hacked to help put an end to it.

Additional Security Tips and Tricks

Keep Plugins, Themes and WordPress Updated

It is important to always keep your themes, plugins and WordPress updated. The new versions usually come with improved security features. The security issues of older versions are better known. Even an inexperienced hacker may be able to bypass security measures of an older version. But, by continually staying updated, you eliminate the risk of potential security problems.

Use a VPN for Heightened Security

A VPN, or virtual private network, is another great way to ensure the safety and security of your WordPress account. A VPN will encrypt your data and information so that any data you receive or send is protected from anyone trying to intercept and access it. A VPN will protect not only your online activities, but also any critical information from your WordPress login or site that you do not want to get in the wrong hands. To learn how to pick out the VPN that will work best for you check out http://securethoughts.com/best-vpn/

Create Strong Passwords

This one is simple, but incredibly important. While plugins like the Google Authenticator can help ensure a safe login process, one of the best ways to avoid someone hacking into your WordPress account is to have a strong password. This means a password with uppercase letters, lowercase letters, numbers, and characters. Be sure to also stay away from passwords that could be easily guessed, or that could be associated with you. If you have trouble remembering passwords there are many new services out there, such as LastPass or KeePass, to help in keeping track of passwords.

Do you use any of these WordPress plugins? What are your favorite security plugins to use? What other tips and tricks do you use to ensure your sites safety?