How secure is your Joomla! website? Top tips for business owners to ensure your site is safe

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Joomla! is fast becoming one of the most popular content management systems in the world, powering almost 3% of the web and exceeding 30 million downloads - the chances are during your day you probably browse at least one website using Joomla!.

Many businesses rely on Joomla! for their web presence, but often business owners are not empowered to ensure that their website is being managed properly, or is up to date with the latest security patches. This article gives Joomla! website owners some simple tips to ensure that your website is up to date, and some tools to make that process easier!

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Identify and recover from Google Panda and Penguin updates causing sites to disappear from Google

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Google has been tweaking its algorithms (the systems it uses to identify how relevant it's links are to the search terms entered) over the years, with a view to improving the user experience, and promoting results which are more relevant and abide by their recommended guidelines relating to search engine optimisation.

Recently there have been two major updates which have hit some sites particularly hard causing them to drop significantly in major search engines. This article will cover the Google update first seen in February 2011 and later rolled out internationally in August 2011 known as 'Panda' or 'Farmer', and the more recent Penguin update.

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Google+, Authorship and Personal Brands - it's not all about the ego!

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Or is it?

Months ago, having listened to what several high profile people were saying about the importance of developing your own personal brand, and becoming a Key Person of Influence (KPI) in your industry, I set up this website as my own 'Personal Brand'.  In setting the site up, I had to really ask myself the question - am I doing this out of an ego-massage, or am I doing this because it's important in my industry to be recognised for who and what I am, what I know, and how I can help people?

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