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Alana Roberts
Joerg Buyna

Another day at the office? Actually it isn’t. The difference is that for a few weeks now our days have started with evaluating numerous warning messages we receive from our website scanning software, rather than evaluating our work progress for various projects.


SEO - search engine optimization

In this article I would like to explain and hopefully eliminate a few misunderstandings on the topics of web pages and online success.

The targeted reader is not the one whose website is used mostly as an electronic business card, but rather those who intend to create income through online sales.

So you have a great web site, but what’s next?

To ensure that you will be found by visitors or potential customers, you want a high ranking in the major search engines as soon as possible. A variety of tools, i.e. SEO (Search Engine Optimization), Social Media, blogging, press releases etc. may lead to the desired success. Maybe…

Let’s talk about some things here and get started with the #1 misunderstanding. SEO.


Upgrading From SHA-1 to SHA-2


Upgrading From SHA-1 to SHA-2

Most of our clients have received an email lately with information from their payment gateway provider regarding a security upgrade. This security certificate upgrade from SHA-1 to SHA-2 is long overdue because of the increasing threats the e-commerce business is exposed to. 

[bctt tweet=”SHA-1 lasted for 16 years!”]



WordPress Cleanup Checklist

End-of-Summer WordPress Cleanup Checklist Steps

Now is a perfect time to inspect, correct, enhance, and promote your WordPress website(s). I found these wonderful tips on how to do that in an article from (The 26 Step WordPress Cleanup Checklist) that I think you will find both informative and easy to follow.

  • If you currently have an about me/about us page on your website take a moment to make sure all the information on that about page is up-to-date and changes don’t need to be made (either addition or subtraction of content).  If you do not have an about me/about us page this is the perfect time to write one.  Your site has probably been running for a while now and you should know more about your message you need to communicate to your visitors.
  • If you currently have a mailing list, now is a perfect time to de-dup your email newsletter list(make sure you don’t have duplications or dead addresses in your list).  If you do not have a mailing list… NOW IS THE TIME TO START.  A mailing list is vital to the continued growth and communication of your online presence.



A Matter of Balance


A Matter of Balance

by Mallary Tytel








The role of work has changed. Originally regarded as a matter of necessity and survival, work today is also considered to be a source of personal satisfaction and fulfilling one’s own purpose. Just survey the multiple generations, cultures, and cohorts in your workforce and see what you discover.


Things change; and as individual priorities have shifted, it is no surprise that work-life balance is STILL an important issue in the workplace today. In a recent survey of our own clients and colleagues, we asked professionals if they believe they are successful in maintaining balance in their personal and professional lives. While 44% of respondents said yes, 35% said no, and almost one quarter, 22%, said they don’t know.


[bctt tweet=”Happiness is not a matter of intensity but of balance, order, rhythm and harmony.”]

     ~Thomas Merton


Discover the Region

Local contents publishers bring to the people the stories and events that happened in their community as it happens in their community. It is the cornerstone of a community that is necessary in building a community. It is content geared towards the people in your own backyard.

Local content exposes the opportunity for an individual in the community to access, this to say it brings an opportunity to your doorstep. No need to go miles-around the world to get involved in the opportunities that are being made known to you through published local contents.

Too many times we see a small website trying to make more sales or bring more people by concentrating his contents on the whole world leaving out the opportunity in his backyard, why concentrating on the events, stories and business opportunities that abound in the community can make a bigger impact. Discover-The-Region magazine showcase the success of how local contents can bring greater success and joy to the community. A solid content, well-written persuasive copy concentrated on the community will generate an endless stream of customers to your websites and more importantly through your doors.

Let’s take a look at the impact and pros of local published/local contents.


Amazingly Virtual

Welcome to the first edition of our email publication for Amazingly Virtual!   Since the beginning of our business in 2008 we have enjoyed creating them for our clients, so we thought it was time that we did one of our own!  I am confident that you will find the articles very informative.  Our goal is to share valuable information with you and to help you find your balance – so that you can do more of what you love doing knowing that you have a “virtual team” managing your business needs. We pride ourselves in offering high quality, professional, virtual services.

Our team thanks you for your business and sincerely wishes you prosperity and success in all that you do.

Alana, Joerg and Wendy

Read the complete publication here!


 Amazingly Virtual




Looking for a Needle

by Jasmine Holmes

With so many social media sites, how do you choose the right one for your business?

First off, you’ll notice the keyword in the previous sentence, “one” or maybe two if you’re really organized. The biggest mistake businesses make in social media marketing is trying to do too much. In social media, less truly is more.

Selecting your platform is easy if you know your target audience. Each social media network attracts a slightly different buyer demographic. Knowing the type of buyer you want to attract makes the decision easy—simply pick the network that most closely matches your ideal client. Some basics to get you started:


  • Facebook is best for consumer or “fun” products or services. People relax on Facebook, so rarely want to think about car insurance or office supplies.
  • LinkedIn is perfect for business to business companies or those offering “business of life” services like financial planners and CPAs.
  • Pinterest has a strong female following, especially in the areas of food, fashion and DIY. If your business serves these areas, start pinning!
  • Twitter and Instagram appeal to the under 30 crowd, so are a good choice if you have a younger demographic.

You’ll also want to factor your goals into platform choice. Success in social media means being strategic and not looking for a needle in a haystack.

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Amazingly Virtual



Amazingly Virtual
It happens. I’ve seen it happen.  It is a nightmare. Your website  has just been hacked, or it has failed, or all the products that were on your sales page yesterday are gone. You sign on and suddenly you discover that all your data is gone, your images, your blogs… everything is GONE. Maybe your server crashed or maybe it was something that you inadvertently did. Whatever the cause – the result is still the same.  Your website is down, and your business is closed for the day – or even longer – until you can get it all figured out, put back together, and get it up and running again. 
Recently this happened to two of my clients. They each had their own individual websites and they each had different servers – and they both had their website shopping carts  – and their WordPress databases – crashed. 
But, this shouldn’t really be a problem, because you backed it all up, right? If you answered “Yes” than your website can easily be restored! But if you haven’t backed it up, you are not alone.  Many small business owners don’t back up their websites because they don’t understand how important it is to do so, and furthermore, they just don’t know how to. 
Amazingly Virtual can now add this to the list of services that we make available to our clients: Peace of mind!  That’s right – if you are interested in backing up your website – and you should be – Amazingly Virtual can back it up for you.
So, that begs the question, “How often should I back up my website?” The answer to that really depends on how often you update the information on your website monthly. If you are not blogging, or editing your shopping cart, you may not need to back it up as often.
And while we are on the subject, you really should back up your personal digital files (images, photos, and documents) – the ones on your computer – to more than one place.  Consider storing them in Dropbox, Google +, or perhaps purchasing a hard drive (you can purchase one for under $100).
Please contact us for more information.
Amazingly Virtual

I want to share a letter my friend and colleague sent to her client who requested direction on starting a new business.  These are some great initial points to consider before beginning.  For more information you may contact Dr. Mallary Tytel directly by visiting her website at 

Thanks Mallary!


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Dear Mike,

I can certainly appreciate your desire to launch your own startup. We entrepreneurs are, after all, driven to continuously create, innovate, and sell. And it doesn’t matter if your interests favor accounting, real estate brokerage, marketing services, or business/practice management; or new untapped markets, such as agriculture software, food e-commerce, remote visual communications, or public sector technology, Opportunities abound.

There are, of course, many resources available to help you, and I will take a stab at it myself.  You may have heard some of this before, and frankly much of the following has been borrowed from the Small Business Administration. If this sounds too basic for you, you’ll be surprised by how much data will be generated by your honest, thoughtful answers.


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