How To Create A Strong Password That’s Hard To Guess But Easy To Remember


Password protection is crucial in today’s digital age, and the strength of a password is becoming increasingly more complex. We all know that “password” and “123456” are not strong passwords (and yet they remain the two most commonly used passwords!). But passwords like "redhouse146" and "rover1987" are safe and difficult to hack, right?

Wrong.

Hackers and hacker software have become so efficient that passwords we think are strong are actually shockingly easy to crack. So what should you do (and not do) in order to come up with passwords that are easy for human beings to remember, yet hard for computers to guess?

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If you can find it in the dictionary, it can be guessed

Don’t use words that can be found in the dictionary. This means any word, from “aardvark” to “zymogen” and everything in between. Software specifically designed to plug in words from the dictionary exists, and some are even able to combine multiple words from the dictionary at a very high speed. This means that passwords like “GreenApple” or “SunnyDay” are also too easy to crack.

The longer, the better

We’ve all heard that a password should have at least 8 characters. The more characters, the better. But do you also know why? Say you have a password with 5 letters, like “maria”. A five-letter password has 10 billion possible combinations, and can be cracked in 5 seconds. A six-letter password would take 500 seconds to crack, seven letters would take 13 hours, and eight letters would take 57 days. So you see: for each additional character you add to your password, the amount of time it would take to guess increases immensely!

Don’t re-use the same password across multiple sites

Let’s admit: many of us do this, because it’s simply the easiest thing to do. But using the same password for multiple websites and accounts can lead to identity theft if just one of these accounts gets hacked. You wouldn’t use a single key to open your front door, your car and the door to your office. So try to use different password for your accounts. If you still want to do so, at the very least use individual passwords for your most important logins, like your bank account, your e-mail accounts, and your social media accounts.

Personal information is not so personal

Your name, age, date of birth, the name of one of your parents or children or pets… All this information is neither private nor difficult to guess for either computers or hackers, as much of this information is readily accessible on social media accounts and other websites. Steer clear from this “easy to remember but also very easy to guess” strategy.
So how should you come up with passwords that are harder to crack, but still easy enough for you to remember?

Think outside of words and letters; think shapes

Instead of using the letters on your keyword to create words, look at the keys on your keyboard to create shapes. For example:

Try to follow the keys that make the password 3EDCft6 on your keyboard – it makes a V shape (see image). The same for the password 2WDCft6YHNji0 – except this password will create a W shape on your keyboard.


The only things you need to remember is whether you have a V or W shape, which key on the keyboard you should start with, and where you used lower or uppercase letters.

Phrases and abbreviations are better than words

Instead of using your pet’s name and the date of your birth as password, you can use an abbreviated phrase instead, such as “I got my dog Rover on the first day of October 2006”. This becomes the password IgmdRot1stdoO2006. You simply have to remember the first letter of each word in the sentence.

Another tip is to take a sentence, such as ILoveBurgers, and for each account you have you add the relevant word in front of burgers. For example: ILoveBankBurgers, ILoveFacebookBurgers, ILoveYahooBurgers, and so on.

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SimpleSite Password Tricks & Tips


Forgot your SimpleSite password? Go to www.simplesite.com, and click on “Login” in the upper-right corner of the screen. Click on Forgot password and fill in username you’ve used for your SimpleSite. Please note: If you are already logged into your website, it will SiteEditor instead of Login in the upper-right corner.

The new password will be send to the e-mail address you used to create your SimpleSite with. Remember to check your spam/junk filters when you’ve requested a new password from SimpleSite, as it may end up there.

Don’t reset your password multiple times – this means you will have to figure out which password is the latest one that has been recreated for you. Request a new password once and check your e-mail inbox.

If you have more than one website with SimpleSite, be aware that the username you fill in actually belongs to the website in question you are requesting the new password for.

Author: Michelle de Marée

3 Questions To Ask To Make A Better Website [Infographic]


Before you start designing and adding content to your new website, take a moment to consider the following 3 questions. Answering these questions will help you get an even better grasp of your site’s design and function, guaranteed!

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Author: Michelle de Marée

How To Make Money By Blogging [Guide]

How To Make Money By Blogging
  
“Can I make money through my blog? And if so, how do I do it?”
This is a question we've been asked a lot lately. As a result, we have decided to dedicate this blog post to giving you an informed answer.

The truth is: there are many ways of making money of your blog. If you want to know our favorite tips and tricks on this topic then continue reading and we'll teach you how you can turn your SimpleSite Blog into a money machine.

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First Step: Build an Audience

Before you can start making money from your blog you need to build an audience of a descent size.

The key to every successful blog is delivering quality content and promoting it (e.g. on social media). Your blog posts should be both original and creative. Remember to make sure your headlines are catchy and appetizing.

Be consistent and keep up with a fixed updating frequency of your choice. Subscribers are demanding and constantly crave new content. If you disappoint them, they may abandon you. In the worst case your blog will end up in the digital cemetery.

Read more: How To Start A Successful Blog [Tips And Tricks]

But creating good content isn’t enough on it’s own. You will want to constantly grow your blog and get more subscribers and visitors. This can be done by sharing your posts on social media, making sure you optimize all your blog posts for search engines and by trading links with other blogs or websites.

Read more: 5 Easy Ways To Attract More Visitors To Your Website

Promote Products or Brands

Many companies pay bloggers to promote their products or brand. This is called affiliate marketing, and you can join this trend. Here is how it works:

You blog about a product or a service. You provide your readers with a unique affiliate link to the product where they can buy the product. The affiliate link contains a tracking code that registers if any of your readers buy the product from the affiliate link.

If they do buy a product, you will receive a commission. If you have a lot of subscribers and manage to sell the products well, this can lead to quite a generous income. How great is that?

What is an affiliate program?

The affiliate program is a middleman between companies, who want to market their products, and bloggers, who want to promote or write about products. The affiliate program coordinates all the technical stuff and makes sure you earn your fair share of the revenue.

Here are some of the most renowned affiliate programs:

Sell Your Own Products

Another way of making money of your blog is by running your own online store. While this will require more time and energy, you are also sure to gain 100% of the commission.

Adding an online store to your blog is ideal for those who blog about beauty, sports, creative handcrafts, gadgets, electronics and the like.

So if you blog about handcrafts you may want to sell the materials you use, or even sell your final creations. If you work as an consultant, coach or guru, you can also use your blog to promote your services, and then let customers book your service through the online store.

It’s very easy to set up an online store. Read this blog post and learn how to set up your own online store in under 10 minutes.

Sell Your Own E-book

Another way of monetizing your blog is by writing your very own E-book(s). This is especially relevant for those who are experts within their field, and who have built up high credibility within the blogging world.

There are several websites that let you host your own E-book and charge money for it. Here are some of them:

Remember!

Be careful not to turn your blog into the next TV shop. Too much advertising can result in a drastic drop in subscribers. People simply don’t want to be spammed with ads all the time. Remember to keep it at a level you would find acceptable if you were the reader. Eventually, what it all comes down to in regards to running a good blog is the quality of the content.

Another rule of thumb is to only promote products or services you sincerely believe in and that you would like to be associated with your name. If you advertise a bad product, or a product that is totally irrelevant for your readers, your blogs image and your reputation will suffer and in the end this can have serious effects on your earnings.


Author: Camilla Groen

10 Great 3-Minute Ideas That Will Improve Your Website [Infographic]


By changing a few things, you can improve your website’s performance significantly. Make users engage more with your content and optimize the conversion rate of sales per visitor.

Here we’ll give you 10 3-minute ideas that will improve your website instantly.

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1. Use quality pictures

Good quality pictures stand out and make your website shine! It might be tempting to use your own pictures – it’s a quick and easy fix – but think twice before you upload.

Many people associate poor quality pictures with untrustworthy websites. Using professional and sharp pictures, on the other hand, can make your website appear 10 times more professional and generate more traffic.

If you still prefer using your own pictures for your website, look up a photography guide to make sure you get the most out of your photos as possible, and make sure to use a quality camera.

You can also use online photo editors, such as Pixlr or iPiccy, to edit your pictures so they look better, and alike in style. This will help to create cohesion on your website.

Suggested reading: Use Your Smartphone to Take Amazing Photos

2. Use many pictures

Humans love everything visual! Illustrations, pictures, colours, icons... Make sure to include lots of them on your website.

It is especially important to include illustrations on the pages that are heavy on text. Including visual elements will make your website much more readable and easy to navigate for your visitors.

By using this simple trick, chances of people actually reading what’s on your website will improve by up to 90%! Now can you think of any reasons not to include pictures?

Read more: How to Make Your Website More Attractive

3. Don’t use more than 3 different colors

Colors are nice. True. But too many colors at once can be confusing. Limit yourself to a maximum of 3 dominating colors on your website.

All of SimpleSite’s web design templates follow the standard guidelines for good web design practices, so you are sure to have a modern and user-friendly design for your visitors. Choose between many different designs.

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4. Make sentences short and easy to read

Your visitors are much more likely to read the content of your website or blog if the text is (or appears to be) easy to read. Make sure to keep sentences short.

If a sentence takes up more than two lines, you should check if it’s possible to divide it in two. Also make sure to divide your text into paragraphs and use headers. As a rule of thumb you should have 3 sentences per paragraph and 3 paragraphs per header.

5. Proof-read the text on your site

As the saying goes: two pairs of eyes are better than one. Therefore, it is a good idea to have your website (or at least the most important pages of it) proof-read by another person. This way you can make sure you’re eliminating spelling mistakes or sentences that are hard to understand, or which could be misunderstood. This will make your website appear more professional and ensure better readability on your site.

It doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive getting your website proof-read. Simply ask one of your friends or a member of your family to read it through, just to be on the safe side.

Read more: How to Give Your Blog a Facelift

6. Set up 3 goals for your website - and test them on someone

Set up three goals, that reflect the purpose of your website. Here is an example: Carlo runs a small pizza store that is highly reliant on take-away and delivery. The three goals for his website are:
  1. Making customers read the menu online, so they can decide which pizza to order before entering the store.
  2. Enabling people to order their take-away or pizza delivery via telephone.
  3. Inform visitors where to find the pizza store for pick-up and dine-in.
Now turn these three goals into three tasks, and test them on a friend of a family member. Would they understand how to navigate your site in order to successfully find the right information or do they perform the action you intended?

If they fail to perform the task successfully, investigate what the problem is, and solve it. Is the telephone number too hard to find? Is that because the colour is not bright enough or is it placed in an illogical place? Maybe it should be moved to the top of the page. Is it unclear where the store is located? Maybe the address should be on the front page accompanied by a map, or maybe the names  in the menu tabs need to be more specific.

7. Use call-to-action buttons or images

These will make sure that you draw your visitors’ attention to the right things on your website.

Basically, a call-to-action button is a button that stands out from the rest of your website with a text that invites the user to take action. The action can be to make a phone call, to sign up for a newsletter, to buy something from your online store, or even something completely different.

To make the call-to-action button or picture stand out from the rest of your website’s layout, you should use colors that differ from the rest of the colors and shades used on your website.

But be careful. Do not to stuff your website with lots call-to-action buttons. This will only confuse your visitors. It'll end up doing more harm than good.

8. Make your contact details visible

You can only deliver excellent customer service if your visitors can easily communicate with you. If your visitors are having trouble getting in contact with you, they will most likely forget about your website and look somewhere else.

Making sure your contact details are visible to your visitors will also make them more likely to recommend your website to others and it will heighten your website’s credibility! If you have an online store, this is especially crucial, since customers are more likely to buy from you when they trust you.

Customer feedback is also a great way to make sure your website is always as good as can be!

9. Implement social media sharing buttons

Encourage your visitors to share your website on social media by implementing social media sharing buttons. This makes it both easy and fun for your visitors to share your website with friends and family, and it is free advertisement for you!

If you have created your website with SimpleSite, we have already made sure you have social sharing buttons on every page.

Whenever you create a good piece of content remember to invite your visitors to hit the sharing button in the right column of your SimpleSite.

Suggested reading: Use Social Media to Notify Your Readers About New Blog Posts

10. Showcase positive customer experiences

Do you have happy customers? Show it to the public! Whenever you get positive feedback, ask if you can showcase it on your website accompanied by a picture.

Don’t be embarrassed, most customers love to be in the spotlight. They might even encourage friends and family to check out your website if they’re on it!

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Author: Camilla Groen

How to Start a Successful Blog [Tips & Tricks]

Start a successful blog

Learn how to create a free blog and start blogging right away with the easiest blog builder available on the internet. Here are our secret tips…

How to Start a Blog in Three Simple Steps

  1. Create your Blog.
    Go to SimpleSite.com and set up your blog in less than 3 minutes.
     
  2. Choose the Design.
    Select a design you like. You can always change it later.
     
  3. Start Blogging.
    You’re done! Now it’s time to write your very first blog post!


Deliver Original and Creative Content for Your Blog

In order to be successful with your blog you need to deliver something unique for your audience. There has to be a reason for them to follow you. Keep in mind that you should write about things that people find either useful and/or entertaining. But most importantly: blog about something you are passionate about and feel like sharing with others.

You should not only decide on a topic for your blog. You should also choose the main purpose for your free blog. Is it to teach people something about your chosen topic? Is it to provide your audience with the latest news and trends? Do you want to inspire people or make them laugh?

You might want to make a brainstorm of topics to write about and then organize your ideas. Surf the internet for inspiration and be creative with your posts. Don’t stick to one way of presenting your content. SimpleSite lets you add videos, pictures, links and citations to your blog posts to make them more engaging and vibrant. Your followers will love it.

Apart from adding interactive content to your blog, you can also learn how to write more creative and engaging texts. There are thousands of guides on the internet on how to become a better writer. But if you want to take your blogging to the next level, you may want to sign up for a professional writing course at a local evening school.

Suggested reading:
Write a successful blog


Get an Audience for Your Free Blog

The success of a blogger is often measured by the amount of followers she/he has. Getting a big audience doesn’t just happen overnight. I requires clever promotion and patience. Here is what to do:
Let your friends and family know you have started a blog and ask them to follow you. Ask them to come with critical feedback so you can make up for any initial mistakes you hadn’t thought about yourself. Make them engage with your blog on social media, and encourage them to share your blog posts with their friends.

Be social. Create dedicated accounts for your blog on social media, and make sure to let all of your friends and followers know when you have published a new blog post. This is easy. On your free SimpleSite blog you can easily share your new posts on social media by using the social media sharing bar on the right side of your blog.

Don’t forget to become a member of online forums that are related to the topic you blog about. There are many benefits: The forums are great sources of inspiration. You can get a really good idea about what topics people are actually interested in reading about. This way you are guaranteed that you are writing about relevant and hot topics for your blog. But you can also use the forums for promoting your blog and achieve a larger audience.

Successful blogging

Be Consistent with Your Blog Posts

Plan ahead. Decide on a posting frequency that is realistic and stick to it. It is also a good idea to always publish posts on the same day of the week. This way your followers know what to expect from you and when.

At the moment you might think that you could easily post a blog post every single or second day. Your mind is full of great ideas for topics to write on. But be realistic. In the future, when your everyday life creeps up on you, will you really be able to post a well prepared blog post that often?

Here is how to go about it: Make a plan with topics to write. If possible, write your blog posts a week or even weeks in advance so you always have a new post up your sleeve. Give yourself time to really elaborate your posts and re-read them after some days. You can use Microsoft Word or Google Docs to write and store your planned blog posts, and when it’s time for posting you just log in to your SimpleSite blog and publish it.

When you consistently deliver good blog posts, which exceeds your followers expectations, chances are that they will stick by you and maybe even recommend your blog to their friends!

Happy blogging.

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Author: Camilla Groen