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Traffic and ranking decrease? Check your redirect attachment URL setting

webperseverance.comIf you’ve noticed a sudden drop in traffic or decrease in your site ranking, your redirect attachment URL settings may be the bug-a-boo. Yoast, one of the most popular SEO plugins among designers, discovered a bug in their recent upgrade. Rather than defaulting to ‘yes,’ the “redirect attachment URLs” option defaulted to ‘no.’

What are Attachment URLs?

Simply put – whenever you insert an image, into a post or page, WordPress creates a new page with that single image. This new page is a called an attachment URL. The problem with these pages is that they have little to no content beyond the image and therefore are bad for site SEO. And while they increase the number of site pages they don’t contain what search engines deem as quality content, so you could get dinged because of it.

What went wrong?

Customers who updated from an earlier version of Yoast SEO to Yoast SEO 7.0-7.0.2 may not have had their settings automatically converted from the previous version to the new version. So, if in your case, the upgraded plugin did not convert your previous settings it would have overwritten those and set the attachment URL option to the default setting of ‘no.’ Thereby creating a lot of thin, ‘image only,’ pages.

Impact on websites

Worst case scenario, some sites have experienced having attachment URLs  quintupled, without adding any content. Because with the setting set at ‘no’, XML sitemaps were enabled for attachments. This is where it gets bad for SEO – a lot of those attachment URLs were indexed by Google. In some cases, these sites may be suffering from Panda-like problems. If your site is image heavy and light on content, this could be a problem for you as Google then assumes you’ve put on a bunch of non-relevant content suddenly and in essence are trying to game the system. When you actually aren’t.

How widespread is the problem?

According Yoast, who put out this article, the situation does not appear to be widespread. They have, upon discovering the bug, created a patch  to fix the problem of the settings default. For full information and instructions on how to remedy the situation, read the Yoast article, cited above.

Talk to an innovative website design company that cares

Web Perseverance is an innovative online marketing company that devises online strategies through website design and maintenance, SEO, advertising, business strategies, social media networking and search engine marketing (SEM). We help you achieve an online presence that generates website traffic and converts to revenue. Our full-service internet marketing firm is staffed with  highly experienced, talented, and versatile individuals who are committed to bringing your vision into reality. We base our marketing and business strategies on the unique characteristics of your business or practice, your needs, and your goals. We work closely with you throughout the planning and implementation process to ensure you get the right online strategy for you. Contact us or call (631) 765-8098 to schedule a complimentary review of your current online presence. For clients outside of the New York metro area, we can arrange a conference call to discuss your goals.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Distracted Driving New York & Long Island Accident Attorneys Infographic

Author: Sackstein, Sackstein & Lee, LLP

Individuals who drive while sending or reading text messages are 23 times more likely to be in a crash than other drivers.

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Prevent Boating Tragedy – A Guide to Safe Boating on Long Island

Author: Steve Palermo: The Suffolk Personal Injury Lawyer

Cool ocean breezes on a hot summer day and the freedom of an open sea make boating a favorite pastime for many people. It’s a lifestyle for numerous Long Islanders. However, many boaters are complacent, and don’t take precautions or boating laws serious enough, which can (and has) caused tragedy. If you live on Long Island go out boating for leisure, this post can be extremely informative and perhaps save you from ever enduring a boating accident. Following the laws of boating and ensuring your safety as well as the safety of others on your boat or on the water is vital to both experiencing enjoyable rides and avoiding boating accidents.

The US Coast Guard Recommends the Following Safety Precautions

According to the US Coastguard (USCG), hundreds of people die and thousands suffer injury every year from preventable recreational boating accidents. We cannot overstate how important it is to follow the laws of boating and take the necessary precautions to avoid such tragedies:

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There are also numerous other precautions you can take, which include taking courses on boating, learning to swim and avoiding alcohol or drug use. Here are some other tips not stated by law, but extremely useful in regards to safe boating:

  • Before even planning an adventure at sea, check the weather forecast – check it weeks before, the day before, the morning of, and right before – bad weather can lead to catastrophe if you’re boating
  • Understand the navigational aids of the sea, such as buoys, and stay within safe, non-shallow waters – the last thing you want is to destroy your engine if it starts sucking up sand – not only can it be dangerous and unlawful not to follow navigational aids, it can also destroy your boat

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  • Entirely avoid large vessels –
  • Take a boating course –
  • Learn how to swim – Read More

While in many instances a boating accident is the fault of the boat owner or participants, this is not always true. If someone else’s negligence or recklessness causes a boating accident, you may have legal recourse to recover damages. Hospital and medical expenses, compensation for pain and suffering, and lost future income due to disabling injuries are matters you can discuss with an experienced lawyer.

New York City Affirms Rights to Use Bathrooms Consistent with Gender Identity

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Media outlets across the country are addressing controversial laws passed recently in certain states that prohibit transgender individuals from using bathrooms consistent with their identity. New state laws require them to use a restroom consistent with the sexual identity on their birth certificates.

New York City has taken its own stand on this issue

Employers should take note that NYC is the first city in the nation to launch a campaign that grants people in NYC the right to use the bathroom consistent with their gender identity — as opposed to genders indicated on birth certificates. Read More:

Ads are appearing all over the city in subway cars, bus shelters, phone booths and newspapers along with digital ads across social media. The ads are appearing in multiple languages, including Spanish, Korean, Chinese, Russian and Bengali. They state, “Use the Restroom Consistent with Who You Are” and “Look Past the Pink and Blue.”

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NY has long been at the forefront against transgender and other discrimination issues

NY Governor Andrew M. Cuomo was the first executive in the nation to issue statewide regulations that prohibited transgender discrimination. The regulations went into effect on January 20.2015. New York has long been a champion of human rights and was also the first U.S. state to enact a general anti-discrimination law in 1945.

Under New York law, human rights violations can carry penalties and civil fines up to $50,000. If “willful, wanton or malicious” discrimination fines and penalties may go up to $100,000 and have no caps on compensatory damages awarded to individuals.

Stephen Hans & Associates is an employment litigation firm that defends small and medium sized businesses in discrimination, labor law and other employment related matters.

 

Does an Ex-Spouse’s Co-habitation Enable You to End Spousal Support?

Author: Chris Palermo

Sometimes during divorce or after a divorce concludes, the spouse receiving spousal support may begin cohabiting with another partner. Should you have to pay spousal support, which would effectively go to supporting that couple instead of an independent spouse?

How Does New York Law Address This Issue? Read More

Details of the Sanseri v. Sanseri Case

The wife admitted to living with another man, sharing a bedroom and commingling finances through a joint checking account. Read More

Whether she should continue receiving maintenance hung up on the point that she had never “held herself out” as the spouse of her fiancé.

Supreme Court’s Ruling

After reviewing the details and applicable case law, the court ruled that the burden of proof requires that the wife show a need for maintenance or the inability to provide for herself. Read More

If you have questions about spousal support, Attorney Chris Palermo will be glad you answer your questions and advise the best course of legal action.

Webinar Recap: How to Make More Money When You Upgrade Outdated Software

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Everything you need to run a small law firm

During last month’s webinar, “Make more money by upgrading your outdated software,” LEAP’s Vice President of Client Operations, Amy Prokop shared with attendees, “The use of modern technology has become an overwhelmingly influential factor in determining the level of success a law firm can achieve.”

Technology is a vital part of our everyday lives and operating without the use of up-to-date technology can be inefficient and unproductive. In our webinar geared toward solo attorneys and small law firms, we examined how outdated technology not only creates efficiency and productivity challenges but also can become extremely costly.

Webinar attendees learned how to determine if their current practice management software provider(s) had become more of a limitation rather than an asset and how unifying their firm with one solution saves both time and money. The webinar outlined features a legal practice management solution should provide to build a better business, including:

  • Document management
  • Time recording
  • Accounting
  • Automated forms
  • Online marketing’
  • Mobility
  • Cloud hosting

Helping Law Firms Increase Efficiency and Productivity

For 25 years, LEAP has been helping law firms across the world to increase efficiency and productivity by providing them with a total practice management software solution, allowing them to focus on billable activities rather than time consuming administrative tasks. When you upgrade to secure hybrid cloud technology, your firm can have the flexibility to work anywhere, anytime.

To watch the complete recording of the webinar or for additional legal technology tips, please visit the LEAP website.

For details on the next webinar in the LEAP Webinar Series, visit www.leap.us. Our next webinar, which will discuss trust accounting, is scheduled for July 13, 2016.