Why My Website Is Blocked In China?

Online Censorship In China affects website URL's and keywords from the website content.

If you are operating a website targeted for Chinese audience you must get a Chinese Internet Content Provider license.

Chinese Internet Content Provider license is a permit issued by the Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology to permit China-based websites to operate in China. The ICP license numbers for Chinese websites can often be found on the bottom of the front webpage.

By the letter of the law, all websites with their own domain name that operate inside China are required to obtain a license, and China-based Internet service providers are required to block the site if a license is not acquired within a grace period. Licenses are issued at the provincial level.

Operating from China is also a prerequisite for acquiring a license. Foreign companies such as Google, unable to acquire an ICP license on their own, often partner with Chinese Internet companies to use the licenses of the Chinese company.

Visit https://en.greatfire.org/ to test if any URL or website content is blocked or otherwise restricted in China in real-time. The website uses test locations inside China and provides transparent test results and conclusions on censorship. Also provides a database of blocked URLs going back to February, 2011.

Two sides of the story

1. The automatic assumption is that China is scared of greater internet freedom. Actually, while China does ban some of the websites because of the information they contain (Amnesty, Wikileaks).

2. The ban on the others is nothing more than plain old protectionism. Stamping out foreign competition is nothing new. All countries do it. But China is quickly becoming the most aggressive and protectionist country out there.

Internet Marketing Common Sense You Need To Acquire: Selling Membership Portal Access

Internet Marketing Common Sense You Need To Acquire: Selling Membership Portal Access

If you will be selling membership portal access, please make sure that is it properly configured and tested working before you start blasting message to the world about your launch date.

"I think i already did that" is not acceptable.

Offering Products or Services Using Free Email Service?

I'm not going to make this post longer (full of crap words) than it should be.

I've seen a lot of offers and specially for "SEO Services" - using gmail or yahoo free email service, WTF?!

If you want to look legit, at least get a custom domain email.

Top WordPress Security Plugins For Internet Marketing Sites - Why Bother With It?

Top WordPress Security Plugins For Internet Marketing Sites - Why Bother With It?

As the technology becomes newer and more modern, so do the threats that are often attributed to it.

Since Wordpress (the blogging platform) is widely used, Internet Marketers use it too and make it work as a product launch platform, a landing page or even as a membership platform using a ton of plugin porn.

Unfortunately the great challenge when it comes to Wordpress security plugins is to find the magic combination which gives you optimal cover without conflicts or overlapping functionality.

And double unfortunately, when there is a plugin involved, there is going to be a problem somewhere down the road. I'm not even going to talk about installation, configuration and updates here. Wordpress is an open-source blogging platform that was created and maintained by the Wordpress.org group. Wordpress plugins on the other hand is created by other groups or individual. That means when Wordpress updates, chances are your plugins will break.

And here's a bonus, since Wordpress is so popular, it invites crackers and someone eventually will find a way to insert some codes into your site. Especially if your site is popular with tons of traffic, perfect place to plant some affiliate codes or what-not's.

So back to this article's title, why bother with Wordpress security plgins or the whole thing when there are a lot of alternatives out there like Megaphone, Leadpages, Kajabi, Infusionsoft, etc. that is built for Internet Marketing and security from the ground up.

Talk about the price, you get what you pay for, period.

What are some effective techniques for building links?

Matt Cutts answers;

Pulkit Agrawal from Ahmedabad, India asks: "Organic link building, according to me is one of the most difficult tasks for SEOs of SMEs. Can you please list 5 effective ways of organic link building other than building great content?"

Google DNS / OpenDNS Is Bad If You Are Outside The US

The key reason they're bad is that they stuff up your computer's ability to find the closest Akamai server to you. Akamai is the worldwide system which places massive file servers inside ISP data centres worldwide -- so that when you download a big file like a Windows or Mac OS X update, or a TV show or movie from iTunes, it downloads from a server that's very close to you, and therefore pumps down your line as fast as your ADSL2+ can handle. (The primary selling point of Akamai is that it avoids server overload when everyone tries to download something at once, but a secondary selling point is that you're downloading a file from a local server inside your ISP or at least in your country, so that the trip between the file server and you is as short/fast as possible.)

If you use a US-based DNS server like Google DNS or OpenDNS, your closest Akamai cache will instead be chosen as being in the US, and you'll get crummy download speeds as your file trickles over the international link.

Full story here: http://apcmag.com/why-using-google-dns-opendns-is-a-bad-idea.htm

Windows 8.1 Preview

Windows 8.1 is a free update to Windows 8 coming later this year, and a prerelease version is available now for you to try. Windows 8.1 has new ways for you to personalize your PC and includes a wave of awesome new apps and services.

Windows 8.1 Preview and Windows RT 8.1 Preview are prerelease versions of Windows 8.1. They build on Windows 8 and bring you more ways to stay productive, have fun, and do all the things you need and want to do on your PC. Windows 8.1 Preview and Windows RT 8.1 Preview include enhancements in personalization, search, apps, the Windows Store, and cloud connectivity, and have the security and reliability features you expect from Windows. They're fast, and made to work on a variety of form factors—especially the new generation of touch devices.

Make it yours. Set up a slide show on your lock screen by picking your favorite pictures. Arrange the stuff on your Start screen so it's just the way you want it. Choose from more tile sizes, more colors, and more backgrounds—including animated backgrounds.

Built–in cloud storage. SkyDrive is now the default location for saving documents. So you always have your files wherever you go, even when you’re offline. And with the included SkyDrive app, you can manage both local files and SkyDrive files in one place.

Fast, full-screen browsing. When you get Windows 8.1 Preview, you also get to check out the new Internet Explorer. Internet Explorer 11 Preview is built for touch, with faster load times, a full-screen experience that includes side-by-side browsing of your sites, and real-time info delivered on your Start screen through live tiles for your favorite sites.