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  1. For DKIM Google Suite setup... Regarding SPF... Use Google Toolbox (Check MX) Tool. If it doesn't report an SPF error/warning you should be ok. With that said, I do have include: _spf.google.com to my TXT domain record.
  2. For others who may be interested... You should be aware more than 10 spf lookups will cause an error, "FAIL". If you get a "FAIL" reduce the lookups. You should enable DKIM on your domain for additional security. IMPORTANT: Google may show "FAIL" even though it's correct. This is because they are forcing providers to move up to 2048 encryption. For now, if you have 1024 encryption you are good.
  3. Followup to this comment... 4.5 is now running on https://invisioncommunity.com/. I'm sure they are still tweaking before finalizing. But, I figured we can start testing for history... 😀
  4. We are not alone. Problems with Google May 2020 Update ?? stackexchange got hit hard... avsforum.com got hit hard... Many UGC Communities (forums) got hit... Pinterest posts displaying everywhere... You can read more about it here... https://www.seroundtable.com/google-may-2020-core-update-mess-up-29508.html Have you seen any improvements/declines on your end? We took a hit. Traffic still down.
  5. Some updates @AlexWebsites May 12: Google May 2020 Update: What We Learned May 13: Links, AI & the Google May 2020 Update
  6. Every site is not the same. Back in March, Google made some changes after the WHO made their "pandemic" announcement. Basically, a lot of traffic went to higher authority sites. We took a hit. Google made changes again mid-April, our traffic was back. Then on May 5th, traffic dropped again due to the May 4th Google Core Update. The last time they had a Core Update was back in January. Since then our traffic has been down. There will be more chatter by end of week as to what this update is about. Early chatter suggest this may be as big as the Medic update.
  7. Facebook (like Twitter) is a necessary evil. Diversifying traffic sources is important these days - especially since Google started making so many changes to their algo. They are part of our traffic channels. eg. organic search, social media, email, etc To answer your question, they'll be around for many years. They are not going anywhere. Social media (specifically facebook) drives more traffic to site vs our transactional email. But, that's because we have over 1 million followers (across 2 large fb pages).
  8. We're experiencing a downturn in traffic as well since the start of the May 2020 algo update. It'll take about 2 weeks to complete so I'm hoping for a turnaround by end of month.
  9. I'll see what I can do for the next update.
  10. I've been looking for something "usable for readers" (especially for the sidebar) and the TOPIC ACTIVITY block is it. THANK YOU! What really stands out for me is that active members are the focus (making them shine). Basically, it's all about the members. eg. Top Posters, Popular Posts If you want your community to succeed, that's the way to do it. Make your members STAND OUT.
  11. This will truly be helpful for those who love to customize their pages. Very helpful. Thank you. Can I request that TAGS get added as a widget for use on Pages (not just database but standalone pages)? More info here...
  12. We used something similar in my vbulletin days. It was a plugin that allowed us to group tags (synonyms). LOVED IT. Even if they started small (with tags first) ... it will still be a HUGE win for us. I'm guessing Taxonomies will be available in IPS 5.0.
  13. I love the new look; overall changes. Hopefully, overall DOM size has been reduced. Have you guys tested and compared speed improvements between 4.xxx and 4.5? Mobile? Desktop? Mobile should be just as fast as desktop (or close to it). I believe Google PageSpeed/Lighthouse default tests speed are Fast 3G/Slow 4G. That's definitely not the case with the current Forums site. HUGE difference. Yes, we all know that it's not the same as the default platform or how each site will run. But, it is the first thing that potential customers will experience/test. I'll attach
  14. I can't wait to get my hands on 4.5!
  15. Most ad partners will just approve your domains across the board (unless one is against TOS). I haven't run into any issues with ad partners approving domains and I've been doing this for a long time. For the most part, you will use key-values to target specific forums/pages on your site. This is usually associated with Direct Sales. eg. someone wants to target your ABC, MNO, and XYZ forums on your site. Key-values allows you to do just that. Placements are not required.
  16. I'm sorry. I missed this. You can target via key-values. eg. url = domain.com eg. url = /this-is-a-specific-page/ eg. page = "This is a specific page title" Yes, I use sizeMapping.
  17. @AlexWebsites In the beginning, it was best to keep them separate but we no longer have to do that. The tools available to us today helps us to keep things simple. We just have 1 set of ad units for all sites. Today, it's simple to do reports based URLs (sites), key-values (ie. URLs, Page, Usergroup...), etc. TIPS: If you have AdX and Adsense, make sure AdX is set to "Default for Dynamic Allocation" (Admin > Linked Accounts) (Just make sure because some accounts that had Adsense approved before AdX may have Adsense set to Dynamic Allocation. If this happens
  18. These are FANTASTIC new features!! One thing that's missing is the UPDATE DATE. There are many old evergreen topics that are getting updated (for SEO reasons). Having the UPDATE DATE clearly visible tells the reader that the content was recently updated.
  19. It doesn't. This is a set and forget value. If you want to change the value per a switch (opt in/out) you'll need to do this programmatically. (You or someone you hire will need to create a function/plugin for this.)
  20. If you are seeing a downturn in organic traffic it's likely due to Google adjusting their algorithm for the COVID-19 crisis. No need to go crazy making changes thinking that something is wrong with your site. They are basically trying to control MISINFORMATION by increasing the weight of authority signals. (This is something they did last year. You can easily look it up.)
  21. This is what I call a perfectly timed article. 👍
  22. I agree with the study ... working remotely is more productive. Plus, a company can save thousands of dollars. eg. rent, utilities, etc To make it work... Have weekly meetings. Use a work/project management tool such as Asana, Trello, etc. (A history of activity is very important. Not just for you but coworkers, groups, managers, CEO, etc) Make sure you take time off. At the same time, make sure you are working. (This is really hard for people who are working remotely for the first time.) Stay active in life - otherwise, you will gain wait. Do a Spartan Race
  23. This may help you get started... unified_first-price_auction_best_practices.pdf
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