Do you have a WordPress Blog?

Thursday, September 15th, 2011

Matt Cutts of Google confirmed the new notifications via Twitter saying, “we’re kicking off a fresh run to inform webmasters with out-of-date/insecure versions of WordPress.”

WordPress blogs are known to be targets for hackers and Google knows this. If you keep your WordPress blog updated to the latest security patches, a hack is less likely to happen. Google feels it is a good idea to remind WordPress blog owners to update their blogs to prevent hacks, malware injections – which can all lead to a site being removed from the Google index.

The latest WordPress version is 3.2.1, if you’re not up to date your losing rankings in Google as you read this message, some servers will allow you to click the “please update now” link at the top of your Dashboard but most secure servers require you to download from WordPress download page and FTP the new version up to your server. BEWARE, replacing versions can crash your current database, make sure you have backed up your current database.

If you are not sure how to perform these tasks please contact your webmaster or Doug Levy Designs can help you!

Doug Levy

Can you help me with my quest for information

Saturday, August 20th, 2011

Your feed back would be greatly appreciated.  When you perform a search on Google or an other search engine and you see a paid ad right at the top of the page, but you also see a link with the same name from the non paid links which one do you click on?

The reason for this question is my research shows were getting more clicks from the non paid organic search than the top line 1 paid ad. “Which costs about $3.00 per click.

So the next time you serachc please let me know which link you choose.

You can contact me at or just post to Facebook.

Thank you,

Doug Levy

ICANN Votes to Open the Domain Name Floodgates

Tuesday, August 16th, 2011

Internet domain name overlords ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) have voted on and approved today to open up the world of domain endings to include just about anything a person’s heart desires. The margin was 13-1 with two abstaining.

Generic top-level domains (gTLDs) are currently limited to 22 across the internet. They include your basic .com, .org and .net as well as some more specific endings you have probably seen around the interwebs like .uk and .eu.

Now, the ICANN will be lifting almost all the restrictions on gTLDs. Read More Here at To learn more about “gTLDs” Read Here

What does this all mean? It means it’s going to cost you more money to protect your domain name or BRAND. The internet if full of Squatters, which are companies that find similar domains to yours, It’s like holding a domain ransom an example is a site called  “, I have been getting e-mails wanting them to BID on “ and, and not for your typical $15.00 more like $100’s to $1000’s

Most businesses get there domain name, have there site built and accept whatever business they get from it, the smart ones hire firms like Doug Levy Designs to maintain and update there site on a weekly or monthly basis and to help protect them from this ever changing internet. There return is far greater than your basic online business.  Doug Levy Designs is always looking for ways to improve our clients ROI and protecting similar domains is a big part of it.

If you would like to know more please e-mail us at or follow our RSS feed to keep up on the latest Internet Marketing News.

Doug Levy

Facebook is up to it’s old tricks

Wednesday, August 10th, 2011

Once again Facebook has decided to display your information without warning! Mobile phone numbers are now displaying in your contact list ( friends list). If you would like to stop them once again your directions are below.
Go to the top right of the screen > click ACCOUNT.
> click CONTACTS (left side)
You will see that all numbers from your phone (FB friends or not) are published.
TO REMOVE, click on “this page.” (on the right column).
If you need any assistance you can contact me at

Doug Levy

Google Plus Has Circles

Sunday, July 31st, 2011

Google Plus Has Circles – Google+ Circles is an attempt to address that challenge. The HTML5 system allows users to drag-and-drop their friends into different social circles for friends, family, classmates, co-workers and other custom groups. Users can drag groups of friends in and out of these circles.

What a concept I can choose who I want to share items with, which means that every friend, relative and most important client does NOT get to see that my friend was eating at PF Chang’s! Once again keep your eye on Google, they might make Facebook the next MySpace!

Stay tuned for more updates,

Doug Levy