Check out the video guide below on how to get started with G Suite:

Stay tuned for the follow up video with details specific to using G Suite apps without using Google Chrome.

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What exactly is a Denial Of Service (DoS) attack and what can you do if your website is under attack? Read on to learn more about what these online attacks are and perhaps more importantly, how to handle being attacked.

A Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) is an attack on a network which is developed to bring it to a halt. This is done by sending useless traffic to a particular service/port on a server. The amount of traffic sent would overwhelm the service, so that genuine traffic would be dropped or overlooked.

DDoS attacks have evolved from the basic DoS attacks that were in the wild in 1997. These attacks stem from one source and can emerge from 100's of areas around the world. The most noticeable attacks were those in February 2000, where high traffic sites (eBay/Amazon/Yahoo/CNN/Buy.Com/Datek/ZDNet)

The following are different kinds of attacks.

Smurfing: The perpetrator sends out a large amount of ICMP echo traffic at IP Broadcast addresses, all of it having actually a spoofed source address of a victim. This increases the traffic by the variety of hosts.
Fraggle: This is the cousin of the smurf attack. This attack uses UDP echo packets in the very same was as the ICMP echo traffic.
Ping Flood: The offender attempts to disrupt service by sending ping request straight to the victim.
Syn Flood: Exploiting the defect in the TCP three-way handshake, the perpetrator will create connection requests targeted at the victim. These requests are made with packets of unreachable source addresses. The server/device is not able to complete the connection and as a result the server winds up using most of its network resources aiming to acknowledge each SYN.
Land: The perpetrator sends out a created package with the same source and destination IP address. The victims system will be confused and crash or reboot.
Teardrop: The perpetrator sends out 2 fragments that can not be reassembled properly by controling the balanced out worth of the package and trigger a reboot or stop of the victim's system.
Bonk: This attack usually affects Windows OS machines. The offender sends corrupted UDP Packets to DNS port 53. The system gets puzzled and crashes.
Boink: This resembles the Bonk attack; accept that it targets several ports instead of just 53.
Worming: The worm sends a big quantity of data to remote servers. It then confirms that a connection is active by trying to get in touch with a website outside the network. If effective, an attack is initiated. This would be in conjunction with a mass-mailing of some sort.
With the current TCP/IP implementation, there is little that companies can do to prevent their network from being DDoSed. Some companies can be proactive and ensure all their systems are patched and are only running services they need. Carrying out, Egress/Ingress filtering and make it possible for logging on all routers will disable some DDoS attacks.
If the packet's source IP address comes from inside the subnet that the router serves, then the package is forwarded. If the packet has an unlawful source address, then the package is merely dropped.

For those that prefer watching a video over good old fashioned reading, then check out the great video below that explains DDoS Attacks in a easy to digest visual format.

 

By now you will have come to learn that DDoS attacks are very difficult to stop and trace. Numerous dedicated server companies will merely disconnect the server that is being attacked until the attack has actually stopped but this however is not a real solution. Once an attack is spotted hosts must engage their upstream service providers right away. For those looking to halt an on-going DDoS attack or better yet, to proactively mitigate potential denial or service attacks themselves then we recommend using a third-party service such as CloudFlare or Sucuri. Both options provide world-class web security solutions similar to WebARX (which we spoke about last article) but with the added service of DDoS protection. Here at Raven Web Services we actively use Sucuri to mitigate DDoS attacks and have had great success using their security suite.

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Almost anything we do here at Raven Web Services starts with security as our first thought and for good reason. In our last article we spoke about why you needed website security and now we continue past the introductions and get into the good stuff. This article will cover WebARX, a powerful set of website security tools that we use for the large majority of our clients because it has the most bang for the buck (in our opinion).

This article gives a step-by-step tutorial on how to secure a WordPress site with WebARX. If you care about your business you need protection from hackers and for this, you need to have a complete overview of your site, the first line of defence, and an intelligence system that will let you know when there’s a risk and how to eliminate it.

In under three minutes (and with no technical knowledge), you can connect the WebARX plugin to your WordPress site and have your site protected.

Here's a complete list of WebARX Features:

And below is the step-by-step tutorial about how to secure a WordPress site with WebARX .

Login to the WebARX Portal

The first step is to make an account in WebARX Portal. You can start the sign-up process by clicking here.

If you have an account in GitHub, LinkedIn or Google, you can easily sign-up via these options but you can also sign-up using your email.

If you have already made an account you can log in by clicking the option on the very bottom or you can click here.

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Add your website

The very first thing after signing up to WebARX Portal will be adding your first WordPress site. To secure your WordPress site you should click the blue button “+Add new website“.

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You can add more than one site by adding one website URL per row. Make sure your websites are written correctly. When you have added your site(s) then click “Add new websites“.

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After you have added your site it will take roughly 10 minutes before data starts showing up on the dashboard and on the individual site view page. In order to see data of a specific site, scroll down on the dashboard and click on your site in the sites overview table.

Installing the Firewall to your WordPress site

Now to the next step – downloading the plugin to your WordPress site.

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For downloading and enabling *WebARX Firewall click on the white slider under ‘FIREWALL’. And you should see a page like that:

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Now click the gray icon, to download your plugin. Make sure you check where do you download the .ZIP file so you could easily find it later when you add it on your WordPress site.

Here you’ll have two options:

  1. Install the plugin automatically by entering your WordPress login information. (Keep in mind that we don’t store your login information on our servers, it is directly and securely used to install WebARX on your site.) If you have installed the plugin allow it to configure itself by waiting 5 to 15 minutes before everything is synchronized with the portal.
  2. Do it manually by clicking “I want to install the plugin manually.”If you choose to do it manually then continue with the tutorial, if not go directly to “Great, now you’re protected with WebARX!”

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Now log in to your WordPress site

The next step is to log in to your WordPress site. At the menu on the left click on Plugins, press Add New and then click on Upload Plugin.

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Installing the plugin is really simple. Click on “Choose file” and select the .ZIP file you downloaded from the Portal earlier. Then click “Install Now”.

As the final step, you only need to click “Activate Plugin” which will connect your website with WebARX. It will configure everything automatically and enable a dashboard widget so you can see logs and statistics on your WordPress dashboard.

Great, now you’re protected with WebARX!

If you followed every step – your website is now connected and protected with a Web Application Firewall.

The Web Application Firewall is updated in real time and it will be updated against the latest threat signatures automatically. It will block malicious traffic, hacking attempts and even spam. It can sometimes be surprising how many attacks are actually made and how many different IP addresses try to find weaknesses on the website.

You can see from the single site view – Firewall logs, Activity logs, and Software. This is where you can see if someone has tried to attack your site or who has logged in. Software tab will show you what software is installed and if any of them are vulnerable or known to be exploited.

Our next article will cover our favourite website security heavyweight, which also happens to be our go-to solution for high-traffic websites that get a lot of bad attention. I am talking about DDoS protection and for there are only really only two names to mention when it comes to that, so check back next time to find out what company Raven Web Services uses for DDoS protection and why.

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Who should be concerned about website security?

Website Owners

First and foremost, it’s imperative website owners concern themselves with the security of their website. Responsibility falls on the website owner to protect their projects and business. However, it has been identified that webmasters can be the weakest link in the website security chain. If someone has a website and does not consider security, this person often does not implement the security layers to protect their website from a compromise or security breach. Having a website security platform in place will significantly reduce both the risk of a website hack and the burden of responsibility the website owner has on their shoulders.

Website Developers

Website developers tend to share the responsibility of website security with the website owners. Many owners believe that the developers should not only create a website, but also maintain and secure it. We can extend this category to anybody who manages or works with a website at any moment – whether they are the initial website developer, a contributor, or someone who just performs occasional maintenance – they need to consider security, early and often.

Website Service Providers

If you offer any website services, you need to think about website security in terms of either protecting your own website and business, or having a viable solution to offer your customers.

Website service providers include:

Even though the main responsibility of website security protection falls on the website owner, the expectation of having a worry-free project falls on the web service provider. As a web service provider, you are the trusted party and first point of contact with the ability to impact your client’s online security posture the most. It’s incumbent upon you to ensure the advocacy of website security and not just the delivery of core services. As a web service provider, you are not in a position to ignore security because it has such a big effect on what you do and for the overall ecosystem you work on. Having a proactive approach to website security can give you peace of mind. Accounting for security at the beginning of a project benefits everything related to your websites.

Implications of a Security Breach

Brand Reputation

When talking about the impacts of a website compromise, you would be wise to be especially concerned about your brand reputation. Regardless of your business, you have a brand. Whether you realize it or not, and regardless of the size of your audience, trust is an important piece of the puzzle. It can take years to build a brand and literally minutes to lose it. A hacked website is notorious for destroying trust, which ultimately jeopardizes your brand reputation.

Financial Loss

Another vital implication of a website hack is economic impact. If business is lost due to a website compromise, there is always some sort of financial loss. Even a brochure site can drive business to a physical location, and if that website is not available for the customer, then the client is going to lose money.

Emotional Distress

The cost of a website compromise goes far beyond monetary. Some factors of a compromise can never truly be appreciated until they are experienced. These include the emotional toll of not knowing what just happened; the hours spent arguing with hosting providers, developers, and security professionals; the fear of missing something during remediation; the fear of being online at all, or of using technology as a whole. All this is exasperated by one simple thought: “Why didn’t I take precautions?”. As surreal as these may sound, they are all very real costs of a hack. The money can be the easiest part to account for. It is the non-monetary impact that catches everyone off guard. The message we want to convey is: Are you emotionally and mentally prepared for a hack? Is your business prepared to be taken offline, or worse?

Blacklists

In the context of websites, blacklisting refers to the process of search engines removing a website from their index. Webmasters pay close attention to this because when blacklisted, a site loses nearly 95% of its organic traffic, which can quickly impact sales and revenue. Most often, the website owner is not even aware that they have been hacked. However, it is in the search engine’s best interest not to show infected results, as they do not want to lose users if these results can harm their computers, or even steal their personal information. For the same reason, many antivirus programs also blacklist dangerous websites. Blacklisting is a big problem because it can take days for authorities to review and remove security warnings from a blacklisted site. This only emphasizes the importance of preventive measures, such as having a Website Application Firewall (WAF) active that protects a website.

The Real Cost of a Security Breach for Agencies

If you do not have a solid security plan in place, the cost to you can be huge:

That is why we highly advise you to add website security as part of all your business plans, so that each website can be protected.

Stay tuned for our next scheduled post to learn more detailed information on how to get premium online security services for yourself.

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Recently the results of some brilliant research conducted by the clever people at Ahrefs was published on their blog and it painted a pretty clear picture of what SEO actually costs in 2018. To help everyone we know better understand the costs of search engine optimization in this day and age we will give a summary of the article here and for those of you looking for the full details we also provide the source article at the end of our summary.

The Research

This data was collected through a survey of 350 Agencies, Consultants, and Freelancers in the SEO industry and Ahrefs manually reviewed every submission to remove duplicates, spam and anonymous submissions. They also promoted beyond their own audience (they have a large following in the SEO industry already), so they definitely reached a broad range of SEOs with this survey. The results provided insight related to hourly rates, monthly retainer rates and per-project fees.

Key Findings

This information should give anyone seeking SEO services a strong idea of what to expect as far as costs go but for anyone looking to get the finer details of the survey are encourage to check out the original article on the Ahrefs Blog.

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Why Shopify? (the short version)

The ecommerce platform made for you
Shopify is the world’s leading multi-channel commerce platform, powering more than 400,000 businesses who have collectively sold more than $34 billion worth of products online or in-person.
A home for your business - ​Fully customizable website, online store, and blog.
Limitless potential - ​Unlimited bandwidth, product inventory, and customer data.
Sell anywhere your customers are - ​Multiple sales channels like Amazon, Facebook,
Pinterest, and more.
Store management made easy - ​24/7 award-winning customer support .
Rest easy knowing your business is safe - ​Industry leading security and reliability with
256-bit SSL certificates, Level-1 PCI compliance, and 99.9% uptime.

Here at Raven Web Services we have been involved in developing all kinds of websites and have seen a steady increase in the demand for sites with ecommerce capabilities. Even though the large majority of our website projects are built on the world's leading content management system (WordPress), this is not always the best fit for everyone. If you already have an existing WordPress site than by all means, check out Woocommerce, not only is it made by the same brilliant minds behind the super popular WordPress platform but it is a powerful and highly flexible solution for those looking to add online sales functionality. The most glaring drawback to using Woocommerce is that it has the same problem that WordPress itself has, it is not nearly as intuitive as Shopify and as such it is not as easy to setup for those who are already experienced and proficient with the WordPress platform. This makes Shopify the best option for any DIY (do-it-yourself) ecommerce project. Read on to find out even more about Shopify and why we recommend it to anyone looking to setup an online store themselves.

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Why Shopify? (the detailed version)

Shopify is dedicated to streamlining the ecommerce experience for both merchants and their customers, by offering a robust and easy-to-use platform that is constantly evolving to stay at the forefront of an ever-changing industry.

Below is a set of key benefits and core features that you can expect from Shopify.

A home for your brand

Shopify is completely agnostic to design and front end technology. With full storefront customization, no product limits, powerful analytics, and much more — Shopify isn’t just a house for your business and brand, but can be designed into a permanent home.

Store management made easy

Their hassle-free, merchant-focused ecommerce management system means you can smoothly operate your store — with minimal training and support. You can even amplify your business success with access to Shopify's award-winning 24/7 support network, in-depth documentation, online forums, and educational content from their Ecommerce University.

Sell anywhere their customers are

Shopify offers more sales channels, payment gateways, and integration products than any other ecommerce provider, offering you a unified platform to sell anywhere your customers are now — or will be in the future. From Amazon and Pinterest, to Messenger and Shopify POS, you can check out all Shopify’s sales channels on the Shopify App Store.

Rest easy knowing your business is safe

Shopify incorporates industry-leading security features into every product, like 256-bit SSL certificates, Level-1 PCI compliance, and 99.9% uptime with 24/7 monitoring — allowing you to breathe easy knowing your business, and customers, are always protected.

Enhanced customization with Shopify Apps

Shopify proudly boasts more than 1,500 apps that allow merchants to build their businesses the way they want them to perform. These added benefits from apps include:
● Additional functionality to your storefront, like product reviews, pop-ups, chat functionality, and more.
● Extend the power of Shopify’s admin, like enhanced reporting, shipping options, inventory management, and more.
● Integrate with the most popular third-party business software, like MailChimp, Quickbooks, Xero, and more.

These are just a handful of the technical and business features that make Shopify the perfect solution for anyone's needs. You can review a full list of Shopify’s online store features, as well as their pricing structures, on their website Shopify.com.

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What does an SEO agency do? Do I even need SEO services? Read on to get the answers.

As a professional Webmaster, everything I do directly or indirectly revolves around SEO. Things in the internet marketing industry change often, (algorithms, expectations, technology, etc) but one thing remains the same, almost no one outside the SEO field even knows what SEO companies do! Business owners and friends alike ask me three questions when they find out that I work in digital marketing and that I am constantly preaching SEO as a primary factor in any solid online marketing strategy:

"What Is SEO?"

“What does an SEO agency actually do?”

“Do I need SEO services for my business?”

First things first, SEO is the common abbreviation for Search Engine Optimization and is the process of getting traffic from the “free,” “organic,” “editorial” or “natural” search results on search engines such as Google and Bing.

Since SEO is so necessary for any sort of online marketing success I would like to explain exactly what a SEO company (or at least one like mine) actually does.

What should an SEO company really do?

Many people don’t even understand what goes on at an SEO agency, but after reading this article hopefully they have a better idea of how much a decent SEO company or freelancer is actually doing for their clients.

Hiring a legitimate SEO agency is important to any business because over 90 percent of online experiences begin with a search engine, and almost 50 percent of people click on one of the first three listings they see in the search results.

I said a “legitimate” SEO company because in the online world there are two general types of SEO: black-hat SEO and white-hat SEO. White-hat SEO gains search rankings based on actual hard work and data. Black-hat SEO involves shady methods that can get you to the top, but not for long—and these tactics are are usually damaging to your long-term presence (more on that later).

What goes into white-hat SEO? Well, there are a couple hundred factors that go into what makes a page rank high in the search results, but the ones that matter the most (and the ones white-hat SEO revolves around) are:

Services that should be included when you hire a SEO agency

The factors mentioned above are influenced by a few key SEO services, any good SEO company should at least include the following services:

Website structure analysis

Google and the other major search engines primarily want sites designed for users rather than search engines but it still needs to be structured properly for the engines to read if you ever want to get those users to begin with. Things an SEO looks for include:

Content analysis

Checking out the content you already have on your site can help to diagnose a number of issues related to:

Your website content is the most important thing you can have since it’s what will attract visitors and convert them to leads. So having an idea of the content you already have helps determine how to structure the plans for your website strategy. Performing a keyword analysis is very useful for finding good opportunities to rank higher and connect with more customers.

Off-page analysis

Much of the SEO success will actually take place off your website, on review sites, industry blogs, online directories, and more. The good news about that is that if you’re really popular online or have lots of awesome reviews from past customers, it’s easy to rank really well for your targetted keywords. The bad news however is that most small companies aren’t that popular and some may have more negative reviews than positive, no matter how good their services really are.

So, once your entire website has been audited, turn the attention to what people are saying about you. This includes finding mentions of your site across the web and seeing what can be adjusted to your advantage. If there are negative reviews, respond to them and hopefully make amends with the customer. The goal is for you to have a reputable online presence that users trust and we use the following tools to get there:

You would be surprised by how theses little things can make a difference when you’re trying to expand your web presence online.

Optimizing code and site structure:

If your site code and structure is in already good then it's likely it will only need a few minor tweaks. If your site needs more of an overhaul then an SEO team will optimize your site code and structure but more importantly, they should:

Optimizing on-page content

Content is king but when it comes to maintaining a website, it’s not just a one-off job. You can’t just create landing pages and assume that’s all there is to it. To consistently drive highly desirable organic traffic to your website, you need to constantly be creating new, meaningful content as well as regularly optimizing the existing pages on your website. A legit SEO agency will:

Optimizing off-page factors

Off-site presence is just as important as any of the on-site factors. A SEO company will work to:

Continued analysis

SEO is more than just making the previously mentioned changes to your website. Making all those changes would be pointless if the data is not analyzed. Collecting data and understanding what is means is the central component in a good SEO's workflow, throughout this process they will:

Should you hire an SEO company?

If you meet any of the following requirements listed below, then you need to hire an SEO company:

How do you find the right SEO company for your needs?

An SEO partnership is a long-term relationship, so you need to be sure of who you’re choosing. Remember the black-hat techniques mentioned earlier in this article, you are definitely going to want to avoid those at all cost.

You can certainly find promises that claim to give you some or all of these but you’ll regret it later when the results aren’t what you expected.

How to spot a black hat SEO

Red flags should go up anytime an SEO expert makes claims about getting results in X amount of time. The SEOs that give the industry a bad name use “churn and burn” practices, generally involving cheating the search engine rankings by:

In some cases these techniques do work but the problem is that Google slowly shuts them down. If you have never used black hat SEO on your website you have nothing to worry about but if you have you should strongly consider working with a reputable SEO agency that can help clean up your site so you don’t risk the chance of getting penalized by Google.

Also don't do business with someone that insists on owning the copyrights to the meta data they create, edit, or analyze. If they have this right assigned to them, they can legally bar you from using it if you choose to discontinue their services.

What to ask SEO agencies before hiring

Before hiring anyone, do a little research. If lots of people have had issues with a SEO service provider then there is cause for concern. The following questions can also be very helpful for finding a good fit for your business:

Hopefully this article will help you find the right SEO company that is a good fit with you and your organization. If you happen to be looking to hire someone for SEO then please consider Raven Web Services.

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If you have a business, especially operating locally, claiming your Google My Business profile should be a no-brainer. Not only it is FREE it’s a fantastic opportunity to optimize yourself on search and control what prospective customers see when they search for your business.

Let’s show an example… If I’m looking for a local restaurant to visit, I head over to Google and type ‘restaurants in Falkirk’. The first thing I see is a map and the 3 of the top restaurants in the area.

I don’t even have to visit the websites, I can click onto the listing to find – the address, opening times, read reviews, get directions and view photos. If the business has claimed their listing, it will also show website links, images of the interior, staff, links to menus and reservations.

Claiming Your Google My Business Listing

If you’re an established business your details may already be listed on Google Maps. Google will sometimes generate and display basic information about your business pulled from other sources. However, problems can arise when the data is taken from out of date sources. Resulting in the wrong address, phone number and opening times displaying.

To ensure all your business information is accurate you can claim your free listing. By claiming ownership you can log in at any time to update your details, add new images, post articles and links to your website and respond to reviews.

How to claim your listing

Go to https://business.google.com/create and fill in your business information. If a listing for your business is already available, you can follow the steps to claim and you’ll be asked to ‘verify’ that you are the business owner. Verification is done by phone instantly or by snail mail, you’ll receive a postcard from Google with a code that you enter into the account.

Adding a new listing

If you’re a new business or can’t find your business details, you can set up a new listing.

How To Optimize Your Listing

An optimised Google My Business listing can help boost your local SEO strategy. By managing and controlling the information that people see about your business when they search for your products and services.

So, how do you optimise your listing?

Accurate contact information
Keep your business contact details including phone number, address and website up-to-date. A customer may type your business name into Google and call the number shown without visiting your website. If the number is wrong, that’s a barrier to getting an enquiry or sale.

Opening hours
Wondering why Saturdays are always quiet – fewer customers through the door? Have you checked your opening hours are listed correctly on Google? Always ensure your opening hours are accurate.

Photos and Videos
Enhance your listing by uploading photos and videos of your premises, staff, products and work. Giving potential customers a glimpse into your business can help them decide to shop with you.

Posts
You can post updates, offers and events which are display on your search and map listing. It can also be a great opportunity to share your latest blog posts.

Google My Business is a brilliant free tool that you can utilize and optimize to give your customers to most relevant information about your business. If you’d like help to regularly update and optimize your listing, get in touch to ask about how we can help.

 

Original Article: How To Claim, Setup & Optimise Your Free Google My Business Listing

 

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Here’s five often forgotten search engine optimization tasks that can help boost your rankings and were observed from around the web recently:

Many SEMs tend to get wrapped up in content creation and link building as ways to push rankings. While these SEO tasks are important and crucial to the success of a website, there are other smaller tasks that are equally important and will have similar impact.

While these won’t replace link building or content creation, they can supplement your monthly SEO tasks to grow even further.

Disavow Bad Backlinks

Not all backlinks are created equally. If you have a lot of backlinks from low quality websites will hurt you. You might have not created those links, or even known where they came from, but it doesn’t matter. Google is an algorithm, they are indiscriminate about who they flag for bad backlinks.

Using Google’s Search Console or tools like SEM Rush / Moz can help you find out what sites are linking to you. If there are a lot of questionable ones, disavow them with the Google disavow tool.

Create Videos (Then Optimize Them)

The vast majority of internet traffic comes from video. If you are looking for SEO signals from Google, having engagement on YouTube helps them know that your content is of high value. So start making video content to grow the diversity of your content, but don’t forget to optimize it like you would your blogs.

Take the time to write a helpful description and include links to your website where folks can learn more. The same rules of “internal linking” apply even when the content is hosted on YouTube.

Leverage Your Best Content

We’ve all got that one blog that gets tons of traffic. So how are you leveraging it to keep it strong and then converting? Are you writing supporting blogs that are canonicalized to show Google that this is the most important piece of content in that subject matter? These kind of internal linking strategies can help showcase content that will convert users and meet the goals of SEO, which are more sales.

Steal From Your Competitors

Do you have a competitor who’s got content that you’d like to rank for? Steal the idea. Just do a better job of creating that similar content. If they have 4 outbound links, do 5 better ones. If they have generic examples and images, use higher quality and more useful ones. “Real artists steal” isn’t just for designers, marketers can leverage their competitor’s work to help themselves too.

Focus on Accessibility

Alt image tags aren’t just for Google, you know. Lots of people use these tools every day to help them use the internet. The benefit is now two fold. Not only do you get to have your website be more useable for folks with impairments, Google won’t be too upset with it either.

Why? It’s reading your website in a similar way as a lot of screen readers. So those descriptive tags, and easy navigation items that you were primarily using to help those who need it, now help the search engines navigate your site better.

Conclusion

There will never be a replacement for link building and page optimization, but these items can enhance your links and content by rounding out your SEO strategy. There are tons of other things you can do, but these simple SEO tasks will help you get where you need to go in the search engines with less effort.

 

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Here’s some sweet Instagram tricks that were observed from around the web recently:

General Instagram hacks

1. Stop seeing posts and/or Stories from specific accounts you follow

Mute annoying users without the risk of offending them with an unfollow.

How to do it:

  1. Tap the … icon in the corner of a post from the account you want to mute
  2. Click mute
  3. From there, you can choose whether to mute posts, or mute posts and Stories from the account
  4. You can also mute posts and Stories by pressing and holding on a Story in your tray, or from a profile

2. Rearrange the order of your filters

Put your most-used filters up front for faster posting.

How to do it:

  1. When posting a photo or video, go to Filter
  2. Scroll to the end of your filters and tap Manage
  3. Press and hold the three line icon next to each filter on the left-hand side of the screen to rearrange the order of your filters
  4. Check or uncheck the circles next to each filter on the right-hand side of the screen to hide or unhide filters
  5. Click Done to save your settings

3. See all the posts you’ve liked

Looking for inspiration? Why not review what’s already inspired you.

How to do it:

  1. Go to your profile
  2. Tap the gear icon on iOS or the three dots on Android to go to Options
  3. Tap Posts You’ve Liked

4. Clear your search history

Don’t let anyone who has access to your phone know how obsessed you are with your frenemies.

How to do it:

  1. Tap your profile image icon to go to your profile
  2. Tap the gear icon on iOS or the three dots on Android to go to Options
  3. Scroll to the bottom, then tap Clear Search History

5. Hide specific search queries

Permanently remove specific searches (accounts, hashtags, places, etc.) from appearing in the search bar.

How to do it:

  1. Tap the magnifying glass icon to visit the search page
  2. Tap the search bar at the top of the screen
  3. Tap and hold the search you’d like to hide from your history (below Top or Recent), then tap Hide

6. Get notifications when your favorite users post new content

Never miss a post from your favorite people and brands!

How to do it:

  1. Visit the the profile page of the account you’d like to get notifications for
  2. Tap the three dots icon in the upper right-hand corner of the screen
  3. Select Turn on Post Notifications
  4. Note: If you’ve changed your mind, the option to turn off notifications lives in the same spot.

7. Add and manage multiple accounts

You don’t need to log in and out to switch between accounts.

How to do it:

  1. Tap the person icon at the bottom of the screen to visit your profile
  2. Tap the gear icon on iOS or the three dots on Android to go to Options
  3. Scroll to the bottom and select Add Account
  4. Enter the username and password for the account you’d like to add
  5. Once you’ve added a second (or third, fourth, or fifth) account, the profile icon in the navigation bar will change from the silhouette of a person to your profile image
  6. To switch between accounts, go to your profile
  7. Tap your username at the top of the screen
  8. Tap the account you’d like to switch to

Note: You can add up to five accounts.

8. Pin your Instagram post to Pinterest

Pinterest isn’t listed as one of the network choices when sharing a post from Instagram, but there are workarounds for both Instagram mobile and desktop.

How to do it on mobile:

  1. Go to the post you’d like to Pin
  2. Tap the three dots icon located above your post to the right
  3. Select Copy Share URL to copy the post link to your clipboard
  4. Open the Pinterest app on your mobile device
  5. Tap on your profile image icon to visit your profile
  6. Tap the plus sign icon at the top right of the screen to add a new Pin
  7. An “Add a board or Pin” menu will appear, select Copied link
  8. Pinterest will automatically open the link saved to your clipboard
  9. Choose the image you’d like to Pin and finish posting as usual

How to do it on desktop:

  1. Visit Instagram.com and find the post you’d like to Pin
  2. Right click on the post and select Open Link in New Window

9. Delete comments

Whether you need to hide an offensive comment or erase a typo, deleting comments is easy.

How to delete your own comment:

  1. Tap the speech bubble icon beneath the post you commented on
  2. Find the comment you’d like to delete
  3. Swipe to the left over the comment
  4. Tap the trash can icon

How to delete another user’s comment on your post:

  1. Tap the speech bubble icon beneath the post containing the comment you’d like to delete
  2. Swipe to the left over the comment
  3. A partial swipe will bring up a trio of options, allowing you to reply, flag, or delete a comment
  4. Tap the trash can icon—or continue swiping to the left—to delete the comment

10. Filter and block comments based on keywords

Dealing with a social media troll? Comment controls allow you to filter and block comments containing specific keywords.

How to do it:

  1. Select your profile image icon to visit your profile
  2. Tap the gear icon on iOS or the three dots on Android to go to Options
  3. Choose Comment Controls
  4. This feature will hide comments that contain words or phrases that are often reported as offensive
  5. You can also choose to add your own list of custom keywords that you’d like hidden from your posts

11. Turn off comments on a particular post

How to do it:

  1. Begin posting a photo or video as usual
  2. When you reach the screen where you add a caption, location, and other tags, select Advanced Settings
  3. Toggle the Turn Off Commenting option on
  4. Note: you can change this setting even after a post has been published by going to the post, tapping the three dot icon above it, and selecting Turn On Commenting. You can also turn off comments on a previously published post by following these same steps.

12. Save and organize posts where only you can see them

The perfect hack for squirrelling away bits of inspiration. Or use this feature to keep tabs on your competitors.

How to do it:

  1. Go to a post you’d like to save
  2. Tap the bookmark icon underneath the post you want to save
  3. Add the post to an existing collection or tap the + icon to create and name a new one
  4. To see your saved posts and collections, visit your profile and tap the matching bookmark icon (next to the Photos of You icon) to go the Saved tab

13. Remove old posts from your profile without deleting them

This is possible thanks to Instagram’s archive feature.

How to do it:

  1. Tap … at the top of the post you want to remove
  2. Select Archive
  3. Tap the Archive icon in the top right corner of your profile to review all archived posts
  4. If you want to restore content to your public profile, simply tap Show on Profile at any time and it’ll show up in its original spot

14. Zoom in on a post

How to do it:

  1. Go to the post you’d like to zoom in on
  2. Pinch using two fingers and slowing the pull them farther apart
  3. Enjoy the details

Instagram hacks for photo and video sharing

15. Make your captions more readable with line breaks

If you favor the long-form caption a la National Geographic, this hack will make your posts more readable.

How to do it:

  1. Edit your photo and proceed to the caption screen
  2. Write your caption
  3. To access the Return key, tap the 123 key on your device’s keyboard
  4. Use Return to add breaks to your caption

Note: The breaks will start a new line, but not create the white space that you would see between two paragraphs. If you want a paragraph break, write out your caption in a note app and copy it to Instagram. To break up lines further, consider using punctuation, such as bullet points or dashes, to hold the place of an empty line.

16. Edit a friend’s photo and send it back to them

How to do it:

  1. When viewing a photo message from a friend, tap the camera icon at the bottom and capture a reply
  2. Your reply includes a sticker of what you’re replying to
  3. Move and resize it, and add your own twist with stickers, text and drawings

17. Use individual photos to make a larger one

Get creative and have fun with Instagram’s grid format.

How to do it:

  1. To share a #triplegram, simple share three related images consecutively so that they take up an entire line with a single unified look

18. Adjust the intensity of filters

For those who want something close to—but not quite—the #nofilter look.

How to do it:

  1. After uploading or taking a photo, tap the filter you’d like to use
  2. Tap the filter again to open edit options
  3. Use the sliding scale to adjust the intensity of the filter
  4. Tap Done to add the filter to your post and continue your edits

19. Upload or capture a post with multiple scenes

It’s an Instagram Story that never disappears!

How to upload a post with multiple photos and video clips:

  1. Tap the + icon in the navigation bar at the bottom of the screen
  2. Tap SELECT MULTIPLE on the Library tab
  3. Choose the photos and videos from your camera roll that you want to include in your Story
  4. Choose and edit your filters (you can choose a different filter for each photo or video or make it consistent across the entire post)
  5. Once you’ve selected your videos, you can tap to trim them or press and hold to reorder
  6. To delete a clip, drag it to the centre of the screen
  7. Finish your edits as usual and share your masterpiece

How to record a video with multiple clips:

  1. Tap the + icon at the bottom of the screen
  2. Tap Video
  3. Tap the circle icon to begin recording
  4. To take multiple clips, lift your finger off the circle icon to pause, then press and hold it when you want to begin recording again
  5. To delete a previous clip in your video, tap Delete, then tap again to confirm

20. Share videos without sound

If the audio is bad and/or doesn’t add to the viewing experience, you may as well remove so it’s not a distraction.

How to do it:

  1. Tap the + icon at the bottom of the screen to select the video you’d like to upload
  2. Tap Next
  3. Tap the volume control icon at the top of the screen to mute the video’s sound

Note: This can also be done in Instagram Stories. After recording a video, simply tap the volume control icon at the top of the screen to mute.

21. Save drafts for later

You’ve snapped the perfect shot and edited it to perfection, but the perfect caption eludes you. Save the post as a draft—with all your edits intact—and come back to it later.

How to do it:

  1. Tap the + icon at the bottom of the screen to shoot or upload a photo or video
  2. Edit the post as you like, adding filters, captions, tags, or a location
  3. Hit the < icon in the upper left-hand corner of the screen to go back to the editing screen
  4. Hit the < icon again
  5. A pop-up menu will appear, select Save Draft
  6. When you’re ready to continue with your edits and share your post, tap the + icon, then select Library
  7. A new DRAFTS section will now appear above CAMERA ROLL
  8. Tap your desired post, or select Manage to view all of your saved drafts

Note: To delete a post from your saved posts, select Manage to go to Drafts, then tap Edit. Select the posts you’d like to get rid of and tap Discard Posts at the bottom of the screen, then tap again to confirm.

22. Blur the background on a portrait photo

How to do it:

  1. Open the camera and select Focus among the options under the record button
  2. Take a selfie or switch to the rear-facing camera to snap a photo of someone else
  3. The subject will stay in focus while the background blurs

Note: this feature is only available on select Android devices, iPhone SE, 6S, 6S+, 7, 7+, 8, 8+, and X.

23. Request to join another user’s Live video (or encourage followers to join yours)

Brands can use this feature when partnering with other businesses or influencers for announcements, Instagram takeovers, and the like. Or, encourage your followers to join a live Q&A you’re hosting.

How to request to join a live video:

  1. When watching a live video, tap Request in the comments section
  2. You’ll see a confirmation when the user accepts and you’ll have a moment to prepare
  3. Once you’re live, the screen will split in half
  4. You can leave the live video at any time

How to accept a request from a follower to join your live video:

  1. When hosting your own live video, you’ll see a notification for each request in the comments section
  2. Tap View and then choose to add the requestor or cancel the request
  3. The icon with two smiley faces will have a red number showing how many requests you have
  4. Tap the icon, and you’ll see both requests and current viewers
  5. You can either accept a request or invite any viewer to join you. You can remove a guest and add someone else at any time

24. Save your live video

How to do it:

  1. After your live broadcast ends, tap Save in the upper right corner
  2. After saving, tap Done and your live video will be saved to your camera roll but will no longer be available in the app

Instagram Story hacks

25. Record video hands-free

How to do it:

  1. Swipe right from your home screen to open the Instagram Stories camera
  2. Swipe through the options at the bottom of the screen—normal, Boomerang, etc.—and stop at the HANDS-FREE recording option
  3. Tap the record button at the bottom of the screen to begin recording
  4. To stop recording, either let the maximum time run out or tap the capture button again

26. Add as much text as you want to posts in Stories

How to do it:

  1. Swipe right from your home screen to go to the Instagram Stories camera
  2. Snap an image or record a video
  3. Tap the screen to add text OR tap the Aa icon in the upper right-hand corner
  4. Write your desired text
  5. Tap the > icon
  6. Repeat as many times as needed to add more text

27. Change the color of individual letters or words in your text

How to do it:

  1. Swipe right from your home screen to go to the Instagram Stories camera
  2. Snap an image or record a video
  3. Tap the screen to add text OR tap the Aa icon in the upper right-hand corner
  4. Write your text as usual
  5. Press and hold on a word or individual letter to select and highlight
  6. Choose your desired color
  7. Continue editing and share as usual

28. Add multiple stickers to an Instagram Story post

How to do it:

  1. Swipe right from your home screen to go to the Instagram Stories camera
  2. Snap an image or record a video
  3. Tap the smiley face sticker icon in the upper right-hand corner
  4. Choose your desired sticker
  5. If desired, tap the sticker to cycle through multiple options (for example, with the temperature sticker you can choose between celsius and fahrenheit)
  6. Resize and place your sticker as desired
  7. Repeat steps 3 through 6 as many times as you want

29. Change the colors or info displayed on a sticker

How to do it:

  1. Select a sticker to add to your post
  2. Tap it for different color options, or, in the case of things like the temperature sticker, you can choose between celsius and fahrenheit

30. Share someone else’s post in your feed on Instagram Stories

The Instagram Story version of a regram—great for sharing user-generated content or giving a shoutout to another relevant brand or influencer.

How to do it:

  1. Click on the paper airplane icon below the post you want to share
  2. Tap Add post to your story
  3. The post will appear as a sticker with a custom background
  4. You can rotate, scale, move the sticker, and tap it to explore other styles
  5. Once you’re happy with how it looks, tap the Your Story button to add it to your post. The post will show original poster’s username. When someone taps the post, they’ll be able to see the original post and more content from the person who created it.

Note: You can only share posts from public accounts. If you don’t want your posts shared on Instagram Stories by other people, you can opt out in settings.

31. Share a song or album from Spotify on Instagram Stories

Show off how hip your brand is.

How to do it:

  1. Open the Spotify app
  2. Find the song or album you want to share
  3. Tap the three dots to open the options menu
  4. Scroll down and tap Share
  5. Tap Instagram Stories
  6. This will open the Instagram app and you can add a sticker, text, or doodle to the image of the album you’re sharing (if you’re sharing a specific song, the app will still display the album it’s on)
  7. Then tap Your Story to add the song

32. Mention other accounts in your Story

For brands, this is great way to give a shout-out to another business or showcase an influencer in a takeover.

How to do it:

  1. Swipe right to open the Instagram Stories camera
  2. Take a photo or video
  3. Tap anywhere on the screen OR tap the Aa icon in the upper right-hand corner to add text
  4. Use your keypad and type the @ symbol immediately followed by the username of the account you’d like to mention
  5. Select the correct account from the menu
  6. When you mention someone, they’ll get a notification letting them know they’ve been tagged, as well as a direct message from you that includes a preview of your Story

33. Save your entire Story to your camera roll

In case you want to publish it on a different channel at a later date.

How to do it:

  1. Open your Story
  2. Swipe up on the screen
  3. Tap the arrow in a circle icon in the top right corner of the screen
  4. Note: You can also save individual posts from your Story as you upload them by tapping the downward arrow icon in the bottom left corner of the screen. If you’ve already shared it, go to the photo or video you’d like to save, tap the three dots icon in the bottom right corner, and select Save Photo.

34. Share your Story to your profile

If your Story’s hot and you want everyone to see it—even those who don’t login during the 24 hours that it’s live—publish it on your profile.

How to do it:

  1. Open your Story
  2. Tap the three dots icon in the bottom right corner of the photo or video you’d like to share
  3. Tap Share as Post
  4. Edit—add filters, tags, a caption, etc.—and post as you normally would

35. Find out how your Story’s performing

Want to know how your Story’s doing? Check out this little-known feature to find out who’s watched it.

How to do it:

  1. Open your Story
  2. Swipe up on the screen
  3. Instagram will display the number of views as well as the names of people who have seen each photo or video in your Story

36. Zoom in and out on videos with a single finger

How to do it:

  1. Swipe right to open the Instagram Stories camera
  2. Hold down the capture button with one finger to begin recording video
  3. Slide up or down with the same finger to zoom in or out

37. Hide your Story from specific users

How to do it:

  1. Tap the person icon in the bottom right of your screen to go to your profile
  2. Tap the gear icon on iOS or the three dots on Android to access Options
  3. Tap Story Settings below Account
  4. Tap Hide My Story From
  5. Select the people you’d like to hide your Story from
  6. Tap Done

Note: You can also choose to hide your Story from people as you’re looking at who’s seen your Story. Just tap the three dot icon to the right of the person’s name and select Hide Story From [Username].

38. Pause, skip, and go back when watching Stories

You don’t have to watch Stories in a strict progression if you don’t want to.

How to do it:

  1. While viewing a Story, tap on the left side of the screen OR swipe right to go back to the previous photo or video
  2. Tap on the right side of the screen OR swipe left to skip ahead to the next part of the Story
  3. Tap and hold on the screen to pause a Story

39. Upload multiple photos and videos to your Story all at once

How to do it:

  1. Open Instagram Stories and tap to upload new media at top right corner of your screen
  2. Select up to 10 photos and videos from your camera roll
  3. On the edit screen, you’ll see a preview of all the media you’ve selected lined up at the bottom, you can tap each one to edit individually with stickers, text, etc.
  4. When you’re happy with them, you can preview the content, which will appear in the order you selected it

40. Add a text-only post to your Story

A picture says a thousands words, but sometimes you only want to say a few words.

How to do it:

  1. With Instagram Stories open, select Type under the capture button
  2. Tap the screen and write your message
  3. Click the button at the top-middle of the app to cycle through the various styles
  4. Choose a background color and text color(s)
  5. Press the > icon when you’re happy with the design to post it to your Story

41. Share any size photo or video without cutting anything out

Now you can share that wide-angle company photo without cutting out Gary from accounting.

How to do it:

  1. Upload your large photo or video and pinch to zoom out to share the original dimensions
  2. Any extra room will be filled with a custom color gradient that matches what you’re sharing

42. Pin your best Stories to the top of your profile

Brands can now keep their best Stories on their profiles for as long as they like with the Instagram Stories Highlights feature.

How to do it:

  1. Tap the New circle at the far left on your Instagram for business profile
  2. Choose any Stories from your archive (note: Stories from business profiles are automatically saved to the archive when they expire)
  3. Select a cover icon for your Highlight and give it a name
  4. Your Highlight will appear as a circle on your profile that plays as a stand-alone Story when someone taps it
  5. To edit or remove a Highlight, tap and hold it on your profile

Note: Highlights stay on your profile until you remove them, and you can have as many Highlights as you’d like.

43. Easily share your Instagram Story to your Facebook Story

You can do this for individual post, or set it up so all your Instagram Stories automatically our published on Facebook as well.

How to do it for a specific Story:

  1. Start creating a Story, then tap Next
  2. Tap Your Facebook Story
  3. Tap Share

How to set up automatic Facebook Story sharing:

  1. Go to your Instagram profile and tap the settings icon in the top-right corner
  2. Tap Story Settings
  3. Toggle on Share Your Story to Facebook

44. Share a replay of your live video on Instagram Stories

Another feature available to business accounts.

How to do it:

  1. When you finish broadcasting a live video, simply tap Share at the bottom of your screen and the video will be added to your Story.

Note: The recording will be available for 24 hours. While it plays, it will display all the comments and likes from the original broadcast. Brands will also be able to see exactly how many people watched the video—both live and in Stories.

Instagram bio and profile hacks

45. Include a hashtag or profile link your bio

You can now link to a hashtag page or another account in your bio.

How to do it:

  1. Tap the profile icon to go to your profile
  2. Tap Edit Profile and go to the bio section
  3. Type # or @ and then a list of recommended hashtags and accounts will appear
  4. Once you select the hashtags and accounts you want, they will linked to in your bio

Note: When you mention someone else’s profile in your bio, they will receive a notification and can choose to remove the link. Their profile will remain in your bio but without a link.

46. Hide photos you’ve been tagged in (or remove the tag entirely)

Has your brand ever been tagged in an image that you’d rather not be associated with? There’s ways to remove it from your profile.

How to do it:

  1. Tap the person icon to visit your profile
  2. Tap the person in a box icon beneath your bio to go to the Photos of You tab
  3. Tap the photo you want to remove from your profile
  4. Tap the three dots icon in the upper right-hand corner and select Photo Options
  5. Select Hide from My Profile or Remove Me From Post if you want to untag yourself

Pro Tip: You can also choose whether or not you’d like tagged photos to appear on your profile. To do it, go to the Photos of You page, tap the three dots icon, select Tagging Options, then choose either Add Automatically or Add Manually.

47. Add line breaks in your bio to make it stand out

If you’d like to break up the block of text that is your bio, this hack is for you. Line breaks are a great way to include info in a visually appealing way.

How to do it on mobile:

  1. Open up a notes app and write out your bio as you’d like it to appear—line breaks included
  2. Select all the text and choose Copy
  3. Open the Instagram app
  4. Tap your profile image icon to visit your profile
  5. Tap the Edit Profile button
  6. Paste the text from your notes app into the bio field
  7. Tap Done to save your changes

How to do it on desktop:

  1. Visit your Instagram profile on the web
  2. Select Edit Profile
  3. Space your bio as you’d like it to appear
  4. Click Submit to save your changes

Note: Whether edited via mobile or on desktop, profiles viewed on desktop will appear without line breaks.

48. Include a link in your bio to drive traffic

Your bio is a great place to drive traffic to your website or another social channel with a link.

How to do it:

  1. Tap your profile image icon to visit your profile
  2. Tap the Edit Profile button
  3. Enter in the link you’d like to share
  4. Tap Done to save your changes

49. Switch to a business profile to run ads and get analytics

If you’re a brand and still don’t have an Instagram business profile, you’re missing out on key features and insights. Make the switch now.

How to do it:

  1. Tap your profile image icon to visit your profile
  2. Tap the gear icon on iOS or the three dots on Android to go to Options
  3. Select Switch to Business Profile
  4. Tap Continue at the bottom of the screen
  5. Instagram will ask you to connect your Facebook account—you must connect a Facebook account to set up a business account on Instagram
  6. Once you’ve chosen the Facebook Page you want to connect, fill in the information requested by Instagram—you must provide a phone number, email, or physical address for your business
  7. Tap Done to save your profile and settings

Instagram hashtag hacks

50. Find the best (and most relevant) hashtags

How to do it:

  1. Select the magnifying glass icon to visit the Explore tab
  2. Type in a keyword and tap the Tags column
  3. Choose a hashtag from the list
  4. This will take you to a page of posts bearing that hashtag
  5. Above the “Top” and “Recent” portions of the page, there appears a small bar labeled “Related.” Next to this, Instagram will display a list of relevant hashtags that you can swipe through for inspiration (and further research)

51. Follow your favorite hashtags

Great for content inspiration!

How to do it:

  1. Select the magnifying glass icon to visit the Explore tab
  2. Type in the hashtag you want to follow
  3. On the hashtag page click the Follow button

52. Save hashtags for future use

If you often use the same hashtags for every post, save them in a note to save time.

How to do it:

  1. Create a new note in the notes app on your mobile device
  2. Add all of your most-used captions to a running list
  3. Whenever you’re sharing a post, navigate from Instagram to the notes app, copy your text, then paste it in your caption

53. Hide hashtags

Don’t clutter your captions. Hide your hashtags to keep the reader focused on what’s important.

How to do it—method No. 1:

  1. One easy way to hide your hashtags is to simply leave them out of your caption altogether and put them in a comment below your post
  2. Once you’ve got another comment, your hashtags will be safely hidden in the comments section

How to do it—method No. 2:

  1. Another method is to separate your hashtags from the rest of your caption by burying them beneath an avalanche of line breaks
  2. Simply tap the 123 key when composing a caption
  3. Select Return
  4. Enter a piece of punctuation (whether a period, bullet, or dash), then hit Return again
  5. Repeat steps 2 to 4 at least five times
  6. Instagram hides captions after three lines, so your hashtags won’t be viewable unless your followers tap the more option on your post

Instagram direct messaging hacks

54. Turn off your activity status

If you don’t want your followers to know when you were last active on the app, you can turn off activity status within Instagram Direct Messenger.

How to do it:

  1. Tap the profile icon at the bottom right of your screen
  2. Tap the gear icon on iOS or the three dots on Android to go to “Options”
  3. Scroll down and select Activity Status under “Settings”
  4. Toggle off activity status

55. Send disappearing content to other accounts

How to do it:

  1. From the home screen, tap the camera icon at the top left of the screen. Or swipe right to open the camera. Or open Instagram Direct by tapping the paper airplane icon at the top right of the screen, then tapping the camera icon in the top left
  2. Shoot a photo, video, or Boomerang
  3. Edit it as desired
  4. Tap the > icon at the bottom right of the screen
  5. Choose your recipient OR tap New Group to send your message to several people in a single group chat
  6. Tap Send at the bottom of the screen

Note: If you select multiple recipients without creating a group, each user will be sent the same message separately.

56. Send a live video

You can send your own live video or one you’re watching to a user or group of users.

How to do it:

  1. When shooting a live video, tap the Direct icon (paper airplane) at the bottom of the screen and send your live video to friends (you’ll also have this option when going live with a friend)
  2. Once sent, the recipient will see your live video in their Direct inbox. Friends can only view your video if you’re currently live

 

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