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Should I get an SSL Cert for my Website

February 26, 2020
This is pretty important to consider when you are starting a website or a blog. If you're an e-commerce website or collecting proprietary and personal information directly through your website like your visitor's driver's license number, credit card information, etc., then an SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) Certificate is mandatory to protect your visitors and customers. However, if you're creating a very informative website and not asking for any information from your user for a credit card transaction from your website, then I don't think you need to spend the extra $70 - $150 a year for it.

For example, if you're creating a website for your coffee shop that you're opening in Darlington, South Carolina, where you're going to be the only Alita's Coffee Shop in the whole town and just want to have a website that lists your hours, address, pictures of your coffee shop and your menu items, and you're not selling anything like a t-shirt and not collecting a credit card number or important payment information from the website via an online form or something like that, then you don't really need it. 

It's been said to me by a Godaddy rep that Google's algorithm is factoring in whether a particular website has an SSL cert in their rankings. If your Alita's Coffee Shop is like one of 3 coffee shops in a particular area, I don't think you're going to be worried about rankings. Your website is going to show up on that first page when they google "Alita's Coffee Shop Darlington SC". Of course, you'll have to index it in the search engine first in order to ensure it's going to be properly indexed. But no, in this instance, I don't think you'll need an SSL certificate for Alita's Coffee Shop in Darlington, SC where you're listing information only. See how much this simple website costs to build without an SSL certificate.

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I also want to note that important government websites, large corporations with websites and banking websites all have at least an SSL certificate (plus other security protection). If your website evolves into more than a simple and basic website, and you need to keep up with your competition in search rankings, then definitely consider getting one. 

How about for a website that's integrating affiliate ads and they will eventually have to purchase with a credit card from an Amazon affiliate link, for example? 

I can see where this gets confusing. If you have a blog or website that's only providing content and information and they are not inputting their credit card number and other credit card information, etc. directly on your website and all of that is on Amazon's secured website on an Amazon.com domain (not yours), then you still really don't need it. However, if you have the capital and generate enough money to spend on an SSL certificate, then totally go for it. However, when you're just starting out and haven't completed your content yet, then don't purchase it quite yet.

I also want to note that many affiliate programs do have strict rules when deciding to let you join their network. One of them could be that they would require you to have an SSL certificate in order for you to become their partner. If you feel that this particular affiliate program is that important to you and you'd need to have that SSL certificate to solidify that business relationship, then that is really up to you. I hope the sales from that particular affiliate company will make up for the cost of an SSL certificate every year.
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Logo or no logo on the website

February 25, 2020
When building a website, finding and creating the right logo can take a long time. If you're fickle like me, I would change a logo for some websites almost every year!

Some of the websites I've owned in the past wouldn't have one until years later! However, for this website, Ninja Space Content, I created the logo before I even created the website. This was an outlier. 

Whether you have a logo up right away or not, it won't really affect most blogs when indexing it to the search engines but it does affect whether someone will remember your website when they come back again. Branding is still very important even if you're not corporate. So once you have your website up, you can start thinking of ideas for a logo. It doesn't have to be fancy. Actually sometimes the simpler, the better for brand recognition. See Weebly Brand Building Guide.

I still remember the very first logo I created. It was made from PhotoShop and it took me hours and days to complete it. Using vector tools and tweaking a point here and there were most of what I was doing. It was nuts. Now that Canva exists, it's where I create all of my logos now, including the one for NinjaSpaceContent.com. It's free to create an account and they have templates for almost anything! You just have to pay extra if you want to use certain pictures or features on there.
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Hepatitis A vaccine side affects I'm experiencing - Shot needed to take before flying to Costa Rica

October 25, 2012
I went to Kaiser Permanente yesterday because the travel department recommended that I get the Hepatitis A shot before I go to Costa Rica in a week in a half because Central America has a lot of people with this particular virus.

I happily went in the morning and discovered a long line already at 8:30AM on a Wednesday morning. Anyway, after 45 minutes later, my name got called and they gave me one shot. They said I can't take the second shot (last shot) until 6 months later but that this one shot should work for me in the short term.

After the pinch in my left arm, my arm felt instantly sore which is typical. That was the only side effect I felt until today. Today, I feel lethargic, sluggish and have a bit of a headache. I'm not sure if it was coincidental but I can't point a finger to anything else except for that.

Did you experience the same?
 

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Ninja Space Content I have been building simple websites on my own since 2008 and currently run several websites at the moment, including this one. I used to be an account manager for an affiliate/e-commerce company and am now running my own websites.
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