What to do About Hackers that Defile Your Blog?

Posted on August 27, 2011
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There has been a spate of hacking activity just lately on blogs hosted on less than secure servers owned by second rate hosts. I won’t name and shame here, but I can say that one of my blogs was hacked today and its not the nicest of things to be confronted with when all you’re trying to do is make a buck online.

Luckily for me, the hacked blog was only 20 pages and not a direct money earner. So rather than faff around trying to extract all the defiled files and weed out the infected parts of the database, I created a static version of the site. Its easy enough to do as long as the blog is not too big and the file/folder structure not too complex.

I then uploaded the static files to my server’s home folder, moved all the WordPress files/folders into a temp folder and tested the site to make sure it didn’t throw up any errors. It came up clean and looking good. So I went into cPanel and deleted the mysql database, user and the temp folder I stored the Worpress files in.

Job done.

Probably done quicker than it would have taken me to fix the hack and get the blog back. Which is nice, because it means I no longer have to worry about that site. If it gets hacked again, which is less likely now there’s no database and CMS backdoors for hackers to exploit, I can just delete everything and upload the clean files via ftp in under a minute!

These days, I build all of my new sites as static. WordPress has become too much like hard work keeping up with their constant upgrades and then keeping an eye out of plugin upgrades too. They keep coming all the time and if you don’t upgrade when they do, you can be left open to attack. That is one crap system with a capital C.

With the multi-user version of WP, its not so easy to go back to static, especially if you’re hosting blogs belonging to other people on your main install. All you can do in that case is make sure you keep up to date with all those damn upgrades and keep plugins to a bare minimum. And get a secure password at least.


Making Sacrifices to Get What You Want

Posted on July 17, 2010
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This is a post about one of the ways in which you can grow your work from home business to expand it and get more from it. It involves making sacrifices to get what you want, but before you hit the back button or go off to read something else, let me first say that the concept of sacrifice is not what you think it is.

Sacrifice, as seen by most people means giving something up and they are not too happy to do that. But that’s not the way it should work, at least not in the way you need it to work in order for you to grow both financially and successfully. What sacrifice really entails is giving up something of low value to receive something better. Now does it sound more appealing? Then read on…

The idea of sacrifice is actually something we do every day of our lives without even realizing it. When we go to a store to buy something, we are actually sacrificing those paper bills in our wallets for the goods we are purchasing. In order to get those paper bills in our wallet in the first place, we had to sacrifice our leisure time to go to work to earn them! So you get the idea of what I now mean by sacrifice? Good.

When it comes to building up your work at home business, you will have to make quite a lot of sacrifices in order to make a success of it, otherwise you will fail. Simple as that. The obvious thing you will sacrifice is your time to get the work done in order that the result of that work will cause you to get paid for what you are doing. But there are other sacrifices you need to make as well.

One of the biggest obstacles to making a work from home business, in this example where your business is website based, actually succeed is procrastination in one form or another. Now I’m not talking about stopping what you’re doing every so often to daydream for ten minutes here and there. That is a natural mechanism to give your brain a break and is actually a healthy thing to do – just so long as you don’t do it too much! What I am talking about is getting involved in social discussions online, or in short, anything that takes you away from the core purpose of why you are online, which is to build up your business. The worst offenders are social forums, social networking websites like Facebook and the like, where you can waste hours typing away furiously and even passionately when involved in some inane argument or discussion or whatever.

Stop doing that right away and just look at what you are achieving by it!

You may be one of those people that is a regular name in a certain marketing forum and have several hundreds of posts to your name. Wow, awesome that you are an authority in there and you get to chat with all the other big names. But what have you actually achieved in terms of furthering your business?

Don’t say you have made valuable connections, because that is horseshit. The vast majority of people in those forums don’t give a damn about you unless they are selling you something and making their businesses grow on the backs of saps like you.

What you have really done is provided that forum with a ton of valuable content that you could have made far better use out of by putting it into blogs or websites of your own. That content could have been attracting search traffic and earning you money through a variety of income streams. Instead, it is just filling the giant ever hungry maw of the forum content machine.

You have also used a lot of your time to write that content for the forum. That time could have been better spent in getting backlinks for your websites so they rank better in the search engine results and attracting even more search traffic to earn you money.

If you want to grow your business and not someone else’s, you need to make a sacrifice and stop wasting your time, writing and effort in someone else’s forum and start putting that same passion, fire and effort into building your own websites.


How to Make Money Work from Home

Posted on March 29, 2010
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When you work from home, there are many benefits to be had but also some disadvantages that you should be aware of too. This post takes a brief look at the ups and downs of that work from home ethic to take advantage of the reach of the Internet make money online.

The benefits of working at home are obvious in that there is no daily commute to the office or place of work, which saves a lot of time. In some cases, it can save 2 or 3 hours or ore every day which adds up to a lot of time each week. Just think about this. If you only take 2 hours of travelling each day with an hour there and an hour back, in a 5 day week, you have “worked” an extra 10 hour day for nothing! If your commute is 3 hours a day that’s a massive 15 hour day you have used up for nothing!

When you work from home, that time is yours again and you can spend it any way you like. You can use it to work a little longer each day and be more productive, or you can spend it with your family. You won’t feel so tired in the evenings and be more prone to doing some activity with your family and friends that you couldn’t even contemplate before when you would doubtless arrive home exhausted after yet another scramble home in the rush hour.

Working from home at your own online business means you have no boss or supervisor looking over your shoulder. How liberating is that! No over-zealous twit writing your progress report for a boss who probably can’t match your face to your name and company ID number. No inter office politics, waiting for someone to leave or die before you can get a promotion and a raise. No putting up with a demented talk-aholic bending your ear about what they saw on TV last night 8 hours a day. You get the picture.

The main downside for a lot of people to working from home is the sudden lack of driving motivation. Suddenly, you are not forced to work at an unnaturally over-productive rate and you can easily become demotivated. You have to stay on top of your work and re,ember that this is your business and your livelihood and make sure you discipline yourself to get the day’s work done in the time you have allotted to do it.

Interruptions from family members is also a potential setback and you have to explain to them that even though you are at home, you are still working and they should try to leave you be unless there is something really important to disturb you with.

You still need to take breaks and importantly a lunch break, so don’t eat lunch at your desk if you can help it. You also should set yourself working hours and not be tempted to stay at your desk way after you should have stopped just because you’re there and that time used to be spent travelling anyway!

Okay, that’ll do for this post and I hope it has given you some pointers on what to do and what not to do when you work from home at your own online business.


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