Right on track; Compromised websites and Interesting stats with newest sites

Posted by on September 6, 2010 at 8:18 pm.

Train track

Over the past few days, a few of my sites have been out of commission. Although I back up my sites religiously, I forgot to back up the site on September, 2, 2010 so if you left a comment on my last post where I talked about the back to school week and freelance writing. Well, your comment is gone. I do apologize for that.

Thanks to Google webmaster tools, I was made aware of the compromised sites, and I instantly alerted my hosting provider. My site was pulled offline for a few days; during the downtime, phishing files were removed, and my sites came online today, a few additional security measures have been put into place. I’ll be writing more on what interesting WordPress Plug-ins I’ve added, along with some of the other security features I’ve used in a later post. However, until then why don’t you check this site to see how you can increase the security to your WordPress site.

New Sites; Getting noticed & online monetization

Interestingly enough, before my sites went offline, one of my newest sites received a lot of legitimate activity. The first day, that website went live it received 90 hits, and a few people followed up with me via my contact form. Nothing too big, since I haven’t publicized the site, and I only commented at two sites using the brand new url.  I’ll be watching that website closely to see how it fairs once it matures.

As I mentioned in my last post, the new site focuses on delivering natural information in bite sized posts that are health related. Quite a change from Celebrate Life, where I can write for ages, I know. Anyway, I’m enjoying the site and the change in my writing style. Unlike this site, I’m monetized that as soon as it was released. The main reason is that site was strictly made to be monetized. It offers valuable information for those that land upon the site, and I’m thinking I most likely will sell a few of my eBooks there too.

I have another site within the works, that I most likely will publish within the next few weeks. Surprisingly it has nothing to do with what I usually write about; health, fitness, nutrition, Mac technology, or gaming. However, it’s something I became increasingly knowledgeable several months ago, being that I was in a situation that forced me to do a lot of research. Imagine my disappointment, when I came up empty a lot of times, or landed on sites that didn’t have a lot of information related to the subject? Fast forward a few months later, and I thought about the possibility of turning that lack of information to my advantage, by creating a one stop resource for everything related to that topic.  From an adsense perspective, that site might give some of my highest earning sites a run for their money, but time will tell.

 

Enjoying our Labor Day

Here’s hoping those in the States are having a great Labor Day. My daughter and I spent a lazy day around the house. Lot of yard work was done by myself, along with power washing the house. I love my gadgets.

 



Breakfast Club: Right on Track

12 Comments

  • Evelyn says:

    I’m glad you have your site up and working.

    Your other sites sound quite interesting. 😉

    Well, take care!

    Evelyn
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    Healthy Opal Reply:

    Heya @Evelyn,

    Thanks, I’m happy they’re back online too. The good thing is I can switch things around. I’d been planning to do that in November, but might as well make some of the changes now. I still have a lot of work to do before this site gets back to the way I like, however, I cannot complain. It could have been a lot worse. 🙂

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  • Megan is a secret Santa says:

    I am so glad everything is sorted for you now. I missed you.
    Mxxx
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    Healthy Opal Reply:

    Aww thanks @Megan is a secret Santa,
    It’s nice being missed, it’s great being back, now I have to catch up with my blog buddies. I popped by your spot briefly yesterday (one of the first sites I visited.) I always enjoy reading your posts. I’ll be making my rounds, responding to emails thoughout this week.

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  • Arabia Marshall says:

    I was wondering what was going on. Glad everything is up and running! I wish you the best in the new site you have coming up! You are truly striving to the top and I admire that!

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    Healthy Opal Reply:

    Hi @Arabia Marshall,
    I was slightly upset with myself since I know better. I’m happy to be back online too. I won’t be making that mistake again. 🙂

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  • Patricia says:

    Great to have you back. Missed your posts and only been visiting a short while. Just read your other post about freelance writing. Will go over and visit the site you recommended as I love writing. Doesn’t mean I will make any money doing it but I can always learn from others how to be a better writer for my blog.
    Patricia Perth Australia
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    Healthy Opal Reply:

    Hi @Patricia,

    I’ve missed catching up with my blog buddies. I’ll be sure to pop by your spot sometime today. You can do very well with freelance writing. I only do it on the side but I’ve gotten a lot of things with the momey I’ve made. If I wanted, I could do that full-time and do fairly well.

    I look at it as another to promote yourself, through the writings that you do. You have a larger audience, in most cases. Some of the sites, I mentioned are US based, I do think others are available in other countries too.

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    Patricia Reply:

    @Healthy Opal, Thanks for that. In the US you have so many opportunities for making money that are not always available to us here in Oz. Will explore it as I love writing. Nothing ventured, nothing gained eh??!!
    Patricia Perth Australia
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  • Brenda says:

    I am part of the Secret Santa network and have dropped by to wish you lots of success with your websites. And lots of fun and joy in your life.

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  • I was wondering why your site before was blocked as it said it was a phishing site. I’m so glad you’re back online. I love how you write! I will be checking out the site that you mentioned on freelance writing.
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  • ashok says:

    As soon as you mentioned your site was attacked, I went to Google webmaster tools and checked under “malware” for the status of my own site.

    I’m paranoid about that – I do use a simple extension that helps security, but I can safely say I don’t hear security being talked about enough in the wordpress world, and it’s really important. There are people who sit around all day trying to hack into stuff just because.
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