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Valuable lessons for webmasters

Passing more than 2 months since I got most of my sites hacked, I’m still dealing with its direct and indirect effects.
Anyway I’m not going to give up, instead I’m going to share my experiences with other webmasters, hope it prevents someone from being in such horrible situation.

Lesson 1: Keep all your scripts up-to-date and subscribe to receive security updates.
I don’t think it needs any more explaination! I love open-source free scripts like WordPress but there is also a huge disadvantage in them; When a bug or security hole is found, it becomes public in close to no time.

Lesson 2: When possible DON’T store all your sites under the same ftp account! Some web hosting providers like DreamHost let you create unlimited ftp usernames and host each domain under an individual ftp account. This way, in case someone break into one of your sites, the rest will be safe.

Lesson 3: Once a while, briefly check the log file reports. You may get surprised finding some hackers/spammers footprints, trying different methods to find their favorite backdoor. There is also worse situation which they’ve already sneaked in and uploaded their own script or modified yours for their purpose. Either way, checking log file report will show you all the requests served. Remember, tag based/Javascript based reports show only activities on the pages tagged with the tracking code and not all the pages.

I think that’s enough for now :)
There is a huge checklist to keep in mind but in my idea, these 3 are the most important ones.

Cheers,
Soroush

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isimtescil.net a shameless SCAM!

Last year I bought some domains from someone on DP and unfortunately they were registered at isimtescil.net which is a Turkish registrar. I just asked him to open an account for me and transfer the domains to my account. I logged into my account, changed their name servers and turned all those domains to blogs and added them to my blog network (Allied Network Inc.) and they all gained good Pageranks over the year with a reasonable amount of traffic.

Everything was fine till the time for renewal came. I logged into my account, tried to renew all my domains but it simply didn’t accept my credit card, then I tried to get the authorization code to transfer them to another registrar but got another wiered error. The day after I tried to log in to my account and I found it suspended! Contacted their technical support by submitting a ticket and they replied asking for the copy of my passport, then I replied the same ticket asking “How should I send it to you?” and didn’t get any reply.

The next day when I logged in to their ticketing system, I found my ticket is deleted! Since I had all the ticket information I opened another ticket asking what happend to the ticket number blah blah and guess what! This ticket got removed within 2 hours. Tried it two more times, got no reply and got my ticket removed again and again. So I finally gave up and decided to let the domains expire and catch them when they are released but now I see they have been renewed, parked and showing ads while the registrant, tech and admin info hasn’t been changed on whois database.

Another lesson for me to stick to my trustworthy registrars even if they are a bit more expensive.

I’ll definitely follow up and will keep here updated.

Cheers,

Soroush

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Scriptbloggers is removed from Google’s index

Well, I deserved it!
I was already affected by security holes in the outdated versions of wordpress’ on many of my blogs and websites but apparently having some of my sites hacked and down for around a week and losing some other forever wasn’t enough to force me keep my sites updated with security patches and updates. I kindly kept Scriptbloggers open to all spammers who are aware of the hole.
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Yo!

Well, what can I put as the title when I haven’t done anything on the blog since Feb. 15th?!

All I can say is that I’ve been super busy and had lots of things going on in personal life putting me between online and offline life, but it’s not an excuse for someone with such high hopes, expectations and goals.

Anyway businesswise, things could be much better but I know it has never been perfect and it will never be.

  • Most of my sites got hacked and so far I couldn’t recover them all.
  • Scriptbloggers got spammed like crazy and it took me hours to clean up 105 pages of spam comments.
  • Upgrade to wordpress 2.5.0 caused a lot of incompatibility issues and caused some of my sites to go down till I found the solution.

The only site I’ve worked on since, was Articlesale.com which keeps showing me its potentials.

To be honest I didn’t have plan to start writing on ScriptBloggers at least for a while till I get somewhere close to an automated business but reading some comments here was a great incentive and push.

I appreciate everyone’s time and feel responsible for that. As you all know, there is almost no ad of any kind on Scriptbloggers and there won’t be so the whole point of this blog is to teach, learn and discuss. I believe it’s real BLOGGING.

Oops I forgot to say Hi and now I can’t find a suitable place to put it :) Like most of my projects which I forget to set the checkpoints upfront and I end up with a messy situation.

Crossing fingures, I will start blogging again. Oh, I’ve already started :)

Keep in touch!

Cheers,

Soroush

P.S. I’ve read this post 10 times already, playing with words and making it worse and worse. This is what happens when you don’t write for a while! I’m going to publish it this time, please be easy on me this time ;)

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Affiliate marketing, Yes or No!

I know, I know, I know! You probably ask if there’s any question in it and 99% the answer is “YES” all in caps :)

I kept 1% reserved for me and people like me. Honestly that’s a hard question to be answered and a though decision to make!

From what I’ve seen so far, it’s one of the best ways to earn money online and there’s no limit ’cause practically there’s no limit in the products and services you can offer but it’s kinda far from being innovative, productive and what I consider being ME!

I’ve always been playing around for a long time looking at the ideas, unique services and helpful resources aiming to make my very own unique thing, either a product or service and so far I’ve done it so many times and it gives me such a great pleasure to see it works and people like it, but the fact is that I’m limited to a few services to offer while in affiliate marketing there’s barely a limit in most categories!

And when I want to expand the boundaries, situation gets worse, as it is now and I have to handle too many things at the same time which is not fun nor helpful.

Everytime I need a service which I can’t find a good one, I decide to start my own and that resulted in a two-page long incomplete project list which I have here.

So as usual I came to the same spot, affiliate marketing or my own business? Then if the answer is the second one, which project? And does it worth the time and effort?

I’ll give myself some time to find what I really want to do and which direction to choose.

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Does Registerfly sell their customer’s info for spamming purposes?!

It’s a big legal issue and I can’t speak for sure ’cause it’s a big responsibility but I leave the judgment to the readers and wait to hear other similar situations to make sure. After all even if that’s true, I think there’s nothing we can do like all other spammers.

First of all I should say that I had some domains with Registerfly back in the days they were an accredited registrar because of their low prices and promotions. But when ICANN terminated their accreditation, I transferred my domains to other places like most of their other customers.

Anyway today I got 2 emails from them in my Yahoo mail account’s bulk folder, both exactly the same and indicating one of my domains with them is going to expire while after checking that domain I remembered that I’ve already transferred that domain somewhere else and renewed it till 2009. That wasn’t a big deal since that can be a bug in their script which still thinks my domain is registered with them and another bug in their email sender script caused the email to be sent twice BUT looking at my other received spam emails in the bulk folder something smells fishy.

Here is the screenshot:

Registerfly’s and the other spam emails in my Bulk folder

In fact the server which sent registerfly’s emails AND the one which  sent the other spam emails seem to be the same or at least with the same bug which caused the email to be sent twice!

Just checked the IP addresses the spam emails have been sent from and here are the results:

67.196.144.84
67.196.214.132
67.196.213.186
67.196.22.41
67.196.214.68
70.47.212.173

Both Registerfly emails were sent from 66.135.39.107 so that’s why I can’t speak for sure that they were sent from the same server but considering the situation what you guys think ? Is it just an accident? :)

Cheers,

Soroush

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Update on my search engine ranking

After my post here, I became so disappointed or better to say scared and thought I should start a new research while that’s really the last thing I need with these many incomplete projects, mostly relied on my SEO strategies. Not that it was the first time it happened but it has never been this bad.

Well, there was barely better news for me than seeing my sites backing up on Google results not as good as they were but still reasonable enough to keep me hopeful.

The fact is that I almost forgot my own most important SEO advice which is PATIENCE and really freaked out to the point I was going to leave everything and take a break from all my online projects. Honestly life is tough enough for me not to need anything extra on the top of it, but I think that could have been my most stupid decision ever which I would regret forever and thanks God it didn’t happen. :)

Anyway, back to our subject, thanks to Tim Linden who pointed me to RankTrend I now have a central place to keep track of my sites’ search engine rankings and the efforts I make to improve it. I haven’t tried the service yet but looking at its concept, reading the service description, it seems pretty useful and handy. This way at least you can easily see if the strategies you follow, help or hurt and whether to continue or change it.

Alright, I think that’s enough as an update and I should get back to work…

Cheers,

Soroush

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Bug in Google Adsense?

Today I was shocked when I checked my Google Adsense overview page, stating 55 clicks with 256 impressions!

Clicked on “top channels” and got the following page which shows an obvious mistake.
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Traffic dropped and Adsense backed to normal!

After the post I had here for some reason (which I can’t assume any relation to my post’s topic) the organic traffic for that domain dropped by 70% and it went down from 3rd spot to somewhere in second page for the major keyword it was getting its traffic from on Google.

Ironically the Adsense eCPM came back to normal or even I should be fair and say it got increased by 100% or so.

All I can say is that I’m confused but I’ll update here if I find more about it.

If anyone else knows more about such situation please do let me know.

Much appreciated,

Soroush

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HUH? Post indexed in Google within 10 minutes ?!

My blog post indexed in 10 minutesI’ve had the experience of having my blog posts indexed in Google within an hour or two but 10 minutes is really amazing!

After submitting my previous blog post, I wanted to search and see if there is any other person, complaining with the same title and I couldn’t believe finding my own post, standing second in the list with a mark saying “10 minutes ago.”!

Checked other major search engines and still no sign of my recent post. So it completely changes my idea about search engines’ indexing speed which used to be Msn, Yahoo and then Google for me and now Google comes first.

But don’t get me wrong, still the Sandbox or Age factor should not be forgotten which keeps new websites from being indexed or gain higher ranks till they gain the required trust from Google.

Interesting, isn’t it?

Cheers,

Soroush

This time Google indexed it in 5 minutesEDIT: LOL, I’ve beaten my own record. The post you’re currently reading got indexed within 5 minutes. Here is the screenshot ! I have nothing else to say other than Google Rocks at least in this particular case ;)

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