Scriptbloggers

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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I was already affected by security holes in the outdated versions of wordpress’ on many of my blogs and websites but apparently having some of my sites hacked and down for around a week and losing some other forever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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I’m still alive!

Hi there,

Just a quick note to say I’m still alive but too busy with my off-line life to be able to do much online. To be honest I haven’t even checked my emails for more than a week now but it wasn’t unexpected and hopefully it will not last long. Soon I’ll be back to my regular online activity starting with some cool and exciting news.

Cheers,

Soroush

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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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Dreamhost promo code and review

It has been more than 10 years now I’m in internet business and I’ve tried at least 50 different web hosting providers, shared, VPS and even dedicated servers.

The freedom and access you have on VPS (Virtual Private Server) and specially dedicated server is great and leaves you with almost no limit on what you want to do with your site, except some policies about some kind of websites, but most of the time the amount you pay might be more than what you really need for your site(s).

It’s always a good idea to check web host provider’s reviews and what other people say about them but it doesn’t always work that well because big hosting providers usually have hundreds of servers in different datacenters and networks, so someone’s experience might not be same as the others.

One of the best thing you should consider is the Money-back guarantee they provide so you can try the service by yourself without risk of being ripped off which is a great advantage.

About Dreamhost, as usual I searched for people reviews and found a lot of totally opposite reviews and opinions, some people believed Dreamhost SUCKS while some others say it ROCKS :D so that was when 97 days money-back guarantee they offer, helped me try it by myself and see how it works for me, while I still kept my backup plans somewhere else.

It has been more than a year I’m with Dreamhost and I should say except 2 times I’ve never had any major problems with them and their customer support. They really need a better ticketing system but that’s not an issue while you can always contact them or reply to them by email.

They don’t have Fantastico and Cpanel which made me kinda nervous at the beginning but after 2-3 days I found their control panel handy enough not to need any other tool. Their one-click installs have all scripts I needed from Fantastico and totally automated. The best thing about their Fantastico alternative is that it’s usually up-to-dated with the last version of the scripts to be installed OR to automatically upgrade your previously installed scripts.

One of the best things about them is their custom promo code generator which lets you make your own promo code and give others up to $50 discount.

I’ve created one with max. discount allowed so if you plan to sign up for their service, you can use the promo code “Scriptbloggers” without double-quotes and get $50 off your bill.

Anyway you can still enjoy using 97 days of money-back guarantee and request for a full refund if you didn’t like it.

Hope you like it!

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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Did Google change the algorithm?

I’m not sure but on Jan. 23rd 2008 something went wrong and a lot of my sites lost their hard gained Google rank for some competitive keywords.

One of them which was the 1st, can’t be found on first 5 pages now and most of the others also lost their rank significantly.

So what’s up?

My sites couldn’t get penalized because there is nothing wrong about them, also it can not be a result of a competition because they all went down in one day while they have no relation whatsoever. All I can think of is that the algorithm used by Google to sort the search results is changed and my site’s don’t do very well with the new algorithm.

I hope its temporary but if it’s really changed I have to consider some time to do research on the current top rank websites.

BTW, it will be much easier and more effective to analyze the result if I get some other samples beside my own, so if you’ve got similar stories with your site please share with us and together we can get into a new solution more quickly.

Again and as usual I’ll keep here updated so keep in touch.

Cheers,

Soroush

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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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