If you’re like me you have at least a few WordPress blogs, right?

It’s tough to keep track of all of them and make sure WordPress and all the plugins are up to date.

It’s certainly possible that you’ve been attacked and possibly brought down by hackers. Especially if you do not update them regularly.

It’s happened to me – but fortunately – now I use the free Wordfence Security Plugin.

You see Wordfence does 2 very important things to make sure you are less prone to being attacked.

1) Rate Limiting – throttle or block crawlers/users that are going through your site too fast. Google crawler is not throttled, but everyone else can be!

Throttle Users

2) Login Security Options – locks out the user after X amount of login failures. I usally do 3 or 5 and lock out for 1 day.

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While you might not think you are being hacked or that your sites are prone to attack I would like to show you some of the email notifications I get telling me how Wordfence has locked out users that were attacking. Check it out!

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My sites are constantly being attacked. Fortunately the WordPress blogs at least have this extra layer of protection.

Is Wordfence perfect?

Maybe. I don’t know. I just know it has prevented problems from occurring and also helps keep my sites and servers running faster and more efficiently as it slows down those brute attacks.

So – if you are not using Wordfence Security yet – I suggest you consider adding it to your arsenal of WordPress plugins on all of your blogs!

It just might save your butt!

https://www.wordfence.com/

Jul 06th by Mike L

Check out iGloo!

It’s cheaper and as good or better than Leadpages and Clickfunnels plus you can get my BLOGGING UNDERGROUND BONUS!

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Click this this link and get Igloo and you will get my bonus!

http://www.bloggingunderground.com/igloo

If you are like me you have been waiting for the kind of software that could do all the cool stuff that marketers and affiliates like us need – like building amazing sales pages, landing pages, one time offer pages, funnels, optin squeeze pages and such – at a fixed price that doesn’t require a giant expensive monthly commitment like the leading products do.

With iGloo you’ll be able to create killer looking high converting offer pages for anything you want without the hassle or high cost of LeadPages, which in my opinion has it’s share of problems and is hard to use creatively!

You have got to see what iGloo does! It’s a marketers dream!

> See the videos and demo squeeze pages HERE

If you make money from online marketing you absolutely must look at iGloo – especially before the price goes up.

MY BONUS!

If you buy from my link I’d like to give you 3 months of full access to post in the hundreds of blogs in the Blogging Underground network! Just make sure you get it from this link:

http://www.bloggingunderground.com/igloo

Normally 3 months of Blogging Underground would cost $67. per month ($201) but you will get it free when you send me your receipt via the BU SUPPORT DESK after you buy from my link.

iGloo is already worth it – but you also get my bonus so you can get powerful links in the BU Blogs!

That is a NO BRAINER!

Best wishes for your online success!

Jun 16th by Mike L

Have you ever had to move domains from one host to another? Doesn’t that suck?

If you are like me and have a lot of domains which you need to spread out over multiple hosts for the benefits you get by having IP Diversity, you need a hassle free host that will not waste your time with their odd quirky ways.

> WordPress Tuned Web Hosting (it’s hassle free!)

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I am an expert at setting up hosting accounts with lots of different web hosting companies. Some hosts end up being huge time wasters and make me do extra work or even force me to move my domains elsewhere like I am doing now because a host changed their “security settings”.

If you have ever had to move several websites off of a web host you know how frustrating of an experience that is. What a hassle! And unfortunately it happens too often.

Fortunately all hosts are not bad and I do have one “hassle free” host I want to share with you that is a pleasure to work with and has everything we need.

> WordPress Tuned Web Hosting (it’s hassle free!)

The above hosting company shines for shared type hosting. The best thing about them is they never hassle me and my sites have run perfectly with them for years.

I never have problems with that host, unlike some loser hosting companies which will
make me do all kinds of extra work to keep them happy.

Some hosts do sneaky stuff like disabling sites because of what they call “malicious” wordpress plugins (they’re not by the way), or “suspicious activity”, too much traffic or any number of problems they want me to solve to keep them happy.

In some cases I just have to dump the host and move the sites.

There is nothing worse than getting set up on a host and finding out that they don’t want to give us what we need.

If you want to set up inexpensive shared hosting that will not drag you down and waste your time I suggest you check out this link:

> WordPress Tuned Web Hosting (it’s hassle free!)

The package they created for Blogging Underground is just $10.95 a month and has all the features we need.

I’ve been hosting with them for years and can truly say they offer the best shared hosting for WordPress sites! Check out what they offer!

Enjoy the holidays!

Best wishes for your online success!

Dec 10th by Mike L

There have been a few recent headlines about brute force attacks on WordPress sites and I would like to share an excellent free security plugin that will help prevent your blogs from getting attacked!

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The WordPress plugin is called Wordfence and it’s free!

Here at BU we have a lot of blogs and we do NOT disable XML-RPC on our WordPress blogs.

The main reason we don’t worry about XML-RPC being vulnerable is because we have Wordfence installed on all of our WordPress blogs, but also we don’t disable it because we rely on XML-RPC for our Blog Post Utility to post articles from our members.

We also do not disable XML-RPC on our blogs because we often use apps on iPhones and such to do all kinds of things with our sites such as checking comments etc.

XML-RPC attacks and most others for that matter are done in brute force style where people try to guess your login and password to gain access and if you have Wordfence it prevents those attacks by limiting the number of login attempts and page views.

Make sure you have the free Wordfence plugin installed.

It’s an amazing tool for security and has prevented a lot of evil activity by blocking excessive logins, brute force activity and even limiting crawling and indexing by attackers.

Wordfence is free so there is no reason you shouldn’t have it installed on every one of your blogs!

If you have a minute – we suggest reading up on XML-RPC at this excellent article on the Wordfence blog.

> Should You Disable XML-RPC???

Oct 12th by Mike L

If you’re a webmaster and you have a WordPress blog or two (or 20!) you most certainly have experience with comment spam. It sucks, right. Don’t worry – it’s not hopeless – I have a couple of solutions I think you’ll like!

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Turning comments off is a bad solution.

Hey – we need to keep comments open so there are some social signals being sent on our blogs, but geez the people who are spamming comments are ruthless (and stupid).

They just keep hammering away and problems occur. Fortunately I found 2 really simple but effective solutions for out of control comments on WordPress blogs that you must take a look at if you want to save time and keep your sanity.

1. Delete Comments By Status – Delete all comments by selecting the comment status from your WordPress admin.

This free Delete Comments By Status plugin is so simple and effective it makes me feel warm all over!

Simply install it and never again have to waste time deleting thousands of comments 10 or 20 at a time (repetitive stress anyone?).

Now all you do is select Delete pending comments and boom they are suddenly all gone!

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I wish I would have found this earlier. I’ve wasted more than my share of time deleting comments page after page.

2. Math Comment Spam Protection – Asks the visitor making the comment to answer a simple math question. This is intended to prove that the visitor is a human being and not a spam robot. Example of such question: What is the sum of 2 and 9?

You need Math Comment Spam Protection to make sure you don’t get as much comment spam in the first place. Requiring spammers to do math cuts the spam submitted drastically.

Now the only caveat is that some blogs won’t work properly. I am pretty sure it is the themes and there might be a fix -but I haven’t figured that one out yet.

If you run across a solution for stubborn blogs where you get it to work – please let me know!

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That said it works on about 80% of the blogs I install it on.

So – that should save you some time waging war against those stupid comment spammers polluting the internet with garbage.

Oh – and I do have a request – what is a good Akismet alternative?

We need something like it that is simple and blocks out the spam in the first place but doesn’t have a scheme to get us to pay for using the plugin. I am sick and tired of playing games to get it to work and don’t way to pay to use Aksimet. There must be something else… right?

 

Mar 14th by Mike L




    A Very Important Concept