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!


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

OK – I understand that a lot of bloggers and professional writers would rather focus on the content they are writing and publishing, and not worry about the backlinks.

But being aware of the SEO stuff you can do while writing can make or break a website. And to be honest – some techniques are so easy and so rewarding they really shouldn’t be passed by.

zzz-linksContextual backlinks for example!

Placing links within article content can be amazingly effective! Both EXTERNAL and INTERNAL LINKS!

Ahhhhhh…. internal too? I get it!

Yes – contextual links to related articles that point to URL’s internally can really help! Sure – a related posts plugin isn’t a bad idea – but it’s even better to have links with single words or two words within an article that are different from the TITLE LINKS that already appear a zillion times.

Sometimes when you have a lot of something – such as in EXACT SAME TITLE LINKS repeated on site and off in RSS Feeds etc. – you need some good simple contextual links with only a word or two to offset the large volume of exact same links througout your site and anywhere your RSS Feed is published.

Is it worth the extra effort? YES! And it’s really not that hard or time consuming to work in links while you write or after you complete an article – or better yet to save time use a relevant PLR Article.


SPECIAL OFFER: Post in the Blogging Underground Network of Blogs – and get a huge stash of articles you can use to post fast and easy!

Because of the way that Google likes to reward sites for doing things it likes, it is really important that anyone who wants more free search traffic from their blogs and articles are aware that having links – both internal and external – within the content in your articles can help you get better rankings.

So if you are a writer, editor, blogger or business person putting up articles – make sure you include some good text links within the content!

If you’re trying to boost your rankings or bring a site back up that has taken a dive – start working on getting more links within the content you have control over! On your own site and if you have a Blogging Underground membership – use our blogs to post articles to get contextual links!

Even after the latest updates one of the most effective ways to get Google to love your pages and rank them high for keywords that bring people, is to have a good variety of keyword text links pointing at them with your most important target keywords!

The best links should be coming from pages with relevant content. The text links should be within the content – in the sentences and paragraphs. Websites that do this usually are at the top of Google.

If you don’t believe me – take a look at the top 10 for one of your target keywords – I bet there are sites ranking on page one that have a policy of generously linking their own pages internally and if you analyze the URL’s that are ranking I bet they also have lots of good text links within relevant related content as I suggested that come from external sites

This is how you can get your sites to rank. Seriously. Do this kind of linking more often and your pages will rise in the rankings.

On your own site – make sure you take advantage of every opportunity to put LINKS within your articles pointing to pages on your own site (internal links).

I’m not just talking about bare text links with your keywords in them – but rather keyword text links that are surrounded by relevant words on a relevant page. In a sentence is always better.

Google has gotten hip to people dropping in text links in footers and sidebars – mostly using plugins and automated scripts – and they know it is harder to work in the text link within a paragraph of related content.

They reward you for this when you do it!

For example – just putting a Text Link anywhere on the page or on your site may give you a little link juice for that keyword – BUT – you’d get even more LINK JUICE if that text link had a few words in front of it and behind it – like in a sentence.

Here – something like this could give you extra link juice compared to a bare text link in the footer or sidebar or even in the middle of a page.

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To make sure your website has the best search engine optimization techniques you should study the backlinking diagram I made that shows how to link a WordPress website.

That kind of link is far more effective than just a link without words surrounding it.

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I mean hey – it’s better than a poke in the eye with a stick – but we need to be aware that Google is looking at more than JUST the words in the link text – they want to see if there are OTHER relevant words close by. If there are the link is more likely to be genuine and valuable.

Too many spammers are lazy and just bombard every chance they can with a simple plain bare text link – that’s too easy!

This has been the case for a long time – but with the most recent updates by Google it appears they are perhaps even PENALIZING people that have too many BARE LINKS. SO you must make sure if you do any linking campaigns or have people doing linking work for you that you get a good variety of link text and make sure that you have as many CONTEXTUAL LINKS within content/articles as you can to offset any penalties for spammy links.

Every place you have control over the links you should be doing CONTEXTUAL LINKS WITHIN THE CONTENT! Every chance (just be sensible and avoid patterns of course!).

Where can you do this?

Well – on your own site – within your own content – work in text links in sentences where the word already appears every chance you can – just make sure that it looks legit and makes sense. If you see a word in an article that relates to another article on the site – link it using that word!

And in other places where you can post articles and work in a text link or two, make sure you put the links in sentences within the content. It can be one word – 2 words or even link a longer segment or even a complete sentence.

As long as the link text is related and not a repeated pattern found elsewhere it will help!

Google loves text links within the content that point to pages that are RELATED!

That is why posting articles in The Blogging Underground network of blogs is so effective!

The algos favor links in sentences and paragraphs over plain bare links by themselves. Both may help you – but there is a significant boost from having LINKS that are in the content. This is referred to as contextual backlinks within related content.

These kinds of links will give you a boost if you are linking INTERNALLY and also if you are linking EXTERNALLY.

So – if you want to push your pages UP the rankings – you need to be doing what works! Back off on the plain bare text links and start working on getting more contextual backlinks within related articles! On site and off!

AVOID SPAMMY BEHAVIOR – ie – plain text links in sidebars, footers etc. – too many text links with the same link text – links that seem out of place and do not match the content on the page (unrelated links) – and patterns that look spammy.

DO MORE OF THIS – get more links within articles with related keywords – mix up the words in the links (good link variety) – and when possible make sure you get some links from unique content (rewrite plr articles – create original articles or use spun content that is readable)

Follow these backlinking tips and you should do just fine!

If you want to make it easier – grab this special deal with a huge stash of articles you can use for posting!


SPECIAL OFFER: Post in the Blogging Underground Network of Blogs – and get a huge stash of articles you can use to post! This makes posting contextually easier than ever!

I hope that helps puts things in perspective!

Oct 23rd by Mike L

What we all need more of right now is some SMART SEO!

I just wrote a nice article for my IM Promote Website called Is SEO Safe or just SMART?

It all started with a question from a customer who wanted to join Blogging Underground but wanted reassurance it was “safe. (Read the rest of this entry…)

Sep 13th by Mike L

Yes – this stuff still works in 2013! (Hey – it’s 2014 and it still works!)

See our new linking package and watch the newest videos

> Linking Package Updated – info is here

I’ve had quite a few emails recently from people looking for places to post articles and get links.

They’re asking me if links in the Blogging Underground network of blogs still work as well as they have in the past, and the answer is yes – links in our blogs are very powerful and will help you get top rankings faster!

> Is it worth $16.58 per month to get access to post in our blogs? YES! <

People have been asking me when I will be having a special blowout offer for Blogging Underground – and I have good news – right now you can get a 1 year membership to all the features of Blogging Underground that works out to around 16 bucks a month!!!

Isn’t it worth it to have that kind of linking power at your fingertips?

Special Offer – only $199. includes a FULL YEAR of BU!

What kind of links are working in 2013? Watch this video to find out!

power of links

Then after you watch the video – check out the special deals on memberships to post in the BU Blogs!

It’s really easy to get things moving in the right direction so you can achieve success in the new year!

Special Offers with 1 Year of Blogging Underground included FREE!

> Another option is the  BU Quarterly Deal - only $33. bucks a month!

That’s still a great deal to get access to over 260 blogs!

Getting the right kind of links is really important and Blogging Underground will show you the best way to do it successfully!

Sign up now and get things moving in 2013!

You deserve to be on top!

Best wishes for your online success!

Not a BU member yet? Be sure to check out the Special Quarterly Deal – it’s only $33. a month to join Blogging Underground right now! More details and the secret purchase link is HERE

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Jan 22nd by Mike L

Now is a great time to invest in your success for 2013!

There are 2 special deals right now which offer huge libraries of high quality PLR Articles for a super low price PLUS each deal includes 1 full Year of Blogging Underground with all membership priveleges!

> Special Offers for 24,000 PLR Articles with BU FREE!

We also have a specially priced quarterly membership on special for Blogging Underground that only costs $33. per month and is billed every 3 months! It also has all the features of a full membership!

> BU Quarterly Deal is HERE

ALL 3 deals give you all the tools you need to be a successful web publisher in 2013!

The concept is really simple!

With a Blogging Underground membership you get detailed training that will help you create high quality web sites and set them up the right way so that you can get top rankings on search engines and get lots of targeted traffic!

In the BU membership you can post your articles (guest post) and get 1 or 2 high quality in-content links in each article you publish.

Google and Bing love when web sites have links coming from within the content of high quality articles that relate to the topic! The links you’ll get when you publish your articles in the BU Blogs will give you a huge rankings boost and help you get on top of page 1 faster than ever!

We provide all the training so you know how to do it the right way. It’s never been easier to get free search engine traffic to your web sites!

It’s so easy to post the articles in our high quality blogs! You can use any type of article as long as it is good qulait and readable by a human and is not spammy.

Sorry – but we do not allow webspam or crappy content to be published in our blogs. Only good articles!

You can write original articles, rewrite existing articles or use the PLR articles that we include as the bonus.

It’s usually best when you rewrite the articles in your own words or at the very least include some of your own original words. That helps make the content we publish for you that more effective.

A trick I like to do is find several related PLR articles and then cut and paste bits and pieces from several articles and combine them together with my own original comments. This is super easy and fast and best of all it works like magic.

A membership to Blogging Underground allows you to get good quality in content links to your most important web pages by guest posting your articles instantly any time you want to.

Links are really important and Blogging Underground will show you the right way to do it successfully!

Please watch the new video The Power of Links – it has brand new cutting edge info for 2013 and beyond!

power of links

Then after you watch the video – sign up for one of the special deals so you can use our high quality PLR Articles and post in the BU Blogs!

It’s really that simple to get things rolling so you can achieve success in the new year!

> Special Offers for 24,000 PLR Articles with BU FREE!

> BU Quarterly Deal is HERE

Dec 28th by Mike L

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