After nearly 3 days of inactivity on my part on my blog I am ready to hit the ground running. Wow those last 3 days have been hectic. I woke up Monday morning to find my site acting a little funny. I didn’t think anything of it so I went about the day. Monday night I get home and try to check the site to see some the statistics and how things are going. I get a redirect that takes me to Adfly.
First thoughts are this could get expensive. I have only been blogging 2 weeks if this gets to out of control, I wont be able to afford to drop a lot of money into the site especially since I am not making any money from the site at this point.
Let’s just do a quick analysis – I have been blogging a few years like PDITF – Punch Debt in the Face, he had a post on there the other day that he was Consciously Choosing to Underearn. He made a whopping $13,000 last year from blogging. From my point of view there is just an expense at this point that is GREAT!
$13000 a year divided by the 12 months in a year is $1083.33 a month. All months are created equal in this analysis so we go with the nice round 30 days in the month. So $36.11 a day I make running this site weekends included. I was down 3 days, so I lost out on $108.33 in hard earned cash and worse off you didn’t get any great blog posts by ME.
Sit, relax, I know that was a tough one to swallow but we are back up and running today and everything is hunkey dorey! I decided to fold my cards and contact Sucuri.net to help me out with my malware problem. They started on the site mid day Wednesday and I had an email 30 minutes before midnight telling me that my site was malware clean. That was the best news I had in days.
I could have lost 3 days of blogging income and $89 dollars for the year subscription to Sucuri.net monitoring. Thankfully, I write for you and I am not making anything so I only lost $89. Ahh that makes me feel better!
Lesson learned: Malware is a tough beast to contain and best left up to the professionals. Throw a few bucks at the problem and let the professionals fix it and you will have much greater piece of mind.
PS: The customer service was so great at Sucuri, I decided to sign up for their affiliate program. Check it out here!
9 thoughts on “Finance and Malware: A Love Hate Relationship!”
It’s good to see your your site is up and running. I read about it on Yakezie forums. This has never happen to me but I just installed my wordpress backup plugin.
@ Lorilla – the other day the it seemed like this day would never come. Make sure you have a good back up and make sure that it is up to date too. It can happen over night literally.
It was crazy because I coud not understand what was going on. For a second I thought that you were doing an ad or something, but then I realised that there was no “close” button. I’m glad that you’re back again.
@ Dannielle – I have no idea how it happened, I didn’t install anything. Glad Sucuri took care of it. Def worth the money if you ask me.
I suggest installing Akismet wordpress plugin also to protect your site from spam comments and other malware attacks.
@ Shilpan – thanks for the suggestion, I will check that out.
You definitely have to give to receive in the blogging world. You are about 6 months ahead of most bloggers because of Yakezie…
Malware is hell, we’ve been infected twice lately doing book research-so many sites are just waiting on an innocent visitor to pounce. Glad you’ve got it cleaned up. What an expensive time consuming evil.
Hope that you get everything sorted out.
I just blog for fun, and I don’t worry about the money part of it. I like connecting with people and just writing down my thoughts to share with others.
@ FabulouslyFrugirl – I agree with you. If you start blogging for money, it is very easily detected in your writing. I blog because I love talking about finance. My job doesn’t really involve any of the topics that I have covered on my blog so far, so this is my way of venting these topics and at the same time keeping them fresh in my head…
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