Why You Must Take The Security Of Your WordPress Site Seriously….

May 05

Why You Must Take The Security Of Your WordPress Site Seriously Or Risk Becoming The Victim Of Hackers (And How You Can Start Doing It Today!)

WordPress is a fantastic platform to run your websites on and is hugely popular these days for many very good reasons. While it‘s great for blogging, it‘s also the perfect platform for those creating their first website because it‘s so easy to setup and you don‘t need any costly software or any knowledge of html and the like.

Unfortunately though, with the huge number of WordPress sites now dominating the web, hackers now have a large “playground” to test their skills.

Repairing hacked sites can be very time-consuming and also lead to significant downtime and / or data loss. Databases can also be corrupted and you can even lose search engine ranking if your site is indexed before you’ve managed to repair the damage. And that doesn’t count the financial loses due to your site being out of action whilst repairs are completed.

Keypoint: Not taking steps to secure your WordPress powered websites is like leaving your car with the keys in the door—at some point, someone’s gonna come along and take it for a spin! (And there’s a good chance they’ll do a fair bit of damage in the process.)

Simple Steps You Can Take Right Now To Start Securing Your WordPress Sites

The great thing about WordPress is, that because it‘s so immensely popular, developers are extremely quick to react when a security flaw is uncovered. That means that new updates are regularly available and that in itself makes it more difficult for hackers.

The problem though, for many people, is that they do not keep their WordPress sites updated. Often they have too many WordPress powered sites and they just forget to keep them updated. Or they have too many and they just can‘t find the time to update them all. And of course, there are those who are simply too lazy to do it—even though it doesn’t take long to do. For those that have numerous WordPress sites, I would personally recommend using a piece of software called WP Mass Updater. This software allows you to update all your WordPress sites AND plugins without ever even having to login to WordPress itself! This, in itself, can be a great time-saver.

So, the simplest step you can take today to ensure that your WordPress sites have a decent level of protection from hackers, is to keep them updated with the latest version of WordPress.

The next thing you can do very easily is make sure you use a very strong password to access your WordPress dashboard. I know this sounds really basic but you‘d be surprised how many people will use a simple word that can be found in the dictionary! Hackers will be able to “guess” your password if it’s too basic so make it as difficult as you possibly can. I recommend a mix of numbers, letters and even special characters. If you are wanting to create a really secure random password, make it 10 characters or more. You can use the free tool on this site if you‘re stuck for ideas! If you want to check how secure your password is then you can check it via this free resource on the Microsoft website.

One other thing to remember (since we‘re on the subject of passwords) is also to make sure that your web hosting account itself has a strong username and password combination!

Another simple thing you can do is to make sure that you don’t use “admin” as your username for accessing your blog. Try using something else. This again will make your username and password combination very difficult for hackers to hack. If you already have a user setup called ?admin? then you can simply create a new user under another username and give them administrator privileges, test it to make sure you can access your WordPress dashboard ok with it and that you have full administrative access and then delete the existing “admin” username!

Well—that‘s about all we have time to discuss within the scope of this article. I hope you’ve found it useful and more importantly, will put the information into ACTION if you are not already following the above methods to keep your WordPress sites secure.

If you would like more detailed information along with step-by-step procedures for securing your WordPress sites with almost “bulletproof armour” then you might want to check out my “WordPress Lockdown” Security Guide.

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SOLD! Ready To Go iPhone Unlocking “Membership Site” For Sale – Minimal Support Required!

May 02

THANKS FOR YOUR INTEREST HOWEVER, THIS SITE HAS NOW BEEN SOLD!

I am “considering” selling a “ready to run” membership site that I simply don’t have the time to promote. I had the best of intentions but have decided that I need to invest time in other areas of my business. This site is in the lucrative “iPhone” niche!

screenshot of site SOLD! Ready To Go iPhone Unlocking Membership Site For Sale Minimal Support Required!

I have done nothing to promote the site at all so I am not making any revenue claims here although I have no doubt it could be a good earner with some promotion.

UnlockiPhoneWiz.com provides its members with step-by-step PDF guides which show them exactly how to unlock their iPhones. (Whilst this is a highly popular market, the site will require a little work to improve its search engine rankings. Currently I have too many projects on the go to be able to devote enough time to this – even though I KNOW it is a VERY lucrative market and could be very profitable in time. If I don’t sell it however, then I will just keep it until I can devote more time to it.)

Here is what you’ll receive if you are the successful purchaser of this site:

– The UnlockIPhoneWiz.com site and domain name.

– 3 months pro hosting on one of my dedicated servers.

– Lifetime access to my fully automated Delavo, member management and product delivery system. (This will be specifically for the running of the UnlockIPhoneWiz.com site and you won’t be able to setup additional products for other sites though.)

– Assistance to transfer the site to a host of your choice if you choose.

– All the guides which are available in the members’ area. This is a great opportunity for someone to pick up a membership site which is already fully setup and “ready to run.” It is an html based website (i.e. it’s NOT WordPress) and would require minimal support.

– FOUR unique and freshly written iPhone unlocking / jailbreaking articles (one of which has been uploaded to the site today and can be seen here.)

This site can ONLY be sold to ONE person…. First person to make payment will be the proud new owner.

If you’re keen, but wanted to suggest a price you’d be willing to pay for such a ready to go site, then you can post a comment in the comments section and I’ll definitely consider it. (No crazy offers please – keep it realistic.)

How much am I asking for this ready to run business?

Just $267.00

 

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Clickbank products SUCK!! I’m hopping mad!

Feb 07

Ok … so perhaps the title of this post has already got you wound up a bit but that was kind of intended because I REALLY want to hear your opinion on this so it was important that it got your attention and stirred up enough emotion one way or the other so that you made an effort to leave a comment.

Before I get started I also want to stress that I’m NOT writing this post simply to take some “moral highground” but merely highlight frustrations that many of people in the IM industry are having right now.

Ok … so let’s get started!

You see – about the beginning of last year I pretty much stopped promoting most of the major internet marketing launches and stuck to doing my own thing – promoting my own products or building businesses in niche markets outside of IM. To be quite honest – I’d had enough of the crap. It was starting to make me feel sick inside!

Sure – I possibly lost out on some easy cash in the form of commissions, but to me it’s not about making money by deceiving people. I doubt I could sleep at night if I felt that I’d ripped off a bunch of my subscribers so I won’t recommend products I haven’t used myself.

Anyhow, I sat back and watched all the hype from the sidelines for most of 2010. Rarely did I even pass judgment in the second half of last year. I foolishly thought that perhaps these “scam” products would die a quick and painful death if I ignored them for long enough. Unfortunately I was wrong… dead wrong. (Hey – as a total aside – I even admit to my wife that “I can be wrong too at times!” LOL)

Today however, I’ve decided to start some discussion again because in the last few months I have noticed an alarming trend – and because a good portion of my lists are new to the Internet Marketing arena, I wanted to ensure that these people didn’t get carried away (aka RIPPED OFF) with this “latest craze.”

The “craze” I’m referring to here are all those $37 automated software products popping up on Clickbank on seemingly a daily basis. They all seem to use the same “cookie cutter” sales letter, false scarcity and a “blind” sales video that tells you nothing about what the actual product is or does (except make you a lot of money – supposedly.) They all seem to promise instant riches virtually at the click of a button.

What really gets my back up though is the number of promotional emails I’ll receive for these completely useless pieces of software. Have ANY of these guys who promote this stuff actually even TESTED the software? I know for a fact that most of them haven’t – because if they had, they’d realize they don’t get anywhere close to delivering what the sales letter promises.

And when you get to the sales letter, to be told there are strictly 200 copies available is a complete and utter lie. Apart from doing some basic maths, I know it’s a lie because I am offered invited to promote these products as a JV partner and I know that some of the best promoters can clock up 200 sales on their own! So for the product creator to say that they are strictly limiting sales to just 200 or whatever is just total deception.

The relentless trend of “blind” sales letters is crazy. All these guys harp on about how great their one-of-a-kind software is and how “point and click easy” it is – yet none of them are prepared to put their money where their mouth is and SHOW you the software in action BEFORE you have to make the decision to purchase it (or not!)

In any case, do you REALLY think that a guy who makes 1,067,237.34 in just 3 short months is going to share his “revolutionary autopilot software” for just $37? You know he won’t right? Unless of course the software now no longer works as it once did!

I’ll say one thing for them though – these guys have balls, that’s for sure! The one great thing about Clickbank from a customer’s perspective is that there is virtually NO RISK. Clickbank will cheerfully refund your money (no questions asked) in just about EVERY SITUATION so you are pretty safe in purchasing any Clickbank product. I guess for the creators of these types of products it is simply a “numbers game” and they bank on the fact that many customers won’t actually bother to ask for a refund. (I know I haven’t at times in the past – I probably only ask for 50% of the refunds that I SHOULD ask for.)

Most of these recent $37 launches have been PLAGUED with problems and the feedback I’ve seen on some of the forums I go to is nothing less than atrocious.

– Blind sales letters that leave you salivating for this secret software that’s supposed to rake in tons of cash on autopilot but not knowing what the heck it’s supposed to actually do before you buy!

– Software that, once you DO decide to purchase, simply doesn’t work, no longer works as it once did or is BLACKHAT and using it could most likely get you into all sorts of trouble.

– Customer service that is pathetic – leaving customers to struggle for days on end without a reply.

– And last but not least – dodgy marketing tactics on the backend! (Endless upsells, downsells, cross-sells and telemarketers calling to entice you into some high end purchase!)

I’m not sure if you’re familiar with the Warrior Forum or not – but if not, then you should familiarize yourself with it. It’s a goldmine of information. As an example, check out these scathing comments on some of the recent releases:

Free Mass Traffic – WARRIOR FORUM REVIEWS

Free Mass Traffic – SALES PAGE (NO AFFILIATE LINK!)

PushButtonCashSite – WARRIOR FORUM REVIEWS

PushButtonCashSite – SALES PAGE (NO AFFILIATE LINK)

LOL.. If you try and leave the sales pages for the above two, you’ll get taken to the sales video. Take a look at the background of the video on both the above two and see if you can spot something in common! They look like they’ve been filmed in the same room! (Nothing wrong with that I guess but it’s a bit of a laugh.)

Auto Traffic Hijack – WARRIOR FORUM REVIEWS

Auto Traffic Hijack – SALES PAGE (NO AFFILIATE LINK)

Auto Blog System X – WARRIOR FORUM REVIEWS

Auto Blog System X – SALES PAGE (NO AFFILIATE LINK)

The above one was launched in August 2010 and was supposedly limited to 250 copies – yet I just visited the sales page again and it’s still up and live!

Auto Cash Hijack – WARRIOR FORUM REVIEWS

Auto Cash Hijack – SALES PAGE (NO AFFILIATE LINK)

and just released today (so brace your inbox for a bombardment from all those “marketers” who try to sell you something they won’t use themselves)

Auto Click Profits – WARRIOR FORUM REVIEWS

Auto Click Profits – SALES PAGE (NO AFFILIATE LINK)

(albeit released at a $39 pricepoint rather than the “traditional” $37 one.)

And these are just a SMALL handful of the recent launches.

Common sense would tell most people NOT to buy something that sounds “too good to be true” (at least without concrete evidence) but there’s something inside everyone that tells them “there must be an easier way!” and these guys know that a good number of people WILL actually buy. That’s how they do so well from these launches!

Don’t get me wrong – there are a TON of FANTASTIC products on Clickbank but as of late, many of the big launches have unfortunately resorted to shady promotional tactics and crappy software products that simply don’t work as they are supposed to.

I’ve had enough of the BS and I’m sure you have too. Isn’t it time we all stood up and said we’re not interested? Sure – we can just NOT BUY their crappy pieces of software and that will definitely help, but unfortunately there will always be newcomers to the IM scene who will fall victim to these guys. I need you to help me send them a message that they can’t ignore. If you feel the same way, please post a comment on my blog. Tweet about this post to your friends. Spread the word. I want to get these so-called “gurus” to understand that we’ve had enough and we won’t stand for it a day longer.

If you’ve got first-hand experience of one of these types of products be sure to post a comment about it – GOOD OR BAD. I’m all for a balanced argument 😉 but I’m a firm believer that NOTHING, and I mean NOTHING is a substitute for hard work, perseverance, a positive mindset and working to a proven system!

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Why 99% Of People FAIL To Make Money Online

Jun 27

I’ve been marketing online since 2002 and during this time I’ve learned a great deal about how to make money online.

Make Money Online Why 99% Of People FAIL To Make Money OnlineAs much as is humanly possible, I try to help others succeed with an internet business however only a small percentage of people will actually go on to reach their goals. In all honesty – that really saddens me because many of those people have the “potential” to achieve amazing results but they are often a victim of their own actions.

Over the years I have analyzed why so many people fail to make money online and I’ve come up with my “top 4 reasons” below:

REASON #1. They’re Looking For A “Silver Bullet”

If you’re looking for that elusive “silver bullet”, take my advice and stop hunting right now. You won’t find one.

There is no such thing as INSTANT RESULTS and if someone has told you otherwise, I’d be extremely cautious.

I’ve personally seen it first hand. A lot of those who turn to the internet to make money online are so desperate for quick cash that they start chasing INSTANT RICHES and then, once they’ve exhausted all their available cash or maxed out their credit cards, they throw in the towel with the belief that making money online isn’t possible.

NOTHING could be further from the truth and the internet is still an incredible platform for those looking to build an extremely profitable business that will produce income for them for years to come but you need to keep in mind that the days of INSTANT RICHES (if there ever was such a thing) are long gone. Be prepared to work hard and you WILL achieve surprising results.

REASON #2. They Do Not Set Themselves Realistic Goals

At best, most people set themselves very general goals whilst others are outrageously unrealistic.

One of the most important factors in achieving success in whatever you wish to do, is to set realistic goals. By setting realistic goals you are more likely to succeed because you can easily see that you are making progress towards your overall goal at each milestone.

As an example (and please keep in mind that the exact figures themselves are not particularly important here)…

If you want to make $3000 per month online, then you should try and think realistically how this can be achieved.

Firstly – you would probably not expect to see $3000 per month in your first month. (If you did, that would be sensational but for 99.9% of people this won’t happen.) So be sure to set yourself a realistic goal.

Maybe in your first month it is your goal to earn $300 (or an average of $10 per day). By achieving even this level of income, you are PROVING to YOURSELF that making money online is in fact possible.

(Important note: In most cases, you won’t make ANY money in the first month of joining a program. That’s reality. But don’t let that put you off. You have to do the groundwork first before you will see the fruits of your labor.)

Perhaps your second month’s goal is to make $600 for the month (or an average of $20 per day).

If you keep your goals realistic and “bite-sized” you are more likely to attain your longer term goal of generating $3000 per month rather than trying to shoot for it in Month #1 only to fail and become demotivated.

HOT TIP: If you can focus on ways to make RESIDUAL INCOME (i.e. income that rolls over every month) as opposed to ONE-OFF INCOME, then you can really make some awesome money in just a few short months as each month’s income essentially gets added to the previous months’ (with the exception of any cancellations).

REASON #3. They Don’t Stick With A Program Or Plan For Long Enough To See Results

This is a biggie and it’s easy to see why this happens, especially to those who are new to the internet marketing scene. Every day, we are bombarded with money making offer after money making offer and 95% of them SEEM great on the surface of things. The problem is that, even if 50% of those offers actually WORKED, most people won’t stick with them long enough to see results.

My advice to anyone who asks me how to make money online is this:

Find a step-by-step blueprint that has been proven to work for others in your position or is recommended or created by someone you trust. Stick with that blueprint and do not deviate for at least 3 months… I say “AT LEAST” because virtually every good system will take a few months to start working for you – especially if you are starting out from scratch.

I see it all the time…

“I’ve been trying for the last 3 months to make money online. I’ve tried virtually everything there is out there and nothing seems to work! I’ve tried PPC, blogging, CPA, MLMs and heaps of other things but none have made me any money. I’m at my wits end trying to get something to work because if I don’t make money online within the next month or so, I’ll be kicked out of my apartment and living on the street. Please help.”

If only these people would stick to just ONE program and devote all their time to it, in many cases, they would have been successful. But instead, they are swayed by all the tempting offers out there and end up doing a little bit of this and a little bit of that but not enough to actually make any income.

My mother always used to say to me “good things take time” and although I didn’t always believe everything my mother used to tell me (lol), I do believe that to be true. You have to allow enough time to see results. If you skip to the next program without giving the previous one enough of a chance to work properly, you’re doing yourself (and the program) a disservice.

The key is truly to stay very focused on the tasks at hand and not being distracted by all the other offers out there. As tempting as they may be, becoming distracted will be a massive reason why you will not succeed at any.

REASON #4. There Are TOO MANY WAYS To Make Money Online So They Simply DO NOT Take Action On Any…

Despite what many might think, there are actually TOO MANY WAYS that you can make money online and that can often be the biggest reason for failure for some. They just don’t know which route to take.

There is another group of people that simply freeze at the starting gate. Often these people are too scared to take ANY action and that is what holds them back from being able to make money online. It’s a shame but it’s partially the fault of there being so many choices that the individual just simply does not know where to begin.

Whatever you do – if you decide that you are going to do something, then DO IT. Don’t sit and procrastinate. Procrastination is time wasted. By all means, do your own “due diligence” but once you have reached a decision, don’t be afraid to take action!

Stay focused on your goals and stick with your chosen plan and I can virtually guarantee that in the months ahead, you WILL make money online!

I’d love to hear from you if you have yet to make any money online. Perhaps you could take 30 seconds to complete my poll? You may even like to share your comments below so that I can help you to succeed. Also – perhaps you HAVE had success and would like to share how you achieved this?

Your friend in success,

Aaron

If you have yet to make any real money online, why do you think that is?

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Learn About Internet Marketing Today

Jun 24

Due to advancements in technology, the Internet has created vast opportunities for people to establish businesses and make money online. A lot of people have opted to offer products and services online. You can do this too by simply establishing a website. The hard part is in promoting this. There are several ways to learn about internet marketing. But first, let us discuss what it is all about.

aboutinternetmarketing Learn About Internet Marketing Today

Learn About Internet Marketing Today

Basically, Internet marketing is done in order to create product awareness. If people do not know that your product or service exists, then there is no way that you can make money off of it. When you learn the techniques used on the Internet, you will be able to properly promote your website and your products to potential customers. Do this right, then you will be able to earn good money. However, if you do it wrong, then you would end up wasting time and money.

There are several ways and tactics to go about this. The best way to learn about internet marketing is to have a mentor. Have someone who has already been successful in this field teach you the basic concepts and techniques on how to promote a product or service. This is the best way because a mentor would be able to guide you properly through the stages of marketing. This, however, will not be easy to find since not a lot of people would be willing to teach you about internet marketing, their techniques and secrets.

If this is the case, then you can opt to find a good e-book which discusses the basic concepts, theories and techniques of Internet marketing. You can find them all over the Internet. Some may be a bit more expensive than others, but price should not be your gauge of which one to choose. Read user reviews and research about the author. You should get one written by an Internet marketer with a good background.

You can also look for online courses to learn how you can market your products or service. These courses consist of reading e-books and lessons. But it also includes tests to see how much you have learned. Online courses also give you the opportunity to converse with other Internet marketers and ask questions. This is a great feature to learn more about the business and expand your knowledge about internet marketing. Plus, taking a course can also open up a lot of opportunities for your business.

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