Dealing with security issues and producing excellent content are just two of the responsibilities website owners can expect to regularly exercise.
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Just recently, consumer credit reporting agency Equifax put millions of Americans’ data at risk after the agency’s database was targeted and penetrated by hackers.
The perpetrators gained access to the credit information of 143 million Americans. The compromised data included, birthdays, addresses, driver’s license and social security numbers.
Thankfully, people who are just on the brink of starting a blog are somehow safe from attacks of this magnitude.
Highlight on somehow, because regardless of how small or big a technology or system is, there’s always a chance that it could be targeted by hackers and their ilk.
The following are security tips you can apply on your WordPress account to keep it safe from attacks.
1. Limit plugins to only the essentials
This is important not just for security purposes but for speed and performance as well.
One misconception some new bloggers have is that the more plugins you have, the better. However, that’s one mistake that needs to be nipped in the bud.
Stacking up on an excessive number of unnecessary plugins will slow your site down significantly. If your site can work well without a specific plugin, skip it. You can also search for plugins that mark off a few things on your must-have list for your WordPress blog or website.
Choose only the plugins that fit what you need the most from the WP plugin directory. Leave the ones that you don’t need alone.
Remember: the fewer plugins you have, the fewer possibilities hackers can access your data.
2. Say no to bootleg plugins
Although pirated premiums can be tempting, resist! Any cracked software almost always has some kind of hidden, sinister caveat, and plugins are no exception to the rule.
You don’t want to learn that lesson the hard way and realize that scrimping on the few bucks you should have legally paid for your plugin wasn’t worth it only after spending hundreds of dollars fixing your website after it crashes or gets hacked.
One way to help your fellow bloggers is to keep them informed, so make sure to share this juicy and useful piece of info to other bloggers that you know.
3. Choose the best Hosting you can get your hands on
A WP White Security report says that 41% of WordPress site hackings were due to a security failure on the hosting end.
That’s why you don’t want to economize on this vital aspect of your website. Choose the best web host that you can afford. Do your research and go over forums and reviews before making your choice.
It’s a sad fact of life that the things we cheaply get will usually not be able to give us what we need. When it comes to picking the best hosting service, choosing a pricey one that is well-received by users is definitely a worthwhile investment.
4. Quit using “Admin” as your admin username
A lot of warnings and a lot of care has been implemented to prevent people from using easy-to-guess passwords. Surprisingly though, “Admin” is still the most commonly-used administrator username across many sites including WordPress.
This is one of the first things hackers usually try to exploit. Why not make their job a bit harder for them? Here’s what you can do:
First, create a new user with administrator privileges.
Use a username that will be harder for outsiders to guess, preferably with capital letters and numbers
Next, delete the “admin” user.
No need to worry about any posts or pages you may have made using the username “admin”. Upon trying to delete, WordPress will prompt you to choose between deleting all content owned by the user to be deleted or transferring them to a different user. Transfer content to you newly-created user and proceed with the username deletion.
5. Use a stronger password
Speaking of passwords, like I mentioned in the previous item, make yours not so easy to guess. As a rule of thumb, Yoast suggests CLU (Complex, long and unique). In other words, use a long, complicated password that other people are less likely to use.
As much as trust and honesty between nationalities build stronger cultural competence, so do stronger passwords strengthen the integrity of your website.
6. Limit the number of login attempts
There are plugins that you can use to impose a three-strike rule for logins to your WordPress account from a particular IP address.
WP Limit Login Attempts and iThemes Security (formerly Better WP Security) are two examples of high-rated security plugins that enforce sturdy login policies on your WordPress account and protect you against Brute Force attacks.
7. Keep everything 100% up-to-date
Keeping your WordPress core itself updated is essential, but that’s not all. A recent Sucuri.net study shows that a huge percentage of website hacks are caused not only by out-of-date WordPress cores but also by plugins rendered vulnerable because they have not been kept updated.
This problem can be solved by setting both your WordPress core as well as all plugins and themes to update automatically. That way, regardless of how busy you are, your website remains safe in these specific aspects.
8. Set your login URL to something other than the default
Most WordPress login links are set to either www.websitename.com/wp-admin or www.websitename.com/wp-login.php by default. Unfortunately, this exposes your site to risks of brute force attacks.
Brute force attacks being typically automated, customizing your website’s login URL makes it harder for such attacks to penetrate your site.
Plugins are available to make this job easier for you.
8. Make sure your computer is squeaky-clean and in tip-top shape, too
There are some instances where hackers can get access to your website due to security issues on the computer you are using. That’s why, first of all, I recommend using only your own computer when accessing WordPress, especially when making important changes.
For one thing, it’s easier to keep your own personal computer up-to-date. Plus, you can have your choice of antivirus to keep all manner of malware, spyware and other insidious programs from getting into it.
9. Backup your site fully and regularly
The one thing more important than keeping your WordPress updated is doing regular backups of your site data.
Problems and issues are part and parcel of owning a website. Sooner or later something will happen. Backing up your account constantly ensures that you save yourself from the humongous amount of combined headache and heartbreak involved in starting over from total scratch.
Regular backups also make handling blog problems an easier task. It helps you get to the root of the problem by being able to track your actions leading to a certain crash or trouble.
Most of these are already mentioned in WordPress’ list of security tips. However, I do hope I was able to give fresh insights that you can use to help keep your website safe.
The main function of these security tips is not to eliminate all threats to your WordPress account. Rather, it is to reduce them. Why, you ask? Because as long as any system stands, hackers will always try to tear them down.
That’s why you, as a WordPress user, must also be forever vigilant in protecting your website from such attacks.
What Does Your Blog Need?
I wrote an eBook explaining what your blog needs:
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Success finds bloggers who cover all bases.
If you need nothing and feel your blog needs nothing, you succeed and live your wildest dreams.
Successful bloggers know adding the right elements to blogs and beginning blogs the right way accelerates your success. Plus it feels good to begin blogging intelligently.
What does your blog need?
1: Domain and Hosting
Invest in a domain and hosting.
Accelerate your blogging success.
Domain names make you stand out.
Observe how Pat Flynn invested in Smart Passive Income.
Of course you know immediately; the blogger covers smart passive income. Passive income seekers know the resource because Pat bought a domain name.
He also invested in hosting to ensure he owned his blog.
Take this step to control:
- income potential
- blog voice
Own your site. You need to own your blog to be in control of your blogging campaign.
2: Premium Theme
Invest money in a premium theme.
Stand out from the crowd.
Circulating money on a premium, eye-catching, clear theme emits a professional, impressive, powerful message.
This was from one of my many trips to Thailand.
Readers see you are a serious, successful or success-seeking, blogger. Of course you gain trust and grow your readership quickly by investing money in a premium theme.
Why do you need a premium theme? Would you trust a blogger who uses a cheap-looking, heavy, non-professional theme? If someone cannot afford to invest $60 in a premium theme you better not trust their advice, their insight and their sharing. Why? Serious, skilled bloggers never allow $60 to dictate their life’s direction and failing, struggling, unskilled bloggers make the foolish decision to not chase their dreams over $60.
Content drives blogs.
Your blog needs content to:
- prove you know your stuff
- spread your presence online
- inspire readers to follow you
- inspire readers to trust you
Visit Blogging From Paradise.
Look around for a few minutes. Read 3 of my recent posts. Do you see why content drives the blogging engine?
Imagine if you saw only 1 blog post. Every blogger begins somewhere but publishing helpful content from a generous, success-focused energy distances you from most bloggers in your niche.
Imagine seeing 1 to 5 blog posts on a blog. Good introduction no doubt.
Imagine seeing 50 to 100 blog posts on a blog. Massive impact.
Focus less on post numbers and more on being generous with time and talents. Content just shows off what you know.
As folks see you know your stuff thru your volume of helpful posts you begin to:
- increase traffic
- boost your blogging profits
- expand your presence
- increase brand awareness
- help more folks
- make a big impact in your niche
Content makes everything grow.
Publish content on the regular to become a successful blogger.
Focus on Your Dreams
Concentrate on your dreams from a relaxed, chill energy.
You need dreams to feel the calm, detached confidence of bloggers who invest in:
- a domain and hosting
- a premium theme
- creating helpful content
See your blogging wins now. You succeed now. Own it.
Feel good about your blogging career. You are rocking it out.
Succeed, being the blogger who covers all blogging needs.
Invest in a blogging course.
Your blog – and you – need a blogging blueprint to follow in order to succeed from a calm, confident, orderly, relaxed energy.
Blog like a success.
Learn from the best to become a successful blogger.
Courses just give you a structure for learning in the proper format.
Imagine sitting down in a classroom to learn disciplines from a professor.
You do the same thing through a blogging course.
How Can You Turn Criticism into Blogging Profits?
I wrote an entire eBook on lessons I learned from critics:
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As you see greater blogging success, you get criticized.
No blogger avoids criticism.
Learning how to convert nasty criticism into blogging profits helps you be a highly successful blogger.
Imagine someone tossing big rocks at you.
Fools step in front of the rocks, injuring themselves.
Idiots catch the rocks and throw said rocks back at folks, wasting precious time and energy on rock tossing morons.
Wise humans avoid the rocks, allowing the stones to reach terra firma, and build a castle from all the granite-type rocks tossed their way.
Highly successful, happy bloggers are like wise humans; building something meaningful and profitable from inevitable criticism, versus taking criticism personally (stepping in front of rocks) or fighting critics (throwing rocks back at rock throwers).
I wrote 2 eBooks on the topic.
In addition to the prior eBook I also wrote:
Observe the product page.
I profit through an:
- eBook version
- audio book version
- paperback version
- mass market paperback version
of the topic.
I make money through 4 income streams based on teaching folks how to profit through blogging criticism.
How can you convert criticism into coin?
Follow these tips.
Breathe Deeply and Relax
- fight criticism
- feel the sting of criticism
- feel embarrassed about being criticized
- fight critics
- go into a shell after being criticized
Breathe deep. Relax.
Feel energies and emotions in reaction to being criticized.
Release said energies.
Be calm, confident and poised.
Establish the proper energy for profiting through criticism.
Criticism is a projection of individual; we see ourselves in others.
100% of the time, critics speak 100% of themselves, not you, through their criticism.
Knowing this, you do not take criticism personally. Ditto for gaining clarity in all you do, blogging-wise.
I reacted with anger, annoyance, embarrassment and shame on reading my first few 1 star audio book reviews. Turns out, those fear-based feelings needed to be addressed and released for me to generate more income through audio books.
Increased profits flow to bloggers who feel clear on income channels.
Being criticized forces you to face, embrace and release fears concerning income channels, said clearing resulting in clarity and greater sales.
If you react negatively to criticism, the reaction suggests you have fears to feel and clear regarding the criticism. Clearing these negative energies allows more profits to flow through the income streams because fear strangles income while clarity increases income.
Convert Criticism into Tangible Products
Turn hate into create.
Convert criticism into tangible profits.
Note my 2 eBooks, my audio book and paperback.
Create an online course to help your readers process criticism.
Strike while the iron feels hot; create immediately after receiving criticism to allow your prolific ideas to flow.
Add a price tag.
See Problems and Profit in Projection
- blog posts
- guest posts
based on critical projections bandied about by critics.
Critics may or may not see errors in their ways.
This was from my 2 month trip to Oman.
I just stress how criticizing promotes their failure, strangles success and prolongs misery and suffering, based on my content.
If critics wake up and read, these folks become likely readers, fans, customers and clients, because if I solved their problems for free I can solve their problems for pay.
Profit through the Discipline of Detached Observation
Observing feelings from a detached, calm, confident energy versus reacting to feelings is a skill most millionaires cultivate.
What better way can you develop this skill than by reading and processing criticism without reacting to your emotions?
Wealthy bloggers observe knee jerk reactions in their being, feel energies, release, and proceed to profit. You see immense patience, persistence, poise and profiting. But the blogger just watches, feels and releases, versus reacting.
Move Up the Energetic Ladder into More Prospering, Higher Circles by Ignoring Critics
Critics vibe from a fear-based, lower, poverty conscious energy.
Ignore these folks to rocket higher in blogging circles, toward a loving, prosperity conscious, profitable energy.
I made blogging friends in high places by completely ignoring lower energy folks, some of whom criticized me and my blog.
Starve lower energies.
Make room for higher energies.
Profit, free yourself and see increasing blogging success.
What Do You Sell and How Do You Sell It?
One easy way to make money blogging is to get clear on calling folks to buy your stuff and hire you.
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Invest in my blogging course.
Advertise on my blog.
See how easy?
I clearly call you to invest.
Simply put, knowing what you sell and how you sell it increases your blogging profits because people respond to your energy.
Prior lines? Each feels clear and comfortable to me. I know what I offer. Of course I know how I offer it. How, meaning, how I feel offering.
Imagine feeling light, airy, calm, confident and detached as you call readers to buy or hire. Money feelings. Good.
But imagine feeling heavy, resistant, uncomfortable, awkward or embarrassed calling readers to buy or hire.
Your greatest pro blogging success occurs by shifting from heavy to light during money calls.
Or feeling light, airy, detached and clear on calls because you freely share what you sell and sell with clarity results in big blogging profits.
I note a spike in audio book sales and reviews. Of course I barely touched my audio books over 3 years. I generate almost completely passive income; the audio books sell themselves.
After seeing royalty payments recently I pondered the passive blogging income; I barely actively sell ‘em so the what and how seems non-existent. But detaching just lets what and how unfold gracefully and beautifully, resulting in virtually complete passive income.
This was from my trip to Bali.
Getting almost 100% clear on what and how results in ever increasing, passive profits.
Blogging is energy.
Imagine feeling clear on receiving money from someone. You just accept it.
A friend buys lunch. You cheerily accept.
Your energy dictates you clearly accept and enjoy the money or purchase.
Ditto for blogging income streams. Emit the same clear, relaxed, accepting, receiving energy. Money flows to you thru clear streams. Of course my audiobooks sell passively; I am clear on that channel.
Boosting your blogging profits requires you freely offer what you sell and sell from a clear, confident, abundant, knowing, detached energy.
Example; note how I include 1 or more calls to action for all blog posts and videos. I offer what I sell freely. My readers never need guess. Clarity. No hiding or awkwardness or discomfort. I am clear. I sell.
How do I sell? Of course, from a calm, clear, confident, knowing I am successful energy. Naturally, I sell and profit because my energy around what and how feels clear to me.
Next Level Profits
Profit like top bloggers in your niche.
Get clear on receiving money.
Visualize yourself owning ample money. Feel rich.
I enjoy counting money in mind so it feels real to me. Swiftly, I make money through iTunes, Bitcoin and Quora, as has been the case recently.
Bitcoin and Quora are neither directly related to blogging but so goes money; it cares not channels, it justs finds bloggers clear on receiving money. Plus my blogging related profits increase too.
Picturing your wealth serves you because what feels real in mind flows into your experience.
Money and worldly success find you through profitable ideas, people and circumstances.
Execute the ideas from a chill, relaxed energy. Profit.
Freely offer what you offer. Promote yourself through every blog post and video. Tell us what you sell; we want to buy it. Sell with clarity. Know success and profits are yours; promote with clarity, detachment and a knowing that you already have profits because mind owns profits.
Blogging Is Not That Hard for Mind Scientists
Every day, my email inbox delights me.
My visualization sessions yield fascinating, profitable opportunities.
As within, so without.
Blogging is not that hard at all for bloggers who visualize success, who feel rich, who count their blogging wins and who keep things positive.
Success follows success-focused bloggers.
Profits follow rich-feeling, riches-seeing bloggers.
As within, so without.
Get clear on selling and receiving money.
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