Finance and Malware: A Love Hate Relationship!

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!

 

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Comments

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. I suggest installing Akismet wordpress plugin also to protect your site from spam comments and other malware attacks.

  4. 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.

  5. 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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