WordPress is one of the best tools to come along for helping Internet marketers make money online. In the past, you had to learn how to code HTML or learn how to use expensive WYSIWYG editors to build a Website. With WordPress, you just upload it, add a few plugins, and your site is ready to go. It’s fast, and easy and pretty much anyone with a pulse can get a WordPress site online in an afternoon. Of course, the software is not without its vulnerabilities, and WordPress hackers have been quite successful in making money from other people’s sites.
In recent news, Google has announced that they’re going to take a close look at sites containing what they call “hacking spam” and these are sites that have been compromised by WordPress hackers. Once you are able to break into someone’s site, you can upload any content that you like, often without the knowledge of the owner of the site. Since a lot of this content can be harmful, Google has decided to start removing such sites from their search results. While they say that this will likely affect only 5% of search results, 5% is a lot, and we’re talking about hundreds of thousands of sites here. In this post, I’ll talk about how WordPress hackers can hurt you and what you can do to prevent it.
I’ve written a number of posts about WordPress, which I believe to be the easiest and most useful way of publishing a Website today. Like everyone else, I used to create Websites in HTML, but WordPress is easier to use, is more configurable and much more flexible, thanks to WordPress plugins, which are tools that can add to the functionality of a Website. While a site will work just fine without any WordPress plugins at all, adding a few can provide a dramatically different user experience for both the creators of the site and the site visitors.
I saw an interesting question about WordPress plugins on a marketing forum recently that led to some interesting replies. The question was “Which WordPress plugins do you regard as essential?” You might think that this was a pretty simple and straightforward question, and yet it led to dozens of replies, and they were all different. It seems that no two people can agree on what, exactly, constitutes “essential WordPress plugins”, nor can any one agree on which ones, or even how many, one needs to run one’s Website effectively.
This may come as a shock to a lot of people, but in many ways, it’s easier making money online than it has ever been before. Sure, the search engines have gotten a lot more particular about what they’ll put in their indexes and where they’ll rank sites that are built to make money online, but that’s one of the few areas in the making money online niche that has suffered over the years. In a lot of other ways, things are much simpler than they’ve ever been, and new developments make it easier to work online from home than ever before.
Don’t get me wrong; I’m not suggesting that it’s necessarily easymaking money online. It’s work, just as it would be to do anything else for a living. These days, however, a lot of tasks that used to be quite difficult are now simple enough that even a novice can tackle them. The great thing about this is that it’s not possible for just about anyone to engage in Internet marketing, where it was once an area that was pretty much limited to those with advanced technical or computer skills. In addition, the costs of many things related to making money online have dropped over the years, lowering the barriers to entry and making it easier for people with modest amounts of money to invest to get started creating an online business.