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You might be wondering why on earth we’re writing about WordPress on FWJ, but if you run your own blog and you use the platform, then you have to be aware of the WordPress global attack that has been the talk of that scene in recent days. We’re not all techie, and you may even rely on other people to deal with the technical aspects of your site. If you do some tech tinkering yourself, though, it’s best to be aware of events such as this ongoing WordPress global attack. I don’t want to go too much into the details, but HostGator revealed some information about the issue earlier this month.
What is this WordPress global attack all about?
Here’s a brief and simple description of the issue.
The short and simple explanation of what is happening is that one or more illegal botnets (a network of hundreds, thousands, or millions of compromised computers that are being exploited to perform attacks, send spam, etc) are being used to brute-force attack WordPress sites. The goal of a brute force attack is to try as many username and password combinations as possible in order to find valid login credentials. It’s as if someone was trying to guess the combination on a combination lock, but rather than being limited to a single guess every few seconds, they could make hundreds or thousands of guesses a second while never getting tired. (Source)
Why should you be worried?
Obviously, you should only be concerned if you use WordPress. If this is the case, and you get hacked, then a number of things can happen. Your site can be shut down. Your site can be used to send spam, commit fraud, and all sorts of other illegal (or distasteful at best) activities. Illegal activities aside, having no access to your content can totally throw you off balance, especially if you use your blog or web site as a portfolio.
What should you do?
An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, my grandmother used to say, so the simplest thing you can do is change your password and use a very strong one. Use a password generator if you have to. Additionally, if you use “admin” as username, remove that immediately and change it. According to security experts, this is the most common username that is guessed, granting the hackers access to countless WordPress sites.
If you want to go the extra mile, take a look at services that can detect and repel such attacks.
What if it’s too late?
If you’ve been victimized by the issue, then you might think it’s too late. It’s not the end of the world, though. There are also services which can help you recover your site in case it gets hacked. HackedRecovery is one such service, and it also gives you support to bolster your site’s security.
Has anyone been at the receiving end of these attacks?
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With the growing popularity and use of the Internet, more and more people are sitting at their desks thinking: I could do this from home. Fortunately, company owners are also starting to realize the fact that many jobs can now be done at home through the Internet. This is especially true for writing gigs. This is known as telecommuting, and for those who have landing a telecommuting job, home can really be anywhere in the world.
To all our loyal readers and followers, if you are reading this post then it means that we have finally managed to solve our wretched technical problems that have been dogging us for the last 2 weeks! It seemed like we would never get the site back, but we finally managed it today and we are going to get right back on track immediately with the daily job listings!
We have been getting concerned emails, Tweets, and FB messages almost daily from you, and we have been taking notice of all these. We would all like to apologize to you, but also say thank you for sticking with us!
These technical server problems come hot on the heels of the Google EMD update that affected this site quite badly, too at the end of September, reducing our traffic from Google by almost 50%. It seems that Google now deems us helping people find online writing work not so important for their search results. But, oh well, we will continue with your daily jobs posts, so again, thank you for sticking with us!
It’s a new month, and with it comes some exciting news! As you may all know, Freelance Writing Jobs is part of a larger network: Splashpress Media. The Splashpress Media Network is a diverse collection of sites all geared toward providing unique and interesting content to their readers.
Recognizing that FWJ readers are some of the most talented freelance writers one can find today, we are opening up some of our sites for guest posting opportunities.
Are you always one of the first to know what Apple is cooking up? If so, you can, for example, be one of our guest bloggers on Apple Gazette. If your specialization is new media and social media, you will be happy to note that we have several sites focusing on these topics.
Not only do you get the chance to write for a broad audience, but you also get to pick the topics which are closest to your heart and which you know most about.
Every month, we will be posting guest posting opportunities in the Forum. Details such as the site/s and topic/s will be outlined in the announcement. Writers who are interested in grabbing a guest posting opportunity can offer their content. The Splashpress editorial team will then pick out content to be used as guest entries. It’s as easy as that, and it will not cost you a thing!
Every guest posting opportunity will have specific guidelines, but to give you an idea, here are some basics that we expect:
In order to make your guest entry more readable, please take note that at least one image is required for each post. We do respect copyright, so all images used must be under the Creative Commons License. Alternatively, you can use images that you own the rights to. Here are some useful resources for images that are royalty-free and/or Creative Commons.
Please also make sure that you do NOT hotlink to images. Instead, once you have verified that the image you are using is free to use without any copyright issues, copy-paste or upload the image. Also, do not forget the crucial step of attribution: provide the source of the image.
If you are marketer or site owner and are looking for some expert assistance with your guest posting and blogger outreach then a guest posting service would also be worth investigating.
It seems as though the new search engine optimization (SEO) aspect to freelance writing is two-fold: The whole concept of SEO has created many more jobs for writers, yet it has created a lot of new and different work for a writer that doesn’t always seem to fall under the “writing” category. For the latter reason, many freelance writers are not overly interested in learning SEO and would rather continue being an “old fashioned” freelance writer. After all, SEO can get complicated for someone new to the field. Although SEO is a thrill for some writers, many writers cannot help but ask themselves: Do I really need to understand SEO to be a writer?
Do you have a blog? Who doesn’t these days? One of the things about blogging is that you really have to work on keeping your blog alive. You have to bring value to your readers, and more than that, make sure the word gets out about your blog.
While you can rest on your laurels and be content with the readership you already have, why do that when you can continuously get more exposure and attract new followers? This is the idea behind Blog Search Engine, a blog directory under the wings of Splashpress Media, the same group running our beloved Freelance Writing Jobs. Blog Search Engine is a PR6 blog directory which can help bloggers of all kinds to gain more exposure for their pride and joy.
The blog directory is being relaunched, complete with a new design and new packages – from Basic to Platinum. In line with this relaunch, Blog Search Engine is running a contest wherein the winner will get a Platinum Package worth $99.99!
This package gives you a full description of your blog and a backlink, which every other package offers. On top of these, you also get the following perks:
Doesn’t that just make you excited about what such a package can do for your blog? Sure, $99.99 is not to be taken lightly, but with the contest, you can get everything for free! Here’s how to win.
The contest will run until end of day 11/11/11 and the winner will be announced no later than 11/14/2011.
What are you waiting for? Hit that Tweet button now!
Today is my last day as part of the Freelance Writing Jobs team. Time constraints and other obligations have made it difficult for me to give this community the care it needs, but I leave you in the very capable hands of Franky Branckaute and the Splashpress Media team.
If you’ve been following my branding series and want to read more about branding and social media marketing, you can follow the link to read a free bonus chapter from my new book, 30-Minute Social Media Marketing, and if you’ve been following my copywriting series and want to learn more, you can pick up a copy of Kick-ass Copywriting in 10 Easy Steps. Everything you need to know to successfully grow your freelance writing business through branding, social media, and content marketing, as well as how to write effective copy, can be found in those books. And of course, you can always find me on Twitter (@susangunelius), Facebook, LinkedIn or visit my company website (KeySplash Creative) for all the details. Don’t be stranger!
With that said, I leave you with 25 tips to become a successful freelance writer (in no particular order). Feel free to add your own to this list in the comments section!
Best of luck for writing success in the future!
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More great news this week for the Freelance Writing Jobs network! Ahmed Bilal is joining the team and will write about search engine optimization (one of his areas of expertise), writing for the web and a variety of other writing topics!
If you’re not already familiar with Ahmed, following is a brief introduction.
About Ahmed Bilal
Ahmed Bilal is an entrepreneur and business consultant who has worked as freelance copywriter and blogger for a wide variety of niches – from online marketing to health and fitness to relationships to financial markets and lots more. He has also worked (and still does) in the online marketing industry as a consultant for U.S. and U.K. based start-ups. In addition, Ahmed owns Football Media, an advertising network that works exclusively with football websites.
You can learn more about Ahmed on his website, AhmedBilal.com.
Please join me in welcoming Ahmed to Freelance Writing Jobs. I’m confident he’ll bring new perspectives that are sure to help writers as we navigate through the new landscape of the publishing world both online and offline.