Fetching Friday – Resources, Dofollow Updates & Go Daddy

This post is part of a weekly series, Fetching Friday, featuring the resources mashup, Dofollow blog directory updates, and a bit about what I think of Go Daddy after the recent malware attacks.

The Resources Mashup

Here are some of the best articles I have stumbled upon and retweeted on @kikolani this week.

Blogging / Writing

Business / Career / Finance

Facebook

Humor / Infographics / Inspiration

Link Building / Keyword Research

Making Money Online / Online Marketing

Personal Development / Self Improvement

Photography / Digital Art

Search Engines / SEO / Traffic

Social Media

Social Networks

Twitter

WordPress

Dofollow Updates

It’s been awhile since I have done a dofollow blog directory update, so I thought I’d mention that there are now 250+ dofollow blogs now, including several new categories. So check it out, and be sure to submit your dofollow blog to the directory today if you haven’t already.

Also, if you support dofollow blogs, be sure to show it with the following tweet:

Find the best #dofollow blogs and resources on http://dofollow.info + follow @dofollowinfo for updates! #ff #followfriday

Rethinking My Hosting

Earlier this week, my site was hacked for the third time in less than a month – this time was the Holasionweb script. After the last two hacks (the first which I wrote about extensively) I…

  • Scanned my machines and removed any viruses / spyware (the first time there was a trojan on my laptop, but the second time there was nothing.
  • Changed all my passwords (Go Daddy main account, FTP, database, WordPress admin, etc.).
  • Deleted and reinstalled all WordPress files, plugins, theme files, etc. with the latest versions.
  • Changed file / folder permissions.
  • Moved my wp-config into another folder.
  • Thought I was safe.

So even after all of this, I was still hacked… again, and again. What I know is…

  • The sites (two on separate accounts) that I have on Go Daddy that were upgraded to the latest WordPress versions were the ones that got hacked.
  • The sites I have on Godaddy on two other separate hosting accounts that were not upgraded to the latest version (or even secured) were not hacked.
  • A former Go Daddy client who switched to HostGator after the first two attacks but before the Holasionweb script site remained unaffected even without additional security measures.

At this point, it seems silly to stick with Go Daddy with the imminent threat of another attack always looming over my most trafficked sites. But at the same time, other hosts like Network Solutions have been hit with this thing as well. So who’s to say that if I moved to another host the same thing wouldn’t ultimately happen to them.

Why do I still like Go Daddy? Because up until this point, I have received nothing but great service from them. They have gotten my site up quickly when it went down due to a plugin instability that I couldn’t figure out. They helped me re-register a domain because I misspelled it during registration. They helped me remove services from my account that I couldn’t figure out how to do online. Overall, I have always been satisfied with them without any problems.

While I acknowledge that Go Daddy is responding and working on things, I would like to hear them stop repeating the same broken record about upgrading the sites and changing the passwords, because that is obviously not working. There is something else going on. I want to know what that is, and when it will be solved.

For other Go Daddy readers, here is a good post on reasons to reconsider hosting with them. And affiliates, watch out that they might drop you.

Facebook in Real Life

Continuing on a humorous social media theme that started with throwing Tweetbaggery in the mix with the Twitter articles, here is a funny view of what Facebook interactions would be like in real life.

And in case that isn’t enough for you, check out what Ari Herzog just shared on what Facebook is really for in his latest post.

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Comments

  1. says

    I did not know that our blog might be hacked, i do not take any precaution for it. I have bought domain name from godaddy, but hosting from one of my friend. Now I will have to keep attention on it.

    I have sent you friend request on facebook and myspace, hope you will accept. Also what is your digg and mixx account. I am active on both site.
    .-= New from chandan@work at home blog 7 Best Work At Home Marketplace For Freelancer =-.

  2. says

    Go Daddy, the webs #1 domain registrar should stick with their strengths. They have always had a bad track record with hosting, at least ever since I started in early 2000; but I’m not getting into that argument again. lol

    What I find interesting here is, you separate Twitter and Facebook from Social Networks… ;)
    .-= New from Dennis Edell @ Direct Sales Marketing Web Income Experiments DotCom Wins Hands-Down! =-.

  3. says

    Excellent list this week Kristi. I’m loving the latest from the Oatmeal!

    Sounds like you’ve experienced some major frustrations with GoDaddy. I agree with Dennis–the issues with their hosting have been hashed out elsewhere, so no point in going into that. I am surprised that you have had to deal with back-to-back-to-back attacks on your site(s). What is GoDaddy doing over there? Sheesh.

    Here’s hoping your site stays protected and php-exploit free!
    .-= New from Annette from SocialBigTop.com Poll: Is Blog Commenting Worth Your Time? =-.

  4. says

    Regarding blog hosting, I can’t speak high enough of Tubu. They’re a small hosting company in Pittsburgh that hosts my three domains. I’ve been with them since migrating my blog from Blogger to WordPress in the fall of 2008.

    Prices are competitive (they offer blog hosting rates and web hosting rates, with the former more affordable based on your bandwidth and storage requirements) and customer service is top-notch.

    If you click to my affiliate link, you can learn more about Tubu.
    .-= New from Ari Herzog@Online Media Strategies Happy Birthday, Blog! You’re 3 Years Old! =-.

  5. says

    Thanks as always for the great links and I always love the variety of categories to learn from. I’m always a fan of the personal development items (and thanks so much for including my relationships list) and your tips for online marketing and social media. So much to learn from the content you provide, keep it up, thanks!
    .-= New from Mike King 100 Ways to Improve Your Relationships =-.

  6. says

    Another great list! Loved everything but most especially like 100 ways to improve your relationships and Differences between black & white vs. color photography. Keep up the good work!

  7. says

    The articles on link requests provide a lot of value to me right now thanks for that.

    Although the best advice for link requests will always stay this: what value is in it for the person that links to you.

    Ah, another huge update on the dofollow directory, awesome!

    The facebook in real life clip is glorious, have you seen the South Park episode covering Facebook :D
    .-= New from Alex@Zahnaufheller Braun Oral-B Sonic Complete DLX – Testbericht =-.

  8. says

    Hi Kristi,

    Hosting companies are doing their best I believe but clearly there are some hosting companies that are better than others.

    I’m sorry to hear that you’ve had some hacking problems that don’t seem to go away in spite of doing everything you can.

    I don’t use Go Daddy but from what I’ve heard more than one internet marketer say I would be very careful.

    I hope that the issue will get resolved soon. It may be better to move on and not wait too long for them to tackle this. If they keep on repeating the same thing that may be an indication that they aren’t on top of things.

    Vance
    .-= New from Vance@Wealthy Affiliate University Rip-off Wealthy Affiliate Uses Forced Continuity, Ignores Refund Requests =-.

  9. says

    You talked about upgrading to the latest version of WordPress, but that one wasn’t a security upgrade, so I didn’t bother with it. Figures, 2.9.2 gets hacked all the time, but 2.9.1 doesn’t, which is what I’m still sitting on. And GoDaddy just seems to be a name that’s so well known that people go after it, kind of like people going after Microsoft more than Apple. Glad you recovered, but it had to be irritating.
    .-= New from Mitch Sunday Question – How Would You Like To Be Remembered? =-.

  10. says

    The problem I have with some do-follow blogs is that they won’t post your link if it’s not relevant to the discussion(I’ve seen it in some comment policies). If you’re a webmaster forum than any website should be relevant to the discussion! You learn more from what people do than what they say, what better way to learn internet blogging then seeing somebody’s niche blog.

    You should categorize by comment policy in the do-follow list: whether they allow anchor text as comments, whether they require website to be relevant, and how stingy they are about approving comments.
    .-= New from Tyler Davis@Increase Stature Grow Taller with Osteoblasts? =-.

  11. says

    Sorry to hear about your trouble with GoDaddy. I used to have one of my sites hosted with them for around a year. I was never hacked, but always found their hosting to be quite sluggish. I use HostGator now, and haven’t had any problems with them.

    – Gillian