Site Hacked Daily

On the surface all looks fine but within the source code of my site that serves 10,000 page views daily there’s a link to a virus.

The site is Befuddle and it looks like a script is inserting some code into the foot of all the WordPress (version 2.6) files that end index.php. Each day I’ve edited each of the files affected but three days on the bounce it returns at approximately 8:50pm.

The code includes a list of urls and begin

text block fishka

div name=fishka id=”fishka

I viewed one of the links via Firefox and Norton Inernet Security immediately popped up saying ‘A recent attempt to attack your computer was blocked’. This came from
I’ve been made aware of these hacks as I noticed that the last login dates and times for my sites don’t tally with when I’ve actually last looked at them.

I’ve since changed my ftp password but am wondering if there’s a flaw with one of the plug-ins. Here are the list of files compromised.

  • /index.php
  • /wp-content/index.php
  • /wp-content/plugins/headspace2/modules/page/noindex.php
  • /wp-content/themes/default/index.php
  • /wp-content/themes/classic/index.php
  • /wp-content/themes/befuddle/index.php

I’ve been in touch with my host and they say that ‘an account can easily be exploited due to insecure script/backdated scripts’.

I’ve seen all my WordPress sites hacked at some point but this one is persistant and I’m not sure of how to get rid of it.

You Talkin’ To Me?

You can’t visit any affiliate marketing blog these days that’s had a New Year revamp without seeing a ‘Powered by MaxBlogPress’ Stripe Ad across the top of the page.

See, it’s up Here, across there and all the way down there too.

Well I thought I’d add the free WordPress plugin myself but use it to advertise your sites for free.

All you’ve got to do is talk to me.

So, if you’re talking to me. Add your insight to my blog posts and the best relevant one liners within the comments will be highlighted above. Some links will go direct to the post whilst others can go direct to your site.

I’ve customised the strip so that it doesn’t look like a blatant advertising slot. With a MaxBlog Press Stripe Ad you can:

  • Create an unlimited amount of stripe ads
  • Choose the frequency of display and give each ad it’s own weight
  • Customize the look and feel of the ads to match your blog’s layout
  • Choose to have it static, or to hover at the top of you blog while scrolling down
  • Advertise an affiliate link, links to your own products, or special “timed” offers and promotions

I look forward to reading and approving more of your comments.

Voucher Diary records first sale

Voucher Diary has recorded its first known sale today. It was made via Google cache on a page that I’ve subsequently removed.

The sale was for Yes Asia on the Webgains network and the user had searched for “yes asia coupons”. I can see from StatCounter that the user was from Singapore and was using Google Singapore.

The reason the page was removed was because I put some draft copy on for the first two days of its soft launch. I then disabled the WordPress posts as I changed the tone of the copy being posted.

Voucher Diary currently only includes a dozen posts but I am impressed with its position in Google already for some decent search terms. One of the pages is number one for a search phrase that I’d love my other site Shop Codes to be in. As it is, it’s for a merchant where the code has just expired.

I’ve not yet thought of the best approach to handle these expired posts/pages. The nature of Voucher Diary is that the posts will expire as soon as the codes do. That’s the whole objective – highlight expiring voucher codes. So I’ll have a play with that over the weekend.

Good to see that a sale was made from abroad too and maybe Voucher Diary has opportunity to promote other International merchants.

Voucher Diary starts to receive Google traffic

13th August, 2007 Comments Off on Voucher Diary starts to receive Google traffic

Voucher Diary, the discount code site I soft launched on FaceBook last week has started receiving traffic after being indexed in Google.

Voucher Diary is the third (but not final) stage of my WordPress experiment.

Experiment 1 – 1234 Codes

In January I launched 1234codes as a back-up to my Shop Codes content. It was effectively the same content but on another domain. I wanted to see how Google compared both sites and in particular the pages. Google preferred 1234codes and the Shop Codes pages were often in the Supplemental index.

Experiment 2 – Shop Codes – bite size

I then upgraded WordPress but in the process lost my content so I implemented a WordPress blog within the Shop Codes site. Calling it ‘Shop Codes – bite size‘ it was the same content but with a different navigation structure and a lot less graphic intensive. Again I could compare how Google treated the same content within the same domain.

During July, Google listed both pages together in the SERPS. If you performed a search for ‘Comet’ say, the first result for my site would be the original Shop Codes page and the second indented result would be the ‘bite size’ version.

I then went away on holiday for three weeks and didn’t perform any site updates. I came back to find that Google had again changed the way it displayed my site in the results. This was at the same time they removed their Supplemental Index.

This time around the ‘bite size’ pages were getting top billing but the original Shop Codes merchants pages were hidden a little deeper.

So in both cases it was clear that Google preferred the cleaner build of the WordPress pages rather than my hand crafted own.

With ‘bite size’ I am having template issues, in that it always reverts back to the original design, so I have spent a few evenings searching for the best free designs available, looking for one that will stick.

Experiment 3 – Voucher Diary

Whilst browsing WordPress themes I found two designs that were designed to look like a diary. I’m sat on several domain names that I’ve not touched since I’ve purchased them and so I thought it would be an appropriate time to have a play with ‘Voucher Diary’.

The focus of ‘Voucher Diary’ will be to display codes that are new or about to expire. I’d not launched this sooner as I don’t have a CMS but Word Press has a plug-in or two you can use to handle expired posts.

I launched it with duplicate content to begin with, allowing me time to find a design and category structure I was comfortable with.

I then looked at the tone of the content and thought best it should be written in a diary style. So I am currently playing with having a male and female guest characters updating the content.

And that’s where I am today. I’ve still got design and content to modify until I’m satisfied with the final product but it’s good to see that it is being indexed by Google already.

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