This was quite a week and I am glad everything is behind us now. It all started at the beginning of the week when MDJ sent me an email advising that he got a “warning message” from his AVG antivirus software when he went on my site. I decided to put this info on my to do list for this week.
However, things went sour the day after. Google reported my site as an “attack site” and therefore strongly suggest internet surfer to not go to TFB. My traffic dropped by 60% in a single day.
I couldn’t find what the problem was. After all, I am a finance guy, not a techy ;-). The worst part is that my fried that’s taking care of the technical aspect of the site, Pierre, was in New York at the US Open (GREAT TIMING!).
I downloaded AVG and noticed that my site was directing some readers to some spam site. I also used Google Webmaster tool in order to scan TFB and find the source of the problem. Since many pages seem to have the same problem, we decided to switch theme and try it out again.
It appeared that our theme was hacked to redirect people to another site. Instead of working on our previous theme, we simply decided to change the design and start from there.
Luckily Google did a review of TFB fast enough to bring back normal traffic within 48 hours. I am glad to announce that we broke our traffic records by getting more than 10,000 visits in August! A big thank you to all my readers!
I also want to thank the following blogger for their help by either notifying me of the problem or checking my blog once in a while to make sure it works now:
Frugal Trader at Million Dollar Journey
Silicon Valley Blogger at The Digerati Life
Pinyo at Moolanomy
Richard at Richard Hancock
Moving forward, regular post will start on Monday, even though it’s Labor’s day 😉 We will be working on our new design in the upcoming weeks and suggestions would be appreciated. I want to thank everybody again for their patience!
I didn’t have time to read articles this week but here are some good carnivals:
Carnival of Personal Finance (Editor’s Pick Baby!)
|How I Suck at Not Paying Debts||Hitting 6 Figures Income at 28|
|How I Get a Huge Income Raise Each Year||Making $125K Online in 12 months|
|How I Buy Blogs||Most Debated Articles: The Primerica Saga|
|How I Have Survived My MBA||What is So Wrong With Making Money?|
|How I run multiples blogs and makes money without burning out|