Hard lesson learned. Lost 10 Grand in 4 months

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I have been around for a while and do rather well.

Until we decided to remodel our kitchen.

My sites all run on auto-matic and do very well, until I forget to check up on them.

Here is the lesson to all you newbies, check your money sites every day.

The site I refer to gets 900-1200 uniques a day, sales page gets half of that.

After 4 months of no activity I checked analytics to see whats up, 75,000 clicks went to my page and 15,000 to the main product download page instead of the paypal pay page.

My site had been hacked.

Ouch.

Income from multible sites is great as long as you babysit them.

Just thought I would put this out for all who are getting started and for those that are like me, getting too comfortable.

Thank you for your time.
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  • Profile picture of the author bwh1
    So someone hacked your site and redirected people directly to the download page?

    That's mean, sucks big time.

    What's the purpose of this?

    I always thought that a hacker put's his link in the place of yours so he can siphon sales from your site but simply piss you off by redirecting to your download page is somehow plain stupid.

    Seams like idiocy has no limits.

    G.
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    • Profile picture of the author dudelive
      Just plain mean. My wife says cheer up, the site is working like it should and drawing customers. Now as long as it stays where its at on the big G I will re-coup my loss.
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      • Profile picture of the author bwh1
        Originally Posted by dudelive View Post

        Just plain mean. My wife says cheer up, the site is working like it should and drawing customers. Now as long as it stays where its at on the big G I will re-coup my loss.
        At least you did not lose rankings.

        Anyway, you should check your money site every other day and principally when something like sales figures change a lot.

        I setup an email notification per sale so I know my daily figure on average. If I ain't get a sale per day I start to wonder and go to my site to see if some is wrong.

        And if you run WP, I purchased yesterday a plugin to secure my WP sites for a reasonable value, look out for BlogDefender from the guys of seouk.com


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      • Profile picture of the author writeaway
        Originally Posted by dudelive View Post

        Just plain mean. My wife says cheer up, the site is working like it should and drawing customers. Now as long as it stays where its at on the big G I will re-coup my loss.
        Good thing you haven't had any negative SEO grief. Thanks to Google, negative SEO reality and competitors do 'bowl' each other off top page rankings. The good news is if you have the right tools, you can proactively disavow negative SEO backlinks like water off a duck's back.
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  • Profile picture of the author Luke Dennison
    WOW. That post made me feel physically sick!

    Shocking bad luck, but a lesson well learned for you, and also for me but vicariously.

    Thanks for the share dude.
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  • Profile picture of the author datingworld
    Badluck that your site was hacked but at least it was linked to your download page...
    Anyways I am sure you will keep checking your sites on daily basis now.
    Take it as a lesson
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    • Profile picture of the author Wealthyclark
      I feel for you dude, it sucks but it could be a lot worst. Stay positive!

      Wishing you much success,
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  • Profile picture of the author Randall Magwood
    Sorry to hear that. Any idea on how they hacked your site?
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  • Profile picture of the author rakhwas
    Wow im sad to hear that man hope everything works out
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  • Profile picture of the author KIRSTEN1977
    Oh wow that is awful. Keep your chin up at least all is not lost
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  • Profile picture of the author Jude.A
    So sorry to hear that.
    I admire your positive outlook to this; it speaks volumes of your personality. I'm sure you'll do just fine.
    My regards to your positive minded wife as well, some other woman would have nagged you to death about being careless and so on
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  • Profile picture of the author lifbali
    you should have hired an assistant to check your websites every time in a while, I can't understand why someone will do that!!
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  • Profile picture of the author Brent Stangel
    Now as long as it stays where its at on the big G
    Gambling on Google...not my idea of a secure business.

    The "just keep your fingers crossed" business model. (;
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  • Profile picture of the author Donald Truehart
    What membership script are you using so I know to stay away from it?
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  • Profile picture of the author AaronHarris
    Well those are the risks being in IM. If we are wise enough to put up and run our Online business, hackers are much wiser milking our hard earned money.

    Anyway, things like that happens. You should just be PERSISTENT. Just keep on moving forward, do not let that pull you backward. I see you are a seasoned IMer, you can do it and bounce back stronger Buddy.

    -Aaron
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    • Profile picture of the author lerxtjr
      I got a call a few weeks ago from a friend of a friend. He had a membership site that he hadn't looked at for a year due to a long illness. Recently he discovered that about 100 people had become members for his one-time price of $97 but he hadn't seen a dime of it. It was all going to a hacker's paypal account. This probably happens more than we know.
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      • Profile picture of the author schautj22
        wow sorry to hear that.good lesson for me to learn from.i hope you are able to recoup some of your losses.chin up and good luck.
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  • Profile picture of the author brentb
    Sorry that happened to you. I have been screwed out of a few grand here and there myself. It happens. Just keep going though, don't stop moving forward!
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  • Profile picture of the author dougb
    I admire your positive outlook through this.
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  • Profile picture of the author sdingram
    Oh no! I'm sorry to hear this. Sounds like you are handling it well and will take it as a lesson.

    All the best!
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  • Profile picture of the author bostjan33
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    Hmm...it's not a total loss, because you've learned a valuable lesson, right?
    But there are ways to find that idiot who did this and if you do, kick him in the head with my best regards
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