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  • Hi Joy,

    Happy New Month 🙂

    You know this wonderful plugin always reminds me too that a new month is here, and it’s always good to re-visit the blogs of friend’s we might have missed or not visited as often.

    Ah…January has been a busy month, perhaps for most of us. You too seem to have gone through a lot, as you mentioned in your post – bloggers get no rest…isn’t it? Just been so busy doing up the ABC and the very active forum, making it better for the members, and encouraging the newbies, which is so essential. Hope to be here more this month for sure.

    Thanks for sharing. Have a nice week ahead 🙂

    BTW – I think there is some error with the CommentLuv plugin, do check it out 🙂

    • Joy says:

      Hi Harleena,

      Great to see you here again and sorry to have neglected your blog and ABC. My paying client had to come first. I look forward to seeing your changes – although it was so good already wonder what else you can have done.

      Yes, Enstine’s plugin is like a mini New Year and a chance to refocus and a reminder to revisit our friends.

      Hmm – CommentLuv is playing up is it? Thanks for the warning, better have an investigation. No rest for bloggers – very true!

      Thanks for dropping by and have a good week. Joy

  • Enstine Muki says:

    Hey Joy,
    First I want to thank you for the shout out in this post. You definitely are a blogger to follow this year and beyond. That list would have been a lame one without you. Seriously, I’m not the only one with this opinion. The proof is the comment section of your blog. The comments from your readers testify to the quality of your works.

    Now your experience is teaching us a lesson there. I have a couple of blogs I’m not giving attention to. At the same time, I’m not ready to let them go. Here is a beautiful reminder to re-visit their security.

    How those bad guys got your hidden nickname is something I can’t tell. But I think you took the necessary step to change it. Using ‘Admin’ is the most ignorant and stupid thing some bloggers do. I have not used WordFence before but from what I read it seems to be solid recommendation.

    I think switching to Clickbank is an interesting experience. While they will handle the taxes, I love the power it has to get affiliates to promote your product. However, I still don’t know why Clickbank does not have a coupon code facility. That really baffles me.

    Thanks again for using and recommending MyCommentAuthors. You went ahead of me and published your report. Mine is coming up today and I’m so excited with what I see.

    There are beautiful days ahead friend so let’s keep giving

    Do have a splendid week

    • Joy says:

      Hi Enstine

      You’re too kind 🙂 I’m still honored.

      Blog security is a worry and a constant learning experience. As you say using “admin” is something I haven’t done for years – after my first major hacking experience when I knew so very little about blogging. But these guys just get “smarter” – if you can call it that – all the time.

      I’ll keep everyone posted on how I get on with Clickbank. A few technical challenges are my next hurdle to overcome, but onwards as ever.

      Will look forward to your MyCommentAuthors post, and indeed all your other excellent posts. Hope to get back to online business more this month.

      Thanks once again for your great honor. I truly am blown away 🙂

      Have a great week, Joy

  • Jan Kearney says:

    Hi Joy, happy February!
    What an honour being featured up there with some very notable bloggers! I bet you’re made up! (And I am happy for you too!)

    I really need to get my blog sorted and try out the commenter plugin. I could have sworn I have visited more than once (in fact I know I did – probably sidetracked again and wandered offer without clicking submit. It wouldn’t be the first time lol)

    Hacked…
    What a nightmare!
    The thing is, if they did get in via plugins it’s likely WordFence wouldn’t have stopped that anyway, although it will warn if any files change. I do use Wordfence to “nag” about updating and I had it’s login blocker set at 2 attempts then locked out for several days.

    A few months ago I got hundreds of login attempts in a few hours and set an extra password layer on my site – which solved that problem. Bots and people (and me grrr) don’t even get to my login page now without a server access password.

    And please don’t mention the VAT nightmare… I don’t need another excuse not to get my stuff out there! (I froze in December when I read about it and I’m sill defrosting). Good luck with Clickbank!

    I have made a note to self to comment as soon as reading and not to wander off without clicking Send!

    • Joy says:

      Hi Jan

      It’s so easy to get side-tracked on commenting isn’t it? You start on one post – then you see something interesting and wander off and… LOL.

      I’ve also tweaked Wordfence to be tougher on bad-guys, fighting hackers really is another of those unproductive task we can ALL do without. When I put my first site up, years ago, I remember thinking “Oh, I’m only little – no-one could be bothered to hack me…” How wrong could I be? LOL Prevention is much better than cure.

      As for the unmentionable – well – how to stifle small business initiative in one lesson by EU bureaucrats, mostly without an ounce of entrepreneurial spirit in them. No wonder some people find it easier to sit on benefits than be innovative and start a small business when the odds are so stacked against them.

      Clickbank site progressing…. almost there!

      Onwards and upwards, Joy

  • Hi Joy ,

    This is Very Interesting Mention Looks to me like you had a great start to the year my friend! Congrats! I just love these kind of posts, where you share your successes
    Good Work , and Best of Luck , Keep it up ,

    JAssica

    • Joy says:

      Thanks Jassica,

      Yes, it’s good to share the successes as well as the mistakes, because it helps balance, and add some positive news to a world that can sometimes seem full of doom and gloom.

      By the way – could be me – but I had difficulty getting to your recent article.

      Hope you get it fixed – these technical problems are such a nuisance.

      Enjoy the rest of your week, Joy

  • Hi Joy!

    Sounds like you definitely had a crazy month. I’m glad things are starting to smooth over for you because that much stress isn’t good at all.

    The new VAT laws frustrated me as well, and isn’t going to do much except hurt small business owners. Our jobs are hard enough as it is and I know a lot of people that are going to have to end up hiring an accountant just to deal with this ridiculousness. To be honest I don’t think a lot of people are going to report and pay the taxes and honestly I don’t blame them. It’s not a risk I’m going to take but these laws frustrate me to no end.

    I’m not sure if your book is already on ClickBank or not (I’m going to go check after I leave this comment) but I’m still getting hops for it on WarriorPlus. As soon as I see it on CB I’ll switch over the links.

    – James

    • Joy says:

      Hi James

      January certainly was stressful – but it would have been even more stressful without your fantastic help!

      Those VAT laws are ridiculous when “the powers that be” should be helping small businesses to get started instead of putting obstacles in their way. Like you, I want my business to be compliant and it’s causing me so much extra “unproductive” work being an unpaid tax collector, when there are so many productive things I want to do.

      I’m glad you obviously realize that USA marketers are affected too. So many of my USA friends don’t think it affects them – but my understanding is that it does! I’m no expert on VAT, so ALL product producers should do their own due diligence.

      My book may LOOK as if it’s on ClickBank but it’s not quite finished yet – there’s always a technical glitch isn’t there? Please keep your links pointing to Warrior at the moment because it’s still selling there. I’ll let you know when I’m properly live on Clickbank.

      By the way – did you notice that I took one of your recent tips and implemented it on my site? Would have loved for it to be all of them, but better to have picked one and actually done it!

      Good to see you back again and thanks for raising the point about USA marketers and VAT.

      Happy February!

      Joy

      • Wonderful, looking forward to hearing from you!

        I do see the Hello Bar, it looks great! If you haven’t already I’d test it to make sure it syncs well with Aweber, I made a mistake when I first installed Hello Bar on my site and ended up missing out on 20 or so subscribers because it never synced correctly.

        And of course, remember to split test! It’s incredibly easy to do with Hello Bar. When I first started out, my Hello Bar was converting at 0.5% and 0.8% for two different messages. I got rid of the first one and am now working on improving my conversion rate further. Small improvements do make a huge difference over the long-term.

        • Joy says:

          Hi James

          Thanks for coming back to look at my new Hello Bar addition. It seems to be working fine, but good reminder.

          Good tip about split testing too – I had been thinking of changing the title, so it makes sense to split-test.

          Oh dear – still not got my ebook on Clickbank yet. Just ballistic here. But getting ready for my son to come and stay next week, so that’s something to look forward to.

          Joy

  • Sandy says:

    Wow Joy, yes it’s now beginning of Feb. I have accomplished few things and ‘few’ more things yet to be done ;p My plate seems so full and ever increasing, so got to break down to chunk size, and to bite size. Thank you for your ever support. I appreciate it very much. Wishing a very productive and successful year ahead. To your Abundance, Sandy 🙂

    • Joy says:

      Hi Sandy

      Well, as long as we all keep moving forward, that’s what matters! And with our support group I know we will!

      Happy February!

      Joy

  • Adrienne says:

    Hey Joy,

    Sounds like your year started off pretty busy too. Bless your heart, so much to do both online and offline.

    Was really great to be mentioned alongside you in Enstine’s post. That’s always an added bonus isn’t it.

    Sorry about all the hacking issue, that’s never pleasant when you have so many blogs to keep up with. That’s why I took a few of mine down. I was using them anymore and I didn’t want people to have a broken link from that site but having to stay on top of things was just an issue I didn’t need to deal with either. I know not updating the site or plugins can cause those issues and it’s hard to stay on top of, I agree.

    I hear those hackers are very sneaky and they have a program that just runs different variations of usernames and passwords through their databases. Even if they did find out your username it wouldn’t do them any good if they couldn’t crack the password but I agree I would be pretty upset had they deciphered even one of them. Mine are tough to crack too.

    I host my course with DealGuardian and like Clickbank they are on top of the rules constantly changing so that those things can be deducted right from the start and I don’t have to deal with what’s what. They’ve been really great with staying on top of things and making sure everything is handled properly.

    Hope everything is going back to normal now. It’s nice to be busy but not to the point you have no time to do anything else. Hope February is a more calmer month for you.

    Good to see you and take care.

    ~Adrienne

    • Joy says:

      Hi Adrienne

      Yes, January did have me running round like a headless chicken – but it’s paid off because my offline client’s job is starting to settle down now, and will have earned me a nice bank deposit at the end of it.

      Trying to think positive about the hacking experience (which is quite hard haha), at least it’s encouraged me to clear my clutter and get rid of the neglected / damaged blogs so I can focus better on this one. I really wish these horrid people would use their “skills” for some positive end.

      DealGuardian is another platform I’ve heard good things about, so thanks for the reminder to people looking for somewhere reliable to host products.

      February promises to be just as busy as January – but for a lovely reason… my son is coming to stay for a few days 🙂 Can’t wait to see him!

      I am also trying to build a bit more “me” time into my life in other ways, because even for me things had got rather overwhelming in January. Feels a bit strange, but good.

      Happy February 🙂

      Joy

  • Atish Ranjan says:

    Hello Joy,

    Good that you made the list! It is great to use this plugin as it helps you do it effortlessly and effectively. This also helps you getting returning visitors.

    Nice Joy. 🙂 Good luck for coming months!

    • Joy says:

      Hi Atish

      Glad to see you here again – courtesy of Enstine’s great free plugin. It’s good to keep in touch with old and new online friends and send them a monthly summary of posts they may have missed.

      Happy February 🙂

      Joy

  • Carol Amato says:

    Hi, Joy,

    Wow, you have a lot going on! Glad you’re doing okay, now I understand a lot better what you’ve been up to, bless your heart. 🙂

    Sorry you’ve had issues with security when you do an awesome job at this already. Those pesky plugins can pose a real threat, and you outlining what happened will be a huge help to others, so thank you for that.

    I’ve also simplified my business and cut out things that are not really important to me, and not the main thing I want to keep updated and focus on. You’re smart for doing that.

    Glad things are going better. Hope you have a wonderful evening. Sharing with friends…

    ˜Carol

    • Joy says:

      Hi Carol,

      January has certainly been a busy month – but far better than kicking my heels. I’m lucky to be working hard when many others aren’t. Only problem was I missed connecting with as many of my online friends as I like to.

      The more I cut out the certain areas of my business that weren’t aligned to my long-term goals, the better I feel. Glad you agree it’s an important thing for us to do. Clearing my online clutter!

      February promises to be a busy month too – but for the best of reasons because my son is coming to stay. Being able to shuffle my calendar to accommodate happy times like this is one of the things that makes up for some of the stresses of working from home.

      Enjoy the rest of your week, Joy

  • Hi Joy,

    First time visiting your blog. Wow, I don’t think I’ve known of so many issues that a blog could have. The important part is that you have been able to overcome.

    It’s also a great way to say thank you to all of your commentors and makes them feel appreciated that they visited. Very nice.

    I’ll visit again as this is a great site. Glad we met through Adrienne’s blog.
    Look forward to coming back again.

    Barbara

    • Joy says:

      Hi Barbara

      Welcome to my blog, I am so pleased you found me and I hope you will find plenty of helpful information here:-)

      LOL – if there’s a blogging problem I will find it. But it’s through experiences like these that we grow, and that’s how I can pass on a wealth of knowledge to clients now. Also I’ve developed a team of experts I can call on for even wider knowledge.

      People may say it’s simple to put up a blog – and it is – but it’s very easy to get things wrong, so keeping your blog safe, well maintained and up-to-date are the real challenges.

      The free plugin comes from Enstine Muki – another great blogger.

      Lovely to find you and your excellent blog via Adrienne. She is one super lady!

      Enjoy the rest of your week, and hope to catch up with you again soon. Joy

  • David says:

    Hi Joy,

    Sounds like that was a great start to the year to get featured by Enstine – good for you!

    You were already kind enough to comment on my site about your hacking experiences, so its good to know this is now fixed.

    And that ‘silly’ EU VAT rule is just sucker – typical administration burden on small businesses when its actually the large businesses who need to be targeted. How is the book selling on Clickbank? Is there any difference to WSO?

    Looking forward to more of your success stories in February. Sharing now!

    Best wishes
    – David

    • Joy says:

      Hi David

      Yes, all fixed now. It wasn’t this blog – because I take good care of it. The sites I had problems with were a couple of old ones I’d more or less forgotten about.

      The sales page for my book isn’t yet ready to go on Clickbank – I’ve just been too busy with my offline business unfortunately. However, when done, that should be the VAT compliance sorted. “They” cause small businesses all this extra work to generate a few pounds – and there are huge businesses getting away scot-free 🙁

      Thanks for sharing, and I’ll look forward to connecting again soon.

      Joy

  • Hi Joy,

    So sorry you had all those problems last month. But I think no matter what we do online, we all have our share of things going wrong like this. My husband has been hacked last week and thank goodness it only took a few days to straighten that out.

    As the worst is behind you, I say take yourself out to dinner and enjoy! Breathe…relax!

    February is here and I am sure your book will be a big hit!

    Its like the wild west out here and we never know when a shoe is going to drop. Been through my share of things too.

    So let’s start February as YOUR new year!

    Be blessed,

    -Donna

    • Joy says:

      Hi Donna,

      Yes, I guess it’s all part of a blogger’s life and, as someone once said to me when something went wrong in my off-line life “No-one died, forget it and move on”.

      Although I’m VERY sorry this happened to David too, it’s a relief to realize that it can happen to the best of bloggers.

      I survived the ills of January and they’re behind me – with the cheque for my fee to look forward to.

      As for taking myself out to dinner and relaxing…. I am doing FAR better than that:-) My son and his dog are arriving on Monday to stay for a few days – so I can take HIM out to dinner which is even better. That alone is going to make February wonderful.

      Onwards and upwards! Thanks for your encouragement.

      Joy

  • Hi Joy,

    God, I love your work ethics! I’m really happy with your recent (and future mega) successes.

    Sorry about the hacking issues, but if you’re not pimping the blogs hacked, why not cut them?

    I figure your path has changed and you’ve moved on… there’s a spiritual release of energy and increase in clarity when we release baggage. Sorry about the esoteric bent and do apologize for making unfounded assumptions, btw 😉

    Although I’m really leery about adding WP plugins, interesting info about wordfence that I intend to check out. Thank you.

    Did I mention that I really like what you’ve done with your blog’s theme?
    Edward

    • Joy says:

      Hi Edward,

      I’m glad you’ve picked up on the increase in clarity and “moving on” – because you’re right… I do feel I’ve released baggage (blogs) that were weighing me down with guilt for “not keeping up with them”, and continual “shall I, shan’t I?” get rid of them. Although it was a bit sad at the time, I’m glad they’ve gone.

      Having Wordfence on board has been great – if a little scary – to see how many evil swine keep trying to login and do other odd things that the human eye would never notice!

      I’ve tightened up on Wordfence’s default settings, so I lock people out a lot earlier and for a lot longer than the defaults. And I put blocks on IPs pretty sharpish too. Being warned when upgrades are needed is good too. All in all one of my best blogging moves.

      Glad you like the revamped blog 🙂 Thanks.

      Joy

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