Tips Tuesday – DDoS Attacks, Host Resource Overages, Duplicate Content
Hello Happy Site Owners! Welcome to the BlogAid Tips Tuesday Podcast for Feb 16, 2016. I’m your host MaAnna.
– chasing hosting overages
– update on the new video marketing library and affiliate program
– more hosts going down in DDoS attacks
– Bluehost making their update scripts available and what that means for other hosts
– getting over the fear of duplicate content penalties
– whether you should publish on Medium or not
– big changes to Constant Contact
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Chasing Hosting Overages
This week I’ve been doing a LOT of fix it and cleanup work on client sites after their audits. One audit revealed serious host resource overages. The client had to up her hosting package twice before I could get in there to start fixing things.
We got the CPU, memory, and bandwidth issues taken care of. Now we’re chasing down a nasty I/O usage overage issue. Usually those are run away resource hog plugins, or the site being overrun with bad bots that trigger those plugins. Not this time.
Tell me, do you even know if your site is being limited regularly for resource overages? Do you have your site on an uptime monitor to even know when it’s down for things like this?
I like UptimeRobot the best. Even the free version is very accurate. Pingdom offers a similar service, but it is highly inaccurate and gives too many false positives.
If you do get on a monitoring service, pinging the site every 5 minutes is plenty.
Lots of hosts have been down in the rolling DDoS attacks lately too, and we’ll get into more about that in a moment.
BlogAid Podcast Mentioned
I want to send a big shout out and thank you to Paula G for mentioning this podcast in her short list of favorite podcasts she follows regularly.
New Video Marketing Library and New Affiliate Program Progress
I’ve finished creating the first course in the new video marketing library. However, I’m going to keep the actual launch secret for now. We’re putting the final touches on a new affiliate program too.
The new library will be available soon to VIP level members and to new affiliates.
Then I’ll make it available to BlogAid News subscribers at a discount next.
And then I’ll open it up to the public. The minute I go public with it, the price on the VIP level will go up. So, be sure to get on the newsletter list to get the special discount for the course.
The new affiliate program will be invitation only and/or have a vetting process. I want to open it up to only those where we are a good fit and can partner together to better serve their clients. I’ll be telling you more about that as we get closer to the release.
That’s all the news from around here. Let’s jump into this week’s tips.
Recipe Plugin Google Warning Update
Last week I reported on Google slapping manual warnings on sites with recipe plugins. I believe that’s been resolved now by removing the star ratings from the plugin. That may just be a temp fix. You’ll want to check with your plugin developer to see if they are working on a long term fix so you can get your ratings back.
If you have any more news on that, please do let me know.
Yoast SEO Plugin Tests
I was finally accepted onto the Yoast Beta Testing program and am currently testing the next release of the SEO plugin.
I’ll give you a sneak peek into what’s changing as soon as they tell me I can.
More Hosts Hit in DDoS Attack
The really big news this week is the rolling DDoS attack wave that is hitting host after host.
RFE Hosting was hammered a couple of weeks ago and went down for over a week. They are on my list as a host to run from any way.
A Small Orange was down for up to 10 days in the first wave of this attack back at the first of January. Other than being EIG owned, they were on my list of decent hosts. Even WPEngine’s mission critical servers came down in that attack.
A couple of days ago SiteGround sent out an email to their folks who were on servers getting hammered. They are also an okay host. I can’t say that I’m all that impressed with their support, but the hosting is pretty good.
The point is, there really is nowhere to go that your site won’t be affected by DDoS attacks in some way. That’s because so many of them use cloud services and that’s what got hit in the attack. So, when you move to another host, you’re really not going anywhere if they put you back into the same cloud service.
See last week’s Tips Tuesday for more details on that Linode cloud DDoS attack.
The major complaint that folks have over all this is that they are not being told what’s going on and why their site is down. SiteGround took note of that and proactively got ahead of the storm by emailing their clients when they saw that this might turn into an extended outage.
What I will say to you is that you can be outraged with your host all you like. You can even leave and jump to another host. And you can even know what’s going on right up front.
But none of that is going to keep your site from going down or being disrupted now and then, especially on shared hosting. And the cheaper it is, the less likely the host has spent anything on mitigation services.
You’ll have to pay more to get more and even then it’s not guaranteed because the attacks are happening at the edge, just outside the firewall and other protection elements that any host can control.
That’s the very reason why I have stuck with A2 Hosting. They keep spending money and improving all the can to protect from sites going down. But what’s out of their control I don’t blame them for. I’m better off sticking with those who are protecting the infrastructure the best, and paying a little more for that.
SiteGround seems to be doing the same thing, and being more transparent about informing their clients.
But there will be a limit as to how much any host is going to publicly say. It’s the same reason that CNN was told by the military to stop showing the enemy where the bombs were landing.
And I’m doing my best to help educate and keep you informed about the realities of security and site ownership and to take responsibility for what you can control, like securing your site and getting on a decent host.
They report this like it’s a good thing. They are proactively updating sites.
One of the reasons they didn’t hear about the problems it caused is because so many site owners left.
I was overwhelmed with migration requests and requests to fix broken sites. Other buddies were too.
Some sites that were current had code updated anyway, that caused issues.
I get why Bluehost is doing this. It’s to protect their own servers and that, in turn, protects more sites.
But, I don’t get why they are doing this without the knowledge and permission of the site owners.
A few other hosts are also taking measures, but it’s in the form of letting clients know there is a problem with their site, like specific security vulnerabilities due to lack of updates. They may take stronger measures in the future, but just doing mass updates like Bluehost is not the way.
Content Marketing Tips
That’s the question +Denise Wakeman asked and answered in a recent post.
And get this, the post comes from a recent Blab we did on repurposing content. Denise walks her talk in using a clip from that Blab in this post, that talks about publishing your blog posts on LinkedIn.
How great is that? It means more eyeballs folks. And that is the point of you blogging in the first place, right?
Speaking of repurposing, I want to thank +Mary Iannotti for finding this gem on Copyhackers. It goes into detail about blogging on Medium.
I got an account on Medium when it first caught fire, mainly just to preserve my name on it. And now I’ve got lots of followers there, even though I’ve yet to make a post.
But, I lot of folks are making super good use of it for original content, not just repurposed posts. Check out my Blab with +Ryan Hanley for more on how he uses it. I think he’s brilliant.
Email Marketing Tips
I don’t know any designers or developers who like working with Constant Contact. The code for the forms is just ugly and difficult.
And I don’t know too many site owners that still use it. But if you’re one of them, maybe it’s time to rethink that.
They were scooped up by EIG. This is the same parent company that ruined hosts like Bluehost and HostGator. We’ll see with they do with Constant Contact.
That’s a wrap for this week’s Tips Tuesday.
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