Ongoing Wide-Scale Attack on WordPress

As some of you may already be aware, there is an ongoing wide-scale attack on WordPress sites.

This is not an isolated event, and has been happening for quite a while, peaking just a little under a week ago.

*This is affecting everyone*

but is not a cause for alarm. With just a few simple precautions, you can protect yourself and your clients.

To put things in the proper perspective, we first want to inform you about the nature of the attacks. Potential hackers are
employing “Brute Force” methods to access your WordPress account.
Once they have gained access to your account, they can then use various hacks to take over or destroy your site.

What is a “Brute Force” attack? Very simply: it is a way of
guessing for valid passwords. It is not a very sophisticated
attack, and is not targeting anyone in particular. What makes it
dangerous is that it appears that they are employing massive
botnets–casting a very wide net so to speak, making no distinction
as to what kind of sites or businesses to target.

In response to this, we strongly urge you to take the proper
precautions towards making sure that your WordPress site is not
affected. There are some very simple ways to protect yourself which
you can actually do yourself:

Change Your Password:

Brute Force attacks are very resource intensive and only have a
chance of succeeding if your passwords are not secure. Change your
password right after reading this article. Make sure that it is a
secure password, you can use this link to help you generate secure
passwords; http://strongpasswordgenerator.com

Secure Your Username:

The username is half of the equation – using a common username is
effectively giving malicious hackers that part of the
equation–making it that much easier for them. If you’ll login to
your WordPress dashboard and go to “users” on the left hand
navigation – you will be given a list of users.

If you see a user called admin (this is the default user) –
change the username immediately. (roughly 90% of all the successful
attempts are done through the ‘admin’ login)

Remove any other user that you are not familiar with.

*You may also want to change the password of the email that is
associated with the login. If they share the same password and your
WordPress site is compromised, then your email will potentially be
compromised as well.

Make Sure Your WordPress Installation is Up-to-Date:

Please take note however that updating your WordPress core could
break your site layout. This has happened to me before, so if its
a custom website based of a theme, you could run into issues if you
update the theme if its not a child theme.

Install Security Plug-Ins:

Security plug-ins can go a very long way towards securing your
site. One good example is WordFence – a free utility plug-in which
you can install on to your WordPress site.

(Link: http://www.wordfence.com)

Have multiple backups available:

Many times even these steps will fail because if a hacker
wants to get into a website, they can do it if they are skilled.

Make sure to store full backups:

Store full backups of your website on and off of your server.
You can have your hosting provider do this and you can have your
own automated solution with our software WP Backup Plus.

(Link: http://www.wpbackupplus.com)

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Selling Your Services via Webinar

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A few of my students have been asking me whether selling via webinars is a good idea for offline businesses.

Answer?

Absolutely, Yes!

I’ve made thousands of dollars per webinar I’ve hosted for my clients and its really easy to do.

What do you need?

– A template presentation
– People that will listen

Here’s what I recommend:
Mike Cooch from Katenda has 6 ready made templates for all of us to use which I own 🙂

Once you pick your presentation, you now need business owners.

All you really need is anywhere from 3 – 10 to have success, but more doesn’t hurt 🙂

– Use social media, FB & Linked In
– Use current clients & prospects in your pipeline (you should always have a bunch of these)
– Doing paid media buys, direct mail, classified ads, Craigslist, etc
– Joint venture with a local business who has a customer list they can send over!

This will get you started and having success asap 🙂

Get to it!

T&C Summit Offline Notes

Running your business Local is the fastest & quickest ways to grow your offline business.

Your second option is getting clients in all areas and targeting a specific niche such as just plumbers.

The team of offline consultants agreed on the top 3:

-Networking

This is how I got my business off the ground, networking with people I knew and did business with! BNI, Meetups, & Chamber of Commerce

-Speaking

Real consultants make most of their money from speaking engagements. Show people you are the expert!

-Direct mail – Either a lot of postcards or individual mailers that you personally send with an attention grabber.

Example : 3d Mailing

Recommended Reading List:

Work the System

Getting Naked

Vetted Outsourcing

To really grow your business to the next level, you need the best help possible. I’ve hired literally hundreds of people in running my business with a large majority coming up short of my standards.

Below you will find only the top vetted companies and individuals I recommend.

Make sure to save this list as its a GOLDMINE so you don’t have to waste months finding quality help to run your business.

My Recommended Fiverr Gigs

Programming

SoftoBiz – Programming / Mobile App Development / PHP / Much More

They have a team of 50 and are located in India but my contact below is 100% fluent with English and extremely reliable.

$15 / Hr for any type of PHP programming.

Skype:Gagan2SoftoBiz

SEO

Google + Local

Caesar SEO

Content Writing

Natasha Nixon Writing

Social Media Updates Writing

I’ve been using them for all types of blog articles and content creation.

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Watch our 15 minute training on getting your business started off right.

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Using Survey Monkey

Survey Monkey

– Charge $500 for a one time survey or hourly, or even as a free bonus for an existing client.

– Easy to do, especially with sending it to an email / SMS list

– Great feedback that your client needs desperately to grow their business.

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