On Friday, August 14th, I found out my web site was blacklisted on Google, Firefox, Safari, and Chrome. This essentially means YouHaveMoreThanYouThink.org will not show up in Google’s search results. People who attempt to visit my blog using the aforementioned web browsers (Internet Explorer is still my friend) will receive a nasty, flaming, spinning picture of a skull and crossbones with giant hornets swarming about it. The tag line beneath the picture reads “Proceeding to This Site Results in Certain Death!”
Well, maybe that’s not an accurate description of what the warning page looks like, but it’s still pretty gnarly. Look at it!
Imagine the devastation felt when I discovered this. On Friday, I planned on writing about a recent experience with a Craigslist crook. Followed up by my second weekly roundup on Saturday. I’d been shut down by a hacker. *Growl* I was so mad and frustrated that at one point I remarked, “hackers should be subjected to the death penalty.” I don’t really believe that, but it goes to show how enraged I’d become.
I won’t bore you with the details of how I set about resolving the issue. The process was long and tedious. Plus, I fear I’m not yet emotionally stable enough to relive a detailed play by play of the whole ordeal. Forgive me. It’s just too soon.
Although Google no longer lists my site as suspicious, they’re still warning would-be visitors that my site is unsafe. Who knows how long it takes to be de-blacklisted.
So you’re wondering how this all relates to applying the principals of the Million Dollar Club. (Keep in mind that although the Million Dollar Club was founded by J. Money, the principals are self-defined.) Refer to Million Dollar principal number 3: “Press forward even when things don’t go as planned.”
You see, I got a lot of Twitter action on Friday. Personal finance bloggers far more popular than me were tweeting links to my blog, encouraging their followers to check me out. I received a host of new followers and a decent bit of traffic from Twitter. The day was shaping up to be quite glorious. It felt like a punch in the face when my site got shut down.
What if new and old visitors think I’m a sneaky scoundrel, no better than the Craigman who tried to rip me off? *Sigh*
But I must press forward. If I’m to achieve world domination financial freedom, I can’t let hackers or haters stop me. If Google, Firefox, and them insist on labeling my web site as dangerous, then I’m prepared to transfer my posts, pictures, and comments to blogger. Perhaps it won’t come to that. However, if it does, I hope you’ll follow me.