We’re please to present the Top 100 Finance Blogs To Follow In 2013 and Growing Money is listed in #69. The number of Facebook fans is not displayed in the infographic, but we actually have more than 500 followers in our NetworkBlogs and over 4,000 friends on Facebook. If you’re interested in following us or joining our network, please see our Facebook links on the right sidebar.
Growing Money has created a Facebook Page for the visitors/followers to join the 800 million+ people on Facebook as we travel farther into the Social Networking/Media age. I know I’m a little late in the game, but I hope to see more participation with the addition of the Page. Feel free to submits your ideas/suggestions on improving the Page and post questions or topics you would like me to write or research on. As always you can also contact me directly.
Growing Money was recently hacked by hackers using a method known as “backdoor” intrusion. Our ISP, DreamHost discovered that the website has been compromised and deactivated the site on Friday July 8th, 2011.
Since then, we ran a security scan and removed malicious code that was sneaked in this site. Today, we are back and running!
As a reminder to all website owners, including myself, this is an important lesson to keep security measures tight and up-to-date. I welcome any information on how to protect websites and any web security plugins/tools to install for WordPress.
One tool that was recommended by DreamHost Security Team is the Exploit Scanner for WordPress. It is a useful tool to help find malicious code in your files and database in WordPress.
Growing Money Blog is updated with a new, clean and simple theme, the PrimePress. The theme is minimalistic and loads up fast on web browsers. My posts now show up fine without any formatting issues. Previously, the images cluster up with the text and it was annoying.
There is an option to display banner on the top. I will use it to put up an ad but may have better ideas for that spot in the future. The posts are shown on near the center, a little on the left side, but in clear fonts and a white background. There are two sidebars to the right of the screen, which will show article categories and important reader options.
The Permalinks structure have been updated for this blog to make the URLs look more legible. However, the new structure seems to have caused a problem for all the old links, which are now broken. If there is a post that you are looking for and cannot view it anymore, please use the search function on the right side, using keywords from the post title or content. I will try to find a fix for this problem. If there is a broken link in the post, please leave a comment or email me.
Does anyone know of a WordPress plug-in or a way I can have the old links automatically redirect to the new links in the permalinks structure? Is there a way I can manually redirect a certain post to the new link? Please contact me if you can help or leave your contact in the comments so I can reach you. Thanks for your help.
Growing Money Blog has been updated with a new green template, the Passion Duo Green. This template loads up fast and has a clean layout. It was designed with adsense and advertising in mind. There are spots for ad units on the top and right side of the blog. It comes pre-loaded with six 125 x 125 ad units on the right.
I customized the blog to fit my needs. I removed four ad units and showed only two 125 x 125 ad units on the right and installed my Google search from adsense. I had to create new adsense units for the blog and placed them in strategic locations on the blog. I also had to change some of the colors to match the theme.
The template did not come with all the things I wanted, so I had to modify some of the code. I added a tag line under the blog title and other small modifications to make sure the blog layout displays correctly.
Changing templates can be time consuming. All in all, I spent about eight hours for this process of changing template, but I think this template suits the blog well.
Growing Money's Motto:
"LIVE, LEARN and EARN"
Growing Money's Philosophy: Life is short, make your money work hard for you, so you can enjoy your life.
Growing Money's Saying:
Earn to live and live to earn. Live to learn and learn to live.
Growing Money's Goal:
Financial Freedom for you