It has been a crazy week. I was sick, kids were sick, husband got sick. Blech. Then, to add more fun, someone infiltrated my website somehow and messed with my ads. Here is the story:
I was looking at my Adsense revenue, and it was at 0 for 3 days. I do not make a ton of money on Adsense by any means, but even I can generate at least 3 cents a day. (Jealous??) I then looked a little further and saw that my ‘impressions’ in Adsense were 0 for two days, and 4 on another. That made me very curious, because my ads were still displaying. I poked around for awhile and decided to look at the page source code for my site. (Anyone can do that. Go to ‘view’ at the menu on the top of your page and go down to ‘Page Source’. That shows the code for your site. I then did a find on ‘pub-’ so I could see the Pub Id associated with my ads. The number being displayed in my source code was different than the pub-id for my Adsense account.
I then logged into my site itself and looked at the ads in my widgets and in my code and the Pub Id was the fake one, and not my own. I then replaced the hacked ads with new ones that had my Google Adsense ID, and everything went back to normal. However, it left me disconcerted. I felt incredibly lucky that someone only got to my ads and didn’t just hack up my site. I have no idea how they did it, and neither did my website host when I contacted them. Their only suggestion was to make sure my version of WordPress was always up to date as older versions seem to be compromised more often. I filled out this form and submitted it to Google to report my hacked ad.
Now it is time to reveal some of my favorite reads from the week. I was not around nearly as much this week as my job as nursemaid took precedence. However, here are some of the great things I did get a chance to read:
101 Centavos shares his experience with a panhandler. I would have handled the situation exactly as he did.
Aloysa’s Kitchen Sink shares her very meaningful Christmas-themed post with ’12 Days of Giving’.
Budgeting in the Fun Stuff shares her version of the 12 Days of Christmas. I love these ‘theme’ posts!
Faithful With A Few has a must-read about what welfare dollars could be used to purchase in California. (Before the recent Schwartzenegger smackdown.) I cannot tell you how angry it makes me that in California, welfare recipients were allowed to spend their welfare dollars on psychics, cruise ships, and more! Arrrrghhhh!!!
First Gen American talks about buying a house without a mortgage. (Yes, it can be done!) She also was the inspiration for the Christmas song post I wrote on Friday.
Frugal Confessions shares some homemade holiday presents that people will actually use and enjoy. (I cringe when I think back to some of the potholders and scarves I made in my youth.)
Grumpy Rumblings of the Untenured try to balance paying down the mortgage and keeping enough money around for other pursuits/emergency savings. It is a fine line, as it is very attractive to try and get rid of that mortgage debt. But you also have to live!
Invest It Wisely got me singing Christmas songs all day, and his ‘Walkin in A Winter Wonderland’ spoof was perfect. I also have to mention that his article ’3 Unconventional Money Moves to Make in 2011‘ was picked up by Globe and Mail!
Len Penzo talks about the benefits of waiting to make a purchase until you actually have the money, and also shares some personal examples.
Money Reasons shares the story of his friends that won a free house, and eventually ended up moving in a ‘McMansion’. I have somewhat of a rebuttal post on Monday about this. It gave me a lot to think about.
Saving Money Today shares some life lessons learned from Samurai Jack. A very fun post!
Squirrelers further discussing tipping, along with what Yahoo Finance states are tipping ‘standards’. I think tipping is getting crazy nowdays. Tip jars at Dairy Queen? Is it really necessary considering what they charge? I have been making hot cocoa for myself at home and put a little whipped cream on top . I find that just as satisfying as the Starbucks cocoa, and at 1/4th the cost. Not to mention the little tip box that is staring at me while I pay at Starbucks always makes me feel like I have to give something.
Thanks for stopping by and reading!