Have you ever done something, and after you did it wish you could immediately undo it? That happened to me last week. I read a blog post with great tips, nothing new. Many times I immediately follow those tips because the authors are people I’ve come to know and trust their content. What I didn’t do in this instance (and yes, it was entirely my fault) was read the fine print on a plugin I installed on my site. When I installed this plugin, it “broke” my site by locking me out. ACK!
Now, I’m sure you’re wondering by now, WHY am I being so long-winded and telling you all of this and HOW does this make for a Social Media Emergency? I like to think of myself as always being prepared for any emergency. I have my laptop backed up automatically real-time to a cloud service called BackBlaze. This is good, so if anything bad happens to my blog, (like this recent incident) I can restore from the backup.
This would have been a real emergency if I did NOT have a backup and something catastrophic happened to my site. It’s a social media emergency because in my instance, my blog is part of my social media marketing. I have new fans to my Facebook fan page because of my blog. If I would have had to rebuild my blog from scratch, a year’s worth of content, links, and comments from readers and fans would be lost forever.
What should you do to avert a similar social media emergency? There are several things, one is a site called BlogAid that can help you prepare. MaAnna, the owner of BlogAid offers site inspections showing you specific ways you can improve it. You’ll receive a thorough 20 point check including site security, plugins, setup, and SEO. MaAnna is currently running a special with extended hours February 19 through 26.
Of course there are the standard security plugins (which is what I currently have installed on my site) but after reading the services on the BlogAid site, those can be easily circumvented. All of a sudden, all of my preventive measures aren’t making me feel all warm and fuzzy.
I’ve decided I’m going to have her look at my site just for piece of mind. Even though I back up my blog and have anti-spam filters, and a security plugin, the peace of mind, just knowing that I’ve done everything I can do to thwart hackers, (and my own stupidity), well, you just can’t put a price on that! So, if you want that same peace of mind, check out BlogAid at this link http://www.blogaid.net/site-evaluation-and-review-snapshot and have MaAnna do an inspection for you.
Tell us about your averted crises or perhaps you have a problem you need solved? Be sure to comment below.