Friday, December 31, 2010

Check Those External Links

I owe a big thank you to one of my readers of my Photography by KML blog.

I was having big issues, and I didn't even know it.

It seems that my blog was giving malware warnings to anyone who tried to view it.

It had been doing this for a few days.

What a good way to loose readers and traffic and put my reputation in a ditch.

Doug, over at Doug's Missoula Lifestyle Montana Living blog, contacted me to let me know what was going on.

And am I ever thankful that he did - I would never want to pass any computer problems on to anyone, and that warning certainly looked like I was a scary place to visit.

My photo blog is almost four years old, and I had some pretty old links on there to other blogs and directories.

I was pretty diligent about keeping up with the housekeeping of the old blogs, but I never gave a thought to the directories.

The bad link was to a photo directory that either went defunct or was corrupted by hackers.

Their website had that warning, but when my blog website was opened in a browser, it was also given a warning, because of my link to it.

Guilty by association - I learned a good lesson.

Check ALL the external links on a regular basis - it could come and bite you in the behind if you don't.

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