Sooo, ummm, this is embarrassing…
My site was giving people the ugly red malware page starting Sept 21st until late Sept 23
Apparantly, the ad network I was using (was is the operative word here) called IZEA Media, was the culprit and thousands of sites who use them were affected!
So there was NO malware on my site at all but since Google linked all of our sites to IZEA, they marked our sites as bad too. (really, really, big sad face!)
This also left us at the mercy of Google to release this warning and mark our sites as clean again…*it took 3 days for them to release my site*
I apologize to my readers who visit my site regularly and found this warning; I apologize to those who have wanted to visit but got scared of the message and immediately clicked away (I mean, who wouldn’t?); I apologize to visitors who came, left, and are never to return because of this message; and lastly and most importantly, I apologize to IZEA for the immediate distaste in my mouth, a few choice words directed your way that I’d rather not repeat, and blaming you silently for this unfortunate fiasco.
I know sometimes things happen online that are out of our control…
I know there are hackers who have nothing else better to do but take people’s sites down…
I know that IZEA worked to resolve the issue as quickly as possible…
I know these things but it’s sad that people who make their money by their blogs were mostly impacted. When things like this happen, traffic goes down, money is lost, and reputations (which are HIGHLY important online) gets screwed.
This is my attempt of damage control of my reputation to my readers.
Rest assured, if you did get the red and white page of death, no malware was installed on your computer or device and my site is 100% free and clear of malware.
I hope you do continue to visit and support the Uncommon community!
Many hugs to you!
Over to you…
If you have a blog or website, do you have advertising displayed? If so, which networks do you use?