I’m not a web-tech nerd. Web-tech words, symbols and directions deep fry my brain.
Still, many blog to Google Analytics.earn web tech stuff simply through osmosis. And learn it I did, this past Monday when I added my
That took about an hour.
After I added Think Spin to Google Analytics, submitted a site map, using a WordPress plug-in, and then verified I was the site owner, Google performed an integrity check of my blog, which didn’t go well.
Google found several issues, became apoplectic and then was quite rude. It said, “Hey stupid, you have 10,000 problems that must be fixed!”
So, I did what Google told me since it’s usually right about most things.
Though there was that time I ended up on a remote dirt road when using Google maps.
To appease the Google, I dashed over to my dashboard and enacted a plug-in called Wordfence Security, not to be confused with Homeland Security and the color-coded warning system. My warning appeared in the red-letter phrase, “File bad!” or something.
Wordfence informed me that my site had been infiltrated by an evil spam pingback — not a hairy-nosed wombat or pig in the blanket.
But like a hairy-nosed wombat and pig in the blanket, the pingback was bad. So, bad that Google’s web bots couldn’t crawl my site.
Ew! I hate creepy crawly things on my arm or my blog.
Then, Wordfence ordered me to delete the pingback file.
“Wait a minute,” I said. “Why should I trust you?” — since we just had met.
I needed confirmation from another source.
During a two-minute conversation, BlueHost guy concurred with Wordfence plug-in.
“Delete it!” he said. “We did a back up this morning should anything go wrong.”
“What could go wrong?” Stupid question.
So, I deleted the evil spam pingback, at which time, Wordfence and Google probably popped open a bottle of champagne and celebrated the neophyte’s success in the complex universe of techno nerd babble.
Oh, and I didn’t get any writing done until now.
What did I learn from this? You may ask. Don’t ever bring back a pingback once it’s fallen in the spam.
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