Last week just hours after my last post the server was hacked at the datacenter where Waitomo Creative is hosted. After a failed attempt to close the back door all sites were taken off line and the opportunity was taken to reload the operating system, tighten security and get the latest updates. Everything went well and although taking a little longer than expected, everything was restored from the backup.
My newest post was missing… A post that already had received a comment.
And to make matters worse I had deleted the text file from my hard drive after I posted it.
One of the things that makes blogs and sites created on blog platforms like WordPress so powerful is the ability to get your content indexed by search engines very quickly, and often with a high ranking. WordPress incorporates tag support and when an article is posted, the tags are notified and it is not long before the site is crawled by a googlebot.
Google takes a snapshot of each page it examines and stores that version in its database.
Almost every search result includes a Cached link. If you click on that link you are taken to the Google cached version of that web page, instead of the current version of the page. This is useful if the original page is unavailable because of:
- Internet congestion
- A down, overloaded, or just slow website
- The owner’s recently removing the page from the Web
This feature was my saving grace and I was able to recover the text of my article and repost it.
My experience last week was a powerful lesson and practical example for me that validates what this recent series of articles has been about.
- Blogging can help you promote your site and establish a web presence.
- Using tags helps you get indexed quickly and brings traffic to your site.
- Remember to save a copy of your posts.
- If there is a problem, Remember the power of the Google cache.