Category: Tips

How to thank people that refer you to others by using ReferralKey

I grow my web hosting and development business by referrals. People that I have done good work for in the past share my info with people who need what I do.

This is great for me and great for the people referring me out. I always personally thank the people who send me great referrals.

I use a slick referral tracking system called ReferralKey.  This web-based tool saves me time and encourages my associates to actively refer me to their friends and business associates.  ReferralKey allows me to manage the referrals that get sent out and track how they work out.  I can also facilitate sending a thank you gift to the people that send me the referral if the referral turns into a revenue producing client.

ReferralKey also provides the ability for me to endorse  any of my contacts and give them the opportunity to return the favor.  After an endorsement is approved it will show up on my referral profile page.

The ReferralKey system will also let me post updates to my activity stream that gets shared with the others in my network. This is a great way to give helpful articles and postings that benefit the reader and enhance my brand value.


Instructor: Michael Scott McGinn
Instructor: Michael Scott McGinn



Tips for WordPress Blog Security

Your WordPress web site security is only as good as your preventive maintenance you do on your site.  Here are some tips and resources to keep your WordPress site up and working safer from hackers.

  1. Update and upgrade your WordPress installation and all installed plugins. Be sure to login to your site admin and check for updates regularly.
  2. Install the security plugin listed here
  3. Ensure that your admin password is secure and preferably randomly generated
  4. Other ways of Hardening a WordPress installation are shared at

These other steps can be taken to further secure WordPress websites:

  • Disable DROP command for the DB_USER .This is never commonly needed for any purpose in a WordPress setup
  • Remove README and license files (important) since this exposes version information
  • Move wp-config.php to one directory level up, and change its permission to 400
  • Prevent world reading of the htaccess file
  • Restrict access to wp-admin only to specific IPs
  • Create the admin account with other username and delete the original admin account with username 'admin'. As most of such attacks are on username 'admin'.
  • A few more plugins – wp-security-scan, wordpress-firewall, ms-user-management, wp-maintenance-mode, ultimate-security-scanner, wordfence, These may help in several occasions

Also, we recommend using Cloudflare, which is available free with all our cPanel accounts, to prevent the attack from affecting  your site.

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