These Tech Innovations Help Solopreneurs Get the Job Done – Wherever Business Takes You

Entrepreneurs are known for being innovative. This is no surprise considering how starting your own business requires you to think outside the box and take risks. When you’re a solopreneur who is building and running a business on your own, being open to innovation becomes even more important. You don’t want to stay stuck where you are, but there is a limit to what one person can do. This is where it pays to embrace the world of technology and adopt innovative new tools that multiply what you can accomplish in the time you have.

Streamline Everyday Actions

The great thing about running a solo business with today’s technology is that it allows you to streamline your everyday tasks so that each one takes a fraction of the time it would otherwise. It also gives you unlimited access to people and tools that can take your efforts to the next level.

Website

First up is a website. You know you need one, but you also know that a cookie-cutter site won’t cut it. If you aren’t web-savvy, the internet can lead you to someone who is. Freelance staffing agencies can connect you with a developer that understands things like WordPress — a tool that can help you customize and improve the performance of your website. The right dev person can get your site up fast, even if you need custom features. Look for a freelancer at first, so you won’t have to commit right off to a full-time employee. You’ll save money and still have access to their experience to create a site that your customers will love.

Accounting

With all you have on your plate, many solopreneurs get weighed down by essential yet mundane tasks like sending invoices, receiving payments, and generating estimates. This is why accounting — especially invoicing — is one key area that you should consider streamlining. The best invoicing software will be something you can use on any device, wherever you are, to take the time commitment and guesswork out of accounting tasks.

Marketing

Without having a hired marketing professional, you’re responsible for developing and carrying out your own marketing strategies. This is one area where innovation has led to lots of great apps that help. Hootsuite, for example, can keep you on top of your social media platforms, while Buzzsumo offers a peek at what type of content is trending. We love this because it gives you the insight you need to make sure you’re not only posting on social media but also to make sure your posts are relevant and more likely to be engaging.

And while social media is a marketing necessity for all businesses these days, don’t assume that email is a thing of the past. In fact, Campaign Monitor says sending emails that are optimized for mobile devices is even more important than social media because emails reach customers so consistently. As a business owner, the great thing is that digital tools can help automate your marketing emails and ensure you’re targeting the right audience.

Hiring Diligence

While today’s technology makes it easier than ever to find employees, you still want to make sure that whoever you choose to join your team — whether they’re a permanent employee or freelancer —  is the best fit for the job. That means, in many cases, doing a quick search of the potential employee online before you hire them. This way, you can scour their social media profiles to see if they have left any clues about themselves. Things to look for include information that supports their proclaimed qualifications and how they conduct themselves via professional networking sites.

Customer Service

Finding customers, connecting with them, and providing customer service are all essential parts of running a business, but it can be hard for one person to do this effectively. This is why the blog Hatchbuck recommends using software that automates leads, along with a customer relations manager, to have better connections with customers through an automated system.

Using this type of software is the perfect example of how solopreneurs can take advantage of tools that help you accomplish more than one goal. Solopreneurs wear many hats — you’re the marketing director, the accountant, administrator, and everything else your business needs! Even though you can’t do it all, you can use the best and most innovative tools, tech, and software that will help your business grow.

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Sites hacked by dr.m1st3r

Recently on a client site some of the pages were showing suddenly hacked by dr.m1st3r and that happened in the blink of an eye, as i was working on localhost after transferring the site from live.

I google and came up to an article https://thepersonalblog.com/sites-hacked-by-dr-mister-dr-m1st3r/ which saved me from more researching about how to fix this hacking. This point “[New!] Easier Fix For Hack” worked from me from that article, the malicious code was javascript and was inside a widget on the backend like the below screenshot.

I am copy pasting the whole article below:

Sites Hacked By Dr Mister (dr.m1st3r)

Just got off the Grand Canyon (16 day river trip) and I knew there would be much shit to deal with when I return back into society. The one thing I wasn’t ready for was having to deal with hacked sites. The sites that got hacked weren’t major sites, and not the sites that really gets me paid (thank god, I don’t want tanked SEO!) but it’s a major inconvenience just the same. Luckily none of my clients sites were hacked either.

Only Sites On A2 Hosting Were Hacked

I don’t know how relevant this is, but it was only my sites hosted on A2 Hosting that were affected. None of my sites on HostGator were hacked. This might be coincidence, but it makes me wonder if either A2 Hosting was being targeted, or if there’s a vulnerability with the solution. I only recently switched to A2 Hosting after the “#HostgatorDown” incident, where basically all the HostGator reseller plans had gone offline. After this event (and the serious lack of concern from the support ticket I created) I’m 99% sure I’m going to be switching over to SiteGround, which is EIG free (never go with an Endurance International Group company) and has come highly recommended by some local web developers that I highly trust.

All Hacked Sites Were WordPress Sites

I don’t know if there’s a vulnerability in the WordPress platform that the hacker managed to exploit or not. It might just be a coincidence and if the site was html, php or a different CMS, who knows whether they’d also be hacked, or if it would have only been the WordPress sites.

Softaculous Causing Security Risks?

These WordPress sites were also all created using Softaculous. Softaculous is an auto-installer for WordPress. Doing some Googling, it appears that software installers might be capable of creating security risks. It’s worth mentioning, and I highly doubt I’ll ever do any WordPress installs outside of manual installs again. Not saying this is for sure why this happened, but it’s at least worth pondering.

About The Hack

Only the sites that were upgraded to the latest version of WordPress were “100% affected”. The other sites just had some funkiness to it. The latest WordPress sites would display nothing but a link to Dr. Mister’s Facebook page (fb.com/dr.m1st3r). The ones that weren’t updated to the fullest version had some funkiness, such as messed up widget areas, a modified site-name that seemed to be a piece of broken code and other qwerks. I updated one site to the latest WordPress version, hoping it’d replace the core files necessary to fix the qwerks. As soon as I updated to version 4.2.1, the site was suddenly displaying nothing but the “fb.com/dr.m1st3r”.

Was The Attack Targeted / Malicious?

I’m hoping the attack wasn’t directed at me and malicious in nature. I’m assuming if Dr. Mister was targeting me specifically, all my sites would be #TangoDown. I’m assuming that it’s a random thing and I’m willing to assume many sites outside of mine were affected as well.

[New!] Easier Fix For Hack

Turns out it’s some malicious code inside of a widget. Deleting that widget will solve the issue. Note: Taking the widget out of an active widget space isn’t enough! In order for this to work you must delete the widget completely.

How To Fix The WordPress Hack

The hack wasn’t that difficult to recover from. The key part is making sure you don’t lose content. Here’s the steps I did to fix the hacking:

  1. Zip / download the “wordpress-content” file – This is the file that contains all themes, plugins and file uploads. It’s very important to maintain this, as if it’s overwritten, you’ll lose all your uploaded content.
  2. Export WordPress XML file – place the “/wp-admin/” into your admin bar and you’ll still be able to access the admin dashboard. Export the WordPress XML file.
  3. Reinstall WordPress – I originally tried tinkering with replacing individual PHP files to try to figure out what file was causing the “fb.com/dr.m1st3r”. Eventually I just said screw it, cause I knew this method would work as well. Requires tinkering with some site settings again, but it’s kind of whatever.
  4. Replace “wp-admin” folder – Replace the “wp-admin” folder from the new install with the previous one. I did this prior to uploading the WordPress folder to me site, but it can be replaced afterwards as well.
  5. Create new database – I didn’t know if it could have been an SQL hack or not, but I figured I’d be safe and create a new SQL database. This might not be required, but it was simple enough that I just did it.
  6. Import WordPress XML file – This will upload all your content.
  7. Tweak WordPress settings – You’ll have to retweak all the settings such as widget, site name, permalinks, ect. This was the most annoying part.
  8. Run a broken link check – There’s multiple WordPress plugins that can do this. I was using a 301 redirect plugin on one site and lost all my 301s. The broken link checker helped me find and recover this.

A lot of pages with Japanese content indexed in google but when i go there it says page not found

I answered a question from support.google.com/webmasters/ i think this answer will help.

I am facing the same issue, I fixed the site maybe google will re-crawl and correct URLs in its search, I fixed the site 2 days back but still seeing Japanese texts are there on google search results just like yours.

How I fixed the site:

Somehow the site was hacked, so I worked for making the site clean, so by default Google will see the clean site now. It is probably the sitemap google is getting from your site and hacker hacked the sitemap, so I cleaned the sitemap, I use Yoast SEO. You can check your sitemap I guess you will find those unknown links in sitemap also.

1) Use security plugins to check the site, most probably WordPress in my case the core files were affected so it is a bit easy to find hacking codes compared to clean WordPress installation, the security plugin will point hack codes and replace those files and check the site.

2) After cleaning the site, check if the sitemap is clean as expected IF NOT take a backup of the site using all in one migration plugin and install the backup in another hosting, and again check the site with a security plugin and Yoast SEO sitemap style.

I did the above steps and found out my sitemap is clean and all unknown links are gone. So I hope Google will delete those 404 links from google search and re-crawl my site.

security plugin used to check affected files:
Sucuri Security – Auditing, Malware Scanner and Security Hardening

bonus: make the site’s security very very tight so no one can change or write on files and directories to avoid future hack. Whenever you see errors in search console re-check your sitemap to check if the hacking is done again or not, I check daily after the hack, hope this process will work.