I also run the Mac Audio Guy website with has a wealth of information, tips and techniques for Mac audio professionals and enthusiest. Unfortunately, evil hackers did a WordPress code injection attack on the site, where it substituted it’s own links in Google Ad Sense code. This led to my site being de-listed by Google.
Being de-listed by Google is a death blow to a traffic dependent Website like Mac Audio Guy. I went from hundreds of visitors a day to none. In an attempt to remedy the attack and de-lising, I had to do a complete rebuild of the website and instituted more security measures, which have cost me a great deal of time and headache. I’ve reapplied to Google for re-listing and my only hope to keep the website alive is to be re-listed. I can only hope.
This has me shocked, dismayed and angry on a couple of fronts:
1. Scumbag asshat hackers. You think you’re smart, but you are hurting people. I hope that develop a rash that will never let you sleep again and that your genitalia fall off.
2. Google, while it professes to do no evil, has way too much power over peoples livelihoods. Any website that is de-listed by Google is effectively non-existent. Google is effectively the sole dictator of the internet, there need to be checks and balances on it’s powers.