Security for your affiliate website is important. This is your business and your livelihood and you are working extremely hard to give it traction so it can make you that affiliate passive income that you seek.

Therefore, it is natural, that you desire to guard it against people who would take it from you or destroy it by hacking into it. The same way you might employ technology to watch over your house and your loved ones is the same way you should guard over this online property.

Let’s throw in some statistics here to back up our reasoning and arguments above, we are quoting Cybersecurity Ventures, who say

In 2018 hackers stole half a billion personal recordsThis was a 126% jump from 2017. Since 2013 there are approximately 3,809,448 records stolen from breaches every day.. 158,727 per hour, 2,645 per minute and 44 every second of every day reports Cybersecurity Ventures.


Well let’s not go into statistics of security breaches out there. Closer home, you might have received an email from one of the Credit Bureaus that your personal information had been stolen. And of course it terrifies you. But by now you are wondering, what has my affiliate income small blog got to do with all this… Stay with us…

At a certain point, if you have not already done so, you are going to start hounding your visitors to leave you with information about themselves. At first you might ask only for their email address to reward them with that useless book that all the gurus advised you to write… yes, leave your email address so you can download 1000 ways to earn passive income without lifting a finger or 500 ways to lose weight without working out…

You collect the emails. Then you become more aggressive and collect more information just like www.facebook.com because big data is money. Now, you have stored a lot of personal information and you are subject to some laws regarding the storage of personal information and what to do about it in case of a breach… A quick search on www.wikipedea.com gives us this 411…

Security breach notification laws or data breach notification laws are laws that require an individuals or entities affected by a data breach, to notify their customers and other parties about the breach and take specific steps remedy the situation based on state legislature. Such laws have been irregularly enacted in all 50 U.S. states since 2002, with the last 3 states having no privacy laws protecting citizens as late as 2016. New Mexico only passed their privacy law in 2017 and South Dakota and Alabama in 2018 . These laws were enacted in response to an escalating number of breaches of consumer databases containing personally identifiable information.

Are we getting too technical? Our preferred hosting providers www.siteground.com say this about SSL…

Using SSL is crucial for the security of your website. The SSL certificate encrypts all traffic that goes through your website and ensures that sensitive information like login credentials and credit card details remains protected. Use the SSL Manager to easily install different SSL certificates, import existing ones, and manage all active certificates for your site in one place.

Also, www.google.com says this…

If you’re unsure if your site is actually hacked, or if you think your site was incorrectly flagged, start by registering your site in Search Console. Go to the Security Issues sections of Search Console and look for example URLs where Google detected that your site has been hacked.

Remember in a previous article we suggested that you install the plugin from Google. Now this is where they come in handy.

You know, we are just going to leave it here. We aren’t equipped to give you expert advice on how to secure your website. But you need to do so, sooner or later. Read up on it. Do what your hosting provider says. If they haven’t given you a guide, call up their customer service number and talk to them.

We hope you are now motivated to take some action on securing your affiliate passive income blog. Let us know in the comments below, the best and easiest way to do it. As usual, we welcome any tips to quickly improve.