Have You Been Hacked? How to Clean Your Site and Get Off Google’s Blocklist

Have You Been Hacked? How to Clean Your Site and Get Off Google’s Blocklist

So, did it hurt? When you landed at the bottom of the SERPs, I mean, and Google slapped a scary red warning message on your site telling people to keep out.

If this happened due to an error on your part (bad SEO, shady linking tactics, etc) that’s one thing.

But if your site was hacked and now contains malicious code, that’s just adding insult to injury – and can really damage your reputation.

Unfortunately, that’s just one of the risks of being in charge of your own site maintenance. Stuff like this can happen.

Sure, it’s fantastic to build your own site in WordPress, but as Spiderman says, with great power comes great responsibility.

To put it plainly, you have control over how your site looks, but you’re also in control when/if your site runs into problems.

If you’re hacked, you will probably get blocklisted by Google. Period. Google isn’t going to take any chances with its reputation.

So, if your site smells even the slightest bit fishy, the search engine is going to blocklist you, knock you from your spot in the rankings that you’ve worked so hard for, send your site plummeting in the SERPs and tell anyone who lands on your site to stay away because it’s dangerous.

And that’s a real bummer. But the key is knowing what to do next.

Should you find yourself on Google’s Blocklist (or you’re a bit fuzzy on what the blocklist even is), we’ve put together a comprehensive step-by-step guide to getting it handled ASAP.

(Click here to go straight to the step-by-step-guide)

A malware notice is shown to Firefox users.

Google Blocklist: A Definition

A website that has been blocklisted by Google will generally experience a dramatic drop in organic search traffic.

It’s sudden and huge, and when your Analytics graph inverts sharply, it’s usually the biggest clue to a webmaster that something bad has happened.

How Did I Get on the Blocklist?

There are several ways your site might’ve got on the blocklist. But generally speaking, when a search engine finds suspicious code or activity on your site that its internal algorithms determine to be malware, it will remove the site from search results immediately.

Instead of risking the integrity of the search results and their safety for users, removing the questionable site is the least resource-intensive action the search engine can take.

Now, what is malware exactly?

In this case, it can be anything that Google deems suspicious, including phishing schemes, hacks, information or email address scrapers, trojan horses, and more.

The sad thing here is that you won’t even know your site has been hacked the vast majority of the time until your organic search traffic falls off a cliff.

In some cases, however, there will be tell-tale signs that something is amiss.

This can either come in the form of suspicious things you come across yourself or through

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This article was written by N. Fakes and originally published on WPMU DEV Blog.

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