What do you do when someone hacks into your site and posts spam on your site, or links from other sites to yours? Besides getting over the shock, there are a number of practical things you can do.
Firstly, donít panic. Change your hosting log-in as soon as possible. Check itís not an injection that still on your site by removing all suspicious pages. You can compare your previous backup with the pages that are on your site. If you need to, go back to an earlier backup that is clean of the hacked pages and re-upload that.
If your site has been impacted, check Bing or Google Webmaster Tools for information of the depths of the hit.
Take a look to see how you might have incoming links that you hadnít worked on yourself, and see if you need to block those in GWT.
Double-check it all to make sure you havenít missed any links or bad pages. Even one bad page will be on record.
If you need to, you may have to use disavow, although, that is something you should not use lightly.
Then, and only then, go for a reconsideration request, and be patient. Google gets many, many reconsideration requests and they have to be checked, so donít expect to get back into the SERPs quickly.
Finally, try and figure out how they broke in to your site. Was it weakness at the host, or was it theft via FTP? Was your e-mail compromised, or did somebody leak the information? Any holes discovered need plugging.
Find out more by joining our thread on the topic (see below).
Welcome to this WebmasterWorld Weekly Round-up.
The previous WebmasterWorld Weekly is here.
In a hotly discussed topic, someone claiming to be a former Google employee has made claims about the integrity of Google and it's AdSense program, suggesting AdSense Publishers are being duped. Many are sceptical over the efficacy of the claims. Join our thread on the topic and let's have your views and experience on the topic. "Claimed Former Google Employee Makes Explosive Claims Against Google AdSense"
As Mozilla's Firefox browser heads onwards and upwards, Firefox 29 is released, and it comes with a major redesign. What do you think of it. Personally, i'm struggling with it a little.
Last week there was a major warning over a new vulnerability found in every single version of Microsoft's Internet Explorer. In a swift and decisive move, Microsoft Patched the IE vulnerability, even on computers running Windows XP Nice to see the prompt action and an update to IE on XP.
Recently, Pinterest rolled out guided search, which looks as if it may be helpful to users. I also liked the figures posted at the same time: 750 million boards, and 30 billion pins!
Foursquare has decided to split its service into two, with a new app called Swarm.
There were several Facebook announcements this week from their conference. Here are a few:-
"Announces FbStart, A Developer Program Worth Up to $30,000"
"Facebook Launches Expanded Test of Audience Network Ad Campaigns Into Mobile"
"Facebook Launches Anonymous Login and an Updated Facebook Login"
There's an interesting thread discussing "Experiments with Google AdSense For Increased Revenues" If you're a Google AdSense Publisher, you really ought to join in that thread as it could be beneficial.
It's no surprise that a business the size of Google's is going to be involved in lawsuits. The latest is a Class Action Antitrust Lawsuit on its U.S. Mobile Search Monopoly
With Bill Gates selling some of his shares, Steve Ballmer has usurped Bill Gates as Microsoft's biggest individual shareholder.
Google this week acquired online retailer data services provider, Rangespan.
Google has said it has halted scanning of millions of Gmail accounts that are linked to an education program. It seems that youngsters shouldn't have their data harvested in the same way as adults.
Google announced it has new look Google AdSense text ads, and it's being discussed in several threads here at WebmasterWorld.
Google is pretty quick at penalising a site for spammy pages. But what if it wasn't you that created those pages? How do you deal with a site hacking involving the creation of thousands of spammy pages to a site? Find out more in our thread.
Yahoo has said it's no longer supporting "Do Not Track"
This week's video from Matt Cutts is, "How does Google choose titles for search results?"
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