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Unfortunately, this previously well-regarded subdomain is also linked to from all of my established family-friendly sites (the links have since been removed). Herein lies my concern: linking out to "bad neighborhoods" is pretty high on the list of potential SEO disasters - and by linking to this subdomain from my main sites, it looks like I have inadvertently been doing just that during this past month or so.
So... the subdomain has been taken down, and all links/connections from my main sites to the subdomain have been removed. However all these pages had been cached, indexed and were ranking in the SERPS, so now I'm nervous.
The point to all this?
1. A simple cautionary tale to make sure your member registrations are locked down - particularly if you are using CS, which appears to be the focus of a lot of spambot activity at the moment.
2. On my part I'm fishing for some feedback on how bad this can be for me. All of my main sites linked out to the subdomain that was compromised. Could I be facing certain death in the SERPs?
Thanks for sharing. I'd encourage all members to lock down blogs, forums, etc. that aren't in active use - the risks are too great.