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Abandoned Wiki in Spam Attack - Rankings Lost

8:12 pm on May 12, 2008 (gmt 0)

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A few months ago I was tinkering with putting a wiki on my site. I played around with it and decided it wasn't worth it. I abandonded it without removing it. Big mistake.

The only place where I told anyone where the wiki was is where you signup with WikiMedia.

Sometime within the last 30 days, an <adult content> spammer got ahold of the wiki and managed to post 60+ pages and videos of adult content. I logged into Google Webmaster tools and saw our incoming links had increased by a factor of 100. I soon discovered that the new pages were at example.com/wiki/skins/simple/img/*.*

We've been hit with a loss of rankings in the past couple of weeks which I attributed to a algo shake up but I'm more convinced I lost rankings because of this. The wiki page backlinked to the home page but no other pages on the current site referenced the wiki at all.

Steps taken:

(1) Removed all wiki pages.
(2) Modified robots.txt to disallow all robots to the /wiki directory.
(3) Removed all offending URLS using the Google URL removal tool.
(4) Submitted a reconsideration request to Google explaining what happened.

Anyone have any other ideas that I should do.

[edited by: tedster at 8:16 pm (utc) on May 12, 2008]

11:58 pm on May 12, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Sounds like you took all the steps you need to. I'd just be sure that the wiki software is removed, not just the generated pages.