Hi I’m Brent Curry with TinyFrog Technologies search marketing specialist. Today I want to talk to you about sites being blacklisted and perhaps this has happened to you. So your site was blacklisted, what does that mean? So blacklisting is basically when a search engine like Google has removed your site content from the search engine index basically reducing your organic traffic to next to nothing.
So why do they do this? Basically as they’re reviewing sites in their index they’ll come across a malicious or malware on various sites. Malware can be anything from actual virus on the site that gets downloaded to visitors when they come to the website. It could be a change in the website where now there’s a phishing attempt. Phishing meaning that there’s a solicitation for private information that is then going to be used to hack someone down the road. And there are other ways that are things that they call malware that could flag this. But at its core basically when you are blacklisted ninety-nine percent of the time you’ve been hacked. Your website has been hacked. Once your website is blacklisted when someone does click through to go to the website instead of getting to the website they’re going to be presented with the screen that is basically a splash page. This warns the user this site has malicious content, etc.
There are ways for them to click through and get to the website but most people will not do that obviously no one wants to get a virus. If you do want to check the status of your site if you go there obviously you’ll see the splash page but Google does have a tool called the Google diagnostic page. You can just search for that tool. It will come up and then you can go to the site and enter your domain to see what notes there are on your particular website. On the next part of this video, let’s talk about what to do when your site is blacklisted and how do you fix that. Once again Brent Curry with TinyFrog Technologies search marketing specialist. Please feel free to reach out to us with questions about your website. You can also contact us for a free web consultation by clicking HERE.