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[Guide] How to figure out fake themes that will hurt your rankings!

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by IMpossible, Aug 12, 2013.

  1. IMpossible

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    How to figure out fake themes that will hurt your rankings!

    Lately I have come across WordPress themes which are infected by invisible links to spam sites which only search engines can see.
    This happened to me. I had a theme which was infected with casino and gambling links.
    I will show you how to face this. You should take immediate action!

    1. What we will do is we will take a look at how Google and other search engines see your site.

    2. Go to
    http://www.seo-browser.com/.

    3. In the 'Address' field, type in your blogs URL and click 'Simple'.

    4. A very basic type of your website will be displayed which will look something like this:

    example.png

    The above image is an example of BHW and how search engines see it.

    5. Scroll down to through your entire page and look for malicious links. Most of the times, those will be in the bottom of your page, watch closely.

    6. If you spot any links which are not put there by you and which are not visible to you when you are viewing your website in full mode, this means your theme got infected.

    7. Switch your theme immediately. After that, delete it.

    I hope this guide will help you out guys!

    "IMp"

     
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  2. mainceaft

    mainceaft Regular Member

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    Nice catch Anyway Personally look at page source to every theme I install .
    I'ts not hiding links some themes an Plugins put hiding tracking code external JS etc .
    I always delete that junk before do anything on the site .
     
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  3. krishnacode360

    krishnacode360 Power Member

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    Really helpful content. I was searching for this info on google, but a little confused about different issues. Here I could get a clear information. If I remove those malicious links , my website will be safe? or should i change the theme
     
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  4. IMpossible

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    Change the theme. I wouldn't trust that theme at all, even after removing the malicious links.
     
  5. originalposter

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    Just stop using fake/ripped themes and start buying them to support developers. Some of them are real nice, and really deserve the money. This will resolve a lot of malicious / suspicious link on your website.
     
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  6. Bupler

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    Thanks OP for method.

    For those who have Scrapebox, I also use SB to scan for any outbound links on my site that are not mine. This might be a little tough for older sites, but very easy to catch if it is a new site with a new theme.
     
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  7. IMpossible

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    This is BHW. We have a downloads section with tons of those themes. So, what do you want?
     
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    Don't get me wrong buddy. I appreciate your share and method finding malicious links and I understand this is BHW. I really dont get who uses legit themes or ripped themes. That's up to you guys.

    But if one is really concern about malicious scripts/links, then just buy it. It really saves you from headache.
     
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    I don't want to get into a pissing contest here, but if they had the money to buy the theme they probably would have just done that. Since they're looking at pre-fabricated themes in the first place, they wouldn't know how to View Source or identify a hidden div, in all likelihood in the first place, so I think this can be valuable to those looking for piracy and not getting scammed back.
     
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  10. arnosv

    arnosv Regular Member

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    Wow great share, thanks!

    I have been wondering if my sites would have some malicious links in them, since I used many downloaded themes.

    All are clean luckily :)
     
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    thanks for sharing. +rep!!!
     
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    Great share man, will definitely use this info for some of my sites.
     
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    Another idea is to download theme authenticity checker (TAC) for WordPress. It will scan your site for links etc as well. An excerpt from the doc is here
     
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    I also think that the safest thing to do is to check all the source code before using any theme.

    Even if you have no idea of what you are doing it shouldn't be that hard to learn the minimum in order to understand the code, and, imo, if you want to make a living with this, you should really learn as much as you can (about scripting and coding), even if it's only to be able to make a better decision when outsourcing anything...
     
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  15. IMpossible

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    Even checking the source can sometimes not reveal malicious links, unless you know where to look. When you do it the way I explained above, you will be able to immediately spot these links.
     
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    Nice method dude. I also like to scan any plugins or themes in localhost before uploading to my blog, just to be sure...
     
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    Great site, thanks for the share.
    I 'm currently using TAC,sucuri site scanner and Exploit Scanner, this will be a great addition due to simplicity.
    Thanks
     
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  18. IMpossible

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    Yeah, it's simple yet effective. :)
     
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    Nice method..But it is good to pay directly to the owner instead of all those hassle ;)
     
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  20. IMpossible

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    This is just a way to protect those who don't pay. But your point is absolutely true.