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Malicious code injected... will this hurt my rankings? (please help me!)

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by fab, Jan 14, 2012.

  1. fab

    fab Registered Member

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    Hi,
    by looking the SERPs, I've discovered some of my websites with very spammy descriptions (stuffed with pharma-related keywords). By opening the cache I've found all the spammy keywords on the page, even if they're just html files and the link are not actually on the source code of the pages.

    I then realized that someone hacked the htaccess of the websites and I fixed the problem (by replacing the htaccess).

    Did you have similar problems? Do you think that the rankings of my sites are going to suffer permanently because of this episode, even if I've promptly fixed the problem?

    Please help me, guys

    Fab.
     
  2. Autumn

    Autumn Elite Member

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    Yes there is potential to take a hit to your rankings, especially if you were serving malware as well as just hacked pages with spammy content. You'll just have to wait and see.

    If you do get a penalty and it's a white hat site, you can submit a re-inclusion request explaining the situation and hopefully they will be understanding.

    Just make sure you've plugged whatever hole they used to get in!
     
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  3. Corrupt

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    If you've removed the spammy links, ping your website and get it crawled so that they notice that the spammy links have been removed.
    Websites get hacked everyday. Unless it remains there for an extended period without, you shouldn't have to worry about it.

    If you have Google Webmaster Tools, did you notice any unusual bot activity after the spammy links were added?
     
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  4. fab

    fab Registered Member

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    I've checked google webmaster tools: no problems are reported, nor I see unusual bot activity.

    I'll ping the websites as you told me, and maybe re-submit the xml sitemap through google webmaster tools.

    If you guys have other tips to share, I'll be grateful.


     
  5. the_demon

    the_demon Jr. Executive VIP

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    Ping your web pages after the malicious code is removed. I recently had to help someone out with this and their site was restored in the serps in about 1 day.
     
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