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Recovering from site hijack and resulting spam pages ranking in google

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by alwaystoday, May 1, 2017.

  1. alwaystoday

    alwaystoday Junior Member

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    I am working for someone at the moment who had their site hijacked and thousands of pages created that look like: www.theirdomain.com/somespamword

    Some of these are ranking on the first page of google. There are about 12,000 of them.

    We are going to rebuild the site and fix it, that's fine.

    But from the Google SEO point of view, what would you reccomend the best way of deindexing the links are?

    1) My first plan is to submit a new sitemap once the site is rebuilt.

    Might this be enough in itself? If so how long would you expect it would take before they fall out of the google listings? Is there anyway to speed it up?

    2) What else can we do apart from submitting a new sitemap to let google know we want nothing to do with the links, and we want them cleared out of the google database?
     
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    CaramelBiscuit Jr. VIP Jr. VIP

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    You have two choices:

    1. Let the 404 do the work for you, Google will eventually de-index the pages (But it takes time).
    2. Submit a mass de-index request via Webmaster Tools, (Will take effort but you could do it in a few days) you'll need to create a xml or excel file of the offending urls.
     
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  3. djp371

    djp371 Elite Member

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    Submitting a sitemap will do. Since you're asking Google to recrawl those pages so basically it will take time.The deindex feature in Google Webmaster will remove links in bulk but in some point you have to be careful in blocking URLs that you'll eventually want to keep in the index.