If your WordPress site has been hacked you aren’t alone as this happens quite often where there aren’t at least basic plugins in place to scan and block malware. As a result of this happening often, there are tried and tested fixes and preventative measures you can employ to minimise the chances of your site being hacked. A WordPress site that we’re working on recently got hacked and a script on the site was creating fake URLs which then redirected to external sites. These URLs were all related to “dating” sites and there were over 2,000 of them – you would be surprised at the creativity involved in creating 2,000+ “dating”-related URLs! How did we notice this spam? We saw a significant increase in the number of pages indexed in the Google Search Console account – as we regularly check this for our SEO reports. This was the first indication that something was up. We then checked the messages section of Search Console but we … [Read more...] about WordPress site hacked: fake spam URLs indexed
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There are several reasons why WordPress has become arguably the most popular content management system in the world – more than 18% of all websites are powered by WordPress. It’s free, easy-to-use, and is extremely SEO friendly. Despite WordPress being a powerful tool right out of the box, you still have to rely on plugins to improve the functionality of your site and enhance the experience of your visitors. As you also already know, there are plenty of plugins available that can help with SEO optimization—most of which are free. We recently published a post about great SEO plugins for WordPress. But, there’s several more we hadn’t covered yet, so we mention a few more below. There’s a lot that goes into optimizing your website and we recommend starting with Yoast SEO. With over 14 million downloads and an average star rating of 4.6, this is a great jumping-off point and the one to rely on to whip your content into shape. It’s great at … [Read more...] about Supercharge Your SEO With 13 More Search-Centric WordPress Plugins
Now, it’s critical to make the revamped website bulletproof from an SEO perspective. With all the chaos and the huge task list that comes with a site relaunch, it’s easy to drop the ball on the site’s SEO and thus seriously jeopardize the link authority and rankings you had built up over time. The importance of planning out an elegant transition cannot be overstated. But what exactly is the plan? Well, that depends on the type of relaunch upon which you are embarking. New Skin? If the scope of your redesign is limited to a visual refresh with few technical changes, then your relaunch is in little danger of experiencing major SEO snags. However, most redesigns also involve changes to information architecture, navigation, URLs and so forth. If that’s the case for you, you’ll need to conduct the right SEO checkups to ensure the search engine spiders will be able to traverse your site effectively and find all of your content. Completely New URL? Unfortunately, … [Read more...] about Relaunching Your Site? Don’t Even Think About It Without A Solid SEO Game Plan!
Is your website taking more than 3 seconds to load? If it is, stay prepared to lose a majority of your visitors. According to a report, The Need for Mobile Speed, by Google, 53% of mobile site visits are abandoned if pages take longer than 3 seconds to load. I don’t mean to scare you. What I want to emphasize is that there is a very good reason why your website needs to be lightning-fast. A faster website not only provides a better user experience but encourages a favorable ranking on search engines, which in turn drives more clicks and conversions. At present, when roughly 500+ new sites are being built on WordPress daily, and around 19,500,000 websites on the entire web use WordPress, according to data published by Codeinwp, the importance of a faster site can never be overemphasized. 10 Ways to Improve WordPress Speed If you too have a WordPress site but find that it takes longer than desirable to load, here is a list of 10 improvements that you can use to improve … [Read more...] about 10 Tips to Speed Up WordPress Performance
2017 was a year of webmasters finally making the migration from an insecure HTTP site to a secure HTTPS site. A primary impetus was Google’s continued push for security, along with all of the massive large-scale hackings that took place throughout the year. Of course, SSL has been a search ranking factor since 2014, albeit a minor one.It was also a year of website owners seeing ranking drops or no change at all, deciding that the issues they had with SSL weren’t worth it, and reverting the changes. In my mind that’s a mistake – and in fact, some of my sites saw a ranking boost switching to SSL – but I get that every site is different.Reasons You Might Want to RevertThere are a lot of different reasons why you might want to revert the change from HTTP to HTTPS. Let’s talk about them for a moment. I bet at least a few of you are jumping the gun, or at least making a hasty decision.#1: My rankings dropped! This is certainly a concern, particularly when … [Read more...] about How to Revert Back from HTTPS to a Non-SSL HTTP Site