This was the case with my website and the Revolution Slider attack that compromised more than 100,000 websites at the end of last year. Due to my theme having been pre-packaged with the premium plugin, I was not notified that there was an update for the plugin due to me not having my own premium license (the theme developer most likely had a developer license to include the plugin in the theme which didn’t transfer to me as the user when I bought the theme). I was unable to update the plugin until after purchasing a license of my own, but by that time it was too late to prevent the damage that had already been done. … [Read more...] about 10 Tips for Keeping Your WordPress Site Secure
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Check the number of indexed pages from the spam sitemap as this will increase every time it’s crawled Check the number of 404 errors and that the URLs themselves are the spammy ones as this should also increase in parallel with the spam URLs being submitted. If you see a correlation between them this means the URLs are dropping out of the index Check Google with a site search to prove the number of returned results is decreasing Avoid this happening in the first place These are checks you should be performing as standard on a website you manage, which will help to avoid this happening in the future. Using the WordFence plugin or similar will also help prevent future spam attacks. It’s the responsibility of our Technical SEO department to perform checks on client’s websites and as a website owner or manager we recommend performing these at least every week if not daily: … [Read more...] about WordPress site hacked: fake spam URLs indexed
Run Open Site Explorer to find the top 100 URLs sending traffic, and contact any webmasters linking to these URLs to encourage them to update their link. Although your 301 redirects will pass the majority of the link authority, direct links to the new site are ideal. … [Read more...] about Relaunching Your Site? Don’t Even Think About It Without A Solid SEO Game Plan!
In theory, the domain name space owner owns the domain name space and therefore all URIs in it. Except insolvency, nothing prevents the domain name owner from keeping the name. And in theory the URI space under your domain name is totally under your control, so you can make it as stable as you like. Pretty much the only good reason for a document to disappear from the Web is that the company which owned the domain name went out of business or can no longer afford to keep the server running. Then why are there so many dangling links in the world? Part of it is just lack of forethought. … [Read more...] about Building SEO Momentum by Using A Consistent Site Structure
One way Google is going to take the reigns of this HTTPS transition is with its Chrome team. Google's Chrome team hinted they might start to shame websites not using HTTPS with a big fat red "X" mark over the padlock icon in the URL bar for Chrome users. Parisa Tabriz, Google's Director of Engineering who also works on security and Chrome, tweeted that Google's intent behind the red "X" is to "call out" HTTP for what it is: "UNSAFE." … [Read more...] about HTTPS: Friend or Foe? SEJ