Google are removing websites that have been hacked, read what to do and watch the video from Google.

Google have for been sending warnings via the search console messaging system for a while now to websites that they suspect of having been hacked. They are now beginning to remove these sites from the Google search results.

What is Google Changing?

The big change is that the sites that are infected with malware will begin to get removed from the search engine results.

These are sites that have been compromised and infected by a piece of code that will look to infect other websites and visitors machines. When Google discovers this sort of infection it sends a warning to the site owner via the Google console (Google Webmaster Tools) messaging service and if the warning is not acted upon and the malware removed then the decision to remove the site from the Google search results may be taken.

How Does This Affect You?

The effects, if you are removed from the search results, can mean that your website visitors may drop by 80% + this would be devastating for most businesses.

The best thing to do is keep a close eye on your Google Console messages and contact your web developer as soon as you receive a notice from Google.

There is a potential to see your rankings improve if sites above you begin to get removed from the search results. This, however, means that some people in competitive business sectors might use this as a negative SEO tactic to get the sites above them removed.

This is why it is extremely important to keep a close eye on your site and report anything suspicious to your web developer as soon as you spot it.

When Will We See These Changes?

These changes are happening right now, Google has implemented the first round of sites that have been removed and more will follow as the number of sites discovered to have issues increases.

What Does Google Want?

Google wants to reduce the chances of visitors to websites getting infected by the viruses and the easiest way for them to do this is to not send people to the sites that have these security issues.

Are You at Risk?

Unfortunately, because the people who are perpetrating these attacks are using extremely sophisticated techniques all websites are at risk, large sites like the BBC and Yahoo are big targets but so too are smaller business sites as they make for easier targets that can be used to spread the code.

What Should I Do Now?

The best thing to do is ask an expert to look at your site and give you an honest assessment of your risk levels, DSM can do this for you, we do not charge for this service.

Call Craig on 0345 500 4600 to get your FREE assessment.