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Was Your Website Hacked?

Having your website hacked has changed a lot in the last few years. It used to be that hackers would hijack your site, lock you out, and change how it looks. It was really obvious that you were hacked.

Now it’s all about links.They’ll embed hundreds of pharmaceutical links into your site and make it so you and I don’t even know about them. Of course they’re trying to trick Google but hurts you.

If Google suspects you’re working with these guys you’ll get de-listed from their search engine and you won’t rank for any keywords. No matter how hard you try.

So how do you know if you’ve been hacked?

Good question.

You can’t just look at your HTML code because these guys make the links only appear for Google (link cloaking). So you need to see how Google sees your site.

Here’s how to do it:

Step 1: Go To Google and search for your site. Then choose the “Cached” link. This is what Google sees. View your page source and look for the spam links. If you’ve been hit there will be hundreds of them. Don’t ask me why someone so smart can be so stupid but they always embed hundreds of links (not just one or two or they’d probably get away with it).  The spam links are usually at the very top or bottom of your page.

Step 2: Set up a Google Alert so if you get hacked Google will tell you in a few minutes. Use this link:

Here’s how I did my site:

Search Term is:
site: www.kerryseo.co.uk [insert your favorite pharmaceutical word here]

So basically I’m telling Google “the minute you find a reference to this on my site email me about it”.

That’s it!

BTW – If you have wordpress you WILL GET HACKED. There’s just too many plug-ins out there and too many installs. Just like Windows they’re a big target so hackers hit them first. So set this up right away.

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