Scriptbloggers

Blogging about scripts

Scriptbloggers is removed from Google’s index

Well, I deserved it!
I was already affected by security holes in the outdated versions of wordpress’ on many of my blogs and websites but apparently having some of my sites hacked and down for around a week and losing some other forever wasn’t enough to force me keep my sites updated with security patches and updates. I kindly kept Scriptbloggers open to all spammers who are aware of the hole.

Google was kind enough to let me know what links they’ve found on this blog and they’ve temporarily removed some of our pages including our main page from their index.

If you’re not familiar with this email, good for you, but just in case, here is the sample:
Subject: Removal from Google’s index

Dear site owner or webmaster of scriptbloggers.com,

While we were indexing your webpages, we detected that some of your pages were using techniques that are outside our quality guidelines, which can be found here: http://www.google.com/webmasters/guidelines.html. This appears to be because your site has been modified by a third party. Typically, the offending party gains access to an insecure directory that has open permissions. Many times, they will upload files or modify existing ones, which then show up as spam in our index.

The following is some example hidden text we found at http://www.scriptbloggers.com/:

[...]

In order to preserve the quality of our search engine, we have temporarily removed some of your webpages from our search results. Currently pages from scriptbloggers.com are scheduled to be removed for at least 30 days.

We would prefer to have your pages in Google’s index. If you wish to be reconsidered, please correct or remove all pages (may not be limited to the examples provided) that are outside our quality guidelines. One potential remedy is to contact your web host technical support for assistance. For more information about security for webmasters, see http://googlewebmastercentral.blogspot.com/2007/09/quick-security-checklist-for-webmasters.html.

When you are ready, please visit https://www.google.com/webmasters/tools/reinclusion?hl=en to learn more and submit your site for reconsideration.

Sincerely,
Google Search Quality Team

Too late but I’ve finally upgraded the site to the latest version and all I’m concerned about is to get Scriptbloggers’ reputation back in Google’s eyes.

I’ll keep here posted.
Cheers,
Soroush

No comments

No comments yet. Be the first.

Leave a reply