WHAT DO YOU DO WHEN HACKERS AND SPAMMERS ATTACK YOUR SITE?
We have a site that is focused on the construction industry and the professionals who make a living in the industry. The site is almost two years old and www.elmpost.com
tries to write at least one article a week that will be of interest to construction professionals, we offer free classified ads to anyone in the business and we have an e-commerce store. In our first year we were very happy with our growth then we noticed that something was wrong we just weren’t growing. So we went to the SEO experts. We quickly found out three things; one, most quoted phone numbers, two, they promised the world and three everything was shrouded in mystery.
We struggled to get the site back on track and after the normal horror stories we met an individual who was really able to help use and we would like to pass on the following information that could be of real help to anyone who is experience the same nightmare.
First and foremost go to Goggle Webmaster Central http://www.google.com/webmasters/
and read their Search Engine Optimization Starter Guide. Really take the time to understand this great tool.
Sign up for Goggle Analytics and Goggle Webmaster Tools and see what Goggle is saying about your site. Make all changes and corrections necessary from what you discover.
If you are theme based make sure your site is working off the latest updates for your theme.
Use a good malware scanner like Succuri Sitecheck Malware Scanner to check theme and Plugin’s for spammers.
Install the latest security plugins [make sure they receive high marks before choosing]
Change all your passwords and use a password site like Dashlane that scrambles your passwords so they are next to impossible to hack.
Report any spamming or hacking to all the search engines immediately.
Check your site daily to make sure you are not being spammed or hacked.
While this is not a cure all it is a decent start. Please ad comments if you can add or improve on this list as the only way we can protect any of us from spammers and hackers is if we pool our knowledge.