Google Penalty! Protect Your WordPress Website From Being Blacklisted

24-04-2019 | 5 MIN READ

Does your website face a sudden drop in the Search engine rankings? Mystifying ads and shady product pop-ups appearing on your website? If the answer to all these questions is yes, then it is possible that your webpages are missing out of Google’s indexing.

After all, Google isn’t just about its phenomenal algorithm and learning mechanisms. They have a tremendous armed force of value evaluators who gauge the quality and penalize sites. So when Google’s machine calculations signalize that there’s something “suspicious” about a site, or when individuals report that site to Google, it tends to be manually explored, with significant and relevant actions.

What is in Google’s Blacklist?

When it comes to website security all the search engines along with Google strives to provide their users with a protected and best search experience, and for that, it constantly keeps an eye on malware or malicious content on the website to prevent the visitor’s and their data from any harm.

Though there is no well described or officially published blacklist of Google. When an unsafe website is detected Google generally deindex the website. This may lead to a heavy loss of traffic to the owners and ultimately results in a loss of sales or revenue. Sometimes they turn into a nightmare and starts affecting the user’s personal data or their computers. (Yeah obviously seems like a nightmare, And the worst is – the website owners don’t even can catch sometimes that their websites have been de-indexed!)

Does the content scaring you??
Don’t panic fellas we are here with this article to help you know every single detail that will save your website from getting blacklisted.

So let’s dive in!

In which case, Google Blacklists your Website

  • Warning messages may begin to flash when you visit your website.
  • Your website may load empty pages or redirect to another URL.
  • Your program loads strange content from outside sources.
  • A gradual decrease in traffic to your website.
  • Your Google Webmaster Tools account gets warnings about malicious code on your site.
  • Google fetches out weird pages or ads when your website is searched.
  • When you go to the source code of your website you will notice strange code in the header and footer.
  • Your website no longer appears on Google’s index.
  • Spam SEO links and redirects in SERPs.
  • Your website E-mail starts to bounce.

Though these signs can indicate up to a great mark that your website has been blacklisted by Google, many times you don’t even get to know about this(as mentioned earlier)  and in that case checking your website regularly is preferred.
You can keep a check on your website against these warnings by following either of the two ways:

1. Conducting a manual check –  For a manual check you simply have a perform a regular search of your domain in Google as – site:domainname.com
If “no results” is displayed and your pages have been indexed previously than it might be possible that the pages have been de-indexed.

Note – On the off chance that you use this strategy to check for a new domain, you likely won’t get any outcome, as there are no posts or pages for Google to list yet.

2. Using Online Tools – There are a lot many online tools that will help you in scanning whether your website is fine or not. For tools, you just have to follow the process explained by them to check your website and voila! You are done.
Yet, by a wide margin, the most ideal approach is to use Google Webmaster Tools to check security imperfections in your site. The security issues territory of Google Webmaster devices uncovers a heap of helpful data about your webpage, including the links to your site, 404 errors, your search queries, etc.

How can you prevent your Website from getting Blacklisted


The much-awaited part of the article has finally arrived! As the famous saying is –
“Prevention is Better than cure”, by far it is the most useful one for all the webmasters.

You can keep a practice of the following to protect the website:

  • Wherever there is written content on your website, just follow properly the rules of using keyword placement and avoid keyword stuffing.
  • Avoid content duplicacy.
  • Carefully select the web hosting server for your website.
  • Avoid creating backlinks that are not relevant to your business.
  • Never buy or sell links that may lead to spams.
  • Timely remove all the 404 on your website.
  • Always use themes and plugins on which you can rely on and regularly update WordPress.
  • Always protect your login pages by changing usernames and passwords.
  • Try reducing the bounce rate of your website and work on its page loading speed.
  • The .htaccess file and wp-config.php file are must secure.
  • Stay updated with all Google’s terms and algorithm changes.

From the above readings, you are now very well aware of the consequences of getting blacklisted by Google. Also, recovery is a time taking process, therefore, it is recommended to take care of your website by following all the practices mentioned above, you can also go through “What Google is saying for maintaining a clean website”.

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Vaishali Sankhla
By Vaishali Sankhla

Content crafter at PSDs2WP. She blogs tech articles, specifically for WordPress to provide a better understanding to the professionals as well as beginners. In spare time she loves to read and pen down her learning.

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