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Google Webmaster Resources for Hacked Sites, WordPress Cheat Sheet, SEO Starter Guide

“Help for hacked sites,” a new Google Webmaster Central series launched today includes articles and 80+ minutes of video “to help you, and to help you help others.”

“Help for hacked sites also provides more detailed information on specific issues, such as background on the malware infection type Error template or Server configuration if your site was hacked to distribute malware,” writes Maile Ohye.

Google Webmaster Central Help for hacked sites

Further, Google notes that webmaster must implement a security and maintenance plan to aviod such instances. “Just as you focus on making a site that’s good for users and search-engine friendly, keeping site secure — for you and your visitors — is also paramount. When site owners fail to keep their site secure, hackers may exploit the vulnerability. If a hacker exploits a vulnerability, then you might need Help for hacked sites.”

  • In the overview video “Overview: How and why sites are hacked” below, the following common questions are addressed:
  • “Why would someone ever want to hack my site?
  • How was someone able to hack my site?
  • What’s the process for fixing it and how long will it take?”

For further interest in why cybercriminals hack sites for spammy purposes, see Tiffany Oberoi’s explanation in Step 5: Assess the damage (hacked with spam), where she shares more information about sites hacked with spam:

And, to know more about malware, Lucas Ballard from Safe Browsing team, explains about the topic in Step 5: Assess the damage (hacked with malware), and have a totally natural conversation about malware:

Help for hacked sites here.

Update 03/15: A new beginners level search cheat sheet helping those who have for the first time created a blog on Blogger, or installed self-hosted WordPress or maybe a web site is now available from the Google Webmaster Central team.

The cheat sheet is available in thirteen languages is a short how-to list with basic tips on search engine-friendly design, “that can help Google and others better understand the content and increase your site’s visibility,” informs Google.

“We hope this content will help those who are just about to start their webmaster adventure or have so far not paid too much attention to search engine-friendly design,” Google adds.

You can download this cheat sheet here. And, those who want to have a look at more advanced search engine optimization techniques can refer to this Google SEO Starter Guide.

Update 03/21: Back in June 2012, Google Webmaster to help webmasters optimize their sites had launched recommendations for smartphones, feature-phones, tablets, and Googlebot-friendly sites.

Today, the team has made those recommendations available in eleven new languages including: Arabic, Brazilian Portuguese, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Polish, Russian, Simplified Chinese, and Spanish.

US-based webmasters can read the UK-English version.

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