Can My Hacked Website Cause My Search Engine Rankings to Drop?

After sitting down with the CEO of Website Malware Removal, I learned the importance of the search engine traffic and received a short course about Google’s algorithmic penalty. This is when your website is penalized by Google for malware infestation, possibly affecting search engine rankings and (SERPs). Before we go any further, let’s define (SERPs). Search Engine Results Pages are the list of results you get when you type in a search term or keyword in Google. The listings may leave your site out of the search engine or lower down the list if you have malware or malicious content spam hidden in your website code. In extreme cases, you will not be indexed in the search engines. In those cases where you have an e-commerce site, there goes your revenue source down the tubes. If the indexing is not fixed, your reputation may be ruined when customers cannot find your site to place orders or contact you or your staff.

Google has designed these types of algorithmic penalties to force owners of websites to remove low quality and spam content from their site. The penalty may result in your site not being indexed by Google. Google has spiders roaming around the internet searching for inconsistencies. There is a good probability that your website will be pushed down in the search engines index if the malware is not fixed in a reasonable amount of time. If malicious code or malware is not fixed, your website will be blacklisted. This is a common problem deals with on a daily basis. Check out this website for the numerous positive testimonials regarding their malware removal service.

On another note, we have another issue to contend with, and that is your hosting company. Hosting companies can and will shut your website down very quickly once they find that any websites on your account have malware. Please remember that this is for your protection because a malware infection can jump from one website to another on the hosting account. If you share ten domains on the same hosting account, the malware can infect all of the domains.  A secure website will ensure that you and your customer’s information will not fall into the wrong hands. Identity theft can destroy your reputation.