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Quick Check for a Spammed Site

Posted on 3.23.2015

Most Internet professionals work hard to ensure their site provides high-quality content that is relevant to a user's reason for being there and secure for any actions they take while they are there. Unfortunately, even those with the best intentions can find themselves with a site that is flagged as spam or malicious.

Those concerned that their sites might be considered as spam, should immediately go to the source - Google. Head to http://www.google.com/safebrowsing/diagnostic?site=YOURDOMAINHERE and in the URL, where it says YOURDOMAINHERE, enter your domain name. For example, when WebsiteMagazine.com is entered in the URL, it appears as: http://www.google.com/safebrowsing/diagnostic?site=websitemagazine.com.

The results will tell a Webmaster whether the site is listed as suspicious, when the last time Google visited the site was, whether it contributed to the infection of any other sites, etc. 

Aside from Google, Norton offers a Safe Web check, where Webmasters simply have to enter their sites' URLs to see if it gets a "safe" rating, as well as check for any computer, identity or annoyance factor concerns. McAfee offers a similar free service called SiteAdvisor, which checks for significant security concerns. 

While there are many free, after-the-fact services to tell whether a site is considered spam or malicious, brands should do their due dilligence to ensure their sites are protected from the get-go. 

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