Want to know if your website has been compromised by Malware or spam links? Part of Search Engine Optimization is ensuring the integrity of a Site. There are two excellent and related free Online Tools out there to assist with knowing if your site is ‘clean’ or not:
Google Safe Browsing
This great Tool notifies if Google recognizes your Site as ‘suspicious’ i.e. does the site ‘appear to function as an intermediary for the infection of any sites’? The Google Safe Browsing tool may be accessed by going to http://www.google.com/safebrowsing/diagnostic?site=example.com (change ‘example.com’ to your URL).
This Site records Websites containing damaging software such as Malware. As defined on the Site itself: ‘StopBadware.org is a partnership among academic institutions, technology industry leaders, and volunteers, all of whom are committed to protecting Internet and computer users from the threats to privacy and security that are caused by bad software’. StopBadware.org has some notable partners such as AOL, Google, Trend Micro, PayPal and Mozilla. The Site has a Tool available to check if a Site is listed as containing ‘Badware’: http://www.stopbadware.org/home/reportsearch
Check your site now!
All the SEO in the world is unlikely to help much if your Site has been compromised by Malware or related ‘Bad’ links or software. Use the Tools above and use the guidance if your Site is listed as a ‘blacklisted’ Site.