Google announced this week that they will be aggressively targeting spammers who hack legitimate sites and use them to download malware or promote traffic to low-quality sites or those offering porn or sales of illegal goods. They have begun rolling out algorithm updates to identify and filter out these sites.
It is estimated that about 5% of queries will be impacted so you might notice something different the next time you search. Because they are only including the most relevant results there may be fewer of them.
Google’s official statement can be read on their Webmaster Central Blog.
Google is stepping up to deal with spam hackers and are hoping site owners will do the same. A large number of commercial, government and organization websites aren’t following security best practices, leaving the site vulnerable to being hacked. Ridge Marketing’s web design and marketing team knows how to keep your site safe from hackers and running smoothly. Contact us to find out how we can help you.