Google's hacking help centre

Hacking has always been a serious problem for webmasters and if your site gets compromised, it can take a large amount of time and effort to fix. This is becoming an increasingly popular method for some unethical ‘black hat’ SEO practitioners to improve their rankings or increase their earnings.

Hacking has always been a serious problem for webmasters and if your site gets compromised, it can take a large amount of time and effort to fix. This is becoming an increasingly popular method for some unethical 'black hat' SEO practitioners to improve their rankings or increase their earnings.

By hacking a site, an SEO can profit on a website's authority by either placing links to their site to gain a rankings boost or hijack it entirely so your site redirects to a different page to the one described in the SERPS - this is a common technique in high profit markets and has previously been seen in pay day loan and gambling markets.

The good thing for webmasters is that Google is now offering help to those sites affected by hacking through their new hacked sites help centre. The site provides a number of helpful information sections, including step by step videos on what to do if your site has been hacked, how to identify areas of weakness and covers you all the way to fixing the problems and the following review process.

The good news is that as well as covering what to do if your site does get hacked, webmasters can also discover ways to help protect their site from being hacked in the first place.

So if you're a fairly tech savvy individual, you can follow the step by step process in order to fix any problems and weaknesses on your site, however, you will need to be well grounded in system administrator commands and have experience of working with source code. If you think you may struggle with this process, it's probably a good idea to look for some expert help in order to get your site back in shape.

Having a hacked site can be quite a traumatic experience, regardless of whether your site is your income or just a hobby. What's more is that it can severely affect your position within the search engines and the help centre from Google will be welcomed by a large portion of site owners.