• Help for hacked sites: Error template
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    Help for hacked sites: Error template

    Hi. I’m Lucas Ballard. I’m a software engineer at Google, and I work on Google Safe Browsing. I’d like to provide more information for site owners who were notified that their site was infected with malware, specifically with the type error template. In case you’re unaware, if your site was infected with malware, you can see a sample of infected URLs and the type of the infection when you verify ownership of your site in Google Webmaster Tools. Google Webmaster Tools can be found at google.com/webmasters. In regard to error template, this type of malware occurs when the template used for error messages, such as 404 file not found errors,…

  • How to use Google Search Console to Improve Your SEO
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    How to use Google Search Console to Improve Your SEO

    Google Search Console, previously known as Google Webmaster Tools is one of the best free SEO tools out there. But most people use it for pure vanity metrics like checking if impressions or clicks increased. Others use it to look at average ranking position. But these things as standalone metrics provide very little value. So today, I’m going to show you how to use Google Search Console to actually improve SEO for your website. Stay tuned. [music] What’s up SEOs? Sam Oh here with Ahrefs, the SEO tool that helps you grow your search traffic, research your competitors and dominate your niche. So before we dig into the tutorial, I’m…

  • How many types of messages does the webspam team send to Webmaster Tools?
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    How many types of messages does the webspam team send to Webmaster Tools?

    MATT CUTTS: Today’s question comes from Tokyo, Japan. The question is, you’ve been sending various kinds of messages via Webmaster Tools to improve transparency. It’s a good move. How many types of messages do you send, and how do you decide what message you send? Great question. So I can share a little bit of stats. At this point, we do send hundreds of thousands of messages each month. That might sound like a lot, but for example, one search engine named Blekko estimated that a million spam pages are created every hour. So the web is very large, so it shouldn’t be a surprise that some percentage of it…

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    Rich Snippets: Product Search

    Product markup is one of the most common types of rich snippet markup. It allows users to see detailed information about a product right within their search results. In order for products to properly display as a rich snippet, there are a few properties that you should mark up in your HTML, the name of the product itself, price, and availability. Here’s a simple product offer for a microwave. Using schema.org markup, start by indicating what type of element you’re marking up, in this case a product. Markup the name of the product and embed an offer element in the offers property in order to indicate price and availability. The…

  • Help for hacked sites: Server configuration
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    Help for hacked sites: Server configuration

    [MUSIC PLAYING] Hi. I’m Lucas Ballard. I’m a software engineer at Google, and I work on Google Safe Browsing. I’d like to provide more information for site owners who are notified that their site was infected with malware, specifically with the type “server configuration.” So that we’re all on the same page, if your site is infected with malware, you can see sample infected URLs and the type of infection when you verify ownership of your site in Google Webmaster Tools. Google Webmaster Tools can be found at google.com/webmasters. When Webmaster Tools indicates the malware type “server configuration,” it often means that the hacker is redirecting visitors from your good…

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    Help for hacked sites: SQL injection

    LUCAS BALLARD: Hi. I’m Lucas Ballard. I’m a software engineer at Google. And I work on Google’s safe browsing. I’d like to provide more information for site owners who were notified that their site was infected with malware, specifically with the type SQL injection. You can see sample infected URLs and the type of malware infection when you verify ownership of your site in Google Webmaster Tools. Google Webmaster Tools can be found at google.com/webmasters. With regard to the malware type SQL injection, this means that your site’s database is likely compromised. For example, the hacker may have programmatically inserted malicious code into every record of the database table. Later,…