by | 8 Sep 2015

Malware, infected sites and SEO

Search engine optimization (SEO) helps to ensure that a site is accessible to a search engine and improves the chances that the site will be found by the search engine.  In fact, SEO can double online sales for consumer e-commerce retailers. However, Malware is the bane of every webmaster and site owner. It destroys the user experience, causes Google to penalize your website, infects your systems, and more. Discover in this article how to quickly know is your site has been infected and how to fix this for good.

Implications of malware on SEO and eCommerce sites

According to Google and to SEO experts such as, you have to take care very seriously malware infections.  Imagine that :

  • You are losing ranking from major search engines like Google, Bing and Yahoo. Imagine dropping from page 1 to page 10.
  • Your prospects are seeing warning notifications in the SERP pages like « this site may be compromised » or « this site may harm your computer ».
  • Your visitors are actively blocked from visiting your website, impacting directly your sales for days.
  • Your site has been defaced and is welcoming your prospects and customers with an horrible web page that screams “You’ve been Hacked”.

So are you still asking why is this important for SEO? Or why are malware warnings important for online marketing? How many customer will open the door when signs warn that the store has been poisoning?

Your online business will be in jeopardy if you are not vigilant about hackers and malware. Google will make it clear your business is untrustworthy and dangerous. And that makes this all relevant to SEO.

How do I know if my eCommerce site is infected by malware?

First, you need to check your site report on the Search Console homepage and search for a « this site may be compromised » or « this site may harm your computer » warning. If you can’t find any warning, you are not necessarily free from malwares.

To know if your eCommerce site is really  infected or not, you have to assess your site risk level with an advanced security solution. Visit, fill the form for a free assessment and discover in a matter of minutes if you are infected by a sophisticated malware. Are you?

assess site level risk

If you are infected, OZON cybersecurity solution will remove the malware from your website by patching it and prevent from being ever infected again in the future.

Then, you have to request a Google malware review to clear your SERP listings of any unnecessary warnings. You can do it now by opening the Google Security Issues Report.

More information on malware and SERPs scan be found at the google webpage: