How to Check If Your Site Is Blacklisted?

 

As per Sucuri, Google blacklists approximately 9,500 to 10,000 websites per day. It takes a lot of effort to design a website and get it running.  Just imagine that you designed a website, optimized it for search engines and started getting decent traffic to your website. One nice morning, you wakeup and notice that search engines are not giving any result if you search for your site or blog. It’s quite possible that your site is blacklisted and search engines have removed your website from their index. That’s a nightmare because a blacklisted site loses nearly 95% of its organic traffic and it may result in impacting your business (sales and revenue).

Most of the time website owners are not even aware that their website is blacklisted. So it’s a good idea to keep an eye on google search results and webmaster tools errors. Be alarmed If search results suggest “This site may be hacked” and take the necessary step to clean your website.

Why does a site get blacklisted?

 

Your site or blog may be blacklisted if authorities such as Google, Bing, Norton Safe Web, McAfee SiteAdvisor etc. find abnormalities on your website that they deduce to be malware.  There could be many other reasons such as linking to spammy/malicious/bad links, masking keywords or copyright violation.

How to find out if your site is blacklisted?

 

There are many online tools which can help in finding out if your site is blacklisted. A very popular multi-blacklist search tool is a site called MX Toolbox.  You just have to type your domain name or IP address to search box and hit the “Blacklist Check” button. This tool will give you a detailed report as shown in below picture:

 

MX Tools check blacklisted

MX Tools to check if site is blacklisted.

 

 

Thank you for reading this article, please feel free to leave a comment and share your thought on this topic. In next article, will try to cover that how to clean a blacklisted website.

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