Need security help. My links have been hijacked in search engines. (3 posts)

  1. superch6
    Posted 5 years ago #

    Hey everyone,

    I have asked a lot of people about this problem and no one seems to have a clue. I'll try to explain this so it makes sense...here goes!

    I help with the web design of a website called http://www.playworshipguitar.com. We had gotten on the first page of google for most of our keywords then one day I noticed that our exact spot on every search engine result page had been replaced with an affiliates link. Our Title tags and descriptions remained the exact same but the link is now going through this person's affiliate link so they are getting credited with every natural result sale we make. We use Clickbank as our merchant solution and they said the problem was not on their end.

    I also contacted our hosting company and they said it was nothing to do with the hosting. So all I can figure it that it is a wordpress security issue.

    I have noticed that if I make a change on a page and it is re-indexed by google that sometimes the result will return to our own link. But eventually it will end up switching back to this affiliate's link.

    Anyone have any clue what is going on here?


  2. Jason_CT
    Posted 5 years ago #

    Have you looked at the actual code of any of the files, like the header.php or footer.php, to see if there is anything out of the ordinary or relative to this affiliate links embedded in the files?

    You may also need to look through the database itself. What I would do on the database is export a backup copy of it and open the dump file in a text editor like notepad++ and do a search for the URL of the affiliate link.

    This may at least give you some kind of starting point as to what or where the redirect is.

    Once you have isolated and removed any reference, I would create a new site map for Google, yahoo etc and update your site index.

    I think I would also do a complete site security audit (password updates, security analysis etc) just to be on the safe side. Can your host provide any logs that may indicate unauthorized access to your blog and or FTP?

    Good Luck

  3. esmi
    Forum Moderator
    Posted 5 years ago #

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