Jun 17, 2008 113 readsby Navneet Kaushal

According to Matt Cutts, small, medium as well as big websites should be very careful about XSS holes on their websites. These XSS holes can vary in forms, but one of the most common forms is the 'search boxes'. Clicking on these 'search boxes' is a big NO! NO!.

In the event, that you may notice a dip in your website's Google rankings, then you should initiate a few searches that would help you to find, if anyone has injected spammy or porn content on your website.

For example: If your website is example.com, you can run a few queries such as [site:example.com porn] or [site:example.com biaxin] or [site:example.com viagra] to see whether you run across unexpected results.

There are also a couple of blogs at Google Online Security Blog and Google Webmaster Central Blog, that highlight and address this issue.

Google Online Security Blog:

Google Webmaster Central Blog:

Google Webmaster Central Blog:

Note: (Switching from XSS to pure hacked sites for a moment.) Make sure to change your admin password if you update (say) your WordPress installation. Sometimes hackers are smart enough to save your password and come back even after you've fully patched your system.

Navneet Kaushal

Navneet Kaushal

Navneet Kaushal is the founder and CEO of PageTraffic, an SEO Agency in India with offices in Chicago, Mumbai and London. A leading search strategist, Navneet helps clients maintain an edge in search engines and the online media. Navneet's expertise has established PageTraffic as one of the most awarded and successful search marketing agencies.
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