Most websites on the Internet get their traffic from search engines. If your website is somehow de-indexed from Google, it could mean that you miss out on some serious traffic. Why would your WordPress site be de-indexed from Google, and what are you able to do about it?
Google may remove a site from its search index for a number of different reasons. That is why we will discuss a few of the more common reasons for websites being deindexed. It is important that you understand Google’s webmaster guidelines, which will go a long way towards understanding why a site can become de-indexed.
Use Google Search Console To Check Your Website
It is possible to use Search Console (formerly webmaster tools) to see how Google sees your website. As a webmaster, this is a great benefit if you want to see what might be wrong on your website right now. If you have not yet added your WordPress website to the Google search console, it is a good idea to do so. There are three central sections where you can learn what Google thinks is wrong with your website:
- Security – Here you can learn whether your website has a security issue
- Crawl errors – This is the page where you will see errors if Google is unable to crawl your website properly for some reason
- Messages – Here you will receive messages directly from Google
Check Your Site for Malicious Code
Malware distribution is one of the more common reasons that your site becomes de-indexed. If someone hacks your WordPress website, the hackers are able to install malicious software on users’ browsers by installing a script. People who visit your website might see a warning sign if they do go onto your website.
If your website is hacked, you are going to have to go through a number of different steps to clear the infection. You have to find the infected files first, and then you will have to remove the infected file(s) or possibly replace them altogether.
If you have gone through these steps we mentioned, it is possible to contact Google and ask them to consider indexing your website again. Before you do so, make sure that you have checked your website thoroughly and your website adheres to the Google webmaster quality guidelines. After doing so, you are able to file submit a reconsideration request. We hope that this information is going to go a long way towards helping you get your WordPress website back online.