25 Oct '17, 11am

Soft 404s For Google Hack Labels Don't Remove Warning

As many of you know, for years, Google would label hacked content in their search results with the this site may be hacked label. The solution is to patch up the hack and remove the hacked pages if they should not exist. If you are going to remove the pages, make sure to serve up a 404 page not found status code in the header. Because if you server a status code that reads 200, everything is okay, but show a page that looks like a 404, Google might not remove the hacked label. These are called soft 404 pages, they look like 404 pages, they server a 404 warning on the HTML part but in the header and server response code, they show a status code of 200, which means all is good. John Mueller from Google explained this in a Google Webmaster Help thread: One thing that's a bit tricky here is that our automated systems can't easily recognize that the hacked content has been remo...

Full article: https://www.seroundtable.com/soft-404s-google-hack-labels...

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