How to Check for Search Engine Cloaked Content
– This is not intended to shame Mazda Philippines. Websites get hacked all the time. And investing more into the security of anybody’s web hosting infrastructure should always be a top priority.
– This is not intended to blame SEO people or even blame network security people. I suggest instead of firing them, simply reprimanding would be sufficient. Then ask for their solution and prevention and if they need more resources to be able to fix and prevent, maybe it is time to look into investing into their request, whether it is a security related software, a hacking monitoring tool, whatever.
Why does this happen?
Is any one mad at Mazda? No These hackers just run scripts that find sites that are vulnerable. Like an outdated CMS, CMS plugin or theme that has some vulnerabilities, or issues with file permissions or even social engineering where the hacker got a hold of the password somehow.
Once they have access, they can use it either for telling Google this page now has a link to another site. Mainly to help out in search engine ranking and also indexing. And if the whole page redirects, it benefits the page it redirects to also for higher ranking. Especially if it is coming form an established domain name.
In this case, the site is illegally selling cracked serial numbers for Windows.
How to find the issue:
Once you notice your website title, description or even URL looks different in Google, most likely content cloaking is happening. You can verify this by checking:
1. Google Cache: I didn’t do this in the video because sometimes the cache date is not updated.
2. Change the user agent.
3. View with a Google IP and/or DNS, a trick is to use Google Translate.
How I found out about this issue:
Mainly from the Facebook Group SEO Organization Philippines where someone shared it and it became a conversation.