If you follow me on twitter (@AshlyLondon) you might have seen my utter melt down at my blog being locked by google. I had an absolute nightmare getting it back up. I wouldn't wish that on anyone, really not fun! Bascially it was flagged as having 'malware'. Malware is a malicious software like a virus. Now obviously I did not put that on my blog or know why it would be there. After a lot of research and posting on the google 'help' boards, I found out that it could be as simple as having a link on your blog which goes to a site that has malware. Bearing in mind that 8 times out of 10 people leave a link at the bottom of their comment this scared the bejeezus out of me.. how was I ever going to go through every comment and check all the links?
I also found out that google had recently flagged a couple of webmaster tools and coding readily available to add accessories to your blog as malware, 'Abu Farham' being one of them. So I popped over to my html and after a quick search low and behold found "abu farhan'. I had used the basis of a free template for my blog and it must have been somehow linked to this name. So In the end I decided that a complete redesign was the way to go, as Marilyn says "sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together". I was planning on a blog redesign at somepoint soon so this got me in to action fast.
So usually if google locks your blog you sort it out then go to webmaster tools and click the 'request a review' button. But unfortunately there was a problem with google and no such button was in my webmaster tools so it was very frustrating. Fortunately it appears google got it sorted and here we are!
My advice to anyone who experiences this is go straight to the Google help boards and ask for help. Also if you are using a free template check your html for 'Abu Farhan' if it appears seriously think about changing your design. For more info on this go to http://blogging.nitecruzr.net/2014/02/abuse-malware-classifications-february.html.
Can't wait to hear what you all think of my new design!!
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