caution signPicture this scenario:

You’ve worked long and hard to get your pet sitting website to the top of the search engines.

Your site ranks high for excellent search terms (for example, when someone searches for ‘pet sitter [your town]’)

Visitors are on your site, impressed with your services and the emails come in and the phone keeps ringing.

Then Nothing. It All Just Stops.

But all of a sudden, the emails aren’t coming in quite as often, and the phone isn’t ringing nearly enough.

It’s almost as if someone pulled the plug on your website.

You visit your own website and confirm it’s still online. You test your contact form and email address, and everything works.

So what’s the problem?

You wonder if your search engine ranking has dropped (which could easily explain the lack of new leads coming in).

You head over to Yahoo and type in ‘pet sitter [your town]’ to see where you currently stand.

You were always in the top 1 or 2 position, and interestingly enough, you still are.

However, there is one big difference with your search result – It now looks like this:

yahoo warning for pet sitters

Quick Backstory

I recently starting working with a new pet sitter client to re-design her current website. We’re still getting her new site design laid out behind the scenes and haven’t touched anything with her current site.

She emailed me recently to ask what might be causing this warning that Yahoo is displaying.

I did some investigating and found something disturbing.

Watch this video to learn why this happened to her, how to avoid it and what you can do if it happens to you.

Again, make sure you have a solid web host, secure passwords and keep your WordPress (or other site building software) installations up to date.

So, what do you make of this? Do you have someone on your team that could assist in a situation like this? How would you react to discovering this with your own pet sitting website?

  • Leaf Hater

    Great article, and yes one can never be too careful…
    Here’s a thought though, maybe you or one of your subscribers might know.

    Is there currently a piece of software, a script or anything that could be implemented on one’s home page to alert the owner as to any changes in the home page?

    I know there are 3rd party monitors for a monthly charge, which is expensive, but seems to me that there should be some script or code that could be implemented within a web site to do a comparison and alert someone if the  coding changes on the main page, as that’s where hacker’s tend to place suspect redirects.

    Not sure how this would or could work, but it’s sure a needed process with all the crap that’s around now.

    Thanks, Love the articles, lot’s of good info.


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