There are various reasons for a site to get blacklisted by Google, McAfee Site Advisor, Norton Safe Web, Search Engine, etc.
By just looking at Google Transparency Report, you can see millions of sites get categorized dangerous every month.
A site can get blacklisted for many reasons, ex.
- Spammy activities
- Malware infected
- Phishing activities
- Unwanted program download
To ensure Google or other search engine doesn’t drop the ranking or shows the warning to the users – you should not be doing anything listed above.
But sometimes it may be out of your control when a site gets hacked or malicious code injected by a plugin, module, etc. In case you are wondering, this is how a site appears in Chrome.
Let’s check out some of the tools which will help you to find if your site is blacklisted. Some of the following are also used to check if sending email server is on a SPAM list.
Google Safe Browsing
One of the popular and most important one where you can check if Google has categorized your site is unsafe.
Site Status instantly checks the given URL and give you a result if safe or unsafe.
Blacklists by MX Toolbox
MX Toolbox provides a central search box to check if IP or domain is blacklisted against 102 known authorities.
If interested, you can also schedule to monitor the blacklist regularly and get notified when found so you can take necessary action immediately.
- Google safe browsing
- Site Advisor
- Phish tank
- SUCURI malware labs
SUCURI provide comprehensive web security to multiple platforms including WordPress, Joomla, PHP, Drupal, Magento, etc. which cover monitoring, detection & protection. They also help to clean the hacked, malware infected, defaced & blacklisted sites.
Black List Alert
Black List Alert is an RHSBL (right-hand side blacklist) based lookup.
It tests given URL/IP against hundreds of whitelist and confirms if result it positive.
WebSite Pulse checks against the following major DNSBL (DNS based blackhole list).
I don’t know why but you have an option to test from NY, Germany & Australia.
Ultra Tools RBL (real-time blacklist) check if given domain or IP is in spam blacklist. If any, you will get a direct link to contact for removal from respective RBL.
Invaluement fast lookup let you check for up-to ten domains at once and result if domain/IP is listed in the spam list.
As you can guess by the name, MultiRBL lookup against more than 300 RBL and confirm if any has blacklisted. It supports IPv4, IPv6, and domain.
Not just for checking the website but also you can verify sending email server.
Online Mail Server Blacklist Checker
Verify your email server against more than 150 DNSBL and RBL blacklists. Having sending email server IP in spam list will impact the email deliverability.
Remove Domain/IP from blacklist/Spam list
I know how it feels when your site or IP address is blacklisted or in the spam list.
Fortunately, it’s possible to get it removed.
There are two possible ways.
Manually – you need to submit a request to delist the domain to respective blacklist authorities. Most of the above test results will give you an option to submit the removal from result directly.
Hire an expert – if you don’t have the time or not comfortable doing manual work, then you can leverage the following services which will do the necessary to ensure a site is removed from he blacklist.
SUCURI – one of the industry expert in removing the blacklist, malware and providing all-in-one security protection.
Site Guarding – malware/blacklist removal, professional reporting, real-time monitoring & backup.
I hope this helps you to keep your site operational and protect the reputation. You may also be interested to read SUCURI guide on how to remove google blacklist warning.