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Recovery in SERPs after fixing Error Code 500

Recently a site was hacked...actually, it wasn't exactly hacked...unwisely granted FTP access to an untrustworthy party, and they dropped the malware in manually.. :unamused:

I removed the obvious malware files, but the malware was being called by the .htaccess in this way:

RewriteEngine On
RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} (google|yahoo|msn|aol|bing) [OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} (google|yahoo|msn|aol|bing)
RewriteRule ^(.*)$ garrott-fanfold.php?$1 [L]

So..I didn't know the site was broken, b/c when direct accessed it was OK, but via search engine, users would get an Error Code 500.

Now, I found this and removed it, so there will be no more error code 500. BUT...The site has been getting a 500 by all major SEs for almost four weeks. It's lost tons of ranking in SERPS....

Will it ever recover on its own? What can I do to improve the rate of recovery? Thanks...


  • SvenSven
    Do you have a sitemap uploaded to google webmaster tools? If not, that might be a good start.
  • DeeeeeeeeDeeeeeeee the Americas
    OK, I will give that a try. I never uploaded a sitemap. Thanks.
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