I discovered a few weeks ago, through no fault of my own, that my website had been blacklisted. To be more precise it was the IP address of my hosting company that was the problem and this immediately rang alarm bells as you can imagine.
How did I find out? Well, it was actually by accident. I had prepared a follow-up email through AWeber to send out to my mailing list and in the email it had a link back to my website. AWeber’s spam filter, which refers to The Spamhaus Project for its results, had given my email a whopping spam score of 10 out of 10.
On contacting AWeber they advised the problem was my hosting company’s IP address, not my website. I use Hostgator as my main web host but I also use Cloudflare and this was where the problem was. Cloudflare had been blacklisted! I couldn’t believe that they would put me in this position!
Cloudflare were aware of the spam issue and after discussions with Spamhaus everything was sorted out. I originally removed the Cloudflare service from my website when this happened but it really does help with overall speed. So, I decided to check if my AWeber account was back to normal and that would then make my decision as to whether I would give Cloudflare a second chance. Luckily it had so the service now remains on my blog.
So, the moral of this story is…
Check If Your Website Is Blacklisted
How do I do this you ask? Well, there are a number of blacklists out there, with the goal of identifying websites and domains which may be problematic. These lists help internet service providers and other companies in blocking spam and malicious software.
You can check whether or not yours is listed on any of the blacklists using BlacklistAlert.org. Put in your domain or IP address and the website will check whether it appears on more than 30 spam and malware blacklists.
If any of the blacklists return a status of anything other than OK, there will be a link which you can click on to find out why. You should then get in touch with your web host for further information. Your web host will need to contact the particular blacklist to ask that they be removed.
I hope you found this useful.
Did you try this out? Were any of your websites showing as blacklisted? I would love to hear your comments and whether this has happened to you.
Please also share this post as well if you would so that others are aware of BlacklistAlert.org.
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