We were the victims of numerous spam attacks. It required Jon’s team to uncover and clean up the situation. Its reassuring to have the professional support we need.Richard Carr
Mechan has been a long standing client but has always called on us to help on specific internet marketing work on an adhoc basis.
So we have delivered Link Building plans, Adwords campaigns and SEO Reviews as part of our relationship dating back to 2005.
Mechan has always however used a full service agency for its web build and branding work and we have dovetailed in as part of that overall strategy.
Richard as he routinely did, contacted us in 2015 to audit his search and analytics performance. Unfortunately in that review it was clear a large scale spam attack had got through to the website, leaving behind a litter of spam linking Mechan to software downloads, adult themed content and wholesale clothing.
This was both embarrassing for the client as well as potentially damaging to business - Google had already begun to warn site visitors by displaying 'hacked site' warning messages.
After reporting this in our review, the problem was patched up, only for it to return in a short while. Wordpress is unfortunately often in the headlines for the wrong reasons. Plugins can be attacked cleverly with the website owners often unaware they have been targeted. This can leave behind a trail of destruction ranging from embarrassing web content right through to official Google penaltys.
After discussions with Richard, we elected to bite the bullet and remove the website from WordPress altogether. Instead we temporarily created a static quarantined HTML/CSS version of the site which stopped any further attacks (and allowed us to start a formal clean up process).
In the background we started building a new secure CMS with a full client feature list. Our clean up work consisted of:
This took time and unfortunately carried expense for Richard.
We advise all our clients to move away from Wordpress installs and build custom CMS features you really need. If you do however run a Wordpress site, we recommend you follow the Google recommendations. Always ensure your site is up to date and all plugins are recent and fully supported.
Jon brought real clarity to our SEO priorities, with straightforward advice that delivered results. Jon’s flexible and transparent approach was refreshing from our previous experience with SEO agencies.”
Stuart Ridley, Marketing Director, Kings Foundation
We have worked with Jon and his team since 2003. In that time, the internet has become our most important and most efficient sales channel. Its been an incredible success for us
Nick Marshall, Hydraulic Pumps
I wanted to have the best agency in the area but couldn’t get the right people on board. Jon became available and we haven’t looked back.
Dan Kavanagh, Managing Director, Ignition Search
Jon and his team provide high quality internet marketing services that keeps us ahead of the competition. Swann-Morton dominate key market areas organically and our web presence and visitor experience is best in class.
Chris Taylor, Swann-Morton
We had definitely hit a glass ceiling. If you are an established online trader as we are, then speak with Jon. We have learned a lot in a short space of time and the results have been very impressive .
Richard Thomas, Director, RichTone Music