Resolving The Dreaded Facebook Malicious Link Warning

The Dreaded Facebook Malicious Link Warning

The Dreaded Facebook Malicious Link Warning

Facebook will occasionally decide to flag links to your website with a warning about malware, spam or other supposed problems when it is simply not true. On two occasions, for two separate websites I run, Facebook has flagged my links this way. In the first instance, I submitted a form through Facebook’s site and they responded in a few days with some standard jargon stating they could not address the issue. Luckily, the problem disappeared a few days later without any further action on my part.

Obviously, this is a major traffic killer from Facebook and you need to eliminate this warning as soon as possible. The first thing to do is scan your site for actual problems using a site such as Sucuri’s free website malware scanner. If anything comes up as “high risk” or any malware is actually found, you’ll need to address the issue. In my case, nothing was found except a “medium risk” warning that a website firewall was not found. Note that Sucuri  sells this firewall service, so I’m sure that’s a sales nudge in their direction.

The second thing to do is follow the instructions from author Carol Tice at Forbes in her article “When Facebook Calls You Abusive: How I Reclaimed My Reputation“. Basically, the article instructs the reader to visit Trend Micro’s Site Safety Center and request a review of the website Facebook is complaining about. According to the article, Facebook partners with Trend Micro and others to determine which sites are safe and which sites are not.  The review process is rather slow by internet standards (multiple days or longer) and is mainly a waiting game on your part.

As I continue to find more information on this problem, I’ll update this article. In the meantime, I’d love to hear any feedback from others who have resolved this problem — please leave appropriate comments below.

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WORKSHOP: How To Build Your Photography Website

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Workshop: How To Build Your Photography Website

On February 25, 2017, Robin Davis and Paul Myrick will host a three hour workshop featuring information and tips on building websites to showcase and sell photography online. In addition to technical aspects, there will be guidance on curation, design, color and typography. Learn what works and what doesn’t and how to avoid potential pitfalls. Additionally, a one-time use $50 website setup fee credit will be given to all attendees.*

To get more information and sign up for this workshop, please visit The Third Eye Photo. We look forward to seeing you in Atlanta for this fun and informative event.

*Website setup fee credit must be used within 30 days of the workshop for a one-year setup and hosting package with Paul Myrick.

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