Google continues to remove bogus pages attributed to this site from their index¹. I was astonished when the count went over 70,000.
There was a growth spurt today. As I write this, there are 182,273 links to phony pages Google no longer indexes.
Yesterday, Google wrote me.
This appears to be because your site has been modified by a third party. Typically, the offending party gains access to an insecure directory that has open permissions. Many times, they will upload files or modify existing ones, which then show up as spam in our index.
Duh. A day late and a dollar short. None of the bad pages exist any more.
Though the problem was fixed a while ago, the effects will be felt for a while longer. Eighty percent of my traffic is currently coming from search results for pages that aren’t here.
¹ – I’m not going to rehash the entire story. If you’re just joining us, it is chronicled on my “oops” page.