Security vulnerabilities influence 
the Google ranking of a website

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Google puts great emphasis on security and user experience. If a website has vulnerabilities or is susceptible to security breaches, this can have various negative effects on the ranking. With a market penetration of nearly 80%, this can lead to your website becoming invisible.

  1. Trust and user experience
    Google wants to provide safe and trustworthy results to its users. If a website has security vulnerabilities, this can affect user trust and cause them to avoid the site. This, in turn, can lead to a higher bounce rate and less time spent on the website, which can negatively impact rankings..

  2. Security and privacy
    Google has an interest in protecting its users from potentially harmful or unsafe websites. If a website is compromised by hackers or contains malware, Google may mark it as unsafe and warn users not to visit it. This can lead to a significant drop in traffic and thus affect the ranking.

  3. Technical quality
    Google evaluates the technical quality of a website, which includes the security aspects. If a website is affected by security issues, this may indicate that the website may not be well maintained. This can affect the overall performance and usability of the website, which in turn can have a negative impact on its ranking.

  4. SEO efforts
    Vulnerabilities and security loopholes can lead to the website being hacked and having malicious content added to it. This can compromise SEO efforts, as Google can detect malicious content and remove the affected website from search results.

  5. Algorithm updates
    Google regularly updates its search algorithm to improve the quality of search results. These updates also take into account security aspects and may devalue websites with known security vulnerabilities or unsafe behavior..

It is important that you always pay attention to the security of your website(s) and that they are regularly checked for vulnerabilities and the vulnerabilities are fixed. This not only helps maintain ranking in search results, but also contributes to overall trustworthiness and user experience.

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