Surprise: Your website may be blocked and you don’t even know it!  Here’s how to find out

Did you know that your website may be blocked without your knowledge? That people who click on your link can’t view the contents, and this can happen even if they clicked on the actual URL or otherwise tried to get to it using common internet browsing methods? Did you know this can happen even if you do your best to follow all the rules and comply with every law and regulation you know about?

Yes – the truth is this very often happens to responsible, well-intentioned, law-abiding businesses. There are multiple reasons why. Here are a few:

  1. Your product or service may be banned in a particular country
  2. You may have malware/viruses on your site that were planted there by hackers without your knowledge
  3. You may have outdated code or vulnerabilities on your site causing incompatibilities
  4. You may have an expired SSL certificate
  5. You may be engaged in grey/blackhat SEO, which can trigger blocking by anti-malware companies and
  6. You may have violated an organization or person’s copyright

There may be other reasons besides the ones above. There are many free resources online that can quickly tell you if you are blocked. Here are a few links that you should check out to run a quick scan to learn if you are being blocked:

Check if Google has banned your site:

Check to see if your site is blocked in the UK:

Check to see if your site is blocked in China:

Check if your domain is currently active or not:

Check to see if McAfee software blocks your site:

Check to see if Norton SafeWeb scan blocks your site:

Check to see whether other Antivirus companies are blocking your site:

Check to see whether you are listed as a Deceptor by AppEsteem, which will usually then result in being blocked by many anti-virus companies: