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WordPress has a built-in revision system that stores each saved draft or post update. This is super handy but also flawed at the same time. Over time, these WordPress revisions can really add up to a lot of space in your database. I recommend you delete WordPress revisions on a regular basis to keep your database clutter free.

Let’s say you started writing a new post, previewed it, made seven more draft saves, then published. Even though each revision may have only been a word or two, you’ve just added 10 full-length copies of your post in the database (one of which is an autosave).

How to limit the number of post revisions in your WordPress database with a plugin

I recommend downloading the Better Delete Revision plugin for WordPress to clean up old post revisions. It’s as simple as clicking a button! This plugin also has an additional feature of optimizing your database (which you should do after deleting WordPress post revisions). See below for an example WordPress blog which has never deleted any revisions.. ouch!

Why You Need to Delete WordPress Revisions

How to automatically limit the number of post revisions in your WordPress database

WordPress has set up a handy little line of code that limits the number of post revisions store for any given post. Edit your wp-config.php file and add the following line:

define( 'WP_POST_REVISIONS', 3 );

This will tell WordPress to store a maximum of three revisions per post (which is actually four, counting the autosave). If you want more than three, just change to a number you’re comfortable with.

Alternatively, if you don’t want WordPress to store any revisions, add this line instead:

define('WP_POST_REVISIONS', false);

I hope that helps! If you installed the Better Delete Revision WordPress plugin, how many revisions did you delete?

This post was from a mom blog I use to write. Its content was too good not to share. Enjoy.

This morning, I woke up to something super duper fun.

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Yeah.. for real.

After some digging, I found out the error was related to a JavaScript code placed on my site for IZEA Media network which is an advertising network. You see, a lot of bloggers belong to different advertising networks such as Google AdSense and IZEA Media. These advertising networks pay bloggers to put advertisements on their sites, like this one.

At approximately 9:20am ET this morning, I located the culprit (IZEA Media JavaScript code) and removed it from my site immediately. Then I began frantically searching the internet to figure out how to remove the big, nasty, red your site sucks box. I discovered that I was supposed to visit Google Webmaster Tools >> Health >> Malware and then click the “Request Review” button. Well guess what? I do not have a “Request Review” button. And after even more searching, I found that it can take a day or two just for this button to appear! Great.

I also stumbled upon a site called StopBadware and learned that I can request a manual review of my site which reportedly may speed things up, which I did also. And it’s still “in progress” since approximately 9:30am.

My next order of business? To contact IZEA Media by email and thank them for the wonderful day I’ve had. The conversation:

Me (9/21/12 10:33am):

I had to remove your ad from my site because Google reported my site as malicious due to your “desktop head tag” code. Thanks for that.. I’m very upset about this. My site is blacklisted now because of your code!

IZEA Media (9/21/12 10:34am):

We are aware of the issue, and we have since removed the offending advertiser but until Google does a diagnostic check (which they are in the process of going through) the warning will still appear. There is no threat of actually downloading malware or contracting malware to your device, the advertiser has been banned by our partner network. You will not need a new ad tag as this was an ad from our partner site and was not actually attached to the ad tag. As soon as Google has completed the diagnostic check the warning will go away.

Me (9/21/12 11:11am):

Thanks all fine and dandy however my site is now blacklisted by Google thanks to this ad. How did this ad get through in the first place?

I have been working on getting my site removed from the blacklist for 2 hours because of the ad IZEA allowed to display. I am extremely upset about this. My readers are now concerned that I am a scam site that places viruses on their computers.

IZEA Media (9/21/12 11:33am):

Unfortunately with online advertising there is always a risk of malware getting through. While we and our other third part networks put checks in place to prevent this from happening occasionally something can slip through. This is the case with any online advertising network. Once Google has completed the diagnostic scan the warning should go away unless you are working with the third party network in question in another one of your ad placements.

Me (9/21/12 12:26pm):

So are you providing Google with a list of all affected sites (like mine) so they can remove the blacklist that was placed on them? Otherwise my site, and all others, will remain on Google’s blacklist until they are notified of each individual URL that was affected by this malicious ad.

IZEA Media (9/21/12 1:00pm):

Google has a list of all of our sites since we partner with them. If you remove the ad tag completely from your site the malware warning will go away. You can then choose to place the ad tag live again when the malware warning has been lifted.

Me (9/21/12 1:05pm):

Yes, I did remove the script from my site by 9:20am ET. Unfortunately Google is still reporting my site as suspicious 4 hours later. See http://www.google.com/safebrowsing/diagnostic?site=freebiespot.net

IZEA Media (9/21/12 1:25pm):

Every other blogger that removed the ad tag has not had the malware warning once the ad tag has been removed. It is possible one of your other ad tags is hosting the malware as well. (which is a lie, see this blog post at IZEA)

Me (9/21/12 1:32pm):

I know that it is the only tag. It’s still has the same warning when I do a site scan. It’s because Google hasn’t released the block on my site. Hopefully you guys sent a list of all sites affected to Google so they can remove all the malware blocks set.

IZEA Media (9/21/12 1:47pm):

If you’re running any of the same ad networks as we are you could be experiencing the same issue we were. The issue was not with our network but one of our partner networks and we’re waiting in queue to be reviewed by Google. Since our network is so large it takes awhile to process but if you’d like to submit your own review you may do so by going here: https://www.google.com/webmasters/tools and since it is only one site it could speed up the process for your site.

Me (9/21/12 2:17pm):

Yes I submitted my site for removal over 5 hours ago and I’m still waiting. What a pain in the butt this all is. So disheartening, and meanwhile my visitors still see that I’m a “spam” site. Lovely.

And that was the last response. It is now nearly 6pm and I have heard nothing back from the Director of Advertising Operations at IZEA Media.

Meanwhile, the “Request Review” link still hasn’t shown up from Google, and my site still has a malware warning. Not to mention, any sites that are “hot linking” to my images are receiving notices that this blog is a malware site. What a glorious way to ruin a site’s reputation. Today, my site has had one-third of the traffic that it normally has.

Thanks, IZEA.

I run a few WordPress blogs, one of which is this fine one you’re reading now, but I also author another blog which deals with multiple advertising networks. Today, one of those networks was affected with malware. Thankfully my site was not affected but several of my friends’ sites were. This post will serve as an information gateway for you to learn how to remove a Google malware warning.

izea-media-malwareToday’s impact was huge. As an example, I have 10 blogging friends that I absolutely adore. Of those 10, five were affected – that’s 50%! The Google malware warning removal process is not quick by any means, in fact, it’s slow as crap. They take their sweet time, even when it’s Google’s fault or a “fake” malware warning. And there’s nothing you can do about it except follow the steps below to speed up the process.

  1. You’ve been affected and you’re getting the big nasty red Google malware warning shown above. Bummer… I’ve totally been there. The first thing you need to do is figure out what is causing the warning and remove anything related it. For example, today’s malware warning was from escalatenetwork.net and is affecting all WordPress widgets, iframes, and images hosted by escalatenetwork.net.
  2. Request a Malware Review with Google Webmaster Tools. The process is as follows:
    • Log in to Google Webmaster Tools.
    • From the Tool’s home page click on the link to the site that is being flagged to go to the site’s Dashboard.
    • There should be a large red banner across the top of the dashboard that says “This site may be distributing malware.” Clicking on the link that says “More Details” expands the dashboard to reveal a list of pages on the site that were found to be malicious. (You can also check Health -> Malware.)
    • Below this list is a link that says “Request a review.” Fill out this form and click the “Request a review” button to initiate the review process.
    • NOTE: It may take 24-48 hours just for the warning to show up in Google Webmasters Tools. This is the most frustrating and time-consuming part of the entire process.
  3. Sit back and wait. Normally, after you’ve completed step 2, things go pretty quickly from here. Try not to get too irritated while you wait.
  4. Periodically check Google Webmaster Tools to see if the error is gone. You can also use this link to see if your site is currently clean (according to Google), just replace YOURURLHERE with your URL: http://www.google.com/safebrowsing/diagnostic?site=www.YOURURLHERE.com
  5. Once your site no longer shows a Google malware warning, you need to request reconsideration of your site by Google. Rumor says they stop indexing your site when you have malware so you’ll want to make sure they start checking it again.

Four helpful links to check your site’s health and speed up the malware removal process:

I hope this post provides you with a step-by-step process for getting rid of a Google malware warning. If you’ve found this useful, please share it with a friend. 🙂 Good luck against the Google giant!

PS. Want to read my Google malware horror story? You can find it here.