Google Notifying Webmasters To Update WordPress Blogs

Bas van den Beld received a new notification from Google Webmaster Tools that has never been seen before.

The notification informs those who are running outdated WordPress installations to update them to the latest version. Here is a screen shot:

Matt Cutts of Google confirmed the new notifications via Twitter saying, “we’re kicking off a fresh run to inform webmasters with out-of-date/insecure versions of WordPress.”

WordPress blogs are known to be targets for hackers and Google knows this. If you keep your WordPress blog updated to the latest security patches, a hack is less likely to happen. Google feels it is a good idea to remind WordPress blog owners to update their blogs to prevent hacks, malware injections – which can all lead to a site being removed from the Google index.

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  • http://www.rainydayseo.com James Slattery

    Awesome story Barry — thanks for the heads up (running to my wordpress installs >>>>

  • http://ryanthejenks.tumblr.com Ryan Jenkins

    What happens when you get this notification for sites that never used WordPress?!

  • http://www.adwordsanswers.com David Rothwell

    I also received emails from webmaster tools to my gmail account advising me of this – even though my wp site is up to date at v3.1.3

  • http://bit.ly/gfD5cC Cherry Rahtu

    That’s a great thing, thanks google :)

  • http://www.tomsyweb.com Ismael Toé

    What about Joomla and other popular CMS?

  • http://drumtrip.co.uk R Law

    I do wonder if this has any affect on the SERPs. I am inclined to believe it does, as generally if Google ask you to do anything regarding Webmaster tools, it is generally plays a part in ranking.

    I would not be surprised if WordPress version was a (very) small part of the ranking algorithm in a similar way the speed of your website is. WordPress versions especially affect vulnerabilities and performance (speed) so as far as I cam concerned, keeping up to date with WordPress has been added to my every expanding list of SEO duties.

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