15 ways to secure your WordPress site

As a marketer, SEO or web developer, you know how important it is to keep your WordPress site secure. 

From using strong passwords and updating plugins to installing a security plugin and monitoring traffic, these tips will help you keep your site safe from hackers. 

Why security matters for SEO

Website security is often overlooked. However, site security is essential for SEO and digital marketing.

WordPress is the most popular content management system (CMS), powering millions of websites. 

However, WordPress sites are also susceptible to attacks which can lead to: 

  • Site hijacking.
  • Malware injection.
  • Phishing scams.
  • And more.

All of these can damage your reputation, hurt your SEO, and cost you money. That’s why it’s important to take proactive steps to secure your WordPress site.

There are a number of reasons why WordPress is a target for hackers. 

  • Because the CMS is so popular, there are more potential targets. 
  • As it is open source, the code is available for anyone to view and study. This makes it easier for hackers to find vulnerabilities. 
  • Due to its ease of use, many people don’t take the time to properly secure their WordPress site. 

As a result, hacked WordPress sites are a major source of malware and spam.

Why security matters for WordPress

WordPress’s large user base makes it a prime target for hackers.

Malware, backdoor and SEO spam issues account for the leading types of attacks across WordPress, according to Sucuri. 

What’s most relevant to SEO is how attackers are using WordPress websites to steal traffic for their own nefarious means. Typically, the methodology is to redirect traffic away to a malicious website or inject spam links on your website.

This not only benefits the attacker but can also damage your website’s reputation and potentially harm your user base. 

How to secure your WordPress site

Let’s dive right into the fun bits of how you can get right into securing your WordPress site.

The majority of these tactics are completely free and require minimal technical expertise.

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