I did a generic Google search to see if my site shows up somewhere on the first page and it did, however I am seeing a strange query string in the place where you would normally see a plain url to the article (green url under the main link title on a SERP):


I tried searching for what it could mean but didn't find anything related to the topic.

Is my site infected with some malware? (I'm using WordPress if that changes anything).

  • I didn't find anything, but if you ever need to search Google only in the urls to find other infected domains, you can use allinurl:some-part-of-url to see if its something mass
    – dhaupin
    Mar 7, 2016 at 21:39

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What is your default URL set to in Webmaster?

Webmaster also gives you the ability to identify query strings and how they relate to your site. This also automatically identifies query strings it's found on your site - check the list to see if this one appears.

It's also worth checking your backlink profile, in case Google has discarded defaults in favour of a popular link it's found with identical content to your main page. What it will do in this circumstance is assume that your default is a duplicate of the popular link - replacing it. You can use the same URL parameters console to eliminate Google viewing this query string as a valid modifier.

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    I have both domain.net and www.domain.net, but the default is domain.net. Nothing appears in the query strings list though and now the url I asked about is gone from SERP too. No idea what it was :/
    – ynef
    Mar 9, 2016 at 9:20
  • That might be one of those irritating little mysteries. Don't look a gift horse in the mouth and just be glad it's gone :D
    – L Martin
    Mar 9, 2016 at 12:35

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