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55 Tricky Footprints That Are Killing Your PBN

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by UltraLink, Mar 10, 2015.

  1. UltraLink

    UltraLink Regular Member

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    Hey guys,


    Since last year I've been focusing mainly on PBN SEO and I've managed to see a ton of shit both good and bad.

    I started out buying expired domains and built up almost 200 sites toward the end of last year.

    That's when Google started their rampage against PBNs. I lost 60 over the span of a few days.

    PBNs were probably the best thing to happen to my SEO game but when I lost 60 domains I was really depressed. That was about $5,000+ wiped out in one go.

    I knew it was my fault and I had nobody to blame.

    So I spoke to a few large scale PBN owners that had sites de-indexed and then I got to work, reverse engineering the common footprints across all the de-indexed sites.

    Close to 3,000 of em.

    I found 55 possible footprints. All I had to do after that was test 'em.

    It's been over 5 months since then and I haven't lost a single domain on the sites that I covered these footprints. Yeah, they're that effective.

    I couldn't copy paste my entire blog post here because it's uniquely formatted and over 4,000 words but I've listed 'em all out:




    1. Duplicate SOA Records

    2. Crawlers & Spiders Blocked on All Sites

    3. Too Much Unrelated Content

    4. Too Many CDN Hosts

    5. No CDN Hosts

    6. Poor Site Categorization

    7. No Whois Privacy

    8. Only Whois Privacy

    9. Duplicate Nameservers

    10. Duplicate WhoIs Domain Emails

    11. Same Registration & Renewal Dates

    12. No Hosting Diversity

    13. Too Many Cheap Hosts

    14. No TLD Variation

    15. Only One Registrar

    16. Don?t Use SEO Hosting!

    17. Poor IP Diversity

    18. Same Server Locations

    19. Too Much Downtime

    20. Only Using WordPress

    21. Not Re-Creating Some Sites

    22. Not Enough Theme Diversity

    23. No Custom Logos

    24. Duplicate Plugins on Entire Network

    25. No Authenticity or Originality

    26. No Linked Social Profiles

    27. Same Name for Every Author

    28. Not Deleting Sample Pages & Posts

    29. Mystery "Admin" Authors

    30. No Legal Pages

    31. No Contact Page

    32. No Communication Address

    33. Majority Content Linking to Money Site

    34. All Links Using Exact Match Anchors

    35. No OBLs (Outbound Links) to Authority Sites

    36. No Internal Linking

    37. Don?t Interlink Your Network Sites!

    38. Same Number of Links or Posts on Homepage

    39. Same Number of Links in Each Post

    40. Same Linking Mechanisms Each Time (i.e. contextual)

    41. Not Enough Rich Media or Too Much Rich Media

    42. Spun or Garbage Content

    43. Duplicate Content

    44. Duplicate Images

    45. Duplicate Video

    46. No Traffic or Interactions on Your PBN

    47. Broken Posts or Code

    48. Same Posting Dates & Times For All Posts

    49. Identical Advertising Code

    50. Identical Analytics Code

    51. Identical Custom Application Code

    52. PBN Management Software

    53. Using Chrome & G Products for Your PBN Data

    54. Limited Word Count Range

    55. All Sites Displaying Full Posts on Homepage





    I've been keeping this list private for a long time but it's time to give back and stop being a leecher.

    After all, it's places like BHW where I learned to make real money.

    Did I miss any footprints? Reply and let me know.

    I go into detail on each footprint on the blog post so you can check it out if you'd like.


    Mods: Please let me know if this isn't the right section or if there are any problems with the thread.
     
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  2. ziplack

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    Get list ! Nice work
     
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  3. MixerDJ

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    Good wrap up buddy
     
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  4. sergey007

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    Losing 30% of your PBN is terrible, glad to hear that this has helped you improve your strategies. Thanks for the list!
     
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  5. rogerke

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    A lot of this is speculation, but most are definitely potential footprints Google might act upon . Great post mate.
     
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  6. Aatrox

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    My PBNs are small enough so I can let a few of those slip. Good list overall, thanks for sharing. :)
     
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  7. watsonovedades

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    Thanks you soo much for sharing
    i have a little doubt with these:

    1. Duplicate SOA Records (where can i change SOA records?)

    2. Crawlers & Spiders Blocked on All Sites (you mean Google spiders or Link software crawlers?)

    3. Too Many CDN Hosts (you mean content delivery network?)
     
  8. UltraLink

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    Hey Watson,

    1. You can change your SOA in Cpanel. Just go to "Update Contact Information"

    2. I was referring to link crawlers like Majestic/Ahrefs. You're not supposed to be blocking Google in any case.

    3. Yeah, because Cloudflare seems to be really popular with PBNs (and other sites too ofcourse).
     
  9. ThopHayt

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    Not only are these HUGE problems, but 95% of PBN link sellers ignore these entirely.

     
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  10. pushtosuccess

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    Good list, thanks for making it public.
     
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  11. aussiejack

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    thanks for share

    question:

    2. Crawlers & Spiders Blocked on All Sites

    In the post you refer to robots.txt then. Of course thats a big footprint as it is public. But most people block via htaccess anyway because the bots have to abide htaccess. On top htaccess is not public. Do you still consider this a footprint?
     
  12. UltraLink

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    Yeah a lot are speculative but it doesn't hurt to apply a few changes that only take a couple of minutes per domain.

    The point is to have a list that you can quickly run through :)
     
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    Thanks bro, I'm working on a new post that's even better now :)
     
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    Great post bro.
     
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    Nice 1st post!! I am a little confused about SOA. If we use domain privacy how can anyone find out the email we use? I tried looking up in google for the email I use in the contact info on my hosting account and nothing came up. What email do you use? A different one for each hosting account?
     
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    OP, I like your list. Here's what I'd add:

    I'd say "Diversity of Word Count". Long posts, short posts, posts with only an image and a phrase, a video and a quote, and so on.

    Not all posts with OBLs.

    A real site needs a random/chaos aspect. If everything is done under a cookie cutter approach, then you can't complain later.
     
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    great list, but at the end of the day, it's all pretty obvious. diversity and randomization is priority. patterns = bad.
     
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    Thank you for sharing your research with us, it's greatly appreciated a couple things in that list made me rethink a few of my campaigns.
     
  20. K.H.R

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    Nice Contribution OP, Thanks for the Footprints List.
    It will help the Noob.