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Building a blog network in stealth mode - Is is possible?

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by mikpel, Nov 1, 2013.

  1. mikpel

    mikpel Regular Member

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    Hello Blackhatters,

    I've been doing blackhat stuff for a while now and I think it's time for me to take the next step - I'm going to build a blog network. Yesterday I bought my first domain for the network. The domain was expired so the age was reset back to zero but I got it because of the wonderful link profile. PA/DA is 42/31 and it has a bunch of organic links from articles in Huffington post and couple of other online magazines. Not bad for 10$ :)

    To the point: I'm going for a pretty competitive niche (at least by my standards) and was wondering if I could build the network in complete stealth mode so that it would be invisible to my competitors. One approach for this is to use .htaccess to block all unwanted traffic. In my country google is used as a primary search engine by 90% of population so could I just block anything else except google bot? That would mean no data for ahrefs, MOZ, majestic SEO or any other link analysis tool my competitors could use.

    Downsides:
    • It would make my own analysis harder also as I wouldn't see any authority/citation/trust/whatever flowing in from my blog network
    • google could change the ip ranges of their crawler (Is this a real thread?)

    Did I miss something? Any better way to execute my evil master plan? :D

    Instead of ip-range block, would it be more practical to use some kind of user-agent block? Ofcourse in theory some analysis tool could always fake the user agent, you never know...
     
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  2. ranga

    ranga Regular Member

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    if you are going to use wordpress you can use spyder spanker blocks all seo link crawlers like ahrefs, majestic etc.
     
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  3. mikpel

    mikpel Regular Member

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    Hey thank you for your suggestion but I think 37$ is a bit too steep for something so simple you can do manually with .htaccess. I rather use that money to get 3 more sites for my network :)
     
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  4. gavinb

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    yup that is a very good offer for $10 with backlinks. I guess you can build high quality network with a budget of $100
     
  5. mikpel

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    That's what I'm also thinking. Well, maybe I need a bit more cash as I'm going to spread my hosting for various small 1$/month hosts. I'm going to keep max. 3 sites on the same hosting provider. I think that just 10 of these kind of sites can do wonders if I give them a little more boost with tiered links on top of already good link profile.
     
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    mikpel Regular Member

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    Going back to my original question: No one has any first hand experience when it comes to hiding a blog network from competitors? Or is it just a well-kept secret here? :salook:
     
  7. nikita12

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    If you are looking at not having a footprint, you got to be careful not to connect your sites together. This is important to save your network in case one of your sites gets penalized.

    I'm not sure what disallowing ahrefs, moz, majestic seo would help in? Could you explain a little? In my experience, if you are plan to sell links on your network, your customers would want to see these metrics to judge the value of the domains.
     
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    yeah, i been using it for a while, and it works pretty well, easy to setup aswell :)
     
  9. mikpel

    mikpel Regular Member

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    By disallowing those link analysis tools I could hide my network from my competitors. In my country those metrics are really popular in competitive niches.

    I'm not going to sell any links from my network. I will keep all that juice by myself ;)
     
  10. MickMcG

    MickMcG Power Member

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    disallowing those wont hide anything but the external links u have on ur own sites, unless u can control every other site linking in to u, the metrics will still be available to all those tools ;)
     
  11. hnmfvnxe

    hnmfvnxe Regular Member

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    Exactly right.

    Many people are confused about this topic of blocking spyders.
     
  12. mikpel

    mikpel Regular Member

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    I wasn't talking about robots.txt, my plan is to block those tools with .htaccess
     
  13. benarata

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    will you also hold off linking to your main site till the blog network is ready and seasoned as an topic athority, or link from the start to the main site? It looks like you create more juice from looking like a good info site to help people out with, than being taged as an advertising site with good info on very page on your blog that links to your main site.
     
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    Few things you need to consider is not leaving footprints and this means using different host for some of the sites and different
    content management systems for different sites.
     
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    there is a lot to think about when building a blog network TRUST ME, its not a simple as one might think. you are off to a good start though
     
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    Good luck mate, might try this myself!