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Cloaked PBN sites, then rankings drop?

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by socalsurfer, Oct 12, 2015.

  1. socalsurfer

    socalsurfer Newbie

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    I recently decided to hide my PBN network from the usual spiders (majestic, ahrefs, etc) so that my competitors wouldn't report my sites or get weird on me.

    However I noticed that after hiding a number of these sites from those spiders via an .htaccess, my rankings seem to have dropped a little bit.

    Coincidence? Does Google take metrics from these sites into account? Has anyone else had this occur?

    No messages in webmaster tools about any manual actions, etc.

    I was using this which I got from this forum:

    SetEnvIfNoCase User-Agent .*rogerbot.* bad_bot
    SetEnvIfNoCase User-Agent .*exabot.* bad_bot
    SetEnvIfNoCase User-Agent .*mj12bot.* bad_bot
    SetEnvIfNoCase User-Agent .*dotbot.* bad_bot
    SetEnvIfNoCase User-Agent .*gigabot.* bad_bot
    SetEnvIfNoCase User-Agent .*ahrefsbot.* bad_bot
    SetEnvIfNoCase User-Agent .*sitebot.* bad_bot
    SetEnvIfNoCase User-Agent .*semrushbot.* bad_bot
    SetEnvIfNoCase User-Agent .*ia_archiver.* bad_bot
    SetEnvIfNoCase User-Agent .*searchmetricsbot.* bad_bot
    SetEnvIfNoCase User-Agent .*seokicks-robot.* bad_bot
    SetEnvIfNoCase User-Agent .*sistrix.* bad_bot
    SetEnvIfNoCase User-Agent .*lipperhey spider.* bad_bot
    SetEnvIfNoCase User-Agent .*ncbot.* bad_bot
    SetEnvIfNoCase User-Agent .*backlinkcrawler.* bad_bot
    SetEnvIfNoCase User-Agent .*archive.org_bot.* bad_bot
    SetEnvIfNoCase User-Agent .*meanpathbot.* bad_bot
    SetEnvIfNoCase User-Agent .*pagesinventory.* bad_bot
    SetEnvIfNoCase User-Agent .*aboundexbot.* bad_bot
    SetEnvIfNoCase User-Agent .*spbot.* bad_bot
    SetEnvIfNoCase User-Agent .*linkdexbot.* bad_bot
    SetEnvIfNoCase User-Agent .*nutch.* bad_bot
    SetEnvIfNoCase User-Agent .*blexbot.* bad_bot
    SetEnvIfNoCase User-Agent .*ezooms.* bad_bot
    SetEnvIfNoCase User-Agent .*scoutjet.* bad_bot
    SetEnvIfNoCase User-Agent .*majestic-12.* bad_bot
    SetEnvIfNoCase User-Agent .*majestic-seo.* bad_bot
    SetEnvIfNoCase User-Agent .*dsearch.* bad_bot
    SetEnvIfNoCase User-Agent .*blekkobo.* bad_bot
    <Limit GET POST HEAD>
    Order Allow,Deny
    Allow from all
    Deny from env=bad_bot
    </Limit>
     
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  2. accelerator_dd

    accelerator_dd Jr. VIP Jr. VIP

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    If Google deemed any of those even closely related to relevant, they would either:
    a) duplicate
    b) buy the company - whats a few mil here or there to big G?

    Anything else happened that might explain the rank drop? Link loss? link loss on your PBNs ?
     
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  3. Seotify

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    There's must be another explanation, I've got over a hundred PBNs with .htaccess block and everything is fine for me.

    Looks like link loss.
     
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  4. socalsurfer

    socalsurfer Newbie

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    Thanks for the replies guys. So ways to reverse this would just be to build more links?

    I hadn't noticed that any major links to my money site were lost but could be that links to my PBN sites were lost. Will check on that.