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How to find well-hidden PBNs

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by Asterixpro, Nov 24, 2016.

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  1. Asterixpro

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    Hi guys,

    Now that Google pretty much removed the link: operator and the standard brute force approach to discover PBNs is gone. What are your efficient ways to find hidden networks that:

    • Disallow everything but Googlebot & Bingbot through robots.txt
    • Only host 2 sites per IP and make sure they're in different C classes.

    I'm very interested in hearing your thoughts about this. Given that tools like ahrefs and Majestic wouldn't be useful as long as the owner of the PBN is not greedy and interlink them that much.

    Thanks!
     
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    Well, what really is the point of finding something that is that much hidden?
     
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    Only 2 possible answers:
    1. Ask kindly for a link from one
    2. To report it
     
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    Without knowing how large a competitor's PBN is you run into the problem of being vastly unprepared to tackle a ranking battle for niches. Why wouldn't you want to find a better way to do competitive analysis?
     
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    Anybody with an interesting method?
     
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    It is not possible without having the whole link graph.

    Edit: @Asterixpro Send me a PM if you're interested in this topic.