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How to hide your Private Blog Network (PBN)

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by ranga, Jul 9, 2014.

  1. ranga

    ranga Regular Member

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    I am asked this question many times on how to hide our PBN from seo crawlers like Moz, Ahrefs, Majestic Seo etc. I had tried various solutions in the past including spyder spanker and provide below the details of how I hide my network.

    1. Spyder Spanker

    This was the first thing I tried, its a paid plugin and I used the classic version i.e. where you cannot block IPs only the user agents. This plugin was totally ineffective in blocking any crawlers. Infact, totally ineffective is wrong, I would say it was partially ineffective i.e. sometimes it used to block and sometimes it used to allow the crawlers, so the PBN links used to sometime appear and then disappear in the seo crawler stats, which is even worse as it gives people spying on the links even more suspicion that the website is using PBN links.

    I tried contacting the developer that spyder spanker is not blocking the crawlers and got a cold answer "maybe its the theme or the hosting" without even looking into the issue. I use multiple host and multiple themes, so after getting such a reply I know its going to be a waste of time to just keep persuing the matter and its better to find another way.

    2. Wordfence

    This is free wordpress plugin and has all the features of spyder spanker pro without paying. I use this for its security and cache features and to block ips trying to hack into my website, but this is a must have plugin for any wordpress site.

    This plugin can block user agents, ips, ip ranges, country plus has more features. So if you want to go the plugin route to block crawlers and bad bots then I would prefer wordfence to spyder spanker plus its free. For me its best and free spyder spanker alternative out there.

    3. Htaccess

    This is the best way to block the crawlers for me, I am using this method and it does block crawlers effectively and 100% of time as compared to spyder spanker. You can find out more about using this method here

    http://www.blackhatworld.com/blackh...d-how-stop-competitors-spying-your-links.html

    You however need to access your raw access logs to find out about the bots that are trying to access your websites and add those in the htaccess file.

    I don't use robots.txt file as its totally ineffective in blocking spiders, plus it leaves a footprint.

    I hope this helps you in making your PBN invisible.
     
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    keywordspot Jr. VIP Jr. VIP

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    100% safe for PBN ??
     
  3. ranga

    ranga Regular Member

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    which method are you talking about of the 3 I mentioned.
     
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    mcjono76 Newbie

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    Hi There

    Does this still work. I did the htaccess however it stopped me from seeing my pbn. As soon as I removed it I could access it again.

    Any help appreciated.

    Thanks

    J
     
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    Is the second method Wordfence 100% safe for PBN
     
  6. jamesjk1

    jamesjk1 Senior Member

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    Personally, I prefer the cloak of invisibility.

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    Not 100% safe. Google can still see your sites on the Marauders Map
     
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    jamesjk1 Senior Member

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    Ah, yes. Tis' true. Ever-present are those pesky footprints (pun intended)

    @google I solemnly swear I am up to no good.

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  9. The Data Scientist

    The Data Scientist Jr. VIP Jr. VIP

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    Be cautious with old threads. The thread that is recommended by op for .htaccess blocking is out of date.

    Some of the IPv4 spaces in this code have been sold several times. It contains for e.g. Time Warner Cable IPv4 space. I'm sure you don't want to block usual internet users.

    Code:
    Deny from 110.0.0.0/8
    Deny from 111.0.0.0/8
    Deny from 112.0.0.0/5
    Deny from 120.0.0.0/6
    Deny from 124.0.0.0/8
    Deny from 125.0.0.0/8
    Deny from 147.0.0.0/8
    Deny from 169.208.0.0
    Deny from 175.0.0.0/8
    Deny from 180.0.0.0/8
    Deny from 182.0.0.0/8
    Deny from 183.0.0.0/8
    Deny from 202.0.0.0/8
    Deny from 203.0.0.0/8
    Deny from 210.0.0.0/8
    Deny from 211.0.0.0/8
    Deny from 218.0.0.0/8
    Deny from 219.0.0.0/8
    Deny from 220.0.0.0/8
    Deny from 221.0.0.0/8
    Deny from 222.0.0.0/8

    If you decide to use IP blocking then keep your list updated else you block space you don't want to block. Regardless I wouldn't recommend manual IP blocking.
     
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