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Huge Blog Network Uncovered For Top 10 KW Phrase - This is why you block spiders

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by twilightofidols, Apr 27, 2014.

  1. twilightofidols

    twilightofidols Power Member

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    I just pulled a search on Google for a keyword in one of the top notoriously difficult niches to rank in. Right on the first page at position #8 this guy is ranking with 1,082 links from his blog network. If I had a network this big I feel like I'd have to be literally insane to leave it wide open for majestic, ahrefs, moz, and my competitors to look it over. I mean any "white hatter" in his niche could uncover this and send in a report on him. Assuming that all those blogs were hand registered, (though I'm sure some come from auction) let's estimate for $10 each plus free private reg... we're talking $10,820 minimum, plus thousands upon thousands of hours down the drain if just one of his competitors reports him for a manual.

    After plugging in his backlink metrics here is some interesting facts for you guys, aka a blueprint for his competitors on exactly how to rank. He's basically going straight in the face of common "SEO knowledge" post-Penguin when it comes to anchor text and is probably banking hard even at number 8.


    - All links were built starting in early March that's over 1k PBN links in a month or two
    - Only 9 of these backlinks are Nofollow
    - All short-tail KW, not one is longer than two words
    - 23% exact match anchor text for his primary keyword
    - Less than 1% Naked Anchors
    - Less than 1% Generic Anchors
    - 13 different anchors total
    - 0 Branded Anchors

    Then to top it all off we have a 301 redirected domain pointed at the site. The redirected domain has nearly 200,000 (Ahrefs metrics) pure spam links courtesy of GSA SER/Xrumer

    Lastly, the WWW subdomain turns up 25 links in total mostly business directory links and 0 redirects or PBN links.

    Let this be some food for thought for you guys. He's lucky I'm not Matt Cutts, or a white-hat butt-hurt competitor he'd be in deep crap. Actually I sort of admire the guy. I've never seen such a Herculean effort like that perfectly documented clear as day courtesy of AHrefs. Just a word of advice guys if you're going to point hundreds of PBN links at your site, at least try to hide it from your competitors.

    No I won't reveal the niche, let's just let the dude rank in peace.
     
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  2. InsanelySane

    InsanelySane Power Member

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    ahrefs doesnt honor crawler block
     
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  3. twilightofidols

    twilightofidols Power Member

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    I just looked a bit closer and realized that all 1,082 sites are coming from only 55 IPs. That's roughly 20 domains per IP all pointed at his money site that's ranking well. I'm surprised this is actually working as well as it does.
     
  4. socialblast

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    Yes it does. I block most of my links using .htaccess
     
  5. randomblackguy

    randomblackguy Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    you can block the bot with htaccess but blocking it on 1000 domains which link to the same pages is a big footprint... I'm guessing that guy has even a bigger network and only left ~ 1000 of them unprotected from ahrefs...
     
  6. ORJay

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    Blocked ahrefs indexing my pbn links and 301 via htaccess + robot.txt file
     
  7. ikilledkenny

    ikilledkenny Junior Member

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    lol, was about to tell you you're looking at the total links, not total domains. network of 1082 sites.. top agency's don't have that. you have to find the right mix between using your own networks and someone else's
    2nd, pretty big footprint to block (at least ask nicely?) all other crawlers ..
     
  8. howard_hughes

    howard_hughes Elite Member

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    Private Blog Networks (That Are Truly Private, not crappy ones that give reports etc) And 301s when done right Work Brilliantly. Thank fully Not everyone can afford making their own PBNs :)
     
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    PBNs work wonders when done right. The problem is it takes £££'s to build one the right way from scratch.

    robots.txt, .htaccess and blocking the whois are schoolboy errors but always gonna be people making them.
     
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    How do you build links to PBN when starting from scratch? Do you use any automatic tools?
     
  11. HomensdaLuta

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    for people without the funds would be better to build a PRIVATE BLOG NETWORK using 2.0's (blogger,wordpress,tumblr,etc).
     
  12. Aussie

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    That is pretty much the story for most comp keywords. Majestic/ahrefs put those in open. May be what you are seeing are only 50-60% of total. Actually,I am surprised that you are surprised. :)
     
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    moonlighsunligh Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    What are the other 75% of anchors.
     
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    Kralj187 Senior Member

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    I was asking this myself as well.

    If all this is still working it might be adult niche, or extremely lucky...
     
  15. Stacked4Life

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    The best part about it is if you have a REAL PBN you can rank for anything with about 20-100 links and all you have to do is make those links stronger over time :)... I wish the guy luck and hope he banks while he ranks....no hate here....

    PS...the is always a way to block so NO ONE can see the network but the BIG-G... ;)
     
  16. Peter Ngo

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    I think it doesn't make sense if he has that big network, he sounds like a pro and a noob at the same time. Block from crawler is like a basic thing in BH SEO and PBN's protection.

    I guess maybe he is using some Public Blog Network instead, that are shared and can be purchased with money.
     
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    I like the easy way for PBN, just install Spyder spanker to block backlink bots.
     
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  18. Expertpeon

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    You cannot block Majestic or Ahrefs with only one layer of spider crawl blocking, it will still show up (tried it many times). You have to have two layers to do it. Furthermore, doing so is probably a pretty big footprint for Google that your network is for their benefit.

    Additionally, having this behavior show up on these crawlers appears to be the norm anyway, I only rarely see people making any concerted effort to block Ahrefs/MajesticSEO.
     
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    It's called Churn and Burn? Am I right?
     
  20. louistrg

    louistrg Newbie

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    thank you for that