Monitor Hidden PBN Backlinks Pointing To Competitor's Domain

Kanye West

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Hi BHW,
is there any tool to check for hidden backlinks pointing to a domain? I mean inbound links coming from websites which block ahrefs via htaccess. My competitor is outranking me but his backlink profile looks weak in ahrefs. He is probably using a pbn.

I appreciate any answer.

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Kanye
 

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Hello Kanye West,
there are four methods/tools that I know of that expose hidden backlinks.

1. Google query: "competitordomain.com" -site:competitordomain.com. You can be sure that a PBN is not only referencing keywords which the money site should rank for but also the domain name of the money site. Install a user agent switcher plugin for your browser (like this one for FireFox: https://addons.mozilla.org/de/firefox/addon/uaswitcher/) and add the ahrefs UA to it (you can find it here: https://user-agents.net/bots/ahrefsbot). Now visit every page on the SERPs and check it with your browser/Googlebot UA and ahrefs UA. If a page blocks ahrefs but not your browser/Googlebot UA it is probably but not necessarily a PBN page.
2. Google query automation tool: https://www.blackhatworld.com/seo/free-pbn-hunter-find-your-competitors-hidden-pbn.863130/
3. Bing Webmaster Tools Method: https://www.blackhatworld.com/seo/g...bn-backlinks-of-any-website-for-free.1311731/
4. A hidden backlink checker

I prefer #4 because of data precision and usability but #1-3 are free which is an advantage.

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Linkresearchtool can also find alot

You usually block ahrefs, semrush, moz on PBNs. Every niche backlink checker should work well.

Yeah niche backlink checkers do work but they also miss a lot of websites which block all crawlers except Googlebot and browsers. Same with the Bing Webmaster Tools method.
 

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Hello Kanye West,
there are four methods/tools that I know of that expose hidden backlinks.

1. Google query: "competitordomain.com" -site:competitordomain.com. You can be sure that a PBN is not only referencing keywords which the money site should rank for but also the domain name of the money site. Install a user agent switcher plugin for your browser (like this one for FireFox: https://addons.mozilla.org/de/firefox/addon/uaswitcher/) and add the ahrefs UA to it (you can find it here: https://user-agents.net/bots/ahrefsbot). Now visit every page on the SERPs and check it with your browser/Googlebot UA and ahrefs UA. If a page blocks ahrefs but not your browser/Googlebot UA it is probably but not necessarily a PBN page.
2. Google query automation tool: https://www.blackhatworld.com/seo/free-pbn-hunter-find-your-competitors-hidden-pbn.863130/
3. Bing Webmaster Tools Method: https://www.blackhatworld.com/seo/g...bn-backlinks-of-any-website-for-free.1311731/
4. A hidden backlink checker

I prefer #4 because of data precision and usability but #1-3 are free which is an advantage.

Sincerly,
The Data Scientist

Yeah niche backlink checkers do work but they also miss a lot of websites which block all crawlers except Googlebot and browsers. Same with the Bing Webmaster Tools method.

Thanks for the helpful answer! A hidden backlink checker might be what I need. I will check the Linxact trial out!

https://www.pulno.com/backlink-view/ is usually good with finding hidden backlinks

Linkresearchtool can also find alot

You usually block ahrefs, semrush, moz on PBNs. Every niche backlink checker should work well.

Thank you for those hints! Much appreciated.
 

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Hello Kanye West,
there are four methods/tools that I know of that expose hidden backlinks.

1. Google query: "competitordomain.com" -site:competitordomain.com. You can be sure that a PBN is not only referencing keywords which the money site should rank for but also the domain name of the money site. Install a user agent switcher plugin for your browser (like this one for FireFox: https://addons.mozilla.org/de/firefox/addon/uaswitcher/) and add the ahrefs UA to it (you can find it here: https://user-agents.net/bots/ahrefsbot). Now visit every page on the SERPs and check it with your browser/Googlebot UA and ahrefs UA. If a page blocks ahrefs but not your browser/Googlebot UA it is probably but not necessarily a PBN page.
2. Google query automation tool: https://www.blackhatworld.com/seo/free-pbn-hunter-find-your-competitors-hidden-pbn.863130/
3. Bing Webmaster Tools Method: https://www.blackhatworld.com/seo/g...bn-backlinks-of-any-website-for-free.1311731/
4. A hidden backlink checker

I prefer #4 because of data precision and usability but #1-3 are free which is an advantage.

Sincerly,
The Data Scientist
What tool do you recommend for backlink checking? I.e paid tool which isnt currently on most peoples blocked list
 

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There’s a few services on here for finding competitors hidden links. I recommend checking out the Marketplace section
 
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