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Private Blog Network - leave no footprints!

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by slim_dusty, Nov 1, 2013.

  1. slim_dusty

    slim_dusty Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    When you have a private blog network, the optimal hosting setup is to use multiple different hosting companies with shared hosting, which leaves no hosting footprint. This is fine if you have only a handful of domains, but once you have a large number of domains this becomes a real hassle, not to mention expensive. I prefer not to use the free shared hosting options, although this probably would work well for some people.

    I do have multiple shared hosting accounts, but also want to use seohosting to host a large portion of my domains. The seohosting company I use has lots of A and B as well as C class IPs.

    When setting up hosting, I recommend running a DNS check to see if there are any obvious footprints in the way you have set up your hosting. I use either http://www.intodns.com or http://who.is/dns/

    One thing I found was that the admin email account was the same for all of the domains I had set up on the seohosting account, even though I had entered a different email when setting up hosting. I had to manually edit the DNS zone to change the email accounts for each domain.

    Another thing I was wondering is whether it is worth using unique nameservers for each domain. By default, the nameservers will be ns1.hostingcompany.com and ns2.hostingcompany.com. The other option is setting up a unique nameserver for each domain by registering the hostname with the domain registrar. This way you can have a unique nameserver for each domain you host (ns1.yourdomain.com and ns2.yourdomain.com).

    If someone looks up the DNS, each domain will be have a unique nameserver, rather than the nameserver of your seo hosting provider. This may be one less footprint.

    Of course, your IP will still show, and I assume that hosting providers own unique C class blocks, and that google may possibly know which hosts own particular C class blocks.

    Running an effective private blog network requires as little footprint as possible. If anyone has any experience in this area or any tips to add I would really appreciate it!
     
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  2. farkasb

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    - I use private proxies to maintain my sites
    - I set up virtual machines using Vmware. Preferable different operating systems. (Ie. one XP, one Win 7 etc..)
    - Each virtual machine is configured to use a fix IP (proxy). I set up a "virtual didentity" meaning, I register a gmail acocunt, twitter etc.. I usually just pick a name, find a photo (best if you just take a picture of someone for the profile, so it will be unique), upload it to the G+ profile etc.. The point is to set it up in a way it looks natural. Give some details, like. where you live (I mean, pick a location from the city your proxy is from) etc..
    - Every virtual machine - virtual identity - can have maximum 2-3 sites. For the sites, I set up author information and link it to the G+ profile. I link some authority site from the linking sites, like wikipedia, just to avoid having only one link on the sites. This way it looks more natural.
    - I add the sites for the virtual identity's webmaster tools and register them to G analytics as well. Be careful, after the site is added to G analytics, don't just open it from your normal IP, open it only from within the virtual machine through the proxy, because it may also look unnatural, that a new site gets visited directly (not from search) multiple times from you main IP address, from the same you usually edit your money site from.
    - I use these identities for social activities (shares, like, re-tweets etc..)
    - From time-to-time I visit webmaster tools, remove invalid links etc..
    - I sometimes convert them to static HTML site (using HTTrack)
    - I don't add much links to the homapage. I rather use inner pages with page rank. (ie. when you buy an expired domain, you usually can find inner pages with PR as well.)

    The point is to make it look as legit as possible and make it as differet as possible from traditional blog networks (because it's just matter of time when G will shut them down). I would rather spend more time developing them than lose them at the next algo upgrade.
    IMHO.

    Cheers
     
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  3. slim_dusty

    slim_dusty Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    That sounds like a good addition- using a virtual machine with private proxy is probably better than just using a private proxy when creating a virtual identity.

    Anyone else have any thoughts on reducing hosting footprints, particularly with nameserver and DNS?
     
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    These are really good points, Changing name-server to point its own domain is needed only when we are using seo hosting. Otherwise it is not needed, as we are using different shared hosting. You can also ask the provider to give ipaddress from different nodes to make sure, you are getting more variety of numbers

    Having different CMS is also good to have, we can use more variety by having some html sites as well.
     
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  5. slim_dusty

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    Having different CMS is also a good idea, but at the moment all my domains use Wordpress due to the tool I use for posting content- but I agree it is a good idea to have a mix of different CMS.
     
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    i did a quick search and couldn't find it but someone did a pretty good guide on setting up a blog network with zero footprints a few months ago so did around and you might be able to find it
     
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  7. slim_dusty

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    Also spent a bit of time searching, found a few interesting posts such as http://www.blackhatworld.com/blackh...trol-your-own-search-engine-optimization.html
    This was a good post on setting up a blog network, but didn't have a lot of detail on setting up the hosting.

    Most of the posts on blog networks provided general information rather than giving specifics. Couldn't see much written about nameservers which I particularly wanted info on.

    If anyone could post a link to a good resource that would be awesome.
     
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    Nice points you laid out Slim_Dusty
    I agree completely that using multiple content management systems and different hosting companies is a good ides.
    For me I really like WordPress but I will use Joomla to break it up or if it is a eCommerce website I can use Magento instead of like
    woocommerce. The more diversity you have the safer and less footprints.
     
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    You also have to make the domain name not registered on the same day,and the host not from one supplier as you can..
     
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  10. slim_dusty

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    One extra thing that I found is that if you are creating your own unique nameserver that you only need to have one IP - you can use the same IP for both ns1.yourdomain.com and ns2.yourdomain.com