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The History behind BHW

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by GreenGoblin, Nov 23, 2009.

  1. GreenGoblin

    GreenGoblin BANNED BANNED

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    I was thinking, just random thought...how did blackhatworld start, I mean Dave did you and harro sit down over a cup of tea and was like u know what..lets make a forum. what was the initial idea behind the website, This should be interesting.
     
  2. CSalt2

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    interesting question id love to know the story as well
     
  3. SEO20

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    Yes all members should know that story - keen to more about that too :)
     
  4. blackmagicmaster

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    hehehe me too ! waiting for reply's from forums leaders ! BHW success is very big ! and members mods , members , admins all are top notch thats make it more better and way too more popular then other sites and internet marketing forums !
     
  5. godmonkee

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    I reckon Dave was sat about one day thinking on how to make even more money, and then thought hang on, why not share it with others and then got Harro involved, then they created the forum, and here we are today.

    Godmonkee
     
  6. nimbus49

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  7. origin

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    Alexa Report (as of this writing):


    Traffic:
    Yesterday 548 -37 Change in Traffic Rank over the trailing 1d period
    7 day 565 -17 Change in Traffic Rank over the trailing 1w period
    1 month 591 -90 Change in Traffic Rank over the trailing 1m period
    3 month 663 -352 Change in Traffic Rank over the trailing 3m period

    How Blackhatworld.com is ranked around the world:

    * 203 Indonesia
    * 208 Sri Lanka
    * 240 Australia
    * 258 Malaysia
    * 279 Philippines
    * 291 Pakistan
    * 304 South Africa
    * 314 India
    * 326 United Kingdom
    * 339 Bangladesh
    * 369 Canada
    * 373 United States
    * 373 Ireland
    * 426 Finland
    * 482 Romania
    * 498 Portugal
    * 734 Thailand
    * 772 South Korea
    * 824 Sweden
    * 858 Netherlands
    * 1,484 Germany
    * 1,749 Italy
    * 2,331 China
    * 3,883 Russia

    Blackhatworld.com users come from these countries:

    * 36.5% United States
    * 12.5% India
    * 6.8% United Kingdom
    * 4.9% Indonesia
    * 3.6% China
    * 3.2% Canada
    * 3.2% Australia
    * 2.9% Germany
    * 2.4% Pakistan
    * 1.6% South Africa
    * 1.3% Malaysia
    * 1.1% Thailand
    * 1.1% Italy
    * 1.0% Philippines
    * 1.0% Netherlands
    * 0.8% Bangladesh
    * 0.8% Romania
    * 0.8% South Korea
    * 0.7% Russia
    * 0.6% Sweden
    * 0.6% Ireland
    * 0.6% Finland
    * 0.5% Sri Lanka
    * 0.5% Portugal
    * 11.1% OTHER

    Back on topic... :)
     
  8. Sanitarium

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    how many users does BHW have?
     
  10. Pharaoh

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    72,377 registered users, and 17,939 Active users
     
  11. _Austin

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    I was stoned out of my mind the other day and was thinking this very thought. So I came up with
    a story in my head on how I would do it. First I would get like 5-10 of my top BH friends that
    were actually making money and had a bit of a rep. Then we'd start a private BH site just
    for us to share methods and stats etc. I would then open the forum by invite only for these
    5-10 guys and each person invited would be reviewed by everyone. Eventually we'd get to about
    100 members and then I'd stop reviewing the members invited. Hopefully this would start
    to bring an influx of members to help drive the community. Over time as content on the forum
    grew I'd setup a membership system, some private forums, and then open the place
    to the public.

    Bam BHW.

    _Austin
     
  12. hunar

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    Seems like they tried to create a few forums like bhw but just never took off. If you look over at the left it says other and seems Dave created a couple or a few of them.
     
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    I started this all off as I was trying to understand more about web development and how site owner "build" a successful site. Needless to say I am about to buy an ebook from http://toolblast.com/ on Internet Marketing. But I found all this information very interesting ... Most of all I got a good laugh from a REVIEW below about BHW. the following is a simply a fyi.

    iF any of the follow is true, I am happy for the success of the site owner.


    cubestat.com
    Website Worth: $2,859,009.96

    Daily Pageviews: 1,305,484

    Daily Ads Revenue: $3,916.45


    *** This is a quote, I found when I was reading this " I wondered about the author, ?? the site owner???

    ALEXA review;
    I just returned to the net after being substantially away for a year or two and ran into an incredible disappointment. When I left the net had a large number of excellent tech sites. Returning it seemed as though the earlier scammers for "Free Viagra" and the "Guaranteed!!!! Penis Enlargers" had taken over this niche as well. . Seemingly excellent tech sites were little more than "register now for complete access" and then delivered nothing. Or I'd enter a complex tech question in a search engine and get directed to the site that ranked for my question only because it listed a portal page of 100 questions and every word I entered was found ... in a separate question.

    Then I discovered Black Hat World, by far the best site I've found in this niche in the past several months. Of course the information overload I got caused blood to gush from my ears. There was so much information I remember sitting down to read it on Monday and when I looked up it was Friday, I was surrounded by pizza boxes and empty Ramen packets being clawed by my cat because the litter box hadn't been cleaned in a week. There were also three empty boxes of tissues I used for the earbleeds.

    But the packed information was incredibly useful despite the other problems associated with my use.

    I learned absolutely astounding things in more topics than I thought existed. I've also figured out how to use the site in a more responsible and mature way than before. (The next time I'll get candy bars to add to the pizza and ramen, change the litter before I sit down, and get extra-strength tissues if the data overload hits me again.)
    In summary, if you're interested in this area of today's tech you absolutely positively must check out this site.



    Index Info For: blackhatworld.com
    Alexa Rank: 766
    Quantcast Rank: 191,995
    Compete Rank: 11,493
    PageRank: 3
    Backlinks: 0
    Google Indexed Pages: 0
    Google Indexed Images: 109
    Yahoo Indexed Pages: 0
    Live Indexed Pages: 19,300
    Dmoz Listing: No
    Dmoz Title:
    Dmoz Description:
    Dmoz Category:
    Host IP: 204.124.182.119
    Site Hosted in: United States
    Owner:
    ICANN Registrar: ENOM, INC.
    Site Age: 4 years
    Created: 2006-04-15
    Expires: 2010-04-15
    Updated: 2009-07-30
    Domain Suffix: Commercial
    Archive: blackhatworld.com in the past


    How Blackhatworld.com is ranked around the world:

    * 203 Indonesia Flag Indonesia
    * 206 Sri Lanka Flag Sri Lanka
    * 244 Australia Flag Australia
    * 269 Malaysia Flag Malaysia
    * 294 Pakistan Flag Pakistan
    * 294 Philippines Flag Philippines
    * 300 South Africa Flag South Africa
    * 311 India Flag India
    * 334 United Kingdom Flag United Kingdom
    * 364 Bangladesh Flag Bangladesh
    * 384 United States Flag United States
    * 389 Ireland Flag Ireland
    * 398 Canada Flag Canada
    * 414 Finland Flag Finland
    * 490 Romania Flag Romania
    * 526 Portugal Flag Portugal
    * 730 Thailand Flag Thailand
    * 735 South Korea Flag South Korea
    * 839 Sweden Flag Sweden
    * 904 Netherlands Flag Netherlands
    * 1,550 Germany Flag Germany
    * 1,798 Italy Flag Italy
    * 2,216 China Flag China
    * 3,005 Turkey Flag Turkey
    * 3,863 Russia Flag Russia


    Blackhatworld.com users come from these countries:

    * 36.3% United States
    * 12.6% India
    * 6.7% United Kingdom
    * 4.9% Indonesia
    * 3.8% China

    * 3.2% Australia
    * 3.1% Canada
    * 2.9% Germany
    * 2.4% Pakistan
    * 1.7% South Africa
    * 1.2% Malaysia
    * 1.1% Thailand
    * 1.1% Italy
    * 1.0% Netherlands
    * 0.9% Romania
    * 0.9% Philippines
    * 0.8% South Korea
    * 0.7% Russia
    * 0.7% Bangladesh
    * 0.6% Sri Lanka
    * 0.6% Ireland
    * 0.6% Finland
    * 0.6% Sweden
    * 0.5% Turkey
    * 0.5% Portugal
    * 10.7% OTHER



     
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  14. HaRRo

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    BHW owns toolblast.com too ;) i guess it started out as any other forum out there only we know how to touch people and give them what they want our success wouldnt be anything without our frequent users who have helped us grow from day one

    So congrats to all
     
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  15. BozoClown

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    First Diamond Dave had an idea
    The idea was without specifics and merit and the mind of Dave was racing with what to do with it.
    And Dave said, "Let there be a Forum"; and there was a forum.
    And Dave saw that the forum was good; and Dave separated the noobs from the important people
    He called the noobs "junior members" and the important people "VIPS". And there were Jr. VIPS and there were Exec. VIPs
    And Dave said, "Let the be sections in the midst of the forum, and let the sections separate the types of ideas"
    He was happy and the forum was taking shape.
    Dave continued dictating and whatever he dictated simply was.
    Everything was good, but the forum needed a super moderator.
    Finally he said, "Let there be Harro" and from the land of the Lava Rocks; Harro was.
    He gave Harro authority over every forum member,
    He gave Harro permission to rule over was right and wrong for the forum,
    He gave Harro authority to claim sexiness over everyone.
    And then. Diamond Dave rested.
     
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  16. IntensE

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    i believe that's not enough Harro :) we want the full story :p
     
  17. noph34r

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    Harro and Dave gave an incredible momentum to this board. Only 4 years and attracted special minds world wide.
    Long life to you.
     
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    Actually, I've seen an older version of BHW than that.

    I'm gonna say it was started for money...think of all the cash BHW makes...JR vip memberships, ads, and awesome free products. It's a money making forum, why do you think it was started?

    Also, I'm guessing some mods/admins probably enjoy power (not talking about any of them in particular)...a lot of people crave authority as much or more than money. It's just the way people are...as long as they do a good job and not go crazy nazi-like, that doesn't matter.
     
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  19. DrJekyll

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    Like most things it was probably started to fill a void, or do something better than what was available at the time.
     
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    And it's obviously a lesson to all IM'ers on how forums are done right.