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When did PBN's start getting used?

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by Donald Trump, Jun 25, 2016.

  1. Donald Trump

    Donald Trump Registered Member

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    When looking in wayback, what is a year that it's safe to say that the domain is most likely not a pbn because they weren't even used then. For instance, looking at a page in 2004, I highly doubt it would even possibly be a PBN.

    I've seen some from 2013 but so far not much earlier than that. Is 2013 about the year that pbn's started becoming popular?
     
  2. ThopHayt

    ThopHayt Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    They've been around since the mid-2000's (certainly "popular" since at least 2009) from what I remember. The thing is, though, that when PBNs were first used they were a much more expensive alternative to spaming tools that worked back then, so only bigger players bothered. PBNs didn't become THE preferred ranking method as they are right now until the SeNuke dominated era ended around 2012. Then everybody jumped on and now we see spammy PBNs everywhere.

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  3. tb303

    tb303 Power Member

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    Public Blog Networks have been popular on here a lot longer that 2012 though. They used to be sold as "Hi-PR blog posts" way before that and worked like a charm :)
     
  4. jimbobo2779

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    Networks of websites were one of the first things I remember reading about when I was learning about how to really rank a website. That was before I joined this forum.

    So you have to go way back.
     
  5. MrshunE

    MrshunE Power Member

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    I think it was popular back in 2010 or 2012, when there are tons of PR3+ services. The good old days with Spammy Widget banners.