Want to learn more about PBNs? Here’s a free course

The whole concept of PBNs can be overwhelming for people new to SEO or even just PBNs. There are certain rules you should not break or all your hard work will go down the drain.

For some there is also a problem of getting the whole concept of PBNs.

And then there are details for finding domains, hosting, content etc.

Well, those questions are so common, the guys and gals at Easy Blog Networks decided to launch their own course on the topic:

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It’s completely free and very thorough. And since we already know they’re very credible in the industry, it’s probably one of the best one-stop resources for PBNs.

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WordPress alternatives for your PBN

There’s no question about it – WordPress is by far the most popular CMS. However, for some you still want to use other CMS or just plain HTML. Especially if you build a static page where you don’t need to add posts on a regular basis.

Below are a few plain, simple PHP CMSs I found that are really easy to use and don’t even need a MySQL database. That means you can host them on really cheap hosting plans.

If you know of any other, let me know!

Make sure your WordPress blog is not infected with malware

WordPress, being the most popular CMS, gets targeted by cyber criminals a lot. There are many reasons why a criminal would want to infect your site and none are good for you (obviously).

Often times you might not even notice the infection since it doesn’t necessarily change the appearance of your blog. The easiest way to check if your blog is infected is to run Sucuri’s scanner for malware.

Of course, if you’re using Easy Blog Networks, they already take care of all security for you.

Where to get content for your PBN blogs

Writing content must be one of the most tedious tasks of Internet Marketing. You know you have to do it, but seriously who wants to?

And usually one of the worst things is when you don’t know what to even write about. So, here’s a few tips and tricks that I used when I was writing content for my PBN blogs. I’ve outsourced everything by now, but these tips are also used by my VAs and writers.

Popular Blogs

Find the popular blogs in your niche and find their most popular posts. Summarize them in your own words and post them to your blogs.

Visit Ezinearticles

There is no niche that is not written about there. Go, enter your keywords in their search and find articles to summarize.

Article Spinners

When you’re writing content, you can quadruple the amount of usable articles with an article spinner. Just enter the article in the spinner, click spin, review the final result and post to different blogs.

Spin Rewriter or TheBestSpinner are the best value for money. Both have free or cheap trials, so get them and test them out.

Outsource

When you’re making money, focus on things that bring you the most money. Find a writer who will know how to use an article spinner and follow the tips above and you’ll be rid of the dreadful task of writing.

Where to find expired domains

When building your PBNs, you will usually choose from three different types:

  • expiring domains on auctions,
  • recently expired domains,
  • expired domains.

You can of course also buy live websites but those can get expensive really fast.

Expiring Domains On Auctions

These were all the rage in 2013/14 but once PBNs went mainstream, the prices became absurd and domains started going for a few hundred dollars for really basic metrics. Since then, most SEOs look into expired domains.

Recently Expired Domains

Most expired domain tools like ExpiredDomains.net and Domcop browse expiring and recently expired domains. Recently expired domains are those that were not sold on auctions. You’ll have a hard time finding golden nuggets here since they’ve went through thousands of eyeballs. You might find a solid domain with some basic metrics but don’t hold  your breath.

Expired Domains

This is where everyone is getting their domains now. Find an authority site, scrape all outbound links and see if there are any links pointing to expired domains. There are millions and millions of domains like that and they’re all up for grabs. With a bit of luck you’ll even find a domain with metrics in your niche.

Where to go to find these domains? There are three best resources for this: The.Domain.Name, Domains.PBNHQ.com and Hammerhead Domains. You can signup for free with all of those and browse their databases.

There is no such thing as “losing link juice”

There is a myth going around SEO forums, namely to make sure “you save” your link juice and not have too many outbound links on your website.

Ever saw an authority site without outbound links? Open any big blog and you’ll have problems finding posts without links to other sites. Wikipedia has a bunch of links for every article.

It’s natural. It’s how the Internet is build.

However, that said, once you write a post and post links from it, the power of those links on that post depend on how many there are on that page. So, when you do have a link on your blog post, have one or two. But looking at your whole website, you want to have a large and diverse range of outbound links.

Here’s what our beloved Matt Cutts has to say:

Most Common Footprints That Will Get Your PBN Blogs Deindexed

People complain about deindexations and when you look at their sites, they do everything that’s been known to cause deindexations for years now.

That’s why I’m writing a quick refresh of the most common footprints you should avoid on your PBN blogs.

Outbound link patterns. Never link all your PBN blogs to all your money sites. Also, always include links to other small niche blogs.

Unique plugins and themes. Don’t use the same plugins on all your blogs or use unique custom plugins that are discoverable.

404 redirect to homepage. From August 2015 Panda 4.2 penalized websites with a large majority of redirects.

Analytics and ad codes. Really easily discoverable by a unique code. Never use it.

Sand FootprintsAnd here are some more tips on keeping your PBN blog alive and well.

Add internal links. Always cross-link your posts.

Add social bookmarks, shares and likes. Your blogs should have at least a few social shares.

Too few and too short and plain blog posts. Blog posts should be anywhere from 400 to 800 words, they should also include images and videos. And 3 are not enough. Add and schedule at least 20 blog posts over a year.

Link to other small websites. Not just authority sites but regular small niche websites.

These are the most obvious footprints and issues you’ll want to avoid with your PBN blogs.

What providers does your PBN host use?

It won’t come as a big surprise I’m a big Easy Blog Networks fan. But do you know why?

The main reason is they clearly state who their hosting and DNS providers are.

And why is that important? Well, let’s start with a bit of history.

ServersFirst Generation SEO Hosts

First generation SEO hosts were companies that bought a few servers and rented (or maybe even bought) a lot of C-Block IPs from different providers. Then they rented those servers to anyone looking for SEO hosting with different IPs. They of course used their own nameservers.

Once Google penalized the industry evolved.

Second Generation SEO Hosts

Second generation hosts don’t use sequential C-Block IPs anymore. Everything moved to A-Block and how many A-Block IPs you can get. Most of them also promise they host with different providers and no nameserver footprints.

…but wait…

There aren’t very many SEO hosts that provide you with clear answers on where they host and whose IPs they’re using.

The thing is – not all IPs are created equal. There are IPs used for gaming, IPs used for proxies and IPs used for hosting websites. Do you know which IPs your SEO host is using? How about whose data centers they’re using?

Cloak Hosting says they use “many” hosts but don’t provide a list (I was given mostly really cheap cPanel hosts). They don’t tell you whose nameservers they’re using but I found out it’s not that diverse. NoNameInternet looks like it’s using their own, as is IPX. I have no idea who they host with because they don’t say.

Do *you* know where your provider hosts your blogs?

I’m using EBN because it provides me with clear information about the server, IP and nameservers. It’s all very transparent and it’s very clear they’re using quality providers for everything. That’s why I’m a big fan. See my review.