Every time a blog gets deindexed on EBN, we save all the information we have about it so we can analyze it later. We then do batch analysis to see if there are any patterns or footprints that we can report to the community. In the last few weeks, we found a few interesting things. We’re still discussing how..
When people new to PBNs ask where to host their blogs, a lot of experts recommend using different cheap hosting providers to get a diversity of IPs. We wanted to put that claim to the test for some time now. Analyzing 80 Cheap Hosting Providers We collected a list of 80 popular cheap hosts from different forums and..
A few weeks ago we added CloudFlare SSL support for blogs hosted on EBN. While in the process of integrating CloudFlare we did thorough research on potential leaks and footprints. Here are our findings. Is CloudFlare successfully masking my server’s real IP? In essence, if you know exactly what you are doing and are very careful..
Last week we talked about how nameservers can be a huge footprint for your PBN. Today we have another DNS themed blog post. This time, we’ll talk about MX records. What are MX records? MX records are an optional part of your DNS (domain name system). They are similar to A records, which are required to..
This is another post in our series about advanced footprints. While we wouldn’t really count nameserver footprints as advanced, there are still people doing really basic mistakes with them so we wanted to shed some light on the topic. Nameservers are servers hosting your DNS zonefile, or in other words, your DNS records. Without them, your browser does not know to..
In this series of blog posts, we’ve been looking at various ways in which servers present information which can be used by search engines to uniquely identify them. That is, they leave footprints, often very obvious ones. Here at EBN we take quite a few steps to make sure that the servers hosting our WordPress..
So far we’ve talked about a few different ways a website (or the server it’s running on) can be footprinted, but we’ve yet to talk about the most obvious – the server’s physical location. The internet is basically a huge, world-wide network, made up of numerous smaller networks. The technology behind it is way too..
In our last post, we talked about HTTP headers such as the Server Header and the typical values we can expect they carry for servers running WordPress. But as we hinted previously, the Server Header is not the only HTTP header that gives out important information about servers hosting the websites. This time around, we’ll..
Last updated on 2020/09/11
by Janez Troha
Plugins to hide WordPress footprints are commonly suggested when people want to have all-WordPress PBN but not have it seen as such. Unfortunately, there are major issues with using these plugins. Yes, you could hide WordPress completely. However, that is a very complex task that requires moving of wp-admin and wp-content folder and rewriting paths for..
Since the large majority of daily deindexations we see on our platform would be easily avoided by following basic rules for PBNs, we’re thinking it’s a good time to refresh that knowledge. I categorized everything into two sections – footprints and issues. Footprints are something that can get your blogs deindexed immediately. Issues are something that raises flags and..