Research: two thirds of PBNs on CloudFlare leak real IPs

Last updated on 2019/12/18

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by Nejc Zupan

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, […]

Footprints: MX Records

Last updated on 2019/12/05

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by Nejc Zupan

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 […]

Why nameservers are more dangerous footprints than IPs

Last updated on 2019/12/18

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by Nejc Zupan

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 […]

Footprints: default server webpages

Last updated on 2019/12/18

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by Dejan Murko

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 […]

Easy Blog Networks now supports HTTPS on blogs

Last updated on 2019/12/18

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by Dejan Murko

What an exciting week! We just published another amazing new feature – HTTPS support. With the big push toward secure connections everywhere, HTTPS is becoming more and more important and Google started using it as one of their ranking algorithms almost two years ago. Besides that, WordPress.com now automatically adds HTTPS to all their blogs and consequently the number […]

Footprints: ASN

Last updated on 2019/12/05

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by Nejc Zupan

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 […]

Footprints: X-Powered-By Headers

Last updated on 2019/12/05

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by Nejc Zupan

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 […]

Why you shouldn’t use Hide My WP or similar plugins for your PBN

Last updated on 2019/12/05

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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 […]

6 Footprints and 10 Issues That Can Get Your Blog Deindexed

Last updated on 2019/12/05

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by Dejan Murko

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 […]

PBN Blog Or Not?

Last updated on 2019/12/05

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by Dejan Murko

Let’s play a game – PBN blog or not? Since I’m looking at PBN blogs for days, I can recognize a PBN blog in a split second. You’re probably not any different. Which one is the PBN blog? One was taken from the first page of the SERPs, the other is a PBN blog. This isn’t a hard question, […]