Hiding your PBNs in 2020 in 3 steps

This is what you need to do if you want to block 3rd party crawlers like Ahrefs, SEMrush and Majestic from accessing your site:

Copy the code below

SetEnvIfNoCase User-Agent .*rogerbot.* bad_bot 
SetEnvIfNoCase User-Agent .*exabot.* bad_bot 
SetEnvIfNoCase User-Agent .*mj12bot.* bad_bot 
SetEnvIfNoCase User-Agent .*dotbot.* bad_bot 
SetEnvIfNoCase User-Agent .*gigabot.* bad_bot 
SetEnvIfNoCase User-Agent .*ahrefsbot.* bad_bot 
SetEnvIfNoCase User-Agent .*sitebot.* bad_bot 
SetEnvIfNoCase User-Agent .*semrushbot.* bad_bot 
SetEnvIfNoCase User-Agent .*ia_archiver.* bad_bot 
SetEnvIfNoCase User-Agent .*searchmetricsbot.* bad_bot 
SetEnvIfNoCase User-Agent .*seokicks-robot.* bad_bot 
SetEnvIfNoCase User-Agent .*sistrix.* bad_bot 
SetEnvIfNoCase User-Agent .*lipperhey spider.* bad_bot 
SetEnvIfNoCase User-Agent .*ncbot.* bad_bot 
SetEnvIfNoCase User-Agent .*backlinkcrawler.* bad_bot 
SetEnvIfNoCase User-Agent .*archive.org_bot.* bad_bot 
SetEnvIfNoCase User-Agent .*meanpathbot.* bad_bot 
SetEnvIfNoCase User-Agent .*pagesinventory.* bad_bot 
SetEnvIfNoCase User-Agent .*aboundexbot.* bad_bot 
SetEnvIfNoCase User-Agent .*spbot.* bad_bot 
SetEnvIfNoCase User-Agent .*linkdexbot.* bad_bot 
SetEnvIfNoCase User-Agent .*nutch.* bad_bot 
SetEnvIfNoCase User-Agent .*blexbot.* bad_bot 
SetEnvIfNoCase User-Agent .*ezooms.* bad_bot 
SetEnvIfNoCase User-Agent .*scoutjet.* bad_bot 
SetEnvIfNoCase User-Agent .*majestic-12.* bad_bot 
SetEnvIfNoCase User-Agent .*majestic-seo.* bad_bot 
SetEnvIfNoCase User-Agent .*dsearch.* bad_bot 
SetEnvIfNoCase User-Agent .*blekkobo.* bad_bot 
Order Allow,Deny 
Allow from all 
Deny from env=bad_bot

Step 1 : Find File Manager in CPanel or FTP

Step 2: Navigate to public HTML

Step 3: Make sure “Show Hidden Files” is checked

Step 4 : Find “.htaccess” file , paste the code from above and hit save

That’s it. Your PBNs are now hidden and won’t show up on 3rd party tools. This is a better way than installing a particular plugin for every domain in your network and keeps footprints low!

This will help keep your competitors from snooping around your PBN but it’s only one piece of the puzzle. If you would rather have the experts manage the PBN, check out our PBN rentals.

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