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(Entry was posted by Saurabh Mathur on this post in the Dumb SEO Questions community on Facebook, Thursday, September 20, 2018).

Are Private Blog Networks (PBNs) Worth It still in 2018?

Are Private Blog Networks (PBNs) Worth It still in 2018?
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Selected answers from the Dumb SEO Questions G+ community.

  • Jim Munro: Worth it? Only for some unscrupulous people. Apparently, it`s a profitable industry for those willing to prey on the gullible but I don`t think it`s strategically safe. You`ll find plenty of people to disagree with me. :)
  • Monopoly Digital: This is a silly question. We would classify this as a terrible idea.
  • Jim Munro: We`ve seen an uptick of attempts to promote PBNs recently, I thought everyone knew better by now. I don`t think it is a resurgence, more like a dead cat bounce. As a policy, we do not even discuss them in the Dumb SEO Questions Facebook group. PBNs are a dirty industry of parasites preying on pinheads.
  • Andrew S: I wonder why you think it is not a good idea? I searched the internet and found quite a few experts and users saying the opposite. My understanding is that, one has to be super careful in terms of not leaving a footprint, but, other than that, this strategy seem to work for people. What is the reasoning behind your conclusion, please?
  • Jim Munro: Use your powers of deduction. If the shysters selling links on PBNs knew how to make long-term use of them, why would they bother looking for dummies to buy links instead of monopolising their position? Wouldn`t that be smarter? On this community, we want to give advice that will stand the test of time. Anything works for a while, for as long as it stays under the radar but PBN links have a limited useful life span. It`s a shell game to sucker money from dopes. BTW, it`s not reasonable to use "experts" and "PBN links in the same sentence. :)" They are not experts, they`re just con-men who have you hoodwinked momentarily.

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