Negative SEO Attack Against Top Porn Sites

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There is currently a large negative SEO attack that is targeting multiple porn sites. In this post I look at what a negative SEO attack looks like, how to discover an attack and what to do.

Currently, from the data I have, this looks like it is a hack on the Joomla CMS that is being injected with code with links pointing to various porn sites. A few of the biggest sites affected are:

  • porndoo.com
  • theporndude.com
  • tube8.com
  • porndoe.com
  • porndig.com
  • xvideos.com

A full list of the sites I have seen targeted is here: Targetted-Sites-Negative-SEO

 

What is a negative SEO attack?

In very simple terms the most common negative SEO attack is when a large number of spam links are pointed at certain websites in order to try and trigger either the Google penguin algorithm or a manual spam action for unnatural links.

These style attacks used to be a big problem for porn sites with the previous versions of Google penguin and I know of multiple sites that were affected. However, with the new versions of this algorithm Google has opted to ignore these spam links and not penalise them, which renders this style of attack much less effective.

You have to be mindful that a manual penalty can still be applied and working with porn sites we have to be extra vigilant as Google hands these manual actions out very quickly to porn sites.

What does a negative SEO attack look like?

I discovered this negative SEO attack when doing some competitor research in Ahrefs.com and I spotted the following:

Ahrefs Referring Domains

This is a graph showing referring domains to one of the sites that is targeted by the attack. As you can see the number of referring domains has increased by roughly 1000 or around a 30% increase in about two weeks.

This sparked my curiosity so I looked into the new incoming links and found that they are all hacked sites with injected spam code producing links to many of the top porn sites.

I do not want to link to these hacked sites so below I have two screenshots of an example page:

Negative SEO Website example

Negative SEO Website example 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the example images above you can see the spam links to the sites in the classic blue text links among the gibberish text. This is a classic style for pure spam links for a negative SEO attack that someone is carrying out to try to affect the sites targeted.

It is sad to see that people are putting this much effort into dirty tactics to try and spam competitors instead of using their time focusing on their own projects.

How to discover an attack

There’s a few ways to discover a negative SEO attack but for this method, as mentioned above, I was using Ahrefs.com and spotted the obvious problem with the incoming links. You can also check for incoming anchor texts in any SEO tool and look for suspicious anchor texts which might lead to more information on an attack.

On investigation it was easy to spot that this massive increase in the rate of incoming links was unnatural and after visiting a few links I could see that this was a spam attack.

There is a range of tools out there to monitor your backlinks, from Google Search Console to Ahrefs.com, SEMRush.com and many more. You should be monitoring your backlinks to be vigilant against such attacks and suspicious links.

How to defend against an attack

At the time of writing the best way to defend against a negative SEO attack is to use the Google disavow file which lets Google know that you want to ignore these links.

Example of a Disavow File:

domain:example.com

url:example.com/example.html

You use the domain: to block an entire domain and the url: for single URLs you wish to defend against. Once you have created a disavow file you can upload it to most backlink monitoring tools so that it removes these links from your reports so that they do not create “noise”.

 

For the site owners who are targeted I have created a file with all of the domains that I found so that they can simply add this to their disavow file. I would also suggest that they double check their own incoming links to be sure.

Disavow These Domains

Takeaways

  • Negative SEO is much less of a worry from algorithmic penalties but manual actions still apply
  • It pays to be vigilant in monitoring your backlinks
  • Use the Google Disavow tool to defend
  • Use backlink SEO tools to identify attacks

 

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