Why Install Cloudflare On WordPress
CloudFlare is a free of charge CDN (content delivery network) provider which includes a benefit that totally hides your actual web host, which makes it suitable for PBN’s. (private blog networks). It makes it possible for anyone to place limitless websites on a solitary web host without having anybody realize they’re on the exact same host – with the exception of yourself of course.
I’ve been utilizing this for more than six months with no problems. And lately, I’ve been receiving queries from close friends about how they could put it to use and whether or not it really is secure.
Benefits of Installing Cloudflare On WordPress Sites
The real benefits of cloudflare is the speed in displaying your website to both the end user and of course the search engines. Google in particular have stated that website speed is now a factor in ranking your website within their search engine results. Installing cloudflare on your wordpress site can reduce loading times significantly and I would recommend cloudflare installation for that reason alone.
At the end of the video above you will see the benefits of installing cloudflare through a simple site speed test, in our case we use GTmetrix to test the improvements in site loading times.
Within the link, it explains such benefits as site speed, easy configuration, no bandwidth limits, how it works with both static and dynamic content, keeps your website content Always Online™ even if your own servers crash, protects against traffic surges and much more, I recommend you read it to fully understand all of the benefits.
How Does Cloudflare Work
CloudFlare features a reverse proxy function which conceals your current web-host/server hiding behind a strong and fast IP address which they own. Should you do it correctly, no-one should be able to discover which web host you really make use of.
The fundamentals with this are, CloudFlare possess a huge number of IP addresses which will go to your website, obtain all of the information, and show it on their own web servers. This can mess with your current statistics / analytics. However, in case it does, there’s a method of configuring cloudflare to work with clicky analytics …
Cloudflare For Private Blog Networks
There are some additional things to consider when you wish to use Cloudflare for PBN’s that is NOT covered in the video at the beginning of this article ….
The footprint of using CloudFlare will always be there. This is not risky because over 2 million other websites also use it, I would suggest not over-using it though. Presuming there are a billion websites in the world, CloudFlare is only used by about 0.2% of them. You will want to at least take this into consideration when hosting your entire network.
If you only have 10 sites, it’s not likely that them all using the same host would be an issue, but for larger networks, if 50% of the websites linking to you are on a hosting service that only 0.2% of the websites on the internet use, you can see that as being a bit of a footprint.
With that said, I personally use CloudFlare on about 25% of my network alongside a number of various web hosts. It’s unlikely this will ever be an issue as only a small number of PBN sites are used for linking to any particular website.
Every account is given unique combination of nameservers when they register. This is in the form of names, so the example above we got:
Each time you register, you are automatically assigned a random name out of a list for each one. Other websites are using cleo.ns.cloudflare.com as a nameserver. And many websites are using marge.ns.cloudflare.com as a nameserver. But not many will be using the exact same combination.
You can see this here: https://who.is/nameserver/cleo.ns.cloudflare.com/
There are a lot of websites using this same nameserver, but if we look at a whois lookup of some of those sites e.g. https://who.is/whois/havocgamers.net/, you’ll see their secondary nameserver is kiki.ns.cloudflare.com. If you check a few of these, you will see every website has unique combinations.
It is really easy to get a unique combination for each of your websites. All you need to do is create a new account for every domain you want to setup. This is why we use an email address relevant to the domain on registration.
Non-Protected DNS Records
Make sure to remove any DNS records that are not the domain or WWW, these will leave footprints.
Another thing to make sure is that the records you leave are using CloudFlare, this is shown with an orange cloud under the ‘Active’ tab. If you see a grey cloud, make sure to click it to activate it.
Example of what to do below: