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As a link exchange company we often use black hat forums to keep up with the latest developments. But which forum is the best? To find out, we put five of the most popular forums to the test. We compared the features and performance of each forum and asked a simple question on which we could judge the quality of the replies. The forums chosen were; Black Hat World, Best Blackhat Forum, Black Hat Underground, Black Hat Team and Black Hat Devil.

General performance

The table below gives a general idea of how popular each forum is and how busy.

Forum Posts Users Monthly traffic
Black Hat Underground ★★
Black Hat Devil ★★★ ★★★ ★★★
Black Hat Team ★★★★ ★★★ ★★
Best Blackhat Forum ★★★★★ ★★★★★ ★★★★
Black Hat World ★★★★★ ★★★★★ ★★★★

Forum test

To test out the forums we asked a simple question to find out how good the replies were, and how long it took to get a reply.
The question we asked was: Hi, I am completely new to SEO and black hat in general. My question is: Does Google approve of buying backlinks?


The table below shows how well the forums did answering our question.

Forum Replies Length of answer Speed of the answer
Black Hat Underground
Black Hat Devil ★★★★★ ★★★★★ ★★★
Black Hat Team ★★ ★★ ★★★★
Best Blackhat Forum
Black Hat World

Black Hat World

Black Hat World was the first forum we tried and easily the most annoying. After taking the trouble to sign up we discovered that this forum will still not let you ask questions even after joining. As far as we can tell there is no way to get answers from this forum without paying.


Best Blackhat Forum

Best Blackhat Forum failed to live up to it’s name. We managed to ask a question in this forum though we found it quite confusing to use. We created a new thread in what we hoped was the right section but never received any answer to our question.


Black Hat Underground

Black Hat Underground was easy and straightforward to use though we never received any answer to our question.


Black Hat Team

Black Hat Team again was simple and easy to use. We did get an answer to our question though it was not really helpful in any way. It was the first reply we got and we got it the same day we posted our question.



Black Hat Devil

We liked Black Hat Devil a lot. It seems to have a great community and was simple and easy to use. Although it took just over a week to get a reply, the answer was good advice.




We understand that it is perhaps a little premature to make a decision based on just one question, however based on the general user experience we can still get a good idea of how these forums stack up. The first two forums we would rule out straight away because the first one is not free, and the second one is just to complicated and unnecessarily difficult to understand.

That leaves us with the top three black hat forums which are: Black Hat Underground, Black Hat Team and Black Hat Devil. We will continue to see how these forums preform in time. We would recommend any of the top three based on user experience alone. We think Black Hat Devil is currently the best black hat forum online.

MajesticRank Explained.

Automatic Backlinks uses Majestic Trust & Citation Flow metrics to assure the quality of our backlinks. MajesticRank is a term used for a score calculated by Automatic Backlinks to replace the old Google PageRank system that many of our users may be familiar with.

Because Google no longer updates PageRank it no longer gives an accurate account of a website’s credibility. Majestic Trust & Citation Flow metrics are trusted by thousands of SEO professionals.

To find the Trust & Citation Flow scores for your website simply go to the Majestic website and paste your website’s URL into the search box at the top of the page. MajesticSEO is free to use.

To find the MajesticRank of any webpage you simply add the Trust Flow and Citation Flow together and divide by 20.

The picture above shows the Trust flow and Citation Flow from 2 different web pages. To get the MajesticRank for the two pages the calculation we use is TF+CF/20


So for the first page:
17/20= 0.85
The MajesticRank for this page is 0.85

For the second page:
The MajesticRank for this page is 3.15
In order to qualify for inclusion in the Automatic Backlinks network a page must have a Majestic Rank of 1 or above.

It is also important to note that the value of either TF or CF cannot be 0 in order to qualify. So a page with a TF of 20 & CF of 0 would not be accepted.

Since Automatic Backlinks only accepts pages with a minimum MajesticRank of 1 some users may initially be unable to earn any Link Credit by displaying links on their pages. However, you can still purchase Link Credit directly, by setting up a PayPal subscription to purchase Link Credit until your pages acquire MajesticRank.


SEO experts agree: Backlinks remain the most important ranking factor

Backlinks are the key to search engine rankings

In the last few years there has been much debate about the importance of backlinks. Some SEO experts have stated that backlinks are becoming less important. At Automatic Backlinks we know that backlinks are just as important as ever, but we thought you should hear it from other SEO experts too.

Here are some of the most interesting and convincing studies about the continuing importance of Backlinks from the experts.


Moz’s study examined the top 50 Google search results for approximately 15,000 keywords. This allowed them to examine what factors correlate with higher search rankings, and also how frequently those characteristics are seen.

The relationship between external links and rankings

One of the first things the study found was a strong relationship between the top search results in Google and the number of external links:

“Even more telling is the number of websites found in the top results that had external backlinks, or rather, the lack thereof.

Out of the top results, a full 99.2% of all websites had at least one external link. (The remaining .8% is well within the margin of error expected between Mozscape and Google’s own link index.) The study found almost no websites ranking for competitive search phrases that didn’t have at least a single external link pointing at them, and most had significantly more links.”

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Image courtesy of Moz

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Now any website can join Automatic Backlinks (manually).


We get hundreds of emails every year asking if it is possible to install Automatic Backlinks on sites not running php or on a closed platform that we can’t develop a plug-in for and until now, due to the technical limitations of those platforms the answer has unfortunately been no.

Now though after much hard work and development, we are very happy to announce that any website can join Automatic Backlinks. Yup! That is right, any web site.

Here’s how it works:

  • Website owners will receive an email for every backlink that we would like to place on their page and should place the backlink within 48 hours of receiving the email.
  • Once a backlink has been pasted into the correct page members can verify the backlink by clicking on a link in the email we send them or from the pages list in the Automatic Backlinks dashboard
  • All sites and pages must still have the required amount of MajesticRank to qualify
  • Members who are quick to add our manual backlinks will be offered more backlinks. Likewise members who repeatedly fail to place the backlinks within the 48 hour period will be prioritised lower and may eventually stop receiving additional placement offers.

What are you waiting for? Sign up now
It is 100% free to use Automatic Backlinks, with the option of buying additional backlink credits.

What types of sites can now join Automatic Backlinks?

Basically any quality web site can now Join Automatic Backlinks. Here are some of the systems we are happy to welcome to the Automatic Backlinks system.

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Measure Trust Flow Quickly and Easily.

Created by Majestic SEO, Trust Flow is a metric that determines the quality of a website based on its links with other sites within its niche. There is a video tutorial on Trust Flow provided by Majestic which explains flow metrics in greater detail.

Trust Flow is emerging as one of the key factors in search engine ranking so it’s important that website owners & SEO experts focus on obtaining links from web pages that have high topical trust flow scores or established authority in the desired niche.

For this reason it’s a good idea to track and analyze the trust flow score associated with your backlinks. You can do this by visiting Majestic SEO directly, or there are some browser extensions for Google Chrome and for Firefox that will do the job nicely. These tools can be added to your browser in seconds and provide all the information you need about the website you are visiting.

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What exactly is a quality Backlink?

Here is a good definition of a “quality backlink” from Webopedia:


So we can see right off some indicators of quality:

  • Using your keywords
  • From a relevant source

A good start, but there is more. Ask any SEO expert and they would also add that backlinks must:

  • Be from a trusted source
  • Be from an authoritative/influential source
  • Have relevant anchor link text
  • Be in text or in content links

These are the basic requirements most SEO professionals would agree are necessary in order for a backlink to be of quality. So the big question is:

Does Automatic Backlinks provide Quality Backlinks?

Let’s go through the points one at a time.

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New feature: Preview available backlink spots when creating or editing a campaign

Now when you start a backlink campaign you can see exactly how many backlink spots are available for each topic. Whenever you apply a value to your campaigns like Language or MajesticRank the page will automatically update to show the amount of backlink spots now available for each topic.

Available links in Backlinks campaigns

160 languages now supported


We have recently changed the way we handle and detect the languages of pages and are happy to announce that we now support 160 languages, a big improvement on the 13 languages supported previously.

In addition we are now enabling language detection by reading the <html> tag of each page in the system. This means you can declare your language in the following way:

<html lang="fr">

Don’t worry, if your pages do not contain the above language tag we will detect the language automatically using a very sophisticated language detection algorithm.

The new changes mean that we have removed the option for selecting “Other” as a language for sites, campaigns and pages. We are still in the process or re-detecting the language for existing pages and we will continue to do that so over the next month or so.

You do not currently need to do anything but we recommend that all users log in and ensure that their pages, sites and campaigns have the correct language set.

Do you want to know which languages do we support now?

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Automatic Backlinks ranked Top 1 Link Building Software by TOPSEOs

According to, an independent authority on internet marketing products, Automatic Backlinks is the number 1 link building software in the world.

In the review of the top 10 link building software providers, Automatic Backlinks scored 100% in all categories: GUI Interface, software features, efficiency, relevance and support.

We are happy to see that our hard work is paying off and that our efforts to provide a top quality link building service are being recognised. We won’t be letting it go to our heads though! We plan to keep on improving Automatic Backlinks, in fact we are working on some exciting new features right now. Stay tuned.



Migration to in-text links completed


More than a year ago we stopped placing standard links without any surrounding text. Today most users have switched to the far better, more natural looking in text-links and we are now ready to complete the process.

The few remaining standard links on our system have now been converted into in-text links.

As a consequence you may find some fluctuations in your link credit balance during the next couple of days.

If your link credit becomes negative we recommend that you either manually start removing your least favorite backlinks now, or take out a Link Credit subscription in order to not loose any backlinks.

You may also find your link credit has increased, in which case ensure that your campaigns are not limited in budget, so that you can take advantage of the extra Link Credit when it is applied to your account.

This upgrade will benefit all users by guaranteeing that any links placed will look natural and be relevant to their websites, improving the quality of our network as a whole.