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Link Silencer is a WordPress plugin that works with all server types including Apache, LiteSpeed and Nginx to stop backlink indexers from viewing your site and including your links in their directories.
Link Silencer is available completely free of charge. Simply provide your email address and we’ll send you a download link as well as notifications of updates.
Yes. Simply upload it to your WordPress site and Activate it. No registration is required.
Having tried other plugins that require registration and ongoing annual fees, or that simply tried to write the .htaccess file and becoming frustrated, we decided to write a simple, lightweight plugin to block backlink indexers, on all servers for free.
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After installing and activating the plugin, you can test it against the most popular backlink checking bots at https://www.botchecker.org
If you’d posted the links before activating Link Silencer or another similar plugin, then your links may have been indexed by these tools.
You should check that the plugin is working correctly by entering your URL at https://www.botchecker.org
The links will then be reported as “lost” when their backlink crawlers check your site the next time, and will drop out of their fresh indexes in the next 30-90 days.
Link Silencer works by checking the user agent of the visitor as one of the very first tasks in the process to render a page in WordPress.
Caching plugins can impact the way that WordPress loads pages, by serving a cached page rather than rendering the page via the usual WordPress method. As a result, Link Silencer may not block bots if you have certain caching plugins enabled.
These caching plugins have been reported by users as stopping Link Silencer from working:
If you’re using a caching plugin, please test your site at https://www.botchecker.org to confirm whether your caching plugin is stopping Link Silencer from working as intended.