Pangu Jailbreak, the unofficial faq

Posted by k | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 04-07-2014

The Chinese team Pangu recently released an universal jailbreak for iOS 7.11 and 7.12. Only an iPhone 4 jailbreak was available prior to this. There are many guides online, but there are undocumented issues I have found that I don’t see written anywhere. That’s why I wrote this.

Additional Steps for a successful installation

Disable pass-code, Wi-Fi and iCloud
Click on the Pangu App as soon as you see it (second page)
After the reboot, you need to open the Pangu app again
Do *not* delete the Pangu App if the jailbreak failed and you need to retry

The timeout problem

Many users are getting the red timeout error. To prevent this, on a
Slow/old Phone: You can, and should disconnect your phone when rebooting during the jailbreak process, and only connect it back when the phone is fully rebooted and stable
Slow/old computer: Disable itunes autoload+sync and/or use a faster computer
Also be sure there is not a windows pending response on your iPhone during the process

Never-ending boot loop

Don’t panic in case you’re trapped on the loop boot. Just wait, as the loop will stop and reverse to prior state after a couple of attempts. If not, use Pangu 1.1. Pangu version 1.0 rocks, since it uses i0n1c’s bug.

The right way to do it

There’s only one way to do it without any issues:
1. Backup your iPhone
2. Load a clean .ipsw from itunes (Option+Click on “Check for Update” for Mac users, Alt+Click for Windows users or Shift+Click for older iTunes versions)
3. Restore from Backup
4. Disable WIFI, if restoring from iCloud
4. Jailbreak

Check caches failed issue

Close iTunes. Retry.

Already jailbreaked problem

This is a very common issue. There are people reporting very different hints on how to solve this. Some say “try later” as Pangu might be having problems accessing their servers to call home.
Others say, use a different computer. One think is certain, using version 1.0 you can retry every time you want, and in case it fails, the flag is cleared and you can use 1.1 again.

Apps disappeared

Don’t worry, it’s just the icons. They will be back slowly once the phone rebuilds the index.
Do *not* delete If you do this, the sync might very well fail and you will not get your apps back.

Can’t access raw from USB as before (as in i-Funbox)

Install saurik’s “Apple File Conduit 2″ from Cydia
Note: Using i-FunBox you wont be able to write to applications using the shortcut link on the side menu. Wait for an update. In the meanwhile, use direct path /private/var/mobile/Applications to do the same.

Syncing never finishes

And you also get prompts for passwords from strange Apple IDs? Most probably you had appsync and installed some apps without using your own Apple ID… delete those or the sync will never finish.
The new AppSync is here:
Don’t use it for piracy! If coders don’t get rewarded for their work, why would they do it in the first place? And then who will create the games you love to play?

Adsense Quality Rating

Posted by k | Posted in Adsense, Make Money | Posted on 18-08-2011

Got one of my sites banned, first Adsense not showing, then deindexed. It was responsible for only about 10% of my total Adsense revenue. No other sites got any penalty.

From that day on, my Adsense revenue dropped 70%. NOT 10%, as expected, but around 70%!

Reason? My “Adsense Quality Rating” plummet. Its the second time this happens and the first time it took me more than a year to get a good quality rating back. But I could easily noticed when my good rating was back: revenue suddenly jumped 200% without any change in traffic.

Thank God, Adsense is currently only a small slice of my income pie.

Google’s using click rate for SEO: secret is out

Posted by k | Posted in Black Hat, Link Building, SEO | Posted on 10-08-2011

Now that SeoMoz’s Randfish finally posted what I have been saying for 3 years now, the secret is out of the box. Rank asked his friends on social networks to search for a term and click on his girlfriend’s website.
He got top position, Google found out about it and nulled his efforts. His conclusion: zero.

I can tell you I have had great results in the past using this. As I said in my post from 2008, I usually use Amazon’s mechanical turk to do this.

Using proxies, they search and click on my terms. I log every traffic referred by Google and them have a script to compare the IPs with the logs they send.

Is is important they start on Google’s page 1 that’s why I’ve convinced them there’s a parameter on the Google query url that shows how many page they have visited before the click.

One last thing: you need to refresh our campaigns from time to time, or else you will serp drop.

Black Hat Facebook Link Building II

Posted by k | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 10-05-2011

As you all know, or should, a good choice of anchor text keywords is central on any good link building SEO strategy.

Now you can do the same on Facebook Link Building. You can use any anchor keyword to link back to your page.

Facebook allows a user to tag their friends on their comment system (status update and wall comment). You can do this by simply typing @ followed by any letter and a list of your friends with that particular letter will pop up.

There is, however, a way to create these links with any keyword you choose to. Just use this format to comment:

@@[0:[123456789:0:keyword_or_url]] And your comment

Replacing 123456789 with your page, group or friend ID
Replacing keyword_or_url with your keyword or url
And adding your comment

Best part is that this works even if they are not your friends!

Black Hat Facebook Link Building

Posted by k | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 24-03-2011

Forget black hat link building, that’s so 2005. Now, it’s all about Facebook and there’s a new yet almost unexplored like building method that can do miracles for targeted traffic.

Facebook launched two month ago a ‘Use Facebook as Page’ feature that allows people to assume the identity of a page so they can like, post, and comment around everywhere.

As you can choose whatever name you want for your page, just imagine the quality of the links you can get on liking other people’s posts or comments.

Best part is that since there is no option to remove likes or ban those who like any Facebook feed item, the targeted user can’t delete the links, and their only option is to report the Page as spam and wait for Facebook to address the issue, which could take ages, if ever.

Just don’t abuse this. You’re not a like spammer, are you? Pumping And Dumping their own inventory on you!

Posted by k | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 02-03-2011’s Domain Roundtable live auction will happen today in the Bahamas.

Lots of domain investors will run after the inventory of stocks being auctioned expecting some good deals. I took a deeper look.

Did you know that, from the 60 domains on auction, almost 20 belong to Warren Royal? ONE in every THREE domains on the list! Michael Frederick name pops up a lot also on the whois, and there are lots of PO boxes and private ids. They are marking up and pulling in their horns.

As I’ve alerted before, The Secondary Domain Market is a Giant Ponzi Scheme Pyramid and this is just a clear evidence to add on.

Google’s tutorial on how to fake your rankings on Bing

Posted by k | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 02-02-2011

Google has ran a sting operation busting Bing copying it’s results, the covert operation involved artificially ranking pages for several terms nobody were searching for and returned no matches on both Google and Bing.

Google then created fake searches asking Google staff to use Bing Toolbar and Internet Explorer Suggested Sites features and click the artificially ranked page in Google which Bing copied, proving their case.

Two thoughts from this little experiment: first, and as I’ve posted here TWO YEARS, your behavior is being monitored and used to rank pages! Google has now publically admitted that is the case. Second, they also admitted to have the tools to artificially rank pages, as if we didn’t know.

Read the full article on SearchEngineLand in detail, between the lines there is a full black hat guide on how to fake your rankings using toolbars. Thanks Google!

BTW: In case you’re wondering, I use the Iron browser.

Facebook like farming

Posted by k | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 04-09-2010

Facebook SEO got a real new magnitude jump yesterday, since web page results are now showing on Facebook search top box!

Thus and, in case you still didn’t start building your own like farm, put all your other projects on hold and go do it right now!

Facebook SEO is now like 90′s Google SEO was, it’s all there for anyone to easily conquer! You can easily have #1 for a top keyword with a couple of likes!

And the best way to exponentially grow your like farm is to FORCE people to like your pages.

The idea is similar to what you already do with cpalead: just offer something, I mean something!, like no waiting time to read something, IF they like a page your propose. (Could be any page)

In order to do so, you need not to use the classic Facebook iframe like code, but instead use XFBML and capture the FB.Event.subscribe.

Luckily, Sascha Kimmel has written a very easy to follow step-by-step guide on how to do this.

You’re a Black Hat Seo? You’re going to jail: security industry sees Black Hat Seos as criminals!

Posted by k | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 18-04-2010

So you think you’re a real Black Hat Seo? Then, what does “SEO poisoning”, “SEO poisoned page” or “blackhat SEO kit” means?

Well, that’s what the other side calls out little tools. Here’s a translation so that you can read here or this nice new report from Shopos here:

  • SEO page: Keyword optimized page
  • SEO kit: Auto content creation script
  • SEO poisoning: SEO optimizing a page
  • SEO poisoned page: SEO optimized page
  • Search engine crawler: Spider bot

Hey, Shopos,CA: Black Hat Seos are not crooks. 95% of the Black Hat Seos I know of don’t do malware. The security industry is looking at this in a completely wrong “poisoned” perspective.

These crooks are using Black Hat tools to get traffic, to find people, that’s all. Just as they are using everything else on the net that can bring them people, like mail spam, torrents, emule, instant messaging, whatever. Unless you think mail or IM are evil also?!

They are just playing Google. Why don’t you blame Google instead? You easily blame Facebook when it allows shitty app to spread malware. Now why is Google different? Not in traffic size, last time I checked.

They have created “Black Hat Seo” categories on their security blogs alongside with real bad stuff like Rootkits. I have to be honest in the end I can still take some advantage from this. I have subscribed to their RSS feeds and learned some new tricks, like the fake PDF which is a simple HTML with links (EVIL!), and that has been used lately to gain link juice from Scribd.

Security experts please realign your ideas correctly: one can put links anywhere, one can drive traffic for those links in many possible ways, what matters is what’s on the other side of those links!

The Secundary Domain Market is a Giant Ponzi Scheme Pyramid

Posted by k | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 10-02-2010

Unless you’re an investor on top keywords domains, like, or any great one word keyword dot com, with true marketable value and decent type in revenue, this post is for you: this means 95% of all domainers out there. So, why are you on a Giant Ponzi Scheme Pyramid?

  • 1.You’re buying air based on fantastic future promises
  • 2.You get in lured by the successful stories of others
  • 3.You’re fattening the ones on the top of the pyramid
  • 4.You can’t easily get out. (Liquidity trap: You can’t sell your portfolio at any time for the same value you get it)
  • 5.You try to get new blood to the pyramid convincing your friends how great the domain business is
  • 6.You end up selling air to others to cover your losses (And you might even enjoy doing it and keep going)
  • 7.You keep dreaming of being as rich as the religious mentor sitting on the top of your pyramid

Sounds familiar right?! This Domain Market Giant Ponzi Scheme main idea is to squeeze money from newcomers. Every new “revolutionary” platform serves only to better achieve this purpose. Firstly to the owners of those platforms, next to their friends and relatives and finally, while and if the scam is still convincing, to their network of interests.

Take for instance BIDO, don’t you ever think: “why are they listing this crappie name and constantly refuse to list mine’s”? Domainfest, Mardigrass, or the last platform everyone is blogging about: The idea is to sell domains with huge discounts, like 90% off and even more. Excuse me, but, 90% off of what? 90% off of ESTIBOT valuations. Everyone knows ESTIBOT valuations suck big time, except newbies, of course. Another great example is eBay, being the latest trend there to sell IDN domains that look like English domains. That’s the ultimate fraud, I tell you. Just go to eBay and search for “IDN”.

Joel Comm recently spoke out the real truth about internet marketing:

My associate and I were stunned when the promoter told us that the attendees to his event were always looking for the next big thing and that it was like he was selling crack to them… providing their next fix. He made it clear that he didn’t expect them ever to make any money and he was fine with that

This is exactly what the top gurus of our industry think about you, yes YOU. Behind closed doors on those famous conferences. I bet one day we’ll have our “Joel Comm” revelation.

Therefore my advice is: when you buy a domain name, any name, for more than reg fee, you’re being swindled. You can buy a “great” name for $100 and never, ever on your life be able to sell it again. In the meanwhile, you will be supporting ICANN investments on the stock market and Bob Parsons’s Playboy girls, with the reg fees you’ll be adding every year.

Don’t buy the domain names are like virtual real state bullshit. Would you pay billions to own “Pittsburg” (Real Estate) if you could own “PittsburgAB” for $8, and construct exactly the same house (website) and have almost the same number of people visiting? (Same Rank on Google) I know, I know exact domain match is a big plus, but my point is that IT CAN be done!

Buying .com domains was a great investment to enter, in 1996. Buying IDN domains was a great investment to get in, in 2001. .mobi or .me domains were great investments to get in, if you were a partner on the company launching them. If you let those times go, don’t go chasing ghosts, and don’t buy the crap talk.

So, why am I domainer, you may ask. Go read this blog’s title: Black Hat Domainer. Keep tuning in, as I’ll be posting next how you should successfully ride this highly distorted domain market tide. Highly distorted markets are markets were you can profit a lot, if you know how to properly do it. The level of distortion is proportional to the number of people who have real awareness of its distortion. Welcome to the other side. Most top domainers are black hats. Halvarez rings a bell?