Want to blog but not get into trouble? Want to blog in total secrecy? Want to blog like a spy? Want to blog about something but are afraid that if you are discovered you may loose a friend, loose your job, or loose your respect? Here are a few tips on how to become anonymous online.
1. Use a Pseudonym or a Pen name, and don’t give away any identifying details.
First of all it would make sense not to use your real name, nick names or any other online names others may know. Use one that no one knows.
2. Use Anonymizing Technologies
Some blogging services may keep IP logs of your logins. If you want to be totally anonymous use sites like anonymizer.com that sort of hides your IP address and uses its own. Another thing you could use is something called a proxy, but thats another topic we need to discuss on.
3. Use Ping Servers
Though you keep your site as anonymous as possible you’ll still want traffic. Make sure to let sites like pingomatic.com ping your site to let other know. The good thing about this also is that pingomatic broadcasts to a lot of news venues at once. Other sites may post links or trackback to your article thus giving you traffic.
4. Limit your audience
I know its sort of difficult to do this but you should try to limit your audience. Surely you wouldn’t want your friends at school to know you are blogging rants about them right? Some blogging services also have password protection of posts.
5. Don’t let Google see you!
I know it sounds crazy but if you really want to be secretive online to a limited number of people don’t let Google see you! There is a way to do this by uploading a file called a robots.txt file. This file tells search engines to keep out if you set it right. For more info on this search for “robots.txt” on Google.
6.Register your domain name anonymously
If you have your own private domain, I suggest you don’t give out your personal information in your billing. People may still be able to figure out who you are if they do a WHOIS on you. Not all domain registrars offer this service but there are a few you can easily find out by googling them.
[Source: Electronic Frontier Foundation]