Scrapebox’s Hidden Treasures for SEO

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Scrapebox has been getting a good buzz lately from some of the traditional, “white hat” SEO blogs that I follow. I’ve been using Scrapebox for 2 or 3 years now and have picked up on a lot of advanced tactics which people seem to either forget about, or haven’t quite figured out.
 
This post will let you know why Scrapebox should be in your SEO toolkit… 6 months ago! Scrapebox is really an SEO switchblade, packing more than 10 different tools within.
 
Attention! At the end of this blog post, I’ll show you how to get this $97 piece of software for only $57!


 
Martin Prince

What is Scrapebox?

Scrapebox is a fantastic SEO multi-tool that is shockingly low price for the number of features it offers. It costs $97, has no monthly fees, and free updates for life.

No matter which SEO “hat” you wear, Scrapebox is the bomb when properly used.

How can you take Scrapebox, a piece of software that has gotten a bad rep for hanging out with the bad kids of SEO and use it for golden link building opportunities that even Martin Prince would endorse?

The secret of Scrapebox is hidden within the add-ons (it’s not really a secret), but there are some great ones that long term users still seem shocked to learn about.

 

Find Long Tail Keywords

It’s an excellent way to do keyword brainstorming.

Let’s start with these keywords: SEO, web design, classic gaming.

Save your keywords into a .TXT file, load up Scrapbox, click Scrape, and import your keywords. Click scrape. For my 3 keywords, I received 66 keywords. Repeat the process with your new keywords,

BAM! 3 keywords became 1135 keywords, not to shabby!

Return to the main Scrapebox interface and you’ll be able to remove the duplicates. This leaves us with 560 unique, long tail keywords relating to the original keywords. From there, import this list into your favorite keyword metric juggling tool. I personally use Google’s keyword tool and SEOMoz’s keyword tool.

 
Duff Man, OH YEAH

Harvest URLs Like Duff Man!

Now that you have your keywords, it’s time to get some URL lists built. Take your keywords, add them to the keyword box and add a custom footprint.

I find I have a much higher success rate and an overall quicker/cleaner process using my own footprints as oppose to using the few radio button options the software comes with.

Start harvesting and go grab a beer, oh yeah!

Once you’ve got the list, you know what to do! Analyze the links and figure out which are good ones to chase down…

 

Analyze Links Like A Professor

This is better in Excel, or with Link Detective but it’s still doable within Scrapebox.

Download your links (I use Open Site Explorer)

Take those links, get them into a text file (I know, it feels dirty going from Excel to plain text)

Load those links into Scrapebox using “Import URLs” on the right

Click Remove/Filter, and get rid of the duplicates.

From this point, you’ve got a few options on what to do.

Professor Frink
 
Analyze Link Type – Click Addon at the top, grab the Blog Analyzer. It’ll let you know what type of blog each site is. You can even add custom parameters to get a more advanced link profile, I haven’t done this myself because of all the other options that exist. I currently use SEOGadget’s link categorizing excel document.

Followed Check – Click Addon at the top, this time select DoFollow/NoFollow Checker plugin. Let the plugin run it’s course and you’ll be left with a list of followed and no followed links.

Organize, Filter, and Batch Analyze

Check the PageRank of the URL, Domain, or both!

Check whether or not the page is cached by Google.

Check to see what platform (WordPress, TypePad, etc) the link resides on.

Check to see if your link is found in the source code of any URLs.

 
 

Link Checking

Got a massive list of links to your site already? Want to know which are still active? Scrapebox allows you to run a batch scan of your link list, it’ll let you know how many of them do, or do not, contain a link pointing back to your website. Nothing to fancy about this.

Example of Scrapebox’s Batch Link and Anchor Check

Scrapebox Batch Link and Anchor Check

 
Evil Ned Flanders

Find Malware

Scrapebox can find malware located on websites. You can do something like this 100% automated after you load your list. Scrapebox offers a plugin called “Malware and Phishing Filter” which will pinpoint sites on your list that have, or recently had, malware issues.

This is a great way to start building relationships with webmasters which could very well lead to a future link if played out correctly.

Example of Scrapebox’s Malware / Phishing Filter

Scrapebox Malware Detection

 

Massive URL Shortening

I’ve written about the benefits of having your own URL shortening service, but Scrapebox does offer a pretty nice alternative for creating a lot of short URLs with practically no labor.

You can import a text list of URLs you want shorter, and it’ll do all the manual labor, spitting back a nice list of short URLs from a variety of services.

Example of Scrapebox’s Batch URL Shortening

Scrapebox Batch URL Shortening

 

WhoIs Data Collecting

Just yesterday, I read a post at Search Engine Land, which goes into doing WHOIS queries on domains to find out who owns them. If you do enterprise SEO, or deal with sites that have a massive link profile, that post is full of great information.

Example of Scrapebox Whois Collecting

Scrapebox WhoIs Plugin
 
Tip: This is a great, automated way to see when domains were registered and when they are set to expire.

You can even use the Domain Resolver Plugin to get a list of IP addresses associated with every URL in your list, meaning you can cluster sites that are on the same server together for further filtering.

Example of Scrapebox Domain IP Collecting

Scrapebox Domain IP Collecting

 
Nelson Muntz Doesn't Spam!

Get Your Spam On

No.

 

Play Chess!

In case you didn’t have enough games to keep you busy, Scrapebox offers chess!

Scrapebox Chess Game

 

One last thing…

A few quick Google searches has led me to an offer on the official Scrapebox page where you can buy Scrapebox for $57 instead of $97.

How do YOU use Scrapebox?

I’d be curious to know how others use Scrapebox for list and link building techniques. Comment spammers need not comment, or something like that…


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23 Comments

  1. Oh, Scrapebox I doth love thee, you make my Guest blogging research so easy…

    I like to find footprints from lazy guest bloggers & run them in Scrapebox to find lots of great places for my clients who like to guest blog.

    • Dan

      Very good point Chris. I haven’t used it for that exact purpose but I have used it to scrape footprints of competitor links before.

    • Been using scrapebox to collect link prospects for my guest posting rigors. I just sorta add these footprints – http://bit.ly/JO1Efv sort the links by index PR and I get all the resources that I can have. Having scrapebox doesn’t mean that you are spamming the hell out of the internet – you are just being wise. We are just being wise :)

      • Dan

        Having scrapebox doesn’t mean that you are spamming the hell out of the internet – you are just being wise. We are just being wise

        Agreed, and I wish others would wake up and realize this. Their loss I guess.

  2. Last year I was at an SEO conference and asked somebody if they used Scrapebox, to which they responded with the look of death. Anyway, appreciate your post here, I think it’s a phenomenal tool that can be used for non-spammy purposes. Thanks for the insights and ideas.

    • Dan

      I know the look of death you speak of. It’s got an amazingly bad rep because (this is just a guess), 90% of the people who buy it, buy it to spam blogs. Even the tutorial videos from the maker show off more of it’s “bad” features (spam blogs, rapid indexer, mass/spam pinging, artificial page view/video view increasing, etc.)

      I think if someone promoted all the Addons with the product it would be perceived far better within the industry.

      Thanks for taking the time to leave your 2 cents.

  3. Val

    Great post, thanks for the share!
    I really agree with you that most of the people are not using scrapebox properly. The first thing that I did after purchasing it was to ‘throw an eye’ to the addons. Got almost all of them! And not just because they were free, but because they are useful!
    Yea, sometimes they are not working pretty well, but they are useful at all!
    When using scrape for blog blasting, I’m mostly downloading already made AA blog lists, but they are full of adult links and also – malware!
    When I’m doing a list myself I’m harvesting, analyzing, checking for PR, checking for malware and then I’m starting the posting, no matter if it will be an autopost or manual post. (I do much manual posting! I find it cool :))
    Once again – thank you for the post! :) By the way – Google brought me here :D
    Good luck with your blog! :)
    P.S.
    I really hate when the malware and the PR checker get screwed..
    I’m using the malware with a maximum of under 50 connections (30-40 is good). If I use it with more than 50 connections, the addon dies after 3k links, and if used with less than 50 connections, the addon checks more than 4k links.
    But the PR checking tool shows ‘dead proxies’ 3-4 minutes after the check has been started – I don’t know why.
    And lastly – somewhere I’ve read that it is good to harvest with 20% of your proxies :) I’ve done 2 days in a row harvest that way and I got no banned proxy (except the 999 error on Yahoo! after 300k results, lol)

  4. Dan,

    Thanks for the time to post this in-depth review. I enjoy adding new tools to my arsenal and have I’ve been doing a lot of research on ScrapeBox. Your post sold me on the many ways it can be used for good. Oh – the coupon code came in very handy. Thanks!

    -Jim

    • Dan

      Happy to help! I’ll probably do a follow up on this blog post later this year with other great features that are tucked away in Scrapebox, keep an eye out for it.

  5. Scrapebox is a “must have” for anybody dealing with large numbers of urls. It can be used in the wrong way but in the right hands with the right knowledge/training it is a very powerful and cheap tool. Nice one for highlighting the pure white hat uses of the software.

  6. vinzent

    Can anyone tell me how I can filter an imported URL list so that I can see which ones are WordPress Blogs?
    Thanks in advance

    • Dan

      Sure. Click on Addons and select the Scrapebox Blog Analyzer addon. Import your URL list into that one and it’ll sort them by WordPress, TypePad, BlogEngine, and N/A.

  7. Heya

    Seen a few of your comments on SEOmoz.

    Just found this post on Google :-)

    I have scrapebox and am starting to incorporate it into my process, as I see it is a great tool if used correctly.

    I create a list of terms I want to search and use it for that, and then to analyse the results.

    Wanted to know, do you know the search term required to find blogs that accept pingbox or trackbacks?

    Cheers

    Alex

    • Dan

      You’d want to find a way to look for a Trackback/Pingback footprint through an advanced search query. That’s my best guess. I think it could be tough because of how many sites word their pingbacks differently based on theme template files.

  8. elmer

    Hi, How to remove the source url’s in the report after shortening the url’s using Massive URL Shortening. I just want to keep only the shortened url’s in report. any suggestions?

  9. Ali

    Hello,

    This was a nice read. However, I have 4 questions:

    >> Check to see what platform (WordPress, TypePad, etc) the link resides on. <> Scrapebox Domain IP Collecting <<
    Just what Foot Print do we search for on Google direct to find which site has which IP and on which IP Class ? What's the Gogle Search Operator ?

    Just what Foot Print do we search for on Google direct to find which site or page has what PR ? What's the Gogle Search Operator ?
    How do these sites like ranksignals.com, get the PR data results for each site ? How do they query Google ? What Search Operator they use ?

    Anything else we should know ?

    • Dan

      To my knowledge, you can’t do an actual Google search to get a domain’s IP address. You want to use a (free) service like Domain Tools for that. This will tell you a lot about the server that a domain is pointed at.

      Not sure about the PR, I don’t focus on PageRank much anymore and just rely on Scrapebox to mass-check the PageRank if I actually need to do that for some reason.

  10. PistaceC

    Hey! I’ve found a new tool called IMSimpler. What do you think of it?

  11. crish

    Everytime i use sb my websites go down, is that normal?

    • Dan

      That’s hard to say. What are you doing with Scrapebox typically when it happens? If you are pinging your own server, or creating 1000s of trackbacks, then yes, it may cause your site to go unresponsive (if it’s WordPress, each trackback will cause your site’s database to run a few queries when the trackback occurs.)