In this tutorial, I will give you a complete walkthrough and step-by-step tutorial on how to use GSA Search Engine Ranker. Please note that this tutorial will be based on my experiences and observations to get the best SEO results.
GSA Search Engine Ranker is an automated backlinks building software. It is used to build backlinks on multiple platforms. Unlike other SEO backlinks software that use a pre-defined selection of websites, GSA Search Engine Ranker scrapes the search engines according to your keywords to find relevant and targeted websites to which it submits your content and creates backlinks to your site.
GSA Search Engine Ranker software is an automated backlink creation tool. It is used to build backlinks for your website.
Backlinks still remain one of the most important search engine website ranking factors. However, you ought to be careful and prudent when creating links to avoid Google penalties. For example, I like to limit how many backlinks I create to my site to keep everything looking natural.
Let's now turn to GSA Search Engine Ranker software.
Under the "Project" column, you will have your list of projects. The Status column will indicate whether your project is active or inactive. You can double click the cell to activate or to turn off a project.
The priority column allows you to prioritise different projects by double clicking on it to add ++ or --.
The Submitted column has the total number of links that have been submitted to websites but not yet verified. The verified column has the total number of links that have been created and verified.
By right-clicking on a particular project, you can select "show URLs" and select "Verified". This will bring up a list of all verified links that you can copy to a notepad/export and index using an external indexer such as the G-Indexer.
This is how your verified URL list will look like.
First you will need to select all the urls from top to bottom by clicking on the first url and going to the last url, pressing Shift and whilst holding the shift button clicking on the last url to select all the URLs. As follows, right click on the URL section and select "Copy URL" to copy a list of all verified backlinks. You can also Index/Pink selected URLs, created an RSS feed from the selected urls, create a sitemap from the selected URLs, sort by PR and domain and perform any other actions that you desire. I mostly use this option just to copy all the urls, paste them inside a notepad and then index them with my external G-Indexer.
Right click on any project inside the main window and select diagram/chart from the drop down list to get a pictorial representation of your backlinks. This option is very helpful for seeing backlink creation statistics and get a holistic overview of your project.
On the right hand side, you will see a running list of last verified URLs. This is a running total of all verified links that have been created. You will notice that new links will keep on popping up in real time as the software is running.
At the top right hand side, you will see some options to create a new project, edit a project, stop a project and configure your settings.
At the bottom of the software, you will see some RAM memory and CPU usage statistics as well as the total number of urls submitted, total captchas sent to external captcha decoding services, total number of active proxies, links created per minute and so on. You can hover on each option to get an onscreen explanation of each option.
Click on "Options" on the top right hand side corner of the software and then click on "submission". In this section, we will be able to configure our proxies, set the total number of threads to use, automatically decrease threads on a CPU usage above X%, automatically decrease threads on a memory usage above XMB, set our time outs, set whether to use "NoneBlock Socks Mode" and configure what type of proxies to use and when. Inside the above screenshot, you will be able to see my default configurations that work very well for me.
To add your private or public proxies, click on "configure" button under the "submission" settings and check the "use proxies" setting. There are numerous ways in which you can add your own proxies to the software. I usually select the "import from file (host:port:login:password)" option but you may use whichever works best for you.
When you add your private proxies, you also get an option to test them using different methods such as by running a Bing or a Google search.
The software will automatically uncheck the non-working proxies. Once the software has tested all of your proxies, you will be able to see their statistics and things like status, speed, source, whether they are private and anonymous.
If you would like to use public proxies in addition to private proxies or exclusively, you can click on "Add/Edit ProxySites" button. This will open up another screen where you will be able to select and unselect the proxy sources. You can use the default proxy site list or you can add your own public proxy lists. I usually just go with the default proxy list as it is more than sufficient. I usually leave the default settings.
On the proxy list window, if you click on "Options", you can configure your proxy settings. You can tell the software to automatically search for new proxies every given number of minutes, you can retest previously working proxies and you can even remove bad proxies when older than a given number of minutes.
The most common options that I like to configure here are "automatically disable public proxies when detected to be down" and "automatically disable private proxies when detected to be down". I simply do not want to be running the software with bad proxies as this would reduce my success rate and can put my IP at risk.
The next step is to configure the captcha settings. This is a very important step and I strongly recommend that you use the GSA Captcha Breaker and Botmaster Labs' XEvil decaptcher software. Most websites use captcha on registration and posting and so, running the software without any captcha service will significantly reduce your success rate. You could use a paid external captcha service but I find it to be too expensive. Instead, I have invested in the GSA Captcha Breaker and Botmaster Labs' XEvil. In the long-term, these software will save you tonnes of cash that you would otherwise be spending on external captcha services.
Open the captcha settings by clicking on the captcha icon on the left hand side. Now head to "Add" and select your captcha solving services. I only use the GSA Captcha Breaker and 2Captcha.com. I set the GSA Captcha Breaker as my first option and 2captcha.com as my second option. Instead of using 2Captcha.com directly, I connect it to Xevil. The reason why I use XEvil in addition to the GSA Captcha Breaker is because it can solve Google Image Captchas.
Make sure to select the 2captcha service or whatever external captcha service you are using with GSA SER. This will sync XEvil with GSA Search Engine Ranker. If you are using a 2Captcha.com with IP and API option, make sure to add the same host as listed on XEvil. To check whether 2captcha.com service is working, simply try the get balance option and if everything is configured properly, you should get a random balance such as $100.
Once you have purchased and installed the GSA Captcha Breaker, all the options will be more or less configured for you. Under the "Captcha Type", just make sure to check all the website platforms. I do not meddle with additional options as the GSA Captcha Breaker works perfectly with the default options. Make sure to add GSA Captcha Breaker as your primary captcha solving source in the captcha settings of the GSA Search Engine Ranker.
In this section, you can configure your indexing options. You can select the option "submit backlink URLs to blog search engines" for pinging or enable the GSA SEO Indexer or enter the API key for any other external indexer. I do not use any external or internal indexers as I prefer for my links to get indexed naturally. Of course, this option is entirely down to you. I like to take all of my verified links, save them to a text file and then run them through the G-Indexer.
I find this option to be very helpful. You can add a list of domains to the blacklist that you would not like to post to. I usually add some web 2.0 domains, especially those that are used by other software such as Money Robot Submitter simply because I do not want for the software to waste its time on parasite sites that will add no value to my link building process.
I do not really touch the Advanced settings section other than build site lists that can be used globally by each project from verified links.
In part two of the GSA Search Engine Ranker, we will go through the steps for setting up a new project.
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