Who is a SEO tool junkie? I will be the first to admit that I am an absolute junkie when it comes to SEO tools. If I see a new tool that I like and has a potential, I’ll buy/subscribe it. That includes white, grey and black hat tools. Let’s be honest with ourselves here, every good SEO out there has done a little black hat stuff in the past right? I know I have, I personally like to test the boundaries and see how far I can push before I get burnt. As we all know, blackhat stuff don’t work anymore and it is definitely not sustainable.

What I want to share with you in this blog post is a tool that does not really have a good reputation in the industry. Every time this tool gets mentioned in conversations, it is automatically associated with spammy blackhat blog commenting. I don’t blame them, just look at what’s been offered on Fiverr. (sigh!)

Disclaimer: I am not affiliated with Scrapebox in any way and I do not condone using Scrapebox for evil

Introducing Scrapebox

Scrapebox as the name suggests is a scraping tool developed by an Aussie (I think). Available at the price tag of $97 (once-off), it is an extremely powerful tool for that price. Here are some just some of the features of the tool:

  • Scrape keyword ideas
  • Harvest free proxies
  • Scrape websites/blogs based on footprint + keywords
  • Mass comment on blogs (DO NOT DO THIS)
  • Ping URLs
  • RSS submitter

If you want to know more about the tool, visit the site here (not affiliate link).

What I am going to cover in this blog post is how I use the tools for my own research and analysis. This tool is a massive time saver when it comes to keyword and blogger outreach research.

Let’s start off with keyword research…

Scrapebox for Keyword Research

Every SEO has their own unique way of conducting keyword research. My approach is always to go BIG, get all relevant data from several sources and apply my own flavour of selection/filtering process. That way you can be sure that you’ve covered all bases. So, in addition to using the Google Keyword Tool, Wordtracker or Uber Suggest – I also take advantage of Scrapebox.

Scrapebox has a built in keyword scraper tool that can scrape keyword ideas from the following list of sources:

Keyword sources

Using the tool is as simple as entering some keyword ideas, selecting the source that you want to scrape data from and hit the ‘scrape’ button. Go grab a drink from the kitchen and come back after a few minutes.

Scraped Keyword Ideas

As you can imagine, this is a massive time saver! Not to mention the diversity of data from using multiple data sources. I am not going to through in detail what you can/need to do with this data because Marty Weintraub from Aimclear has wrote a pretty detailed post about this. Check it out here.

Now on to blogger outreach research…

Scrapebox for Blogger Outreach Research

Another awesome feature that the tool has is harvesting URLs based on keywords and footprint of blogs. Scrapebox has incorporated the WordPress, Movable Type and Blog Engine footprint but what makes things even more interesting is the ability to create your own Custom Footprint.

Gone are the days where you need to use advanced searches like these in Google to find relevant blogs to contribute to:

keyword intitle:write for us
intitle:guest blog
inurl:write for us
inurl:guest blog
“suggest website”

In Scrapebox, the process is extremely simple. I am going to demonstrate to you how it’s done. Let’s just assume that I am researching for writing and guest blogging opportunities in the travel vertical. Here’s what I would do:

Firstly, I would harvest URLs based on built-in footprints such as WordPress and Movable Type.

Harvest URLs - Step 1

Once you have built a decent list of URLs from built-in footprints, I would then start using advanced search operators as custom footprint.

Harvest URLs - Step 2

As you can see, that literally tripled the number of URLs. You can repeat the same process using different advanced search operators and custom footprints. Once you are happy with the list, the tool can clean up the data for you too. Remove any duplicate URLs and duplicate domains.

Remove duplicates

Once you remove duplicates, you should have a much cleaner set of URLs that you can work with. You can also use the tool to pull in PageRank data.

Clean list of URLs

And the final step would be to export this list in to CSV or Excel.

Export to Excel

Now, you have a list of blogs/websites that you can approach and outreach to. And the best part of it is, that whole process literally only took a 10-15 minutes. If I were to manually do it, it would have taken me hours.

Yes, I know that there are other awesome tools out there to can help with blog prospecting like Buzzstream and Citation Labs. This post in meant to prove a point that tools that have been abused for spamming and blackhat tactics can also be used for legit and whitehat tactics.

As usual, I’m always up for a discussion. Feel free to leave your comments below and share some of your experiences with Scrapebox.

Disclaimer: I am not affiliated with Scrapebox in any way and I do not condone using Scrapebox for evil