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April 19, 2011

Total SEOlution **Exclusive Review**

Its seems almost a life ago last time I reviewed an SEO software but when I found this new tool I decided I would get back into the reviewing game again to bring my visitors an exclusive review of the new SEO tool suite that looks to be a promising start for such an app.

Recently there have been a whole host of SEO tool suite’s that have been unable to really rival the popular SENuke, especially now SENuke has their new version X out, could Total SEOlution be the one to do that now? Well that is not an easy question to answer as SENuke , regardless of what their tool offers has a very active community and a whole hosto of 3rd party support from its users and numerous reviews/guides. However competition is always a good thing so this can only be a good thing. Now to the review.

Total SEOlution Main Menu

On first impressions Total SEOlution is a simple looking application and that is very consistent throughout, however looks can be deceiving and beneth the surface of this relatively bland looking tool is a collection of some of the most easy to use apps with some real power. Total SEOlution is not so much a tool as it is every SEO tool you will ever need, we have the following at our finger tips:

  • Directory Submitter (4400+ directories built in)
  • Social Bookmarker
  • Blog Commenter
  • RSS Submitter
  • Whois Submitter
  • Pinger
  • Link Checker
  • Proxy Harvester / Checker
  • Sitemap Generator
  • Text Rewriter
  • Indexed Pages and Links Checker
  • Report creator

Above is an impressive list of SEO tools and a pretty exhaustive one at that. Right off the bat you can tell Total SEOlution is fixing to position itself as one of the big boys in the SEO world. Providing all of the tools work as expected this could be one helluva useful tool. Sure there are tools for lots of these jobs and some are pretty good, however there is a good reason for having all tools in one application as I will explain later on in the review.

Total SEOlution Setup and Installation

This one is easy to explain, extract the Install file from the members login and open the program file. Upon first load of the tool you are greeted with a login prompt, enter your email address and password and you are good to go. Login only needs to be done once as it saves your details on your hard drive.

Total SEOlution Profiles

Profiles and projects play a big part in this tool suite as whenever you save something to the inbuilt database it can be used elsewhere in the app and in creating reports for your SEO clients. If you create some great dofollow, high PR blog comments you can then ping them and then create some bookmarks for them and then ping the bookmarks to ensure that all of your new links are noticed and get all of the attention they deserve.

You can see from the way everything is so tightly integrated that Total SEOlution is attempting to become a tool for professional White Hat SEOs that either want an all-in-one tool suite or have clients that they need to provide proof of work to, in the form of its inbuilt report creator.

Automated Tools

There are a number of totally automated tools in the Total SEOlution tool suite that relaly couldn’t be any easier to use if they tried, ther are the following tools:

  • Indexed Page and Link harvester
  • Link Checker
  • Whois Submitter
  • Pinger
  • Proxy Harvester
  • Report Creator

The Indexed Page and Link Harvester is a tool to pull a list of all indexed pages on your website and then find what off-sites links you have to all of those pages, this can be really useful to track progress and to see which pages have the most attention from the search engines, its also handy for pinging all of your webpages. The Link Checker is how it sounds, it can check a list of webpages for a link(s), it is functional yet not massively exciting, it would be nice to have the input portion of this tool be a bit more streamlined but this is nothing to say about how the tool actually works, it is very quick (multi-threaded) and seemed to be accurate for the lists I checked against.

The Whois Submitter is?a tool for submitting your website to a list of over 1500 websites that track whois information and website statistics, in turn a lot of these webpages will have a link back to your website. This tactic is great for an initial bit of search engine indexing and can generate a small increase in rankings but the best bit about it is it takes very little effort, needing just a domain and a mouse click. Whois submissions can be great for rounding out a link profile and providing a bit of a steady long term boost.

Pinging is great to notify search engines and other websites that you have new content and links, this will attract the search engines and ensure that your linking efforts are maximised. Again this tool is very easy to use and can be called from most tools to ping pretty much any link you want in as short a time as possible, this tool is also multi-threaded and come with over 30 ping services built in.

The Proxy Harvester is great if you intend on posting lots of links. Again a couple of mouse clicks will start the harvesting process and the checking process. When I tested this I received 1800 proxies in about 1minute and then had all of these checked within 3 minutes resulting in about 350 working anonymous proxies with a latency of less than 1500ms, that is very impressive indeed. So far these automated tools are simple enough for a beginner but with lots of power behind them.

The Report Creator whips up all of your SEO efforts from all the tools and dumps them to a .csv spreadsheet file with, again, literally a couple of mouse clicks.

Social Bookmarker

There are too many bookmarkers out on the market right now it is hard to distinguish one from another. Total SEOlution’s particular tool is surprisingly not as simple to use as all the other tools in the suite but is just as effective as the others. For ease of reference I am going to point out some highlights of this tool in a list:

  • Uses Text Permutation (using curly brackets, { }, and separators, |, to create multiple outputs from a single bit of text)
  • Can add a list of pages and have tool pull title, description and keywords from meta tags
  • Can link bookmarks created to a profile
  • Can bookmark any URL from other tools in the suite
  • Ping any bookmarks created
  • Full account creation and handling
  • Account creation assist through random users, passes and names

The above is a pretty good rundown of the major features of Total SEOlution and it is all true, the bookmarker is just as powerful as the other tools, however due to its larger nature than the other tools there are a lot of controls that can get pretty confusing at times. It is a shame that it is like this but hopefully it will get addressed in the future as it is a pretty minor downside to a very powerful bookmarker.

A selection of some of the sites that you can create accounts for and post to is below along with their respective PR:

  • SlashDot – PR8
  • Folkd – PR6
  • Kwoff – PR6
  • LinkaGoGo – PR6
  • Plum – PR6
  • MyLinkVault – PR5
  • Spotback – PR5
  • Gozoof – PR5
  • Scoopit – PR5
  • Buzzster – PR5
  • IKeepBookmarks – PR5
  • Ziki – PR5
  • Oyax – PR5
  • Favoriten – PR5

The list above is just a selection of the sites available and since launch it has been expanded and updated three times so far this month. This pace of updates will ensure all sites listed are working for as long as possible, unlike some others that release and then forget about their customer base.

RSS Feed Submission

Unlike other tools on the market Total SEOlution’s RSS Submitter does not promise to automatically submit to over 100 websites of which hardly any are even online any more, it instead has a semi-automated system whereby the user enters in captchas and categories where necessary. The benefit to this approach is that you do not find yourself wasting time submitting to websites that are not online or submitting to an incorrect category. There are currently 30 sites included which will actually result in extra traffic and some good quality backlinks. The whole submission process is very slick and smooth.

Blog Commenter

As some of my blog visitors will know I did a review of a free blog commenter?that just went crazy among the SEO community, it became very successful receiving nearly 23,000 downloads and many more pirated copies downloaded (why you would pirate a free download I don’t know but some people thought it necessary). The blog commenter in Total SEOlution is based on the aforementioned blog commenter but with some noticable differences.

In this tool you have the ability to track and ping posted comments, save and load from a variety of formats and to the database as well as linking up your work to a profile for reporting later on. The free blog commenter was, and still is,?one of the premiere blog commenting tools due to its focus on dofollow type blog pages and speed of use. Total SEOlution’s blog commenter is a much improved version with its basis still in finding high PR dofollow blogs to comment on, this is exactly what you want for blog commenting.

Sitemap Generator

Sitemaps are a necessary job in this day and age of Search Engine Optimisation such that you would have to be a fool not to upload your sites sitemap. Google, Bing and Yahoo all use these sitemaps to ensure they have a full listing of the content on your website so the time taken to create this sitemap is time well spent.

Sitemap Generators I have used in the past all seem to fall into one category, good for a few pages but get past 100 pages and you will have issues. Most tools I have used will save the pages to an .xml file which is great as it means you dont have any setup to worry about, however due to its nature with XML files you have to have the whole things stored in memory or on the hard drive. Excessive memory use will slow your computer and bring in stability issues, saving to hard drive creates a very slow index process above a thousand pages or so.

Once big thing with the Sitemap Generator in Total SEOlution is that it doesn’t rely on these slow methods of storing and as such the speed of the indexer is as quick as your connection will allow, of course multi-threading plays a big part here as well, for however many pages you may have on your website. I tested this aspect and it does indeed slow down very little with thousands upon thousands of pages into an index process.

Text Rewriter

When Total SEOlution first released about a month ago I was a little disapoointed by the simplicity, unlike the rest of Total SEOlution the Text Rewriter was simple yet simple where the other tools were simple to use (with the exception of the bookmarker) yet powerful under the hood. The Text Rewriter was originally simply a text input box to test out your permutations for use in other aspects of the tools.

Then out of nowhere it was updated and all of a sudden we had a synonym finder. How to use it is predicatbly simple, highlight a word, click the “get synonyms” button and you are greeted with a list of similar words that you can insert directly into the input text. Its hard to explain without showing how quick and easy this process is, and I do intend on showing you guys through a video at a later date.

Directory Submission

The Directory Submitter was my favourite out of the bunch and the one I really feel is a corner-stone of the Total SEOlution suit. The list of directories in Total SEOlution is just huge at 4400 directories and the whole process is so quick and easy to use. For each directory you will need to fill in a category but it actually learns from which categories you choose and starts to predict, with surprising accuracy, your preferred category. I found after about 50 submissions, less than 10minutes work, I was simply clicking the OK button and occasionally filling in a captcha.

With competitors charging upwards of $15 per website to run through software the Total SEOlution is really going to pay for itself. There are no limits on how many websites you can run through? the submitter which is always a good thing.

Conclusion

If you are still reading I can only imagine you have a world class attention span. I will be filming some screen cams to show how quickly you can perform certain tasks in Total SEOlution and how rediculously easy to use most of these tools are to use.

Overall I was very impressed with this tool suite especially considering it is such a new tool. Normally it can take months of user input to get a tool to this point and I can only imagine where this tool will be in a year or two of refinement.

I would love to gush about how brilliant this tool is, and Im sure I have done throughout this review, but it is not all sweetness and delight. This past week there have been a couple of login issues due to a server move, I am told that this was temporary and we do seem to be out of the rough so far and hopefully that is behind us now.

All in all this tool could become the next big thing in the professional White Hat SEO space and I actually have a feeling it will if the updates keep coming and all of the tools are kept upto date. It would be nice to have an Article Submitter or Press Release Submitter and a couple of more features on some of the tools but these are things that will hopefully be addressed in the near future.

Total SEOlution is available now with a free months trial, click here to try it now.

January 26, 2009

Rank4.net news

As many of you may already know I have a close connection with the Rank4?team and have been testing their ranking tool and some of their new tools.

History of Rank4
Rank4 was originally meant to be a subscription based indexing and ranking tool based around many tried and tested practices of social bookmarking submission, directory submission, link baiting, search engine baiting and other proprietary techniques. While this aspect of the membership site is still intact it is changing its focus slightly away from simple indexing and ranking tool to a fully blown community site with many tools for generating and scraping content for a vareity of platforms.

Current status
It is currently treading water with the Rank4 tool making sure that all facets of it are working and stay current and expanding on the nature of the system by rotating through hundreds of accounts with hundreds of link baring websites.

The interesting part of the site is the new tools that will be available to members they are now going to be offering a content generation system for forums and blogs based around Yahoo Answers and article sites (such as ezinearticles and many more). They have a downloadable script in the works that is a PHP based server side script that mimmicks the features of PRStorm, the bonus of this is that many servers have very quick connections and it will search for sites to spam based on keywords you input rather than a standard list of overused URLs.

Another tool in its very early stages of development is the auto commenting script based around a common blog plugin that allows a very easy way to generate hundreds to thousands of instantly approved blog comments, again based around keywords that you a targeting rather than a static list of URLs.

Conclusion
While Rank4 has been disappointing with its constant delays and lack of any real press releases (other than the inside scoop by myself) it is showing some real promise, hopefully I can get my hands on the other tools (Yaho Answers content poster for forums is fully working and tested by myself) to test and will get back to you guys to let you know how it is all looking.

Until I have seen the whole package I will reserve total judgement as a lot can happen with the Rank4 tools techniques in a matter of weeks let alone months. If you want to be the first to know when Rank4 opens its doors go there and sign up now, it is free and they wont send any mail that isnt related to opening its doors.

If you want to know anything more about Rank4 leave a comment below and I will make sure that it is answered at some point by them, they do check here fairly regularly.

September 28, 2008

Roboform Honest Review

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Roboform? (download here)?is not the same as the other applications I will be looking at in this round up of directory submitters, what makes roboform different is the fact that it isnt a directory submitter at all and if im completely honest it isnt useful to me as a directory submitter. So why the hell would I be sat here writing about a program that has nothing to do with the topic of choice and is no good to me as an SEO? The short answer is that its functions suit the purpose of directory submissions and lots of people swear by it so it cant be all bad. Lets look a lil deeper.

What exactly is roboform if it isnt a directory submitter? In short it is a web browser extension that remembers form details (that you want it to remember) and can auto fill at the click of a button. This is usefull in directory submissions as it will remember all teh usual form field information, URL, title, description etc and fill it in for you at the click of a button. This obviously has many more uses than simple directory submissions but it fits in just nicely with the needs of a directory submitter.

Roboform is a cheap (read free) browser extension with a small footprint and offers lots of features that will come in handy to any SEO given enough time to find uses for it. It is definitely a great time saver when it comes to remembering passwords or filling in form after form, what it isnt good at though is finding directories to submit to. This is where I fell out with roboform, I found that with the amount of submissions I was wanting to do I couldnt be arsed to find the directories to submit to and then manually navigate to the submission page, I know im lazy but meh im also worried about efficiency.

So basically for the cost (free) you would be daft not to at least give it a try, especially if you already have a good list of good web directories (dont forget that the best ones often arent on semi-automated application lists (digixmas and submiteaze) and these give the most benefit) then Roboform is absolutely what you will be looking for. If you are a professional SEO looking for software to semi-automate 100s to 1000s of submissions in the space of a day you are not looking for roboform.

SubmitEaze Honest Review

SubmitEaze?is a desktop application that runs similarly to DigiXmas?in that you input a set of criteria such as name, URL, titles and descriptions. It also supports all the randomisation you would expect in titles and descriptions so it has plenty of functionality. SubmitEaze has one very distinct advantage over Digixmas in that it is a pay once use forever style program which costs $65 (costs less than the submission price for 4 websites through digixmas) which is quite considerably cheaper if you are looking to submit more than just a couple of websites through the software.

I bought this program a long time ago and was pleasantly surprised with the functionality that it brought with it, it splits the directories into free, paid and reciprocal (free but you must provide a link to the directory from your website before you can submit your site) and the whole package is very easy to use and geared towards the non to middling technically minded people. It isnt the quickest software out there, taking a lot longer to submit to each directory (about 12x slower than digixmas and 15x slower than fast directory submitter). It really comes down to how many sites you are going to be submitting through the software and what level of speed you need.

If you are starting out and you just want to submit to a bunch of sites without getting to know a system inside out or you dont quite fully understand the hows and whys of better directory submission this is a great tool for holding your hand through the earlier stages of learning to do proper SEO. Also if price is a big deciding factor for you you can do a whole lot worse than SubmitEaze.

If you are a professional SEO with little time on your hands to burn then you may want to overlook this offering as the $15 per website of digixmas will save you lots of time and effort. This is not for the professionals out there though it is a great place to start for those with less than a year or two of SEO and web promotions under their belt.

DigiXmas directory submission review

digiXMAS Directory Submitter

Digixmas, I have to state right now, is one of my favourite directory submitters. It is quick, simple to use and has a no frills user interface that just works and gets the job done. In stating this I am not saying I will give it preferance or saying that you should go ahead and get it and use it blindly. It is my favourite for one reason only in that it is easily the quickest submitter I have come to use.

As most professional grade softwares digixmas is capable of rotating titles and descriptions to create a more human-ised directory submission process, SEs just love randomness in anchor text. As you first use the software you need to enter your account details to enable the software and download the 1700+ free (non-reciprocal) directories list. From here you will need to start a new campaign and enter? in some of your basic details like name, username and password, URL, titles and descriptions and some keywords. There is room for as many titles and descriptions as you could possibly think up so go crazy and stick in a big bunch of them.

When you have a new campaign setup you can start submitting right away. There is a free version which allows submission to 100 directories, this takes very little time and is a great way to showcase the good features of the software.

Once the submission process has been started the software?learns what categories you are submitting to and after about 15 or 20 begins to predict, with some accuracy, your desired categories. Good thing about digixmas is the input system, any alphanumeric keypress is logged in the captcha field whereas all arrow keys are mapped to the category select box which makes choosing a category and filling captcha info is very quick and intuitive.

If you have some websites that you wish to add to lots of directories quickly this is a very good tool, sadly it doesnt handle any paid submission directories or any reciprocal directories, but why pay for something that you are getting free elsewhere, and SEs dislike recip links anyway so its no major loss.

Now pricing is a little different here than it is with most products, it uses a sliding scale for number of campaigns (or sites) that you want to submit. A single site is $15 and price goes down to $150 for 20 sites, good about this is you are only paying for the sites you want to submit but the bad is that you are paying for the service for EVERY site you ever want to submit ever. Could get costly in the long run but I think the time saved using this software is beyond the cost of submission.

If you have a lot of sites that you want submitting you could do a lot worse than this, it isnt the cheapest but it is definitely one of the fastest, absolutely the ultimate tool for any SEO company looking to streamline their directory submissions.

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