SEO Software Reviews

August 27, 2008

Win HTTrack for downloading whole websites

Filed under: On-Page SEO Tools — admin @ 5:22 pm

Ok so here is a review of a golden oldy, Win HTTrack has been around for literally as long as I can remember and has been useful to me many times in my professional life. Basically what it does is it will crawl a website and mirror it on your hard drive so you can browse it, or scrape it,?later on.

The plus points of downloading a website before scraping is that when you are testing out your scraping script you will not be wasting bandwidth and the scraping can be done at the same time you download another site meaning you can maximise your time.

There are a couple of issues with using applications such as HTTrack, Win or Web (Linux/Unix version), in that it will download the entire site, not just the pages you need but the entire site (ways around this to come later on), and also that it will struggle to download sites that dont have standard navigation routes, such as search driven sites, AJAX / JS?navigation etc. There is an option for inputting login details, username and password, so you can download membership based sites.

HTTrack is a multi-threaded system hogging machine when it wants to be but as such doesnt mess around in doing what it is meant to do. I really like it and find that its short comings are far outweighed by its positives. Best thing about it is that it is free so anyone can check it out.

August 21, 2008

Blog Comment Demon Review

Well after spending a late one writing my PR Storm Review?last night I thought I would post about a great little program by Edwinsoft?called Blog Comment Demon. What this windows application does is search, based on your keywords, for blogs of varying platforms and return a huge list along with PR, platform and the keyword used to find that blog.

I have used Edwinsoft’s programs a lot in the past and am very familiar with them, I have bought both his major tools and found them to be very reliable (apart from the authentication) and stable in their use, even after 5+days of constant use. What separates Blog Comment Demon from other blog commenters is that this one is totally white hat, is very easy to use and provides lots of feedback on the huge amount of search results.

Ok so right from the start, once you have Blog Comment Demon installed and you have entered in your login info you get a very easy to use screen with a search box, lots of tick boxes for the different blog platforms and a search results box. There is proxy support but it is just for the use with a single proxy so its use is only good if you have a permanent ban from the search engines. The search is based off of google results and as such will provide you with lots of relevant results but at the same time if you are using very general terms, or those that return an ungodly amount of results, you will need to visit google now and again to enter in the captcha.

Aside from the lack of real proxy support the program is actually pretty quick to return your results and will give plenty (5k+ on average for medium tail keywords) of blogs to leave your comments on. Unlike some other softwares it will not import your details to form fields. The lack of form input, though quite major, needn’t make this software harder to use than other similar products as you could easily install a free browser plugin such as roboform to do this for you.

Every blog that is found to be relevant to your keywords will be scanned for PR and displayed in your results box along with the keyword that returned a particular blog and the platform of the blog. You can choose to search for lots of different blog platforms such as:

  • WordPress
  • TextPattern
  • Drupal
  • Typepad
  • Nucleus
  • b2 evolution
  • ExpressionEngine
  • Blogspot
  • BlogDrive

This is a good coverage and means you will be targetting all the major blog platforms in use today. Once you have your results you can visit each blog by double clicking each one, one by one, and that will take you to your default web browser with that blog loaded up, you can open up a bunch all in a row and they will be loaded into their own tabs which can help in loading a lot in the background to save on time.

With all that said I have to say that Blog Comment Demon is great for gaining a huge list of blogs to target in your comment backlink campaigns as the amount of blogs it returns is just incredible. If you are looking for a black hat auto all in one spamming solution you will need to invest in some other tool to leave comments on these blogs or just do it the good old White Hat method of leaving comments one by one. The price of Blog Comment Demon is currently set at $47 down from $97 which for what it accomplishes should be considered a steal.

PR Storm review

Ok so we are going to be starting our SEO software reviews?off with a little classic windows application that has stirred up a whole bunch of controversy over its years since release. Some say that the tool is old hat and is just asking for trouble (will extend on this later on) whereas others claim that it not only is still relevant but if used ‘correctly’ can be a very useful traffic and backlink generator.

Now PR Storm is whats called a referral spamming program, what it basically does is spoof a bunch of traffic to a set list of websites in the hope that?3 things will be achieved:

  1. Backlinks will be generated in the, hopefully, indexed visitor logs
  2. Backlinks will be placed on websites where the webmaster sees the referrals and places a link on their website
  3. Generate traffic from webmasters visiting and using your website

Now I will start by addressing whether the program is able to fulfil any of the main aims above and whether it is an effective marketing process even worth attempting.

The list of sites that you feed the program via the simple URL list txt file will hopefully index their visitor stats, possibly to prove viewership to potential advertisers, and if they do when you send X amount of spoofed referrals from your website you will llikely appear with a link back to your site. This is good for gaining backlinks, sometimes these can be on high PR sites if you are lucky. You will never really know exactly how many referrals to the site but a sufficient level shouldnt be too hard to find. This can actually be very beneficial to a marketing campaign.

Point (2) is actually a little less likely to happen, some suggest that PR Storm will generate these fake referrals, webmasters will see them and visit your site. If a webmaster is to look at your site they will most likely not find their referral and indeed not link back to you. Its not an impossibility but should not be your main focus while using this tool in my opinion, only if you actually do have a link to their site presently on your site.

Webmasters will probably look at your site but dont expect to convert them into sales, leads or ad clicks as they will tend to be more savvy than the average visitor.

Now onto a bit of the controversy surrounding the PR Storm program. Basically as the program will spam site with any number of hits that you specify and can mean spamming literally thousands and thousands of sites ending in millions of hits at rapid rate. This is possibly an illegal act and should not be taken lightly, that is not to say it can be done without pissing anyone off too much. If you do intend on using PRStorm do try to hit a huge (1k+) site list at any time and with as fewer referrals as possible to minise the risk of getting the attention of your ISP and angry webmasters.

PRStorm was taken off the market a good few years ago but it is readily available on lots of websites so it is unlikely to ever be too hard to find from somewhere. The only issue I had with using PR Storm for was really getting a good list of sites to hit, there are lots of lists to download around the net and that is all good and well but generally the sites on these lists will have likely been hit hard so the gains from these sites will be slightly diminished.

If you want to use this tool to its full extent you will be best off trying to find a smaller searching tool to generate custom lists as these will be best suited to your niche and therefore less likely to have been spammed and as such the links will be easier to gain and better links in the end.

August 14, 2008

SEO Software Reviews is my game

Filed under: On-Page SEO Tools — Tags: , , — admin @ 4:58 pm

Hello there and welcome to my new blog, here I will be highlighting and giving honest reviews of some of the more stand out software solutions out there be they for “White Hat” or “Black Hat” SEOs. Whenever I was looking to buy a new product for helping me build links or for an article to go viral I would spend ages just looking for a legitimate review place for these softwares. The main issue with finding legitimate reviews is that they are always sponsored by an affiliate scheme and as such are always good reviews, it is very hard to find anything negative about new products.

Now this is not to say that everything I say will be negative about products or that I am not sponsored by affiliates but I will always give honest reviews and explain views expressed by other parties and third party experience along with my own. I have been at this for quite a while now and have a veritable toolbox of apps that I use on a daily basis, some that were very effective then but not now, some that have never been effective and others that are as good today as they were when they were released.

My comments section, though moderated, will never remove any negative comments (only spam). I hope to provide a place where people can really discuss a new product without worrying about a mod wanting to give an overly impressive image of a given program. Anyway with all of this out of the way I will be getting right down to the meat and potatoes of this blog and start my reviews off with some classic apps that are still doing the rounds in one guise or another…

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