GSA is without a doubt one of the most powerful link building tools I have in my arsenal.
But when you couple it with what I’m about to show you, you’ll be sitting on an unstoppable link building monster.
I’m going to show you guys a pretty cool trick where you will be able to find thousands of target sites to load into GSA Search Engine Ranker.
And the best bit is GSA is almost guaranteed to be able to post to these sites – so your submission and verified rates will go through the roof.
For anyone who hasn’t yet heard of GSA Search Engine Ranker, I’d suggest heading over here and checking it out. I’ll be publishing a complete walk through very shortly to show you guys exactly how I use it to rank sites day in, day out. Stay tuned to the blog for that one – it’s going to get interesting!
How it works: First of all, you need to fire up GSA, select one of your projects and export the verified links. To do this, right click on the project, go to Show URLs – > Verified. Then click export: You can export them in URL only form, as we’re only really interested in the link itself.
Now you have a list of links that GSA can and has posted to. So you know that the platforms that those links are running on are platforms that you can use to build out your campaign.
So all we really need to do now, is find thousands of other sites that all use those same platforms, right?
This is the fun bit.
Open up your Excel file with your list of exported links in it that you just grabbed from GSA.
What we need to do is look for patterns in the URLs which might indicate a common platform across numerous sites. If we can find a pattern, then we can use that to go out and find other sites which also run that platform.
But how do you spot a pattern across hundreds of different URLs?
Well, don’t worry, I’ve got a pretty cool trick for you here.
We need to trim these URLs down to just the URI (that’s everything that follows the root domain – i.e. example.com/ThisIsTheURI).
So we’re going to do a series of find and replace commands to remove the bits we don’t need. NOTE – These commands will need to be done in the following specific order: So you should now be left with just a series of URIs. Now highlight that entire column and sort into alphabetical order. This will group together all similar URIs, and you’ll be able to spot the patterns between them really easily: So from my example above, one of the patterns would be: ?document_srl=
That’s a URI string that all of these sites have in common.
Now we’re talking.
Now all we need to do is harvest a massive list of all the sites within our chosen niche who have this URI string on one or more of their pages.
You can be fairly sure that other domains with this URI string in will use the same platform as the site where GSA has already successfully posted on.
And when it comes to harvesting a list of sites, there’s really only one tool for the job. So fire up Scrapebox and let’s get to it.
First of all you need to place all of the common URI strings that you have identified into a text file like this:
Save that text file somewhere so you can find it later. Then head over to Scrapebox and use the keyword tool to scrape as many relevant keywords as you need. Next, hit merge and merge in the text file we’ve just created: Then all we need to do is hit harvest.
A couple of hours later (or days later, depending on how mental you’ve gone with the keyword scraping :P) you’ll have a list of target sites that you can then import straight into your GSA campaign for next level link building.
So if that’s got your link building mind ticking, grab yourself a copy of GSA Search Engine Ranker and get to work :-)
Of course, there are a million other little tweaks and tricks for GSA, and this is just one way that I use it and one reason why it has now become one of my main go-to link building tools.
Got any other tricks and tips for GSA? Post yours in the comments below!