Finding Comments To Use With Scrapebox
So one of the ways I promote my promoters (which is getting backlinks to sites that either directly or indirectly link to your money site) is by using a comment spamming program. I’ve been using Scrapebox lately, but there are some other good ones, like UWCS (Ultimate WordPress Comment Spammer – which I hear is getting revamped real soon) and PyroGenius. Scrapebox is by far, one of the most useful tools I’ve ever found. It’s like the Swiss Army knife for internet marketers. If you sign up for my newsletter (on my side column), I plan on sending my subscribers some tips on how I use scrapebox for not only promotion, but also research, and several other useful tidbits.
Back to the point of this post – Comment Spam. It’s a fantastic way to get your 2nd and 3rd tier sites some quick and dirty links, making them that much more powerful (read my post about promoting niche sites to know what I mean about my tiered approach to promotion). But unfortunately, to do this right, you need a lot of comments written, preferably unique, and keyword rich, and this of course, means writing. I hate writing! And I especially hate writing for comment spam, when you are trying to stroke the blog author’s ego, to get them to approve your comment and give you your link. So I found a quick and easy way of producing thousands of comments in mere seconds… Comments that are already written for you! So what am I talking about? Scraping other services for comments of course! And what better a way, then to use a couple programs that do just that. I found these great programs, (which are free by the way) at BlogPig.com. So go there now, and you’ll see a sign up link in the upper right hand corner. Once you’ve signed up – you will get an API #. You need this # to use/install the programs. There’s also some other great wordpress plugins on that site, so I’d check them out. I haven’t used them personally, but they look good.
There’s four comment extractors that you can download for free – YouTube, FriendFeed, Twitter, and Yahoo Answers. So far, my experience has been that FriendFeed and Twitter don’t provide very good content for these purposes. Friendfeed just didn’t give me many results, and the results I got were unusable – but that can vary based on the keywords you are scraping so I’d test it just in case – it only takes a couple seconds to find out if it’s any good. And Twitter – the content was too short, not keyword rich, and the majority had other people’s links in them. As far as YouTube and YahooAnswers goes, you need to choose the right keywords to get the type of comments you’ll want to use for this exercise. You need to choose keywords, that of course are related to the blogs that you are comment spamming on, but you also need to choose keywords that 1) will actually have enough comments to scrape (so more general keywords), and 2) ones that will contain your target keywords in the comments (and you can do some basic find and replace functions in your text editor to make sure you have your keywords mixed in the comments if they aren’t in there to begin with).
So what these programs will do is ask you for your keyword that you want to scrape, and how many comments you want it to find. YahooAnswers asks for a Yahoo Developer API ID #, but it has the default YahooDemo API ID # selected when you open the program up, and that works fine for me – although it’s possible that, depending on how much you use this program, it might require you to get your own API ID, but its free and easy to get so it doesn’t matter. Depending on the keyword, you can find thousands in a few seconds, or just a couple hundred. You really don’t need THAT many, but the more unique, keyword rich comments you use, the better. It will export them to a csv file. I recommend that you go through the CSV and remove the ones that don’t make sense (there will be some of these) and the ones with links (that probably aren’t yours – unless you spam these four services already .
The next step is to get it into a format that Scrapebox can use. Which is one comment on it’s own line, with a blank line in between it. Another good idea is to import this text file you just created, into a spinning program like The Best Spinner to get even more unique variations. Copy it into The Best Spinner (or your favorite spinning program) and hit “Get Everyone’s Favorites” and it will add spintax to your comments so you’ll quickly have thousands, upon thousands, of unique variations of the comments you just scraped. This is important because when comment spamming, if you spam the same text to thousands of blogs, Google or any other search engine may discount the links because of the exact/duplicate nature of the link (same words before and after the link, all done at the same time, etc, etc). It’s always better to have multiple versions (spun) of your comments so every time Scrapebox (or whatever engine you use) posts your comments, they will be a unique comment.
You now have thousands of unique comments, pre-written, to use for your scrapebox campaigns. It’s that easy. You’ll have to play around with it a bit, to get the comments that you can use. Specific buying keywords might not come up with much, so I typically enter very general keywords – and then just throw my keywords into the comments with a text editor. Even after scraping, and doing some manual editing, you’ll still be saving TONS of time by doing it this way. Granted – these aren’t all going to be great comments. But it’s a quick and easy way to get the job done. If I’m comment spamming and promoting my 1st tier sites (I don’t do this too often, because these sites have my money site linked on them, and it’s possible that you might get spam complaints but you will generate some good traffic this way), I will typically hand-craft my comments to get as specific as possible, related to the target blogs I’m spamming, so that they will get a higher approval rate. But if I’m comment spamming my 3rd tier sites – that are mostly profile sites, or whatever, I don’t care as much, I just want links, and most of them that are successfully posted on are sites that aren’t moderated, so it really doesn’t matter what the comments say, as long as it gets me a link with some keyword rich content.
So assuming you already harvested your list of blogs to spam, you can import your newly scraped comment file into Scrapebox and fire away! It’s real simple. If you have any questions, or comments – I’d love to hear them in the comment section. I’m planning on posting tips and tricks on this blog every weekday – but I’m definitely going to have some great tips for my subscribers of my newsletter, so you better sign up!