Semalt Review – Getting A Custom Scraper For Analyzing Links

As a search engine optimization expert, many questions come to my mind, but I don't have simple solutions to address them. Most of these are about profiling URLs lists based upon the information found in the content of the page. I, therefore, decided to use the Google Custom Search Engine, although it didn't provide a full solution. Some of the solutions that I would like to automate includes fully:

  • Link network breaking down
  • Coming up with a seed set of keywords used for keyword research
  • Evaluation of the relevance of URL linking
  • Getting link sources from specific CMS systems
  • Mining for web bloggers specializing in a particular niche
  • Embeddable content tracking

The journey started off by developing a basic scraper to use as a proof of concept for more complicated link analysis. Using Caveats, which is more of a tool of concept rather than a polished tool, requires technical and programming skills for full advantage. Its scalability efficiency can be expanded by any programming expert.

As a link builder, it would be necessary to come up with a thorough list of bloggers in a niche linking up to my opponents. These include blogs that I can target for guest blogging, commenting, pitching of content and social media networking. Using a tool such as Open Site Explorer offers you the output for linking of domains but doesn't provide specific data on the domains contents.

Identifying a site using a robust script is the first step. It starts with the generator output which is created by numerous CMs. Other checks are incorporated while building it out.

The tool processes a list of links and determines its CMS, outputs the raw data in a CSV while maintaining the OSE data intact. The tool will run through all URLs, cache the content, and parse the source code

Finding blogs

The initial setup makes it easier to find blogs linking to It's an essential point to discover new blogs. It's possible to compile outputs from assorted opponents and cross-check all the linking domains to get links for your main niche.

Extra uses for CMS

There exist other footprints for identifying a CMS such as login landing pages, themes, and admin folders. A well robust system can be developed to help identify the CMS running a website. Its useful for the following reasons.

  • Finding forums
  • Finding social CMS
  • Finding wiki websites
  • Getting a do-follow link
  • Link drops

You can also check the adoption of embeds, site widgets, and other infographics. This is better tracked by setting up alerts, advanced searches and forking physically in a profile link.

Checking for the relevance of the link – the backlink outputs offers basic information such as the URL and the title. It has no other importance.

Other tasks that it can perform include the following:

  • Finding directory links
  • Mining for social accounts such as Facebook and Twitter
  • Mining email addresses
  • Checking for Adsense sites that monetize
  • Evaluation of link qualities and spammers