Is GSA Search Engine Ranker Still Relevant?

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I am sure this question has been asked before but, I don't know how recently. Is GSA Search Engine Ranker still relevant in SEO today? I am thinking about purchasing it and using it but, will it hurt or help my website if I use GSA to build tier 1 and tier 2 backlinks? Also, can I use GSA to only build keyword relevant backlinks on HIGH PR webpages and not on spammy low PR webpages? Lastly, what would the total cost come to for GSA, a good VPN, and 10 private proxies?
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  • Profile picture of the author xaviel
    For White Hat SEO, I personally don't use it on my tier 1 and tier 2 websites.

    GSA is still good for churn and burn sites. Also good to spam youtube videos.
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    • Profile picture of the author pjgahagan
      Originally Posted by xaviel View Post

      For White Hat SEO, I personally don't use it on my tier 1 and tier 2 websites.

      GSA is still good for churn and burn sites. Also good to spam youtube videos.
      Good point here. Pretty much only good for blasting links to your tier 3's or 4's.
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  • Profile picture of the author MikeFriedman
    Originally Posted by SEOGhost View Post

    I am sure this question has been asked before but, I don't know how recently. Is GSA Search Engine Ranker still relevant in SEO today? I am thinking about purchasing it and using it but, will it hurt or help my website if I use GSA to build tier 1 and tier 2 backlinks? Also, can I use GSA to only build keyword relevant backlinks on HIGH PR webpages and not on spammy low PR webpages? Lastly, what would the total cost come to for GSA, a good VPN, and 10 private proxies?
    10 private proxies? Lol... You better add a zero on the end there. You won't get anywhere with 10 with GSA.

    It's really only going to build low quality links. If you have a strategy to harvest spammy links in some low competition niches, it could be useful. It's mostly only going to be useful in churn and burn situations.
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    • Profile picture of the author SEOGhost
      In that case, how am I supposed to compete with the big boys in my niche, as far as getting on the first page of Google? My website has only been on Google's SERPs for 4 months and my domain is barely a year old. Their domains are 5-10+ years old and they have thousands of backlinks, mostly from low PR webpages. Granted, I have climbed from page 35 to page 9 in only 4 months but, how am I supposed to compete with them by manually building links? It seems to slow, especially when I have to try and hunt for dofollow links!

      Would GSA be good for scraping for high PR .edu and .gov sites that allow dofollow backlinks for me to manually leave relevant comments on since my website content is built entirely around both post-secondary education and government? I think that is the main reason why I have climbed pretty fast on Google for a 22,000 searches-a-month search term; I may only have a couple of hundred links but, many of them are from high PR .edu websites where I left relevant comments.
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      • Profile picture of the author Mike Anthony
        Ghost none of those kind of links is going to get you very far for the long term.

        Ranking now is all about getting contextual links. You have really only three options if you want to compete

        1) buy links (con - costly)
        2) reach out to webmasters to give you a links (con - hit and miss)
        3) build a small truly private network and link to your "money site" (con - takes time and some money and have to be built out with good content to remain safe)
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  • Profile picture of the author MikeFriedman
    .edu and .gov links do not carry any special ranking value. That is an old myth that just will not die.

    If all you want to do is scrape information, Scrapebox or GScraper are better alternatives than GSA.

    It's not just about the number of links that a page has that helps it rank. It's about the number of high quality and relevant links it has. You can outrank many pages with far fewer links if they are good links. You do not have to match them link for link.
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    • Originally Posted by MikeFriedman View Post

      .edu and .gov links do not carry any special ranking value. That is an old myth that just will not die.

      If all you want to do is scrape information, Scrapebox or GScraper are better alternatives than GSA.

      It's not just about the number of links that a page has that helps it rank. It's about the number of high quality and relevant links it has. You can outrank many pages with far fewer links if they are good links. You do not have to match them link for link.
      If all you want to do is scrape information, Scrapebox or GScraper are better alternatives than GSA.
      How can you compare GSA on Scrapebox or Gscraper as scraping information. GSA is link building tool and Scrapebox and GScraper is the one that scrape information
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      • Profile picture of the author MikeFriedman
        Originally Posted by Kjacob Dalumpines View Post

        How can you compare GSA on Scrapebox or Gscraper as scraping information. GSA is link building tool and Scrapebox and GScraper is the one that scrape information
        I wasn't comparing them. I was answering the post above that post where someone asked about scraping information. If all they want to do is scrape information, GSA is a dumb way to go.
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  • Profile picture of the author AmanD
    GSA is still useful as a spam tool. But you need to know what you're doing with it to see any results. There is also a monthly cost of operating it, dedicated server, proxies, indexing service, gscraper/scrapebox to scrape targets, proxies for scraping etc. I think most people who try and use it probably waste many hundreds of dollars without seeing any worthwhile results, and that's not even mentioning the potential to burn your site.
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  • Profile picture of the author JoJow
    GSA is awesome tool for tier2, tier3 etc only..
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  • Profile picture of the author SEOWizard417
    GSA can still be effective, but best off churn n burn and results will depend highly on your lists.

    If you want to improve your rankings at a faster pace, good guest posts or PBN links are the way to go.
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  • Profile picture of the author LuckyIMer
    They are good for one thing, penalizing your website.
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  • Profile picture of the author npoint
    GSA SER is not only good for churn and burn of course, it`s a tool like any other, one of the best ones but it all depends on this how the people using them. Of course you can use them as a churn and burn source of backlinks but you can also use them as a part of your normal SEO strategy. This how you use any tool is important. You can even use GSA SER as a source of your 1st tier backlinks if you have a good verified list of not spammed to death target contextual sites. I can assure you it is worth the money. There are a lot of people who own 20+ licenses and VPSes which runs 24/7 , not only for churn and burn purposes. GSA SER works perfect as a 2nd tier source of backlinks. This what I do is to build my 1st tier in tools like FCS Networker and then build lower tiers in GSA SER, you can set up it the way you want. But you should know GSA SER is not the only expense you will get, you have to buy Captcha Breaker, you have to invest into good content scrapper like (Seo Content Machine or Kontent Machine) and spinner like Word AI for example. If you want to read more about such tools use my footer links, I am using all of them in daily basis so if you have any question PM me.
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    • Profile picture of the author dreamtoreality
      Originally Posted by npoint View Post

      GSA SER is not only good for churn and burn of course, it`s a tool like any other, one of the best ones but it all depends on this how the people using them. Of course you can use them as a churn and burn source of backlinks but you can also use them as a part of your normal SEO strategy. This how you use any tool is important. You can even use GSA SER as a source of your 1st tier backlinks if you have a good verified list of not spammed to death target contextual sites. I can assure you it is worth the money. There are a lot of people who own 20+ licenses and VPSes which runs 24/7 , not only for churn and burn purposes. GSA SER works perfect as a 2nd tier source of backlinks. This what I do is to build my 1st tier in tools like FCS Networker and then build lower tiers in GSA SER, you can set up it the way you want. But you should know GSA SER is not the only expense you will get, you have to buy Captcha Breaker, you have to invest into good content scrapper like (Seo Content Machine or Kontent Machine) and spinner like Word AI for example. If you want to read more about such tools use my footer links, I am using all of them in daily basis so if you have any question PM me.

      Listen to this man.

      A tool is only as good as the person using it.

      I've seen firsthand some people rank and bank for ridiculously high volume search terms primarily using GSA. The learning curve is huge and even after you've bought all the software needed (which will cost over $500 just for lifetime license software alone) you will still need to pay $100+ a month on a VPS and proxies. Some software can also only be used on monthly subscriptions, and you may need to buy site lists (providing you don't scrape your own.), likely adding another $100 a month to your expenses. Thank god for tax write offs!

      To sum up GSA isn't for the faint of heart, and simply setting it up to post and forgetting about it will rarely work anymore, even if you're trying to rank parasite pages. It's much more difficult than setting up a PBN, but god is it worth it if done right.

      Having said that, you could build a somewhat decent PBN with the money it costs to get all these tools in addition to the costs associated with running the software monthly, particularly if you only purchase dropped domains.

      Either way, you gotta spend money to make money.
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  • Profile picture of the author npoint
    Exactly (:

    Learning curve is a very long jurney but it is worth it. Google is changnin it`s mind all the time so the techniques must evolve, but GSA SER is a very sophisticated tool you can use the way to fulfill the SE current needs (:

    Yo u can set up GSA SER the way you want and purpose you want, a lot of features, you will spend months on learning it but once you do it will be a money machine used propertly, of course not alone.

    PBN`s are pricey and a risky way to go, cos not set up and used propertly you can burn them in couple of weeks. You can go the chepar route by building your PBN on web 2.0 and then use tools like GSA SER to pass the link juice to them, it needs time cos PBN`s web 2.0 based don`t work at once, you must fill them with quality content frequently, not link from them at the 1st posts etc. there are many factors which are necessary to make them stick, build backlinks to them ,it just needs time to get them stronger, once they get stronger they will be your gold mines.

    So if you are asking is it worth to invest into GSA SER - well, I am in this industry since 2005, tested a lot of tools since then and can say YES, the alternative is to buy services from WSO`s and other places, it all depends how work you have with your projects every month, try to count it if you have to buy such services and compare with investing into those tools.
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  • Profile picture of the author dennis1212
    short answer....GSA ROCKS when you know how to use it properly. As mentioned there are real maintenance costs involved along with a significant learning curve through trial and error.

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  • Profile picture of the author FresgMorning
    So, you guys are saying if GSA can be used properly it can Rank tier 1-2 sites and we can bank good?
    Though all the points got explained above, still, which would be a better spend ; PBN or GSA ? Provided you wanna make a site from which you are going to bank few 1000 bucks a month and then Flip it..
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  • Profile picture of the author faisalmaximus
    GSA Search Engine Ranker is still effective if you can use it in proper way. It has a lot of options, so before using it one should have proper SEO knowledge. When I first started using the tool, I got confused with so many options, it seemed to me like I am sitting on the cockpit of a Jet, so many switches around me. Later, I tested them in different combinations and the output I got was awesome. After every Google update, I just change the combination to make my campaigns compatible with the update. And I am happy to say that, GSA Search Engine Ranker still works successfully.
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  • Profile picture of the author inlinksseo
    I have ranked many sites with SER on page 1 using Copyscape pass content and Tier 1 links using strategy templates I design specifically for SER. It's not just for spamming, it can be as powerful for ranking as SE nuke

    As faisalmaximus said you must have knowledge of the settings on SER they are learning process and won't be the same for every campaign. Plus you always must change up your link building with every update of you're a sinking ship in the water.
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  • Profile picture of the author sheikhakbar
    for me its good for youtube spamming and for trending keywords, i usually use GSA when i need hell amount of backlinks to hijack a trend for a few days.... for long term or business SEO cliens i never use it.
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  • Profile picture of the author tyronne78
    GSA Search Engine Ranker will rank your money pages if you're willing to spend money on Virtual Private Servers,Proxies,Site Lists and additional software (GSA Captcha Breaker for example).

    Like they say,it takes money to make money.
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  • Profile picture of the author faisalmaximus
    I have been using GSA Search Engine Ranker since it launched, it still creates relevant backlinks if you can setup the campaign with proper settings. There are hundreds of features and options, so it is very important to setup everything to get the best result.
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