How to Improve Performance in GSA Search Engine Ranker

improve performance in gsa search engine ranker

GSA Search Engine Ranker is one of my favourite link building tool and I have become a heavy user of it lately. Senuke and Ultimate Demon were the tools used before I was got my hands on GSA. After that I really liked the way GSA operates. It makes my tasks very much easier with minimal of involvement unlike Senuke and UD. In here I will share few tips which will be useful in getting the most out of it.

Remove Poor Performing Engines

As a GSA user you know that there are so many types of engines(Article, Web 2.0, Social Network, Trackbacks, Pingbacks etc.) available and there are many sub-engines available within those. Not every type of those sub-engines going to give the same effectiveness. So you have to find which are giving better success rate than the others. Let me show you an instance below,

gsa list comparison

It shows a comparison between submitted vs verified links. When you consider the percentage, higher the better. You can go through all the values in deselect poor performing ones which have got a low percentage. This step will ensure that GSA will be spending more time on the engines which give more verified links than other. Hence it will improve the performance of GSA in great deal.

But to do this comparison, GSA must have a fairly considerable number of links details(a good database of submitted and verified links) otherwise the comparison may not be very accurate. So if you have started using GSA recently let it run at least a month, more the better.

To get this comparison data, go to ‘Options>>Advanced>>Tools>>Show Stats>>List 1 Vs List 2′ and select submitted and verified lists as two lists.

Modify Engine files to Find more targets

This is another way that you will be able to get more targets to submit your links. GSA use ‘footprints’ to find targets. GSA comes with default footprints for each of those engines. You can modify the engine files in order to include more footprints so that GSA will be able to gather more targets.

It is not a difficult task to modify engine files. Actually in here we are not going to modify an engine file completely, which is not required at all, instead we just want to add more footprints to it. Engine files are located inside the GSA installation folder. They are inside the “Engines” folder. Let’s open engine file of “Article Beach” type and you will see the below set of lines at the beginning of the file,

modifying gsa engine

I have highlighted the piece of instruction we are interested at. You can see the footprints inside “” and if there are multiple footprints, like in the above example, they are divide using a ‘|’. You can add more footprints here. Also you can remove any default footprints/search terms as well if you think that they are not very good. This is very important fine tuning that will make sure GSA Search Engine Ranker get more highly targeted sources to build links on and hence it will improve the overall efficiency of this great piece of tool.

Not only that, you can improve the scripting part as well. Though I haven’t done any manipulations in scripting apart from adding more footprints in to the engine files, there are people who have done it and gained more verified links. You can visit the GSA Forum you will find such cases. There is a scripting manual as well. With the help of that, you can try it if you have any knowledge in scripting. Engine files are done in a format which is easy to identify by a human. Before whatever you do, make sure you back up everything in case anything goes wrong.

Proxies play a Huge Role

Title says it all, right? You should have a good proxy subscription if you want to get good results. It can be either a Private proxies or Semi-Dedicated proxies. I prefer Private ones since I know what I do with them rather than living blindly what other users do when you are in to semi-dedicated ones. It totally depends on your choice as well as your previous experience on this.

Also the ratios, number of proxies per thread, are important. There is no golden rule here but I have been using 1:10 which is One proxy per 10 Threads. This is of course for dedicated private ones not for semi-dedicated ones. If you are using semi-dedicated ones I would suggest you to lower the ratio somewhat. But again you can test and see what is working well for you. It can be different from user to user because various factors will come in to consideration. For an example, let’s say that the proxies are based in US and the speeds observed for two different users will be different where one uses them in a VPS based in Europe and the other uses them on US based VPS. The latter one will get much more speedy connection due to the fact that both proxy location and VPS location are same. Always pay attention to these little factors though it may sound as minute but collectively it will have a larger impact on the performance.

Currently I am using Private proxies, dedicated ones, from SSLPrivateProxy and I am pleased with the performance and the speeds of their proxies. Prior to that I was on to Buyproxies but no longer used because I was disappointed with the performance of the proxies. Therefore I have made the switch to SSLPrivateProxy and continuing with them.

4 Responses to “How to Improve Performance in GSA Search Engine Ranker”

  1. Pierre
    February 4, 2014 at 3:01 am #

    Hey. Good post.

    If I use scrapebox with MY OWN footprints to find new potential target sites and then import the url list to GSA, do I need to also add my footprints in the txt file that contains the footprints (as you show in the screenshot above) for GSA to recognize the engine and post to it?

    • Duminda
      February 14, 2014 at 5:20 pm #

      Engine recognition is done based on the other criteria included in the particular engine file. There is no need to add your custom footprints in to the Engine file in order to identify the lists. But you can add those custom footprints if you let your GSA to harvest URLs. That will improve the scraped number of links rather than only using the in-built footprints.

  2. April 22, 2014 at 6:08 pm #

    hey man.

    thanks for the tips, i use GSA constantly too, I’ve been on Buyproxies for almost two years, use dedicated subscription and lately, their proxies sucks! Success rate dropping like almost 40%. :(

    I think i’m going to try SSLPrivate Proxy next month, fingers crossed!

    • Duminda
      April 25, 2014 at 3:17 pm #

      I have been using them few months now and the proxies are doing fine.

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