Everything You Need To Make GSA SER Work
It doesn't matter if you're a complete beginner or a seasoned veteran, it's always a good idea to brush up on your SER skills. This is why I've compiled a list of all relevant GSA SER tutorials in a single place. If you're a newbie (and there's nothing wrong with that, we all have to start somewhere), I'd recommend going through at least the basic ones. Ideally you'd go through all of them but there's only so much time in a day. You can always come back or bookmark the others.
After all these tutorials, you will find a list of reputable SER services, some being a "must" and others being "optional / nice to have", that will actually help you make some money.
1. SER Basics
This is where you should start if you're a beginner. If not, you probably know this but it still wouldn't hurt to skim through the article, maybe you catch something useful.
As a beginner, this will give you everything you need to know to start using SER efficiently. If you don't take anything else from all this, please, at least take a look at one of the following articles. While reading the official GSA forum, I've seen countless questions that are beyond basic. Question that the poster would easily know the answer to himself if he'd read at least one of the following tutorials. While you shouldn't be afraid to ask questions, you can save both yourself some time by doing some basic research beforehand.
It's one of those technically optional but mandatory in reality things. You *can* run SER on your main / spare PC but you're going to have a much better experience running it off a VPS. Not to mention that your internet bill will thank you for it.
But which one to get?
Now SER is a 32-bit app and as such doesn't benefit from more than 2gb ram. So unless you're planning on running other programs along SER (not counting Captcha Breaker), you can stop at 2gb. CPU? Well the more the better. I've been successfully running SER off 2 cores (it was stable up to 70-80 SER threads) but it's always a good idea to have more than that.
Also try to get an SSD VPS since SER does a lot of reading / writing.
- SolidSEOVPS - Without a doubt the best VPS provider on the market. Support is quick and when communicating you really feel like they're doing their best to help you. 10/10 would blast again.
- PowerUpHosting - Also a solid VPS provider with fast setup and good prices
You need a way to mask your real IP. If not, your VPS provider will probably get mad at some point. Or even worse your ISP if you're running it at home. Generally the more threads you want to run, the more proxies you need. But if you don't need more than 50 threads (and you can do A LOT with SER running at 50 threads), you can get away with the cheapest packages (10 proxies). Also, if you're going to be scraping your own sitelists, you're going to need a lot.
- BuyProxies - One of the oldest proxy providers. Haven't had a single problem in the 3+ years of using them.
- ReverseProxies - Works a bit differently then your standard proxies. In a nutshell you get a new IP every 10 minutes.
Gotta break those captchas somehow. And this is much less of a problem than it sounds. Captcha Breaker will handle 95% off your needs for a one-time fee and since it's another product by GSA, SER integration is a breeze. The only thing that it can't handle is Recaptcha (and not that many SER-supported sites use that) but there are other services designed specifically for that.
- Captcha Breaker - There's no other alternative in my mind. Breaks everything except Recaptcha, integration with SER is a matter of clicking a button and it's as stable as it gets.
- ReverseProxies OCR - Recaptcha capable OCR. Also integrates with SER easily and can be used alongside CB to handle those extra juicy links that use Recaptcha.
When creating accounts to post links to, you gotta have an email. In the old days, people used disposable emails such as Hotmails, Yahoos, Gmails, etc. The problem with those is that they tend to break much more often than you'd want. Not to mention that some implement account verification measures that are impossible to process by software. Nowdays, almost nobody uses Hotmails / Gmails and even Yahoos are breaking often. Some have turned to more niche email services such as Mail.ru but then you have a bit of a problem. When have you seen someone use a mail.ru email for something legit? Exactly. Webmaster can easily just ban those emails since they probably don't have any legit users using that.
- SEOSpartans Catchalls - Our own catchall email service for SER. Reliable & simple to use.
Ah yes, the list. "The money is in the list" they say. While "they" didn't refer to this type of list, the statement still stands. While you can find many different lists provided as a service (and there are some pretty good deals on lists), sometimes you either want to get niche specific links, to hit targets that nobody else is targeting or you simply don't have the funds to get one.
They are all perfectly good reasons to take the list matters in to your own hand.
Without content there are no links. Sure you can build thin profiles and other useless links but that won't get you anywhere. To get a link that has any sort of value, you need content. Period.
Generating content mostly comes down to picking the content generator you like, entering your keyword, clicking a button and voila, you have more than enough content for your project. However, if you want the really juicy links, you need to get your hands dirty and spin the articles by hand. And since you probably haven't done that before, it doesn't hurt to read an article about it first, no?
How do I rank my site? How do I make tier 1 links? Why should I build tiers?
These are all questions you will find an answer to in the following articles. While you'd think this is, more or less, everything you need to know about SER, you'd be wrong. However, it's the most important part and the part that you really shouldn't take lightly. Mistakes in this area are expensive (if not for you then for your client) and I guarantee you will make less mistakes. Do some research before blasting anything.
Here's everything that doesn't have it's own category. Not much more to say, the anchors say it all.