Ultimate Comment Scraper Walkthrough (short but sweet)

Hello SB users,

Today I decided to put together a quick walk through on how to use UCS (Ultimate Comment Scraper) and some of it’s functionality. I’ve got a few emails with people struggling with a few options so I decided to make a blog post for everyone to see.

Here is the current GUI for Ultimate Comment Scraper:

Ultimate Comment Scraper

To start off I’m going to show you how to work with the your own list of Scraped Blogs.  As of right now UCS allows you to do a variety of actions with your own scraped blogs. IE: blogs you’ve harvested from Scrapebox.

Here is what you can do with Ultimate Comment Scraper’s blog function:

  • Scrape Comments from a list of blogs
  • Scrape Names or “anchor text” from blogs
  • Get the comment count for each blog

Here is a quick run down on how to perform each task.

The first step is to load your list of blogs into the bloglist on the bottom right side of the application. You can either use the “load” button or can copy and paste directly from notepad, scrapebox, etc.

To Scrape Comments from your list of blogs, you only need to tick the “blogs” button under the harvester section and press the start button under the keywords window. See image below:

blogs ultimate comment scraper

The second option is scraping names or “anchor text” from your list of blogs.  To do this, simply load your list of blogs and select the “scrape names” button under the “sources settings” and click start as illustrated in the picture below:

scrape names

The third option is the “get count” button. This allows you to find how many comments have been left on each blog.  This is useful if you don’t want to comment on blogs that have already been spammed to death. We will be adding filters soon that will allow you to export the blogs with only a certain amount of comments. See image below:

get count

Scraping from Youtube, Twitter or Yahoo is also a very simple process. You simply select which source you want to scrape comments from, enter your keywords, then click start. Also, you can select all the sources at once if you want to scrape mass comments. If you’re looking for the most relevant comments, I would apply all the filters under source settings (except scrape names) and only choose Yahoo Questions as my source. By doing this you will find a lot more relevant comments then if you scraped from youtube, twitter, etc.

harvester settings

The best way to filter out the spammy comments is to use the filters under “source settings”.

Here is a quick run down of the filters:

  • Ignore Reply Comments – This will filter out any replies an admin or other users have left in response to a comment. For example, if I posted a comment saying, “Hey excellent blog but I’m noticing loading issues in Firefox 4. Is anyone else having any problems?” and an admin or other user responded with an answer, it would filter out their responses.
  • Ignore Comments With links – This is self explanatory. UCS will automatically skip any comments that have links in them. You don’t want your scraped comments to be promoting someone elses website do you? 🙂 (I always leave this checked)
  • Ignore #Hashtag Tweets (Twitter) – Again, self explanatory. This ignores Hashtag Tweets when scraping from Twitter.
  • Ignore Retweets – Another Twitter filter that ignores retweets.
  • Ignore Comments with Less Than – This is a very important filter for me and is something I’d highly recommend using. This filter will allow you to ignore comments with less than a certain amount of words. So if you don’t want comments that say, “hey great blog”. (3 words) You would set the filter to 4 or greater. I always leave this set to 10 because I think longer comments look less spammy. This is a filter that should always be left on in my opinion.

Keep in mind these filters also work when scraping from your own list of blogs. The only filters that don’t apply are the Twitter filters. All the other ones work for everything.

Here is how I leave my source settings:

source settings

Well folks I think that about covers the main features of the application and how to go about using them. The proxylist and blacklist are pretty self explanatory if you’ve had previous experience with Scrapebox.

I will try to write a detailed guide on how to register for the API’s. I noticed a few customers getting confused on how to set them up and what information to enter when registering an API. The information really isn’t important when registering. You can put any name you want IE: Test Application, etc.

If you are struggling with setting up API’s, you can have someone at odesk.com create them all for you for $1-2.00 or less.

If anyone wants to learn anything specific with the application that hasn’t been covered, feel free to leave a comment. Also, feature suggestions for the application are always welcome and considered.

I will be releasing Ultimate Comment Scraper on a few forums soon so the price will be going up to $37. If you haven’t got it yet, now is the best time.

Grab it here: Utlimate Comment Scraper.

 

18 Responses to Ultimate Comment Scraper Walkthrough (short but sweet)
  1. Bruce Cat
    June 21, 2011 | 12:43 am

    This is a good little software. Been testing it out. Anyway, are you thinking of having an affiliate program for it?

    • Admin
      June 21, 2011 | 4:25 pm

      I’ve been debating opening an affiliate program for the software. The thing is, when we developed the licensing on the backend we decided to go with paypal instead of Clickbank. In order for me to use Clickbank we would have to completely redesign how the licensing works. However, I could use a third party script that would pay affiliates through Paypal. I wasn’t sure if I’d get as many affiliates this way. It’s definitely something I’ve considered.

  2. Shoel
    July 1, 2011 | 5:17 am

    please give me this software link please. i want free 🙂

    • Admin
      July 1, 2011 | 6:13 am

      Haha sorry wish I could but that wouldn’t be fair to all the other people who have purchased the software.

  3. Max
    July 11, 2011 | 4:59 am

    Thanks for the great software. I just got it.

    I would like to ask, what’s the advantage for using API?

    • Admin
      July 11, 2011 | 6:58 pm

      Its best for everyone to have their own API key because Yahoo, Youtube and Twitter limit the number of times an application can access them. If everyone is using the same API, there will be periods of time when they have to wait. It’s like if you’re using Scrapebox without proxies and Google temporarily bans you.

      • Max
        July 13, 2011 | 3:10 pm

        Thanks. I will use API then.

        Just some more questions about yahoo answer and question.

        1. Does the question usually follow by an answer? When I look at the exported file, it seems the question is not follow by the answer.

        2. Can you make more delimiter options? For example:
        What’s your name?
        —–
        Where you live?
        —–
        ……..

        Since different program might use different delimiter, if you can let me define what to use, it will be great. Thanks.

  4. Scraper
    August 2, 2011 | 6:28 am

    I feel, this should be an add-on plugin for scrapebox.

    • Admin
      August 2, 2011 | 6:33 am

      Yes that would be awesome if this was an add on for Scrapebox but unfortunately I doubt it will ever come. That’s why I decided to get it made for the SB users.

  5. claire redfield
    August 21, 2011 | 5:36 am

    hi, it seemed that this is the kind of program that I am looking for and I have a question. After scraping comments based on the keywords I typed, can I have also the blog URL’s on where the comment is been made? eg. I found this comment “thanks for the useful post” can I have the URL on where that comment is being posted? sorry for such a noob question 🙂 looking forward to your reply. thanks..

    • Admin
      August 21, 2011 | 5:54 am

      Hi Claire,

      You’re wanting the URL that the comment is found on or the URL that the comment links to? At this time I haven’t had anyone ask about wanting the URL of where the comment is being extracted from. It’s easy to just load up a list of blogs and it will pull all the comments from that list. It is then saved in Scrapebox format.

      Since more then 1 comment is pulled from each blog I’m trying to think of how that could even be formatted. It would have to be put in an excel file but would probably look pretty strange.

      I’m just curious as to why you might want something like that? 🙂

  6. claire redfield
    August 21, 2011 | 6:33 am

    thanks for the quick reply. i just want the URL of the blog on where i found the comments, if it’s possible. in this case, i could use the same URL on which i can comment also. i had this in mind bcoz i’m having a harvesting problem in SB. if this program can scrape comments, maybe it can tell where the comment is found 🙂 this could be the best way to find blogs to comment on.

    thanks again

    • Admin
      August 21, 2011 | 6:38 am

      Ah I think you have the program a little mixed up. The software will either scrape comments from twitter, youtube, yahoo answers and questions or you can load your own list of blogs and scrape the comments from those. It pretty much supports the same blog platforms as Scrapebox.

      • claire redfield
        August 21, 2011 | 7:04 am

        Oh ic.. thanks. really appreciate your time in answering my questions..:)

        • Admin
          August 21, 2011 | 7:28 am

          No problem. 🙂

  7. Terry
    September 27, 2011 | 5:25 pm

    Thank you for the awesome tool! What was this software built in? I’m currently using the comments as descriptions for social bookmarking and the bookmark title is usually one of the keyword/phrase variations of what I’m ranking for.

    • Admin
      September 27, 2011 | 6:01 pm

      Hi Terry. The software was built in .net. I’ve never heard of anyone using it for social bookmarking descriptions … very clever idea!

  8. John Bellon
    April 11, 2012 | 7:55 am

    This software is absolutely the best. Cant Ever get enough of it!

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