So you want to start link prospecting using Scrapebox?

Excellent choice sire.  If you are an SEO or digital marketeer you will be fully aware that link prospecting can be a painfully slow business sometimes.  If you are in a small agency SEO team, then you will know that every minute counts and resources are often pushed to their very extreme sometimes.  But fear not, Scrapebox is here to save the day.  By the end of this tutorial, you will be able to create huge link prospecting lists at light speed compared to your previous old school ways.  Here’s a few reasons why you should be using Scrapebox for your link prospecting:

1. Scrapebox is bloody fast


One of the many aspects that makes some SEOs almost evangelical about Scrapebox is the sheer speed of it.  It can scrape Google at a phenomenal rate, which makes it an incredibly powerful tool for link prospecting.

2. Scrapebox can slice and dice your URLs in one click


Want to trim your backinks to their root?  Scrapebox can do that in one click.  No Excel formulas here my friend, just one button.  The way link prospecting was supposed to be. Dayum.

3. SEO Agencies are now using Scrapebox (Not for evil, apparently)


In the last two years or so, much has been written about Scrapebox’s ability to do other stuff rather than spamming the crap out of innocent webmasters.  The usual blog format goes:  “Hey guess what, we are using Scrapebox, but its not blackhat… did you know Scrapebox is also a WHITE HAT tool?!  The very name “Scrapebox” sounds a little dodgy it has to be said.

4. Scrapebox Is now v 2.0

A few weeks ago Scrapebox oneupped itself by going to version 2.0.  Hurrah! Everyone’s favourite Blackhat/Whitehat/Greyhat/whateverhat/ tool is now even better than before!

5. Scrapebox is the only SEO tool to have chess built in the software.  Yep, actual chess.



  1. Fire up Scrapebox


Ok, so Scrapebox ain’t the prettiest tool out there, and its certainly not going to win “Miss SEO Tooli-Verse” in terms of looks; but Scrapebox has killer functionality that will leave some of your other £££ per month agency tools in its wake.  Let’s get started:

1.1 Select Custom Footprint


First things first, you need to select “Custom Footprint” in the radio button below the “Harvester”.  (Yes, its actually called that).

1.2 Add in your advanced Google search operators for your search


Ok, now you need to enter your keyword + some advanced google search operators.

For example, if you wanted to find all the blogs with a “write for us” section within the cooking niche then you could search for:

  • “cooking” intitle:write-for-us
  • “cooking” intitle:write-for-me
  • “cooking” intitle:submit-your-article   (Be careful with this one, don’t go submitting your posts to crappy article sites).

After you have entered these details then make sure your proxies are loaded and then press “Start Harvesting”.  Now you can sit back and put the kettle on.

Scrapebox will then give you a huge backlinks list

When Scrapebox has finished scraping it will provide you with a large list of backlinks.  This is my rough process that I use to tame the beast.

  1. De-duplicate the domains, de-duplicate the URLs
  2. Export the backlinks to an .xls Excel file
  3. Trim to Root (Domain level)
  4. Get the PR for the domains – This gives you a very rough prioritisation list from which to work from.
  5. Export the  domains with the PR as an .xls Excel file
  6. Pull the Domains with PR into the backlinks Excel file.
  7. Paste the domains into Majestic Bulk URL checker.  This will show you the Trust Flow and Citation Flow data for the domains (and any other data you want).  Paste this data into the same Excel file that you were working with before.
  8. Your Excel file should then look pretty awesome.
Link Prospecting with Scrapebox
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Published by Chris

Chris is a London SEO Consultant working as an SEO Account Director for Blue 449, part of Publicis Groupe.

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