Maintenance tips for GSA Search Engine Ranker

Maintenance tips for GSA Search Engine Ranker

GSA Search Engine Ranker is on of the best  automated “all in one”  link build tools available for web marketeers, but unfortunately it does not do a very good job of cleaning up after itself. It is therefor important that you clean up after your GSA Search Engine Ranker to ensure your hard disk does not get bloated and to ensure your your GSA SER is running optimally. The following are some important maintenance tips for GSA Search Engine Ranker that you should try and perform  at least once a week.

 

  • Global Link List
  • Ping Sites
  • Project Target URLs
  • Unused \ Dead  Project Accounts
  • Project Verified URLs

Global Link List

Global site list is the first section under the advance tab. This is where you normally import new list that you have scraped or maybe list that you have purchased. Also if you have  checked a checkbox next to each option, then GSA will continuously add to the list when you make post or when it verifies links, heck it even write to the failed list if you have that checked.

GSA Search Engine Ranker - Global Site list

Why You want to clean the Global site list

Now these list is going to get real messy over time because GSA Search Engine Ranker does not check if a link is already in the list, instead it just keeps adding and adding to list, and the result is that your hard drive is going to get full very quick, and even more bad is that GSA Search Engine Ranker is going to slow down, because now the list is so full of duplicates it has to work harder to look for new links.

 To clean it up the Global Site List is really simple, please follow these steps:

  • Go to Settings
  • Click on The Advance Tab
  • Click on Tools
  • Scroll down and select : Remove Duplicate URLS
  • A pop up will show asking you which list to clean: Just select them all

GSA Search Engine Ranker - Remove Duplicate URLs

GSA Search Engine Ranker - Select List to clean

Ping Sites

Not many people use ping sites as they prefer to use paid indexers instead, but if you do make use of pinging it is important that you remove the ones that keep failing, as it will slow down your site and increase resource usage if GSA Search Engine Ranker continuously try to ping a ping-site which is dead or don’t work.

Fortunately cleaning out the dead ones are really easy as GSA Search Engine Ranker give us some help here. Just make sure you do it BEFORE updating or restarting h=GSA SER because if you don’t, GSA ser will reset the stats and you wont know which ones are the ones failing and you will then need to run it again for sometime.

To clean it up the Ping Sites is really simple, please follow these steps:

  • Go to Indexing section
  • Click on Delete
  • Select : Previously failed ( at least 3 times in a row)

 

GSA Search Engine ranker - Ping Sites maintenance

Project Target URLs

Project target URLs are one of the biggest trouble maker, when it comes to duplicates and to filling up your hard drive very fast. You might wonder what these urls are and where they come from.

In short target URLs that has been added to your project either by your self (imported) or by GSA Search Engine ranker if you have selected to look for more URLs or if you are using the search engine option to scrape for targets  then those links are the saved in your project as target urls. That is all great but unfortunately GSA SER does not do a good job here because it just keep adding and adding to the list without first checking if the link is not maybe already in the list.

Below images are filters that cause the list to grow.

 GSA Search Engine Ranker - Target URLs 2  GSA Search Engine Ranker - Target URLs 3 GSA Search Engine Ranker - Target URLs 1

To clean it up the Target URLs is really simple, please follow these steps:

  • Highlight all of your projects.
  • Right click anywhere in the project window
  • Select:  Import Target URLs
  • Then scroll to: Remove Duplicate URLs
  • Wait for it to finish. If you have many projects this could take a while, so maybe start it before you to to lunch or over night.
  • When completed it will show you how many duplicates were removed

Remove Duplicate target URLs

Unused \ Dead  Project Accounts

When you run a GSA Search Engine Ranker project, it is all the time trying to create accounts on the platforms you have selected. When it creates an account GSA Search Engine Ranker save all kind of information with the account such as login details, the email used, date created, etc. Unfortunately over time some of these accounts stop working for various reasons such as account did not get verified, account was terminated by the owner, the site don’t exist anymore or some other reason. Unfortunately when the accounts no longer work that information it saved just sits there taking up space and it also slows down your submissions as GSA Search Engine Ranker will continue to try and post to these dead accounts.

The good news is that GSA Search Engine Ranker is able to tell you which accounts are dead and unused, but you have to instruct GSA SER to remove the dead \ unused accounts.

Removing the dead and unused accounts will speed up your submissions and slightly reduce space used.

To clean it up the dead and unused project accounts is really simple, please follow these steps:

  • Highlight all of your projects
  • Right click anywhere in the project window
  • Select:  Modify Projects
  • Then scroll to: Delete Unused Accounts
  • Wait for it to finish, it will take a couple of minutes, pending how many projects you have
  • When completed it will show you how many dead \ unused accounts were removed

 Remove unused GSA Ser Accounts

Project Verified URLs

Project Verified URLs are the URL’s that GSA Search Engine Ranker has created and which it at some point has verified. Unfortunately over time some links will be moderated and the site owners would have removed the links that GSA SER has build for you, or for various reasons the link is no longer available, but GSA SER has not checked it again to see it is no longer verified.

GSA Search Engine Ranker Verified Links maintanance

Dead verified links are really bad for you, especially if you are building tiered projects, because you will be wasting your time and resources building links to verified links which are in fact dead, a total waste of time.

One way to ensure your projects links are all still verified is to do a force recheck of the URLs. Please note if you have many projects this can take some time, so my suggestion would be to start the check before going to bed and let it run until completed. The benefits of rechecking your verified links is that you will get better results as your lower tiers will only be building inks to verified links which are still working.

To clean it up and re-verified links is fairly simple, please follow these steps:

Selecting Verified URLs in GSA Search Engine Ranker

  • Highlight all of your projects
  • Right click anywhere in the project window
  • Select:  Show URLs
  • Then scroll to and select: Verified (It will take some time to load all of the URLs ( be patient))
  • Once loaded, select : Verify and then All URLs
  • Next Select: Number of Threads (Select as many as you can, normally the same amount at which you run your GSA Ser ).
  • It will now start and you can see the progress bar. Pending how many links you have to check, this can normally take a long time, so best to do it overnight.
  • Once it is completed it will pop up and show you an option:  Remove Unsuccessful Verification  – I normally select to remove both failed and time out verification.

Select All Verified URLs  Select the maximum number of threads

Remove Unsuccesfull Verifications

Important maintenance tips for GSA Search Engine Ranker – Conclusion

By performing these maintenance steps at least ones a week will ensure that you don’t  use unnecessary hard disk space and most importantly you will ensure that your  GSA Search Engine Ranker is running smooth and not bogged down with dead and duplicate URLs or accounts.

Feel free to let me know if you need any clarification on any of the above steps.

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