Snap Links Plus, a handy Firefox plugin, speeds link building by selecting and scraping selected links from Serps with a simple drag and shade tool.
White hat link building is partly driven by traditional development of link-worthy content and information that is valuable to prospective visitors. Of course, the other part of link building is sharing that content with others and making it possible for visitors to find it. So it’s up to the SEO to find places on the web, and elsewhere, to leave pointers to that content for appreciative visitors who’d like to see it.
So searching for places to leave those direction links to your great content is a worthy task. Using advanced queries with search engines is one of the most effective ways to find those places. However, shading and copying Google search results is a messy process, involving three or four regular expression search and replace filters to clean up the results. This is where Snap Links Plus shows great value.
Snap Links Plus lets you select links of interest from a Google search results page, and copies those links to the clipboard. By dragging your mouse across the search results you’d like to explore, the selected links are copied to the clipboard. From the clipboard you can paste those chosen links into your Excel-based list of prospects.
Snap Links Plus Serp Scraping Example
In the screen below, we’ve searched for “tips about toll free numbers” with a simple query intended to find something about toll free number tips.
+”toll free numbers” ~tips
From the query shown above, we get a simple list on the clipboard shown following. Well, it’s part of the list. I only show the first few, and I dropped a handful that were too long and wrapped. (Yes, I’m too lazy to put in an inline style just for this example.)
Alternatives for Bulk Link Scraping
While Snap Links Plus is an excellent tool for picking of groups of selected links from a page of search results, there are other tools more appropriate to large-scale scraping duties. For example, Citation Labs Scraper Suite provides a contact finder, outbound link scraper, bulk backlink checker, and URL status checker. These are essentially the piece parts needed to support a broken links campaign.
The field of SERP scraping, per se, is rather crowded. A search for “serp scraper” brings up over 59,000 results.
However, for just snagging handfuls of quality link prospects, it’s hard to beat a handy little tool like Snap Links Plus.