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I decided to write a little FAQ that answers some of the most asked questions. Please, understand that I am only a regular GSA user.

Before posting your question on the GSA forum, be sure to look for this FAQ with CTRL + F or even better: read it in detail. This will save everyone time. Thank you in advance.

Do I need private proxies?

You do not need them, but it speeds things up and some people want to remain anonymous. In addition, it is strongly recommended to use proxies for all people with VPS. Your account could be banned if your provider has received too many complaints about intellectual property. However, if you complain, it is in the way of using the tool. It's still a tool that can be used for better or for worse. We are not responsible for what you do with it but we strongly suggest do not spam with course!

What are the good proxy providers?

check here: https://docu.gsa-online.de/search_engine_ranker/introduction#proxy_services

Do I need a VPS?

No! But note that you generally want to use the software 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, with a fast Internet connection.

What are the good VPS providers?

see here: https://docu.gsa-online.de/search_engine_ranker/introduction#application_hosting

What about captchas?

Many people use software like Captcha Breaker and an online service such as DeathByCaptcha or ShaniBPO as a backup. If you use Captcha Breaker and do not know which settings to use, check out our forum about it.

What should I consider when using email accounts?

Make sure the program can access the pop3 server to check emails. Also, make sure that you do not delete emails in your email client after it has connected to the server. All e-mails must be in your inbox and none must be registered in "Spam / Junk".

Here is the solution for Hotmail accounts:

Hotmail Inbox All

You should check from time to time if your mail has been blacklisted and if so, exchange it with a new one.

Why does the GSA ignore my public relations filters?

Uncheck the options "Analyze and publish your competitors' return links" and "Use URLs of global site lists if enabled".

Can the software manage the text entered in languages ‚Äč‚Äčother than English?

The software can handle all UTF-8 characters (which includes almost all known characters). Before submission, content is coded in a format that is appropriate for the site. Sometimes you will still see display errors, but it is a problem of the site that can not handle the encoding properly.

How can I only post in .gov, .edu, .de, .es etc.?

Go to "Ignore sites where the following words appear in the URL / domain" and on

add an exclamation point followed by the end of the domain. So, to post only on .edu sites, you must add! .edu

Please note that you must enter all "whitelist" domains on one line, for example "! .Edu! .Gov! .Gsa" and not just one in each line.

Where can I find a list of decent bad words?

You can create a list of keywords yourself with the help of sites such as WordPress Spam Words and Swearword Dictionary or you use lists posted by users, for example. s4nt0s or GlobalGoogler's.

What are the different colors for?

Green = submit

Blue = verification

Orange = search for new targets

Red = something is wrong (not used for the moment)

How can I view the chart?

Right-click a project, select Show URLs -> Submitted or Verified -> Statistics -> Diagram.

Or with a right click on a project -> Show diagram / graph

How can I disable popups?

There are 2 options that cause popups. Follow these steps:

Project Options -> If a form field can not be filled (like a category) -> Choose Random

Options -> Captcha -> Uncheck "Finally, ask the user if all else fails (otherwise the submission is ignored)"

I do not want the GSA to put my link at the end of the articles, how can I change that?

% anchor_text% where you want your URL + Anchortext or disable the option to place the link at the bottom (under the entry field of the article).

Why did GSA not publish articles on wiki sites?

According to Sven wiki, article links are much older than those in the about section. He said that there might be an option to change that later.

How to disable German and Polish engines?

Leave the respective fields blank and select the "Deselect engines with empty fields" check box or right-click on the field and choose "Disable engines that use it".

Is there a way to retrieve login information from the user account, for example account name + password of Web 2.0?

Edit / Double-click Project -> Tools -> Export -> Account Data

What is the difference between "Delete URL Cache" and "Delete History Cache"?

Delete cache – Click this only if, for example, you have imported an incorrect target URL list or think you want to clear the URLs found by a previous search task.

Delete history – Click on it if you ..

a) want to submit to sites that you previously ignored (for example, you do not want to grab captchas back but want to do it now)

b) thinks that it has found sites in the past that have been ignored but are now supported, for example. new engines added

c) thinks that you have already found sites in the past and that your Internet connection prevented it from being sent (proxy problem, for example)

Can I use GSA to link to my money?

There are many different opinions on this subject. If you set up the program correctly with strict filters, good content (better manual rotation) and only for certain types of platforms, there should not be any problems. Keep in mind that it always depends on the person using a tool as powerful as GSA.

Can I configure the software to create drip mode links?

Project Options -> Suspend project after XX submissions or audits for XX minutes / days.

You can configure 10 links a day with:

Pause the project after 10 checks for 1440 minutes / 1 day.

How long does it take to check my submissions?

Verification of a bid can take up to 5 days. Be patient.

Why are there more verified links than submitted links?

If an URL has expired (because of many unsuccessful checks), it will be deleted. The number of links submitted may therefore decrease and is sometimes less than the number of links checked.

The GSA suddenly found many fewer new links to publish than the days before. Why is that?

Wait a few days to see if this is a temporary problem. After that, it is very likely that the keywords have run out. Try to add more keywords and choose new search engines.

Today, I submitted XY and checked YY … is this normal?


How should we know? When you say that you drive at 10 mph and ask if it's normal, how should you know if you're driving a car, a bike or a skateboard?


There are so many factors that play a role. It is impossible to answer this question with so little information.

We need to know the

Number of

  • Projects
  • URL you are dealing with
  • Search engines you have selected
  • Keywords you entered

Also what

  • types of sites you have selected
  • type of filters you use (OBL, PR, …)
  • is the power of the PC processor that you use
  • is the RAM of the PC you are using
  • speed up your internet connection a

And how long have you already run the project?

I'm getting a lot of failed download errors. How can I fix it?

Check if GSA is blocked by firewall or antivirus software. Another reason may be a bad proxy, often public. Try without or choose other / private agents to check if it works better at that time.

Which placeholders are available for the fields?

% NAME% – will be replaced by a random user name

% EMAIL% – will be replaced by a random email (automatically generated)

% WEBSITE% – will be replaced by the URL of the users' website

% BLOGURL% – will be replaced by the target URL that you are about to submit

% BLOGTITLE% – will be replaced by the title of the target site page

% keyword% – uses a random keyword from the project settings

% spinfile-% – takes a random line in this file

% source_url% – reference page

% targeturl% – same as% blogurl%

% targethost% – only the http://www.domain.com without access path

% random_email% – same as% email%

%randomly-[min]-[max]% – a random number between min and max

% spinfolder-% – takes the contents of a random file in this folder

% file- <[ile]% – takes the contents of this file

% url_domain% – just the domain name of your url

% url% – your url

% ?????% something in the project entry boxes, for example. % anchor_text% or% website_title%

or% description_250% …

special variables for blogs:

% meta_keyword% – takes a keyword from target meta tags

% blog_title% – same as% blogtitle%

Special variables for the image comments:

% image_title% – the name of the image you are commenting on (sometimes, unfortunately, the file name only, some webmasters not defining a title)

% random_url% – insert another URL of your project

% random_anchor_text% – inserts another random anchor text.

% random_sanchor_text% – inserts another random secondary anchor text

% url1%,% url2% … – inserts the exact URL of your project.

How can I add new engines without updating the entire software?

Right click on a running project -> Edit Project -> Use New Engines

How can I save my projects?

Select the projects you wish to save -> Right-click -> Edit -> Save.

Can I run two instances of my copy at the same time?

No, please support the developers and buy another version.

It's already very cheap, some would say, too cheap, so do not try to do some crazy tricks.

Is GSA better than Scrapebox?

This question can not be answered because the two tools are different in most cases.

Scrapebox is basically a Link Harvester + Blog Comment and the GSA Search Engine Ranker is an automatic backlinking tool with many different backlink sources.

A good idea is to combine the strengths of both tools.

How to combine Scrapebox and GSA?

You can use Scrapebox to collect URLs with GSA fingerprints. I've extracted footprints with the tool posted by s4nt0s.

Put your list of keywords in Scrapebox -> click on the "M" -> load list with GSA footprints. You can now collect the URLs with Scrapebox.

After that, you can use Scrapebox's filtering features, such as "Remove Duplicate URLs" and filter public relations.

You now have your own list, which you can use with GSA. See the next Q & A


You can search for a specific platform by:

Using the footprint of the platform in GSA SER:

Options> Advanced> Tools> Search URLs Online> [Select Platform]

Add the footprints in Scrapbox and scrape. Then, simply import these target URLs into the GSA server, and it will use them to publish them.

How to use GSA as a publishing tool for my own list?

Uncheck all search engines, uncheck the "Analyze and also publish your competitors' backlinks" checkbox, uncheck the box "Use URLs of global site lists if this option is enabled".

Right-click the project, and then click "Import Target URLs".

I do not receive the expected results. Can someone help me?

"If you want to get good feedback and help on this forum, you need to have a detailed message with your problems.You must first perform a search on this forum and make sure that your question is not answered

Go to Google and type: website: forum.gsa-online.de keyword

If that does not help: take screenshots, list all your settings. Experienced users will quickly review your screenshots and give you basic ideas about errors. Copy this sample message: https://forum.gsa-online.de/discussion/1440/identify-low-performance-factor#Item_5

How to publish a complete article on WIKI?

edit the project-> click on Options-> go to Filter URLs-> Type of backlinks to create-> activate Article-Wiki.
However, this is not recommended and considered spam. Do not use it unless you know what you are doing.

Why do I see so many unrelated anchor texts that I have not defined / that I do not want?

a) You use generic anchors in the project data -> uncheck it

b) You are using domain anchors in the project data -> uncheck it

c) Some engines simply use their own anchors such as "Author's Home Page" -> right click on the engines -> uncheck the engines not using your anchor texts

d) Some engines use names instead of anchor texts or generic anchors such as Blog Comments (see a or disable blog comments / image comments).

Why do my main anchor texts appear with the URL in front?

the Trackback format2 engine produces an anchor text like "Anchor Text – www.yoursite.com". Simply disable it if you do not want it.

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