If you’ve been reading this blog for awhile, you probably know that SENuke is one of my favorite link building tools. Having an automated link building tool is essential if you want to rank a lot of sites well for lots of keywords. The main problem with SENuke though is the highly monthly fee, which puts it out of reach for many marketers. Lately though, there’s been some buzz about a new link building software called SEO Link Robot. It sounded interesting, so I bought myself a copy and have been using it for awhile now. Is it a viable SENuke alternative? Lets find out.
First of all, lets go over what SEO Link Robot is able to do.
- Automatically create accounts on Web 2.0, social bookmarking, and RSS sites.
- Automatically verify your email accounts.
- Post spun content to Web 2.0 sites with the option to interlink them to form link wheels.
- Submit your links to social bookmarking and RSS sites.
- Built-in Article spinner
- Ping your links at 20 major ping directories.
- Meta Indexer submits your links to thousands of meta profile sites for quick indexing.
- Decaptcher and Death By Captcha support for auto solving captchas.
- Multi-threaded support for simultaneous submissions.
- One time fee of $197.
So there’s no better way to test a software like this, then by doing some actual submissions. When you first open SEO Link Robot, you’ll be presented with a main home screen that looks like this:
The first thing you’ll want to do is create an account that you will be using to register at the various sites. SEO Link Robot does include the ability to auto generate your profile data for you which is a nice touch. You also need to specify the email settings that you want to use for account. Unlike SENuke though, you have to currently create email accounts by hand which is a minor inconvenience.
When you press the Create Accounts button, SEO Link Robot will go off and automatically create your accounts for you. If you aren’t using a captcha solving service, then you’ll have to enter in the captchas by hand. You do have to be in front of your computer for the entire process, because if you don’t enter in the captcha within 30 seconds or so, it will skip that particular site.
The process is pretty smooth though and SEO Link Robot does a decent job of successfully creating accounts. Once the process completes, you just need to hit the Verify Emails button and the software will go to your email account and automatically click on the verification links.
Submitting your articles to the Web 2.0 sites is the key part of this software. These are the links that are going to pass you the most link juice and get you ranking well in the search engines.
I like the fact that SEO Link Robot supports double nested spun articles, so you can use the Ultra Spinnable articles from TheLeadingArticles with no modifications. For your Web 2.0 submissions you also have the option automatically social bookmark and submit RSS feeds automatically after your submissions are complete. The entire submission process is pretty fast especially with automatic captcha solving. I’ve been using SEO Link Robot with the DeathByCaptcha service and it works great.
While SEO Link Robot supports about 23 different Web 2.0 sites, I can currently get about 12-13 to work right now. Honestly though, this is pretty par for the course for this type of software, so I’m not really worried about that.
Issues With SEO Link Robot
SEO Link Robot does have its flaws, and I have run into several issues over the course of testing the software. I ran into one instance after creating my accounts, where I did something in the app which cleared out my created account info. Since I had neglected to save my info, I had to figure out my login info for each site by hand and enter it back into the program. Now when I run, I always make sure to save my data after each step in the process.
I also had some problems with SEO Link Robot crashing quite a bit which was making the software unusable. It turns out, I was using .NET framework 4.0 instead of the required 3.5 version. Once I switched over to the correct version, the software has seemed to be a bit more stable.
Lastly, when doing the Web 2.0 submissions, I seem to consistently get Windows error dialogs popping up, which are quite annoying. However, they don’t seem to affect the submission process so I’ve learned to live with them.
I’ve submitted a support request about it, but there doesn’t seem to be a solution yet. Although, it could be just my specific computer that has the problem.
SEO Link Robot vs SENuke
So can SEO Link Robot be a viable SENuke alternative? I think it can, provided you can live with the following.
- No support for article directory and video submissions.
- Less polished UI.
- Can only be used one one computer at a time. SENuke allows you to the software with 3 separate IP addresses which is helpful for outsourcing your submissions.
- Less frequent updates. One of the things I like about SENuke is that it is consistently being updated all the time.
Overall, you can tell that SEO Link Robot is still a new piece of software that requires a bit more polish. That’s not to say it’s bad or anything, as the software does work decently. I’ve been using it daily, and I’m pretty happy with the software. You just have to live with some of its quirks and hope they get fixed in future updates (which I think they will be).
The big draw of SEO Link Robot is the one time payment, instead of the monthly fees that you would normally expect for this type of software. I’ve heard rumors though that this might change in the future, so get in at this price point while you can.
SEO Link Robot has now switched over to a monthly fee of $57.00. Which is understandable since it costs quite a bit to maintain this type of software. However, if you use the SEO Link Robot coupon code: SEOLRMNTHLY_DIS, you can save $10 off the monthly price, recurring each month.