What we are going to do is scrape Bings search engine results for recent articles related to our niche. We are able to do this because Bing has the ability to search for results based on a time frame in the search query. If you head over to the Adword keyword planner, you can pull a list of keywords. You can use any keyword building software to generate this list. 

Note: If you are looking to generate a large list of websites for an automated link building campaign. Then you will want to use a footprint list. This technique is for finding active blogs, who’s admin will be around to approve our comment.

Step 1: Keyword Research

When you have logged into Adwords

Under the Top main menu Tools > Keyword Planner:

Search for new keywords using a phrase, website, or category
Enter one or more related keywords you want to research

Add all, then Download the list.

Note: Alternatively you could use the ScrapeBox keyword scraper to pull in a larger list of keywords. Adwords will provided a more targeted list though. 

Step 2: Scrapebox Configuration

Copy and paste those keywords into the keyword list in scrapebox.

Platforms: We are looking for websites where we can leave a comment/link, so select the blog and forum platforms. Make sure you select platforms, dont leave it on custom footprint for this example.

The easy way to set a date range within bings search engine results is to add the tbs=qdr token to the search query. Under Settings:


Harvester Engine Configuration:

Select the Bing search engine, and select the engine definition tab at the top of the window. We are going to add this at the very end of the query link. The default link is: http://www.bing.com/search?q={KEYWORD}&sc=12-3&sp=-1&sk=&first={PAGENUM}&FORM=PERE&cnt=20

Turns into:


Date Range Tokens:

&tbs=qdr:w  searches for the previous week

&tbs=qdr:m – searches for the previous month

&tbs=qdr:y – searches for the previous year


Make sure to update the search engine before closing out of this window. You can update the original bing engine, or create a new engine called Bing X day results. This way it does not modify the original search engine file. If you are not comfortable with Scrapebox yet, then I would save it as a new engine.

We are wanting articles within the last 30 days, so there is a good chance the author will be active & approve our comment. There are many ways to go about finding out if they are active, popular, and likely getting traffic. We will be using social signals to help filter, and find some popular recent posts that are getting shares & traffic. You can also use this technique to find recent news, updates, or topic ideas for articles.


Step 3: Harvest URL’s from Search Engines

Select the Bing search engine and Start Harvest.

Note: Make sure you have a freshly tested list of proxies before scraping Bing for results. 

Once the list is finish.
Export the keywords that have 0 results, and harvest those keywords for urls again if you would had a ton of errors. Scraping with publicly found proxies will never get you 100% perfects without any errors, so expect some. 

Exit to Main Menu

Step 4: Processing the Data

So what we now have is a list of blog articles that related to WordPress & webdesign. All the articles found have been published within the last 30 days.  So we know they are most likely active blogs, where we can get some blog comments approved on. Using social checker will show us some indicators of it the post is getting some current traffic. This will help narrow down what sites we should look at. 

Under the add-on menu, Install and Run Social Checker.

One that stuck out was from Moz, another SEO Agency. They had 130+ Google shares on this article. You will also see that it was posted this month and has a decent amount of comments & activity on it. 

Remember these are only Indicators, they are not always 100% correct all of the time. You can verify the sites traffic/web ranking at similar web. Moz diffidently gets a large amount of traffic, and on a newer article thats likely on page 1 of the home blog page. If you can write a truly helpful and genuine response. Then you most likely can get a comment backlink from them.

Give, give, give, then ask.

ProBlogger’s article on Yoast ( a wordpress plugin ) was posted within 30 days of today, Its just showing it as the end of last month. It is showing similar metrics as the Moz blog post, and will have to bookmark this one to common on later. With a good amount of real comments, I’m sure its getting some traffic. 

Assuming is always bad but……looking at the metrics in open site explorer. Its showing that there is a extremely high chance this website gets a large amount of traffic, due to its backlink profile. This would be a great site to place a manual comment on, have fun digging!