If you want to optimize your productivity and continue to automate manual processes, tools like Linkclump are perfect.
This article will focus on describing what Linkclump is, how it can be used to speed up your outreach, and some alternatives to consider if you don’t use Chrome as your primary browser.
What Is Linkclump?
Linkclump is a productivity tool that helps speed up the capture and analysis of links found around the internet.
From an outreach perspective, you can think of Linkclump as a bridge that takes the page links and web domains out of search results and into your CRM, outreach tool, or spreadsheet.
The real value of a tool like Linkclump is its ability to aggregate lots of data very quickly for free.
Other (more powerful) tools like Scrapebox exist that can amass boat loads of data to play around with. Of course, the tradeoff with a tool like Scrapebox is cost and the learning curve to understand how to use the tool.
The Scrapebox software costs $97 and proxies can range from $24/month for beginner users all the way up to $1,500/month for heavy users.
Again, Linkclump is free.
If you decide to use a tool like Scrapebox, be careful as you could end up getting banned from using Google without the correct proxy setup
Think of Linkclump as a poor man’s Scrapebox.
Regardless of what tool you decide to go with, just know that Linkclump’s role is to gather data within the link prospecting stage of outreach.
How To use Linkclump?
Using Linkclump is extremely easy.
Here’s what you need to know to get started:
1. Go to the Chrome Web Store (link)
The first thing you need to do get started with Linkclump is download the extension on a Chrome browser. Takes about 30 seconds.
2. Download & install the extension
Once downloaded and added to Chrome, click options to configure the extension.
3. Set your preferred options
For the setup, I’ve listed how I configured my Linkclump.
Take note of the “Action” section. I can’t think of any reason I would ever want to open all the links I’ll be collecting in new tabs/windows. Pick “Copied to clipboard”.
For the “Advaned Options” setup, I have smart select switched “On” to ignore advertising links and other stuff I don’t want in my extraction.
I don’t use the “Filter links” option, so you can leave that blank or fill it in based on your needs.
For the “Copy Format” option, there’s only two options that I’ve ever used.
- Titles and URLs
- URLs only
This is because I plan on scraping and using the URL itself. All of the otion options don’t include the URL, therefore I ignore it.
The last two options can be filled in or left blank based on your personal preference. I don’t fill them in and it seems to be working out pretty good.
4. Begin gathering links
Now that you have your options setup, you can get to work and start scraping up URLs wherever you can find them.
The two main uses I have for Linkclump are scraping search results and URL lists I receive in emails from AHREF reports.
Linkclump can save you hours of work and allow you to gather thousands of prospective outreach targets relatively quickly.
5. (optional) Add complementing extensions/tools
Now that you’re all setup with Linkclump, you should consider adding a couple additional Chrome extensions to speed up the scraping process.
Two of my favorite tools are the AutoPagerize extension and our custom built blacklist checker.
- AutoPagerize: This extension auto opens the next page of results when scrolling down Google and you have your Linkclump active. This will enable you to continue scrolling down the search results to your hearts content. Click here to check it out.
- Blacklist Checker: This is an Automated Outreach custom tool that will purge all of the URLs you have blacklisted in your set of data. When you gather thousands of emails from Google search results, you’re going to start picking up URLs from websites you’ve already reached out to, irrelevant websites, and other noise you want to ignore. This tool helps with that. Click here to check it out.
The last section of this Linkclump tutorial/guide will look at some Linkclump alternatives.
I won’t go into much detail here as I exclusively use Chrome in my day-to-day outreach processes, but if you want to use Firefox, IE, or even Opera (what?!) do you have any options?
Firefox Linkclump Alternatives
Multi Links Plus – It’s funny, because you’d think Firefox would have extensions to bring the same or similar functionality somewhere, but it seems most of the add ons that did exist to replicate Linkclump have been left unsupported with the latest version of Firefox. You can still download, but you need to get under the hood with Firefox to disable their compatibility check, which is super annoying. Click here for a post I found on how to do that.
Internet Explorer Linkclump Alternatives
No alternatives, please reconsider your browser preference.
Opera Linkclump Alternatives
Safari Linkclump Alternatives
Same as Internet Explorer. Although not as bad as IE, please reconsider your browser preference.
Linkclump final thoughts…
Linkclump is an amazing tool for low budget data gathering and link prospecting.
It’s dead simple to use and can save you hours of time you would have otherwise spent trying to manually grab all the URLs you want to reach out to.
Again, I highly recommend pairing Linkclump with AutoPagerize so you don’t have to stop to click on the second, third, forth, etc page of search results.