A few month ago I was rapidly scaling a method for GSA Search Engine Ranker that involved an extremely high email turnover. It didn’t take long for my email costs to start spiraling out of control and by the end of the first week of scaling I had already spent $75 on email accounts with the requirement for more increasing exponentially.
I decided things couldn’t go on like this and decided to look for a new source of email accounts, during my search I discovered the concept of catch-all emails. After trying a few different services that were terrible I discovered my current supplier.
What’s So Good About Them?
A traditional email account is essentially a one-use ticket per unique domain, once it has been used to register an account for all of the targets on your list it has essentially expired and needs to be replaced. As providers use automated tools to create the account they often have a spoil rate meaning a percentage of the accounts are dead before you even load them into your projects.
This spoil rate changes depending on how the service provider runs their back end with things such as proxies, how the automated tool used to create them works and what verification stage the emails are taken to. The highest spoil rate I can remember was over 50% but if I remember correctly the average was around 20% meaning 20% of your money is instantly gone.
In addition to that, out of the remaining serviceable accounts, you can expect to lose some to security measures running on the back end of the email company. For example, if the email account was created using a Russian or Chinese proxy and you are running European or North American proxies with your tools the email company may ask you to verify ownership of the account. Failing to do this causes the email account to become locked and thus useless.
With a catch-all email service all of these risks are removed. The account is privately hosted by the service provider and they know exactly what we are using the service for so they know not to lock the accounts based on IP access or the number of emails received to the domain.
So How Do They Work?
Essentially you will be provided with a single entry to add to your tools email field. With the catch-all service I recommend they specialize in providing accounts for GSA Search Engine Ranker and take advantage of its built-in macros to increase efficiency so your entry will look a little something like this.
Here is a quick breakdown of what each macro will be doing for you.
- Spinfile-names.dat – Pulls a random name from the names file.
- Spinfile-lnames.dat – Pulls a random name from the last names file.
- Random-1-100 – Adds a random number between 1 and 100.
As you can see there is a load of randomisation there in an attempt to guarantee a unique email for your submission.
Now this seems to be the part that users currently using email accounts get a little confused with and I can see why. A completely random email that does not actually exist has been created and used for a submission meaning that the target domain will send any authentication requests to an email you do not have access to.
This is where the magic of the catch-all service comes into play, your service provider is essentially hosting your custom domain on their server for you with their catch-all trigger enabled. This means any email that hits that domain and does not match up to known email address is sent to that domain’s catch-all folder.
GSA Search Engine Ranker will then check the domains catch-all folder for replies to the randomly generated emails that have been used for target submissions. From that point on it is exactly the same as a traditional email, the verification email is found, SER detects the link, clicks it and goes on from there.
So How Many Catch-Alls Do I Need?
Well, you can see the recommendation directly from my catch-all service providers website in the screenshot below.
Rather than telling you to go with these recommendations in an attempt to get more commissions from my readers I am actually going to give you a breakdown of why you should ignore them and how to run SER in a way where you will be able to run as many projects as you like with only the basic $6.5 per month account.
Now let me just take a minute to clarify something, this is the best catch-all service I have found, it has never gone offline on me and I have never had any problems since I moved over to it so I don’t blame the guy for having a bit of a hustle on his sales page to try to get some extra cash flow going. Just let the guys who don’t read my content fall for the hustle and pay the owners bills while you get away with a bargain.
The first problem with these recommendations is that they don’t take into account the engine types that the user has enabled on their projects. If you are running a layer of blog comments, guestbooks and image comments to help index your upper tiers then you can right click on the platforms pane and select the “uncheck engines using email verification” option as shown in the screenshot below.
Running this option will remove all engines that require email verification, you will still be left with every single guestbook engine, all but one of the image comment engines and all but two of the blog comment engines while not needing any email access for the project.
You can read my tutorial on filtering your verified lists in this post where I ran this exact project type at over 760 links per minute without the need for a single email account. If I was following the guideline links per minute count from my catch-all email provider then I would be spending $65 per month for emails that are not required!
Next, we will look at your contextual projects where most of the engines in the Article, Social Network and Wiki platforms require email verification. As email verification is only required once during account creation for most engines. One easy trick to reduce the load on your catch-all service is to increase the number of posts each of your accounts can make per target in the project options tab as shown in the screenshot below. Just be aware increasing this too much will begin to affect your link retention.
Another tip to keep your catch-all service healthy and running smoothly as well as keep it within its storage limit is to be sure that GSA Search Engine Ranker is deleting emails once the required link has been actioned or if the stored email becomes too old, below is a screenshot of my settings.
As you can see, I have disabled the “Time to wait between two logins” option that I would have had to have enabled with traditional emails to reduce the number of logins and increase the life of the email accounts while reducing link output. When using a catch-all service there is no need for this resulting in a daily link increase.
So How Much Can I Save?
As I said earlier before I discovered catch-all emails my email costs had begun to spiral out of control, in just one week I had spend $75 on emails, now I spend $6.50 per month and I am able to reach the same daily contextual link output. For example, let’s say that $75 is my total email spend for the month having my catch-all would decrease costs by over 90% while providing me with an increase in daily link output as I can unselect the”Time to wait between two logins” option.
If the email costs had continued and I had spent $75 per week for the month, total costs may have ended up being at least $300! A single catch-all email costing $6.5 per month capable of providing the same monthly contextual link output as $300 worth of traditional emails.
Wrapping It Up
I hope this overview helps some of you guys understand both how catch-all email services work and why you should move over to them as soon as possible. They are cheap, easy to use and highly efficient!