Sick Marketing’s Sick Submitter is “yet another” automated link-building software and it, just as many tools like it, build backlinks to your sites by doing various content submissions and creating forum profiles. However, as you’ll soon see, while Sick Submitter is similar in principle, to many of it’s competitors, it’s at the same time a completely different beast…
What exactly does Sick Submitter do and is is it better, worse or just different, compared to the competition? Read on for all the details.
Sick Submitter Overview
|Name:||Sick Submitter (v. 3.043 reviewed)|
|Medium:||Backlink Building Software|
|Price:||$20/month (it’s free for you ;D)|
Sick Submitter is a Windows desktop program that was originally built to create forum profiles as backlink-sources and has since evolved into an “everything submitter” with capabilites for submitting articles, bookmarks, RSS feeds and various forms of profile links.
One thing that comes to mind almost immediately, when you start working with Sick Submitter is “learning curve”. While I wouldn’t say that the software is needlessly complicated, it sure is complex. It does a lot of things in many different ways and it’s highly customizable. These traits and “simple” are mutually exclusive, I’m afraid.
Custom Lists, Custom Wizards, Custom Everything
Out-of-the box, Sick Submitter does not have a very impressive list of link targets and isn’t nearly as capable as it can be. Sick Submitter is very much based on customization and it has a very lively community. To really get the most out of it, you will either have to download free link packets, purchase premium link packets, use something like Scrapebox to create your own link packets or do all of those things combined.
There are two types of scripts you can add to Sick Submitter: packets are lists of link targets that you can load into the program and run submissions for. Wizard templates are like plugins that “teach” Sick Submitter how to do a new type of submission. For example, there’s a Wizard Template that lets you add your own lists (or purchased lists) of WordPress multi-user sites to then submit content and links to, which is something Sick can’t do out of the box.
Here’s an overview of the types sites Sick Submitter can submit to without additional Wizard Templates:
- Forum profiles (SMF, FluxBB, PunBB, PHPBB)
- RSS Directories
- Link Directories (PHP Link Directory)
- Article Directories
- Social Bookmarking Sites
- Blog Comments?
And here’s a non-exhaustive list of what it can do if you add the available Wizard Templates, from the Sick forum:
- Coppermine Photo Comments
- Dotclear Comments
- ELGG (social bookmarking)
- Expression Engine (blog platform)
- FluxBB (forum platform)
- Freeglobes Directories
- Jcow (social networking platform)
- Nucleus Commenter (CMS)
- phpFox (social networking platform)
- Pligg (social bookmarking)
- SMF (forum platform)
- Statusnet (micro-blogs)
- VBulletin (forum platform)
- WPmu (WordPress Multi-User)
- XOOPS (community platform)
Working With Sick Submitter
What sets Sick Submitter apart from most other link-building tools is that it’s highly customizable. This can be a big advantage or a big pain, depending on how you look at it. On the one hand, Sick offers a wealth of possibilities, since you can create your own site lists to submit to (using Scrapebox, or Sick’s own scraping tool), download free and paid packages and link-lists and even create your very own submission templates from scratch. On the other hand, Sick Submitter requires a lot of setup and customization and the importing of link-packets before it really does anything useful.
In short: the good thing is that you can customize it, the bad thing is that you have to customize it.
I can recommend Sick Submitter only if you really enjoy tinkering with software. If you like the fact that you can scrape your own link lists, import various packages and templates and build your very own link-building machine, then Sick Submitter should be right up your alley and the low monthly price is a nice added bonus. Concerning the price, you need to be aware, though, that Sick Submitter is almost certainly going to cost you more than the $20/month price tag. At the very least, you will also spend some money on various packets and link lists (which typically sell in the range of $10-$50 a piece). In addition, most heavy users of Sick Submitter own Scrapebox, maybe a few private proxies and either a dedicated notebook or a VPS to run it on.
At any rate, don’t let the low price tag fool you. It’s no use having a cheap tool that you never use because it’s too time-consuming to work with.
Having said all that, Sick Submitter is a tool with a lot of potential and it can build various types of links that no other tools can. Once past the learning curve and in the right hands, this can be one powerful SEO tool.