Schedule and Automate Keyword Research Tool with Command Line

Automate website scan and keyword tools in A1 Keyword Research
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Command Line Support in A1 Keyword Research

You can use a command line interface to automate all the major keyword Research tools in the program.

This means that you can also use external applications and bat / batch / script files.

This enables you to run our keyword Research software at regular intervals using e.g. Windows Task Scheduler.
  • Parameters:
    • ":%project-path%" : Where %project-path% should contain the path to the project. (Remember the colon before project path.)
    • "@override_rootpath=http://example.com@" : Overwrite website rootpath.
    • "-exit" : Exits when done.
    • "-hide" : Always invisible and exits when done.
    • "-scan" : Runs website scanner.
    • "-stop0000" : Stops scan after a number of seconds, e.g. -stop600 stops scan after 10 minutes.
    • "-save" : Saves project.
    • "@override_exportpathdir=c:\example\exports\@" : Overwrite general directory path used for e.g. CSV export data files.
    • "-exportsitemapcsv" : Exports all URLs data listed in "sitemap" tree view into a file called "sitemap.csv" located in project directory.
    • "-exportexternalcsv" : Exports all URLs data listed in "external" tree view into a file called "external.csv" located in project directory.
    • "-positioncheck" : Runs rank position check against keywords/websites listed in project file. Automatically saves the result.
    • "-competitioncheck" : Runs competition analysis check against keywords listed in project file. Automatically saves the result.

  • Examples for usage on Windows:
    • [ "c:\microsys\website\keyword.exe" -exit -scan -save ":c:\microsys\keyword\my-project.ini" ].
    • [ "Keyword.exe" -exit -scan save ":my-project.ini" ] (Good for testing when placing all files in the same directory.)
    • [ "Keyword.exe" -scan @override_rootpath=http://example.com@ ]

  • Examples for usage on Mac OS:
    • [ open A1KeywordResearch.app --args -scan @override_rootpath=http://example.com@ ].

  • Tips:
    • To prevent a parameter value that contains spaces (e.g. if you are passing a directory path) from being broken up, enclose it inside a couple of "".

Automate Keyword Research with Windows Command Line and Batch Files

  • Create a batch file, e.g. "batch-file.bat", using any standard text editor
  • Example of what to write underlined: [ "c:\microsys\website\keyword.exe" -exit -scan -save ":c:\microsys\keyword\my-project.ini" ].
  • Save your batch file. You can now call it yourself or from other programs and scripts.

Schedule and automate Keyword Research with Windows Task Scheduler

schedule automate keyword Research

  • Open Control Panel | Scheduled Tasks | Add Scheduled Task. Follow the guide.
  • Open the generated keyword Research time scheduled item to edit details, e.g. command line parameters.
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Complete PPC and SEO keywords toolset. Position check including history, analyze competition, analyze keyword density and content, organize and combine keyword lists and much more.
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