I received an email today and the email was from an affiliate marketer. Some of you might recognize this affiliate marketer, his name is Matthew Woodward.
Matthew has taken things to the next level by releasing what seems to be a secret project he’s been working on called Rank Cracker.
Rank Cracker is a backlink spying tool. I downloaded RankCracker. (download at your own risk)
I want to warn you though — before you download it for yourself — Matthew woodward is giving this backlink spying tool away for free, in hopes to sale rehashed tutorials at the low price of
Image credit: Matthew Woodward
Speaking of images. Is Matthew getting drunk in his main profile image?
After I downloaded RankCracker, I watched the tutorials that show how the software should be used. After getting a feel for things — I gave Rank Cracker a walk around the park. This is where it gets fun. :)
Before I dive into my experience with the software, I’d like to offer you the chance to take a quick peak at the RankCracker tutorial for yourself.
Rank Cracker Video Tutorial
I have to admit, that Matthew Woodward bloke is pretty damn good at creating videos, wouldn’t you agree with me? The thing is, RankCracker isn’t about videos. So — let’s not be distracted by the glitter and glimmer here. RankCracker is nothing more than a shiney new toy, that in reality no one needs. On the other hand, I’m sure there will be those who want it. It’s pretty and it speaks loudly.
After diving into RankCracker — here’s what I’ve personally found:
RankCracker is similar to an animal — RankCracker doesn’t work unless you feed it. I’m not referring to it eating your money either, I’m referring to it requiring links. Let me explain.
To make RankCracker work, you’re going to need to either a.) use free tools and manually extract your competitors backlinks one by one, which will take you hours to do, no matter how you try doing it OR b.) to use RankCracker you’re going to have to purchase very expensive link tools to go along with it. Plain and simple.
Here are some of the tools you can use. Let’s start with the free ones and look at each of them.
- Backlink Watch – 100% free to use!
- Small SEO Tools – 100% free to use!
- Link Diagnosis – 100% free to use!
The way the FREE tools listed above are designed to work is like this — you simply enter in your competitors URL and hit enter.
The software will take a few minutes and then it will have compiled a huge list of the backlinks in which your competitors have pointing to their website. The list will also show you other data, things such as anchors, etc.
These tools can be beneficial — on top of that they’re free, they don’t cost a dime.
Once you run one of the above tools and try getting a list of your competitors links — it’s easy to pick them out one by one, if you’re trying to get the best links and build a few manually.
It’s impossible to export the whole list of links, because these tools don’t allow you to do so.
Matthew Woodward decides to use his affiliate links and link you to the following tools. Being that these following tools are absolutely required to use RankCracker — it makes using RankCracker that much more expensive and timely to use. Was this his ploy from the beginning? I’ll let you decide that for yourself – as we move forward in our research.
- Ahrefs – The best backlink checker period. Offers limited free results.
- SEO Spyglass – Desktop software, the free version limits you to 1,000 results.
- Majestic SEO – Ahrefs main rival, much smaller database of links though.
- Open Site Explorer – Moz’s backlink checker gives you limited amounts of free results.
- Traffic Travis – Desktop software with backlink checking built in. Free trial available.
Let’s Move On To The Meat and Taters
As I moved on, trying to get a jist of how the RankCracker really worked — I couldn’t help to notice the excitement whaling up inside of me. I own GSA Search Engine Ranker and was so ready to see if this new tool would work for me.
So, after taking what seemed like a couple of hours — I compiled the links up. I went to Google.com and found some of my competitors, I copied and pasted their url to a .txt file.
It took that couple of hours I had been working thus far to obtain the competitors links of just 2 of my competitors. :( So much work was involved, I was just tired at this point.
After having the links that RankCracked demanded, I loaded them into RankCracker and I hit start and I waited.
After waiting 10 more minutes — the results was in.
SenukeXCR = 2 (I don’t advocate nor do I own SenukeXCR)
Magic Submitter = 1 (I don’t own MS)
Other = 128 (works for manual outreach)
To make a rather long-story-short — RankCracker doesn’t work as the man behind the mask (Matthew Woodward) would like it to work. The plot just thickens. The goal here is to add your competitors backlinks into RankCracker and it will compile a list of links per software that can post to those links.
I use GSA Search Engine Ranker (another huge investment). Truth is — I own it, but don’t use it very often at all. I was testing RankCracker to see if I could get more benefit out of GSA, but after what I’ve learned from many (wasted) hours of testing RankCracker, it’s obvious to me that the software developer missed his goal 17ft to the left side of the field goal.
RankCracker might work for those of you who’re interested in doing a little emailing through manual email outreach, though other than that — there’s not much more this software can do at this time. Sad but true…
The affiliate links are linked to some fairly decent SEO and link building tools. You might want to check those out. I’ve ran countless test on each of them and they work well. Give them a try for yourself and see what you can achieve.
In Conclusion to My Hypothesis
RankCracker is nothing more than another Blackhat Affiliate Marketing scheme for Blackhatters like Matthew Woodward to scheme more and more beginners out of their hard earned money. RankCracker might be free — but when you start using it, it becomes nothing more than a highly expensive bait and switch ploy, to increase Matthews affiliate income earnings..
I’m not disrespecting RankCracker or Matthew Woodward any what so ever by posting this honest review of RankCracker. I feel he needs to be educated on what he is doing and maybe start trying to be more of a legitimate marketer (Whitehat?)
All of my reviews are no-bullshit reviews, where I vent my own personal opinion, in which I have right to do so. Honesty is what I aim to achieve – from each review I perform.
I thought Matthew Woodward was starting to do things the right way, until this RankCracker non-sense came along.
All I can say is, you’ve been warned!!
Matthew Woodward is a dangerous Blackhat
SEO Marketer — with more than a few tricks up his sleeve. :(
Please comment below if you’ve gotten different results than I have. I would like to see a video of you achieving those results. I’m sure that Rank Cracker has potential. I hope to see it working someday. For now this is my review of Rank Cracker by Matthew Woodward.