Today I’m excited to launch BlogPiG’s first desktop application, the YouTube Comment Extractor. It is the first in a series of desktop applications that will enable you to quickly harvest essential data for your blogging and marketing needs.
The YouTube Comment Extractor quickly and simply extracts keyword themed comments via the YouTube API. You can then clean these comments up and use them however you want.
You can also use the harvested comments to leverage CommentPiG’s most powerful features and preload it with your extracted comments from a variety of sources.
CommentPiG is a Blog Comment Simulator that automatically turns even brand new blogs into active communities.
You’ll need a BlogPiG API key to run any of our plugins or desktop applications, if you don’t already have one you can get a free Bronze key HERE.
Stay tuned as there will be more desktop applications being released over the coming days and weeks.
Unzip ‘YouTube Comment Extractor.exe’ to your PC.
Double click on ‘YouTube Comment Extractor.exe’ to run it.
If this is the first time you have run a BlogPiG desktop application it will ask you to enter your BlogPiG API key. If you do not have a key then you can get a free Bronze key from HERE
If you have previously run BlogPiG desktop applications you may not be asked for a key as it is already stored on your computer. Your API key will simply be checked for validity when the application is run.
Next read the license agreement I click the ‘I Agree’ button.
Enter your chosen keyword or phrase in the ‘search term’ box.
Tick the ‘exact match’ box unless you want the keyword search to be broad matched. Broad match searches may return more results but they may be less targeted.
Enter the maximum amount of comments you wish to extract. Obviously the higher the number the longer it will take to return your results. I recommend a 5000 maximum to avoid having your IP address throttled by the YouTube API.
Next enter a location where you would like to save the results. The easiest way to do this is to hit the ‘…’ browse button and navigate to the destination directory. The filename will automatically be called ‘search term comments.csv’ but you can change it to anything you wish. The results will be saved as a CSV file with 1 comment per row. You can open a CSV file in Excel or any spreadsheet application.
Once all the fields are complete the ‘Start’ button will appear. Press ‘Start’ to begin the comment extraction process.
Press the ‘Stop’ button at any time to end the comment extraction early. No comments will be saved.
The progress bar shows what percentage of your comments have been collected so far. You can also watch the comments that are being harvested and the current comment count in real-time in the log window below.
Once complete the log window will report ‘Extraction completed’ and the ‘Start’ button will become visible again. Your comments have now been saved to the CSV file in the location you specified earlier.
The ‘BlogPiG News’ section contains updates and information from the BlogPiG blog. You can click on any of the posts to open them in a new window. This will not effect any searches currently in progress.
I’ll post a full instruction video tomorrow, but for now you can download the YouTube Comment Extractor HERE.