Spider Not Working

Occasionally I get support emails from customers saying the spider isn’t working on Web Content Studio.

The typical error message in WCS is:
“.. cannot continue with the spider because no search URLs were found in this term”

OK; there are a few reasons this can happen.  The main one is that you have not upgraded to the latest version.  If the auto-upgrade in WCS does not seem to be working, please see this post.

As per the instructions on the download page, please always run WCS as administrator.

OK; if you are still having problems, here are the main reasons the spider can fail:

  1. Google has changed the way it displays it's results, and WCS needs an update.  This happens very infrequently (only once in the last 5 years).
  2. A firewall or anti-virus/anti-spam tool is blocking WCS from accessing Google.
  3. You currently have a temporary Google IP ban for automated queries.  Please see this post for a work-around.


I am a Science teacher by training, but have been working online for over 15 yearse, specializing in search engine optimization and affiliate marketing. Web Content Studio grew out of my own need for a tool that could create search engine optimized content, the way the search engines want it. You can follow me on Facebook orTwitter. I am also on Google +

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