We want to make customers aware of an issue that we’re currently encountering with our BuzzMarker Prospecting List functionality and what we’re doing to address it.
To put it briefly: Google made an update to their SERPs which has disrupted our ability to generate prospecting lists from their searches. There’s good news and bad news.
The good news is that we have already made the fix to this issue (it was very simple) and have submitted our latest build of the BuzzMarker to address it.
The bad news is that Google is taking significantly longer to review and publish Chrome extension updates, so it may take up to a week for the fix to be published.
On our end, we’ve been making some changes that will likely result in speedier update times in the future. However, right now we don’t have a way to get Google to publish things any faster.
Fortunately, if you rely on BuzzMarker Prospecting Lists for your workflow there are several workarounds you can use right now that will hopefully allow you to continue working without too much disruption.
I.The disruption to our BuzzMarker Prospecting Lists functionality is limited to Google SERPs. So, if you want to use the BuzzMarker to create lists from other SERPs, such as those from Bing, it will work fine. We’ve tested it and the results seem pretty good.
Generating a prospecting list from Bing or other SERPs (or lists of URLs for that matter such as from Ahrefs or SEMRush) is straightforward, but slightly different from Google.
1. Run your search as normal
2. Right click on the SERP
3. Scroll down and hover on the BuzzStream BuzzMarker option
4. Select “Create a Prospecting List” and you’re done, from there the prospecting functionality will work as you’re used to.
II. If you need to rely on Google SERPs specifically to generate your prospects, you can use the Research List functionality in our new beta UI to generate lists from Google Searches (or even Google News searches, for that matter). To do so in a way that feels most similar to your existing workflow:
1. If you haven’t yet, enable the new UI beta by following the instructions in this post
2. Go to Google and run test searches until you find one or more that you would otherwise have used to create a prospecting list in the BuzzMarker.
3. Now, in the BuzzStream beta UI, go to your project and select “Research Lists” from the top menu.
4. Click “Add List” near the top of the Research Lists tab.
5. Select the “Add from Web Search” option in the pop-up window
6. Name your search if you’d like, then enter the keyword phrases you successfully tested in Google.
7. Apply any relevant search filters for post date, country, or language. Optionally, you can also opt to retrieve new results on a weekly basis and receive notification emails about new results.
8. Now, click “Save”
9. After a few minutes, you can refresh your page and BuzzStream will pull the results from your Google searches into a Research List. From here you can vet them, add them to your project, or remove them entirely.
10. (The remaining steps are optional but recommended) If you want more information, you can also launch into a Research Workflow using the BuzzMarker. To do that
11. Select the prospects you’d like to research (or select all)
12. Click the “Research” option when it appears
13. Now select “Review on Web”
14. This will take you site by site through the results using the BuzzMarker, exactly as it would if you opted to review individually from a standard BuzzMarker Prospecting List in Google.