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N.A.P. Hunter Lite

N.A.P. Hunter Lite

If you’re like us, you probably think citation work is the worst. All that manual work to clean up local business data at publishers that can’t keep their own databases accurate is hardly a challenge worthy of a local SEO genius like yourself.

N.A.P. Hunter Lite is a Chrome extension we built to help us speed up that manual citation auditing process, and we wanted to share the wealth. N.A.P. Hunter Lite performs searches for various combinations of a business’ name, address and phone number to give you a look at its citation profile and automatically download it to a .csv file.

You can get the extension at NAPHunterv1 for now, although soon it will be available in the Chrome Web Store.

How To Install N.A.P. Hunter Lite in Chrome

  1. Get a Google Chrome Browser
  2. Click on the “Hamburger” menu in the top right of the browser. Select “Tools” > “Extensions” to go to the Extensions page.  You can also just copy chrome://extensions/ into the Awesome bar.
    Chrome Hamburger Menu
  3. Enable “Developer Mode” in Chrome (note: this appears to be an issue for Windows PCs. You may need to wait until we add this to the Chrome Store)
  4. Drag and drop the unzipped N.A.P. Hunter Lite file onto the page
  5. If you are on a Mac you need to drag the file into the Chrome extension page directly from the Finder
  6. If you are having issues with Chrome de-activating the plugin make sure you delete it, enable “Developer Mode” and then re-install the extension.

Potential Bugs:

  • We have updated the extension at 5:19pm PST 6.10.14. If you had problems before, delete the old one and download the current version
  • We have had a report that the extension may not work on Windows XP Pro
  • If you can’t install the extension, make sure you drag it from a folder, not the browser download bar.
  • If asked if you want to copy the folder with encryption, select “Skip” (#NSA)
  • If all else fails, delete the extension, click on “Developer Mode” on the Extensions page and then re-install it.
  • We will get the app in the Chrome Store next week which should fix some of these issues

 

How To Run N.A.P. Hunter Lite
Pretty simple:

  1. Enter the N.A.P. info in the boxes
  2. Hit “Hunt” to run the query in the browser. You’ll get a lot of tabs that look like this:
    N.A.P. Hunter Query
    You can browse the tabs to find different citation sites for your N.A.P.
  3. Hit “Export”. After a small delay, N.A.P. Hunter Lite will download all of the data in a csv like N.A.P.HUNTER.Local SEO Guide.2014-6-10.
  4. The current version provides the ability to deselect different query types and the option to remove Yelp.com from the results because, well F#%& em!

 

Let us know what you think and feel free to suggest improvements. Have fun hunting!

 

41 Comments

41 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Kathleen // Jun 10, 2014 at 4:16 pm

    I am using Chrome, unzipped the file, and went to the extensions page, chrome://extensions/ but nothing happens when I drag the NAPHunter v1.crx file to the extensions page. I’m eager to try this. Thanks!

  • 2 Andrew Shotland // Jun 10, 2014 at 4:19 pm

    Kathleen,

    Did you drag it from a folder or directly from your browser’s download bar? It doesn’t work when dragged from the download bar for some reason. Also depending on your Chrome set up, you may need to enable Developer Mode on the Extensions page (top right of page). Let me know if that doesn’t solve it.

  • 3 wesley // Jun 10, 2014 at 4:42 pm

    I seem to recall Google recently update Chrome to prevent any extensions being added unless they were coming from the Chrome store.

    This process clearly is not working anymore

  • 4 Jim Froling // Jun 10, 2014 at 4:58 pm

    Chrome doesn’t trust you, Andrew. I thought these Googlers were pretty smart, didn’t you?

    Anyways, here’s where I’m redirected when trying to run the app.

    https://support.google.com/chrome_webstore/answer/2664769?p=crx_warning&rd=1

  • 5 Andrew Shotland // Jun 10, 2014 at 5:02 pm

    Hmmm. That ain’t good. Looks like we should get it into the Chrome Store asap. Sorry bout that Jim.

  • 6 Dan Leibson // Jun 10, 2014 at 5:15 pm

    Hey everyone,

    We tested this on the most recent version of OSX, Windows 7 & 8 and it will work for all those operating systems.

    If you are on a Mac, you have to drag it directly into the extensions folder from Finder, you can’t do it from the download within Chrome.

    If you are in Windows 7 or 8 you need to click on the arrow next to the download when it is trying to get you to discard it. If you don’t trust us and don’t want to continue, I won’t hold it against you. But if you keep it and unzip it you will be able to drag it into the extension menu and it should say “Drop to Install” on the center of the screen. We are going to change the file name which should prevent this issue.

    As far as I know you have always been able to have non-Chrome store extensions in Chrome, the application just default treats them as Malware kinda like Windows does with .exe files.

    If you have any questions or screenshots of a bug etc please send them to dan@localseoguide.com

  • 7 Joy Hawkins // Jun 10, 2014 at 5:19 pm

    Not working for me either :( I tried developer mode but when I drag and drop it just opens the folder with the MacOSX folder and NAPHunterv1.crx file in it.

  • 8 Andrew Shotland // Jun 10, 2014 at 5:43 pm

    Joy, did you:
    1. Unzip the downloaded file
    2. Drag it from the Finder to the Extensions window and drop it?

  • 9 Rich Hargrave // Jun 10, 2014 at 5:50 pm

    Working great ON my Chrome, and IN Chrome. Very cool – thanks!

  • 10 Joy Hawkins // Jun 10, 2014 at 5:52 pm

    I figured it out. When I went to unzip it, I get an error stating Do you want to copy this folder without encryption? “a problem is preventing this folder from being encrypted”. The first time, I pressed “yes” and it didn’t work. This time around I pressed “skip” and I was able to drag and drop the unzipped file into Chrome.

  • 11 Andrew Shotland // Jun 10, 2014 at 5:54 pm

    Glad to hear it Joy. Thanks for giving it another shot.

  • 12 Andrew Shotland // Jun 10, 2014 at 6:05 pm

    Hey Rich!

    Glad it’s working for you.

  • 13 Tyler Herrick // Jun 10, 2014 at 6:33 pm

    Worked fine for me today on Win7 64bit, chrome version 35.0.1915.114 m. As Dan mentioned, you do have to manually “Keep” the download at first. After that just drag the .crx to the Extensions page and voila. I will have my team look into utilizing this for our citation research, thanks for the post!

  • 14 Dan Leibson // Jun 10, 2014 at 7:11 pm

    Great to hear Tyler! Let me know if your team has any feedback.

  • 15 Patrick Coombe // Jun 10, 2014 at 10:21 pm

    Thanks Andrew –

    Seemed easy enough for me to install!

    Nice tool and interesting idea. At the very least it is a great way to export citation sources. Love the -yelp option as well. Wish everyone would do that.

    Also some really nice javascript in there :)

    This will definitely be a tool that I’ll keep installed when I need to do an audit.

    Thanks again Andrew :)

    Patrick

  • 16 Andrew Shotland // Jun 10, 2014 at 10:26 pm

    Glad you like it Patrick

  • 17 Chad Eisenhart // Jun 11, 2014 at 2:15 am

    Thanks Andrew, works really well.

  • 18 Eric // Jun 11, 2014 at 5:17 am

    Make sure you extract the file and drag and drop the NAPHunter v1.crx CRX file into the extensions and it’ll work :)

  • 19 Russ Offord // Jun 11, 2014 at 6:29 am

    Install on PC works best by having depveloper mode checked, unzipping the original archive, then drag/drop the file called NAPHunter v1.crx onto the chrome://extensions/ page.

  • 20 Gib // Jun 11, 2014 at 7:05 am

    Nifty

  • 21 SudoRank // Jun 11, 2014 at 10:44 am

    Nice too, work quite well and the yelp option is really good!

  • 22 Kevin // Jun 11, 2014 at 10:47 am

    Hey Guys

    Doesn’t seem to be working for me, I am on a Windows machine with chrome, I drag it onto the page and it just re-downloads it again

  • 23 Andrew Shotland // Jun 11, 2014 at 11:00 am

    Kevin,

    Make sure you are dragging it from a folder and not from the download bar in the browser. Also make sure you drag it to the Extensions page in Chrome.

  • 24 Barry // Jun 11, 2014 at 12:12 pm

    Tried to add it to extensions in Windows 8.1. Unzipped the file, checked developer mode, and dragged the file to extensions. The dragged icon said copy, but a dialog bar at the top said that “Apps, extensions, and user scripts cannot be added from this website.” Any ideas?

  • 25 Dan Leibson // Jun 11, 2014 at 12:15 pm

    @Barry

    Are you dragging it from the file system to the Chrome extensions page (chrome://extensions/)? If so can you send me a screenshot to dan@localseoguide.com?

  • 26 Hellemans // Jun 11, 2014 at 12:46 pm

    Hi Dan, I’m able to install but unable to set it to using in the extentions tab in chrome since it was not installed via the chrome web store, any suggestions?

  • 27 Ray Cassidy // Jun 11, 2014 at 12:54 pm

    Nice heads up thanks Andrew. Installed as described without any fuss… once I read the “destructions” properly ! It certainly works fast. It does produce a significant duplication of data… that might be a nice feature for the after beta paid version I suspect ;-)

    Very useful for non tech business owners who might struggle to hunt down all their references.

  • 28 Dan Leibson // Jun 11, 2014 at 12:57 pm

    You can de-dupe by using the remove duplicates function in Excel. We contemplated adding it, but since it’s so easy to de-dupe in Excel I wanted to keep the position tracking intact.

  • 29 Tyler Herrick // Jun 11, 2014 at 6:59 pm

    I can no longer use NAP Hunter when I updated Chrome. They disabled it because they think it got that via malware, and I can’t reenable it. I think I will have to wait for the Web Store variant.

  • 30 Andrew Shotland // Jun 11, 2014 at 7:00 pm

    Ah the joys of software development. We’ll get it up in the Chrome store by next week. Apologies for any inconvenience.

  • 31 Suraj G // Jun 11, 2014 at 11:19 pm

    I’m using windows and tried installing the extension by simply dragging and dropping it. It worked like a charm. Good work guys ;)

  • 32 Anders // Jun 12, 2014 at 12:11 am

    Very nice.

    Just gave it a try here i Denmark. Seems to be working fine

  • 33 Anders // Jun 12, 2014 at 12:11 am

    in*

  • 34 Dan Myhre // Jun 12, 2014 at 5:47 am

    Will Google see this as unusual traffic from my computer network and block my IP address?

  • 35 Andrew Shotland // Jun 12, 2014 at 9:00 am

    Dan,

    In our testing we have never been blocked by Google. That said, the more queries you do, the more likely Google is to throw up a CAPTCHA.

  • 36 Dan Leibson // Jun 12, 2014 at 9:41 am

    @Dan

    In the options you can change how long before new queries get processed for the export function.

    This specifically lets you get around the Google CAPTCHA if you are experiencing a problem.

  • 37 Vijay // Jun 13, 2014 at 6:31 am

    Thanks Andrew!

  • 38 Hans // Jun 16, 2014 at 1:36 pm

    Give me a heads up when it’s on the Chrome Store…

  • 39 Zane Tuck // Jun 20, 2014 at 10:01 am

    Tried installing this today and Chrome immediately disables it. Even in developer mode, Chrome won’t let you install extensions that aren’t from the Chrome Web Store. If you do install one that isn’t from the Web Store, it grays it out and won’t let you re-enable it.

    Hope you guys can get this in the Web Store soon! I’d love to use it.

  • 40 Dan Leibson // Jun 20, 2014 at 1:03 pm

    Hey everyone, NAP Hunter! Lite is now in the Chrome store:

    https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/nap-hunter/ligeiippheclogiddffemogcgpjmieao

  • 41 Kathleen // Jun 20, 2014 at 1:20 pm

    It worked for me – thanks!

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