So, I've been using SER for some time, but I'm still lacking the knowledge of some very basic things. I thought to ask them here for some clarification.
1) What is a thread, really?
Let's say you have 1 project for the sake of simplicity... If you're running 500 threads, does it mean that SER will either be trying to submit to 500 links from sitelists or scanning search engines for 500 keywords or what?
2) What's the difference between thread count / timeout in global options versus proxy options?
I don't understand what those two mean. I think the global option timeout means how long SER will wait (in one thread?) for a website to send the first bit of data, right? Well, what does the proxy timeout mean then? How about proxy thread count?
3) What causes "download failed" logs?
I'm seeing these quite a bit. Does it mean that either
1) the website is down
2) it takes too long to load
3) it hit the proxy / global options timeout limit?
4) What's a proper amount of threads to run?
Now, I know this is dependent on VPS and million other settings. I'm just curious as on how this relates to the amount of proxies. Like if you're not using SER for scraping at all, can you radically raise the thread count?
5) Using imported lists
Sorry, I already posted a question about this, but let's have another run... I'm mainly curious about the engine selections when importing lists...
I mean, you're not scraping for targets when importing lists. Wouldn't it then make sense to check ALL engines and try to post to as many of them as possible? I've understood that if you don't have articles checked - as an example here - and you bring a list of 100k article urls, SER won't post to any of them, right?
Conversely, let's say you've been unable to post to a certain article engine when scraping for targets. Well, wouldn't it make sense to still tick that on when you're importing lists, in case it would succeed this time around?
I know these are really n00b questions, but I just don't understand these nevertheless
Would be awesome to hear input from guys like @Sven
and other guys!