Introduction to UBot Studio

 

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Welcome to the world of automation. You’re here now because you want the power to make work easier. You recognize that getting work done online is stressful, tedious, and repetitive. And why should it be? Aren’t computers supposed to work for us? Your time is valuable. Let the computers do computer work. These tutorials will teach you how to multiply your productivity tenfold, a hundredfold, and beyond. Every job you do online can be done by a computer, and every penny you earn online can be replicated by a bot. It can be duplicated over and over. And the best part? Once you teach a bot to do your job, you can walk away from the computer, and go do what you really want to do. Have I piqued your interest? Good. Let’s get started!

What is UBot Studio

UBot Studio is the first (and best) software tool specifically designed for making autonomous internet bots. UBot Studio is designed for non-programmers, allowing users to interact directly with a web browser to teach bots how to work with the elements on a web page. UBot Studio uses a Visual Scripting Language known as UScript that allows users to create complex logic easily, by dragging and dropping blocks. It’s kind of like building Legos.

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Cool. What’s a Bot?

Consider something you do on a daily basis. Maybe it’s driving to work or doing the dishes. Now imagine that you had a clone of yourself that did that job for you. Now imagine that the clone was actually a robot. A bot is a little worker robot that does a specific job for you. Of course, in UBot Studio, you won’t be building bots to wash dishes or drive you to work. In UBot Studio, you’ll mostly be creating internet bots. More specifically, you’ll be creating uBots.

Uh Huh… What’s a uBot?

A uBot is an internet bot that meets several special qualifications:

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  1. A uBot should be Autonomous. This means that, once started, it should be capable of running with no human intervention, or at least minimal human intervention.
  2. A uBot should be purpose driven. A uBot should have a clearly defined purpose and it should do nothing other than that intended purpose. It can be useful to think of a uBot as though it were an employee working for you. That employee should know his job, step by step. He should know how to begin and end, and he shouldn’t focus on anything other than his main purpose. Keeping your uBot’s purpose finite, clean, and concise will keep your uBots happy. And when your uBots are happy, you’ll be happy as well.
  3. A uBot should clearly communicate its successes and failures. The web is a big, complex, messy beast. This fact can make life very difficult for the garden variety bot maker. If you teach your uBots to clearly communicate what they are doing at all times, when they succeed, and when they fail, you will always have a clear vision of your uBot’s productivity, and you will be able to able to react quickly if a problem does arise.
  4. A uBot should be as simple as possible and no simpler. There’s a tendency among new botters to want to add every feature they can think of. This will only make life hard for you. A simple bot is a happy bot, so if there’s a simple way to accomplish something, do it that way. On the other hand, sometimes added complexity is exactly what you need for a bot to succeed. Don’t hold so tightly to simplicity that you compromise your bot’s success.

Basically, a uBot is the next level of internet bot. A uBot is like a hardworking robot laborer, who never asks for money and never takes a day off.

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What kind of uBots should I make?

UBot Studio is designed to be useful for a literal infinite number of tasks. The fact that UBot Studio allows you to compile uBots into standalone software has led to a secondary market of botmasters selling their uBots for profit. Others create uBots that perform some service, which they then sell, perhaps for a monthly recurring fee. Still others create uBots entirely for their own use. In any case, there are a few recurring themes that people tend to design uBots arounds:

 

  • Alerting users of new information. Real estate agents often make uBots to scrape MLS listings in their local area, and then notify them as soon as a new listing comes on the market. They also use them to post their houses to various websites and repost them regularly. Hint: Lots of other professions need this too!
  • Content creation. One of the biggest problem with filling out an online empire is the problem of where to get content from. With UBot Studio, you can cleverly find ways to turn one kind of content into another, or generate new content all together. It’s important to stay ethical about this. There are plenty of ways to fill the internet up with useless garbage, but if you can create a uBot that automatically creates quality content, the web will benefit, and will reward you handsomely for doing literally no work.  
  • Social Media Domination. Build out your accounts quickly and spread information about what you’re offering all over the web, whether it’s a brand new social network or a  huge, popular one, there’s plenty of room to automate your social life with custom uBots.
  • Skip the API. Not sure how to use Python, or javascript to grab information or send information directly through APIs? With UBot, you can skip the API and, when the TOS allows, use a uBot to interact directly with the frontend. It’s much faster than learning to program.
  • Update Old Systems. Many UBotters work in enterprise-level companies where it could cost thousands or tens-of-thousands to update simple architecture to, for example, add database search functionality. Instead, you can use a uBot to perform simple tasks, either on the internet or even in an intranet.
  • Scraping data. Information can be a powerful tool. Many of the internet billionaires of the world made their billions by clever acquisition and usage of data. Some uBots are designed for exactly this purpose. A uBot can look through page after endless page of information and never get bored. After that, it can craft the data in various ways to make it useful to the user, whether that user is you or a customer.
  • SEO. If you’re familiar with SEO, then you understand that the word can mean a million things to a million people (if you’re not familiar with SEO, I recommend Kissmetrics’ intro). Likewise, there are already tons of SEO bots on the market. The problem is that when a bot becomes widely used, it becomes less effective. To understand this, it works similarly to a bunch of fisherman fishing in the same pond. Pretty soon, the pond has a lot less fish and you’re fighting with the fisherman on the boat next to you for a fish stick. But with UBot Studio, you can stay light on your feet, and fish in ponds that other people don’t even know about.

Still not sure what kind of uBot you want to make? Here are some concrete ideas for you. Done correctly, any one of these ideas make you a small fortune.

  • A uBot that takes all the content of a blog and turns it into a pdf.
  • A uBot that automatically finds relevant stock image for an article and inserts the images into the article.
  • A uBot that finds useful or otherwise amusing correlations between various data sets and the stock market, then sends an email to a private mailing list.
  • A uBot that converts the entirety of Plato’s Dialogs into audio by running them through a text to speech engine, then uploading those to SoundCloud.
  • A uBot that grabs all the videos from your company’s facebook page, and uploads them to all the major video sites.
  • A uBot that browses all of the products on an online store, scrapes relevant data, and draws charts based on that data
  • A uBot that searches the web using customer data you already have, fusing the information together with social network and other analysis to create customer insights
  • A uBot that creates and manages tumblr accounts where every post is a passage from a famous public domain book.
  • A uBot that automates newsletter and content marketing by finding content your customers love, like the top ten headlines in your niche, and delivering it fresh every day.
  • A uBot that spreads the word about your events or promotions to thousands via online classifieds and other sites.
  • A uBot that monitors website functionality and creates alerts that notify companies right away if something is broken.
  • A uBot that checks illegal downloading sites to see if your software, book, etc is available, and automatically sends a DMCA notice.
  • A uBot that automatically creates screenshots or animated gifs from tv shows and superimposes dialog onto it, then uploads them to all major gif sites.
  • A uBot that finds every public illegal download for a given piece of software, and sends a DMCA notice to the hosting site.
  • A uBot that automatically looks for common security problems on a company’s website.
  • A uBot that scrapes every post on any forum site or social networking site, and runs them all through a sentiment analysis system to see how people view your company.
  • A uBot that runs on a vps as a web service and let’s users download search engine results as a CSV file.
  • A uBot that finds what kind of bots people are searching for on google compared to how much market competition there is for that kind of bot.

Of course these are just some ideas I came up with off the top of my head. To be honest, I would personally create each and every one of these if I wasn’t so busy running UBot Media.

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