Laser URL Redux?

Do you still use Laser URL?  Or are you here looking to download it?  Read this first…

I wrote an “updated” Laser URL post over 5 years ago.  Right now, that’s easily the most visited page I have.  It’s not even close.

Now, part of that is because I’m just re-launching my blog and don’t exactly have steady readership anymore.  But most of that is because it still has a lot of people actively linking to it.  And it was a freaking awesome tool.

But there’s a problem.  Namely, Laser URL was created so long ago and the search engines have changed their formats so much that the software no longer works.  If I still used the tool in my business, I would have kept it updated.  But I don’t.  And I didn’t.

I do, however, get a lot of requests from readers for an updated version.  And I think it could be fun to create something really killer for you again.

But here’s where I need your help.  I probably don’t have enough readers yet to even make this worthwhile, but I’ll give it a shot…

My business is essentially entirely mobile-based at this point.  I don’t use Laser URL anymore.  And if I were going to create a brand new v2, I’d want it to be better than the original.

So I need your ideas and feedback for v2.  What would you like to see it do?  What could I improve (other than the broken search engines, of course).  Can you think of a mobile component I could add?

If you have answers (or questions) for me, leave a comment here.  I’m not expecting much response… but if I get enough (especially if there are some good ideas), I’ll work on it and see what I can do for you.

Here’s my commitment to you…

  1. If I build it, Laser URL will be free.
  2. If I build it, Laser URL will be awesome.
  3. If I build it, Laser URL will be open source.

3 Comments Laser URL Redux?

  1. Arvin Hill

    I downloaded Laser URL, after reading your older post and watching the vids, before I read this post. It is a killer tool, except as noted here already. Does the quantcast side of the tool also have to be updated? I noticed that it did not perform the tasks given to it, I thought it might have been me.
    As for suggestions I was thinking it might be nice to expand the reach of the tool to do some form of tracking for campaigns once they are up. Nothing fancy or over the top, just for simple campaigns, to be able to remove URL that are not performing and the like.
    I am going to try to use the import from clipboard, to populate from another free URL scraper I found. I really like that you can work with the data so many different ways very easily, that’s what really attracted me to Laser URL. If it works I’ll let you know. Thanks for making something for everyone that does not have a price tag! and works! (better than those that do) or did anyway. Kudos

  2. George Smith


    Great to hear you are considering Laser URL redux.

    Really love the idea of leveraging it into the mobile app space.

    I really will give it some thought. Very open to brainstorming ideas..maybe we could set up a collaborative discussion group

    let keep connected

    George Smith
    Dallas, TX

  3. vic alderman

    Lurl was awesome as was! It was so far ahead of its time that it would be right up to date today.

    Not sure how Admob and the other mobile networks would be a lot of help but I guess they control the buy side soooooo…..add them?

    Glad to see you’re back Matt. bring it on, dude!

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