This tutorial provides a step by step procedure to create a Selenium Java app to find blog rank from the Google search result.
It is a perfect example of software automated testing using Selenium. It demonstrates how to leverage Selenium in filtering Google search results and find the rank of a blog against a keyword. We brought this idea because it is suited for software automated testing and relevant for bloggers as well.
We request readers to read it carefully as it will help them boost their skills in software automated testing. And if you are a blogger, you can try it to find the ranking of your blog for a specific keyword in Google search result. It is a practical Selenium tutorial which will cover all steps to create a Selenium project. Hence this Selenium tutorial is a little different from the stuff available on other websites.
Find Blog Rank Using Selenium
- 1 What is Blog Rank?
- 2 How does the Blog Rank Finder application work?
- 3 Create the Selenium Java app to find blog rank
What is Blog Rank?
Blog rank is the location of a blog in Google Search Result when a search takes place for some keyword. It could be useful for newbie bloggers who want to see how their post is fairing in Google Search Result.
How does the Blog Rank Finder application work?
Let’s understand the functionality of the application in detail. The blog rank finder application will be a command line application. It will require three inputs before it displays the blog location in Google search result. You would be able to execute the app from the Eclipse IDE and the command line as well.
The three inputs that the application will need are:
- Name of the blog or website which you want to check rank
- The search keyword for Google search
- The search threshold value or the number of pages to crawl
Let’s now watch over the steps that you should be doing to create the blog rank finder application. We’ve split the build process into four levels to give more clarity for our readers. We’ve kept the step description quite clear so that you can easily imitate all the steps given here in your working environment.
Create the Selenium Java app to find blog rank
Step#1) Create a Java Project using Eclipse
Start Eclipse and create a new “Java” project as shown in below screenshot.
Assign project a name say “GooglePageRankFinder” and save.
Step#2) Add Selenium libraries (jar files) to your project
If you already have the required libraries on your system then skip to the next substep. Otherwise to read details on downloading and adding libraries, please visit the below URL.
For adding libraries to the project, right click on it and Select “Build Path>>Add Libraries” to add them.
Please refer to the snapshot given below. It will help you to select and add the libraries.
For your note, we are using Firefox WebDriver in this demonstration. So you must have the Firefox browser on your system to run this application.
Step#3) Add source code to the project
So far we’ve added the libraries, but there is still no source code. To add the source, please do the following substeps.
- Right click on the project’s “src” folder and select a “Package” to add.
- Name the new package as “rankFinder.”
- Next, select the “rankFinder” package and a “Class” as “PageRank.”
- It will get the “PageRank.java” file created in the project.
- Now we’ve attached the source code of the “PageRank.java” in the below code snippet. You need to copy paste the source code into your “PageRank.java” file.
Finally, you are successfully able to set up the project. Now it’s time to build the application. In Eclipse, projects get built by default which generates the class file as well. In case the auto build setting is not enabled, use Eclipse’s “Project>>Build Project” menu option to compile the application.
If you’ve correctly followed all the above steps, you should be successfully able to build the application. If there are any errors, do let us know for help.
Step#4) Execute the “GooglePageRankFinder” application
You can now run the application using the following substeps from Eclipse.
- Execute the application from “Run>>Run” menu. Or you can also run it using the “CTRL+F11” keyboard shortcut.
- Alternatively, you can execute it from “Run>>Debug” menu. In debug mode, it is allowed to insert breakpoints into the code.
After execution, the app will ask for three inputs as described earlier. Follow the attached snapshot for clarity.
Once you enter the required inputs, the application will open the browser and perform the search. It’ll crawl to the page where your blog appears in Google search result. The app will select and highlight the blog link from the Google search result. You can verify the output from the attached snapshot. In case the page threshold limit gets exhausted, the application will return automatically.
Quick Wrap up – Find Blog Rank Using Selenium
We hope that you like the Selenium tutorial and the implementation of the blog rank finder application. You are also welcome to enhance it further to your imagination. You can alter it to run on different browsers as well. In case you fall into any issues, do text us, email us, or use the comment box given below to reach us. We surely will get back to you.
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