How would you define “bot” in 2016?

What’s a Bot?


Consider something you do on a daily basis.

Perhaps it’s doing the dishes or driving to work. Now imagine that you had a clone of yourself that did that job for you. Now imagine if that clone was really a robot.

The word ‘bot’ is derived from the word robot – basically, it’s just a shortened form of the word that has tended to mean “internet robot.”

A bot is just a little online worker robot that does a special job for you.

Some bots are just simple software that execute brute force work that a human would get tired of very fast (e.g. crawling, or reading, thousands of web pages per second). Other bots make elaborate decisions based on pre-programmed options.

Basically, bots do stuff for you by interacting with other services in your behalf. And usually when people use the word, their definition of bot means on-line robots that do a job on the internet.

But bots aren’t just clones – they’re super fast clones, and they’re especially good in situations where a reply speed quicker than that of people is needed. Consider auction-website bots, where last minute bid-placing may change who wins; or ticket-buying, where the first to place an order is usually the one who gets the best seats.

Generally, bots are software applications that perform pre-defined jobs that are both simple and structurally persistent, at a greater speed than would be possible for a person alone.

There’s lots of discussion about bots as if they’re brand new – But in fact, bots have been here for a very long time – we just didn’t call them that. Customers of ours at UBot Studio have been constructing complex bots for 6 years and most aren’t even programmers!

And on a more fundamental level, there are currently bots interacting with you every day. When we are given search results by Google, we don’t think of it as a bot responding to our query. But it is – it’s only a software framework reacting to our query with an algorithm. And how was that info obtained by Google? With a scraper bot – a bot that visits websites, clicks on links, and gathers info about what’s on the web pages it finds.

Many people think the meaning of bots is “conversational” or  “chat bots” – which might really be what bots become defined as with time. Right now, chat bots aren’t very complex. Nevertheless, natural language software frameworks that are query-able are coming – bots that answer questions, but also can have back and forth conversations, recall preferences, and more.

For now, most bots are created to do very specific tasks, whether they interact with users via conversations or not. At the moment, most of the industry focus is on bots in messaging programs because time spent in messaging programs has surpassed time spent in social networks.

But we’ve barely scratched the surface of internet bots in general. There are millions of uses for simple bots out there.

And you’re in luck if you need to construct your own bot! That’s where we can help.


How to make a bot

In the old days people had to set up complicated dev environments. To construct a bot that just clicks a button on a web site in most programming languages you’d have to learn how command syntax works, how to setup the dev environment, the best way to run your scripts, the way components operate, and a lot more. It could take weeks.  But now, there are tools to make building bots easier than ever.  Literally anyone can do it.

UBot Studio is the only Universal Bot Development Platform that anyone can use.

UBot Studio was created specifically to make it easy to create bots.

In UBot Studio, you can just drag a button from a webpage that you want to click onto UBot Studio’s script window, and UBot Studio automatically creates a “click” command. UBot Studio also easily scrapes websites: Drop the scrape page command into your script window and choose the element you want to scrape, and hit run. Pretty much however you define a bot, UBot Studio can help you build one.

You can use UBot Studio on practically any web site – your websites,  databases, backends, frontends, intranet websites, and public websites, to quickly and easily create bots, and either use or sell them.

In UBot Studio, you simply drag and drop:

Bot Example Gif


Or, you can simply Record your activities like this:

Bot Recording Example

Bot Recording Example


The commands in UBot Studio are easy to comprehend (Browse browses, Click clicks, etc). And you don’t need to learn programming to use it.

In UBot Studio, you won’t be constructing bots to drive to work or to wash dishes. In UBot Studio, you’ll build more web bots – like what Google builds. More particularly, you’ll be creating uBots.

What is a uBot?

robot holding platter

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

  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.


What does a uBot do?

It’s possible for you to make a bot that…


What type of uBots should I make?

UBot Studio was made to be useful for an unlimited variety of jobs.

The fact that UBot Studio allows you to compile uBots into standalone software has led to a secondary market of botmakers 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.

Regardless, there are a number of recurring themes around which many uBots are built:

      1. Scraping data. Information is a powerful tool. Many of the web billionaires of the world made their billions acquiring and intelligently using information. Some uBots are designed for just this function. A uBot can look through page after never-ending page of info and never get bored.
      2. SEO. If you’re comfortable with SEO, then you understand the word can mean a million things to a million individuals ( in case you’re not knowledgeable about SEO, I urge Kissmetrics’ intro [link]). There are plenty of Search Engine Optimization bots available 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.
      3. Alerting users of new info. Realtors frequently make uBots notify them as soon as a brand new listing comes in the marketplace, and after that they scrape MLS listings inside their local region. Additionally they use them to post their houses to various sites and repost them often. Hint: Tons of other professions want this also!
  1. Content creation. Among the largest difficulty with filling out a web-based conglomerate is the issue of where to get content from. With UBot Studio, you can find one type of content to turn into another, or create new content. There are lots of means to fill up the net with worthless garbage, but if you’re able to create a uBot that automatically creates quality content, the net will gain, and will reward you for it!
  2. Social Media Domination. Build out your accounts immediately and distribute info that you’re offering throughout the internet. Whether it’s a huge, popular one or a brand-new social network, there’s lots of room to automate your social life with custom uBots.
  3. Bypass the API. Not sure how to use Python, or javascript to grab information or send information directly through APIs?  With UBot, you can bypass the API and, when the TOS permits, use a uBot to interact with the frontend. It’s considerably quicker than learning to write code in python or javascript!
  4. Upgrade 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.
  5. Connect Frontends and Save Time: Many customers offer services that streamline unnecessarily complex services, like government websites, by completing actions automatically for users based on information they put into their bots.
  6. Account Creation: Regardless of how many accounts you need, your uBot will have the capacity to manage it.
  7. Social Networking: Spending an excessive amount of time handling requests and sending messages on your social profiles on websites like Facebook, twitter, etc? UBot Studio can handle everything from profile creation, image uploads, status updates, links sharing, requests, groups management, and more.
  8. Video Uploading: So you’ve got a viral video that you would like to upload to all those video sharing websites on out there? Not a problem. Simply make a uBot and allow it to manage everything.
  9. Blog Commenting: Websites are a simple way to get links and traffic to your sites. Make a uBot that locates sites and appropriate posts, or posts your specific content for you.
  10. Domain Names Finder: Spending hours trying to produce key word blends and then checking up if they may be accessible for domain purchasing, on new or on aged domains? How about a uBot that chooses your key words, takes thousands of potential key word options, checks if they may work, and either grabs them or alerts you when something is available?
  11. Domains Research: Not only can you make a uBot to locate domains but it’s also advisable to automate the procedure for studying domains for their worth. You’ll have the ability to examine thousands of domain names in no time.
  12. Auctions Bot: Uh Oh. Quit losing your sleep over those bid wars that you’re involved in right now. Have your uBot take care of the bidding for you!
  13. Website / WordPress Set Up: If you’re a professional marketer, you likely set up hundreds of such websites. This could all be done with a uBot.
  14. Content Scraping: Ever needed to do content scraping? A uBot can do that. Pretty much on any site.
  15. Content Posting: Is consistently posting content in your network of websites taking too large an amount of time and effort? Why not automate it with a uBot?
  16. Content Marketing: Create social pages, submit them to web directories, establish links to them by commenting on sites or posting about them on newsgroups? A uBot can do all of it.
  17. Affiliate Network Direction: You only need to be creative and you’ll be able to automate almost anything that’s routine.

Still uncertain what type of uBot you need to make? Here are a few more ideas for you. Done right, any one of these could make you a small fortune.

If we weren’t so busy running UBot Media, to be honest, we’d create each and every one of these.

Team UBot