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    Professional tool to track SERP changes


    In a previous post (Tool To Track Daily SERP changes), Digitalpoint told us about a very nice tool that he has put together, which tracks keyword placement on Google.

    However this tool requires an API Key from Google (which comes with its own limits) and does not have support for all the search engines.

    I found a different tool, which is not free, but does not have these limitations, and I just wanted to share it with you guys. The fact is that I got so used to this tool that I can never think about doing my job without it.

    Anyway, I bet you can judge for yourselves:

    Advanced Web Ranking

    Hope this helps anyone,

    Mark

    Disclaimer: I am not affiliated with the developers of the above software.
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    Using the API is something you want to see in these products.

    If it does not go through the API, it is most probably going against Google's TOS.
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    Yes automated queries can lead to penalties and bans. I used to use Web Position Gold but stopped since I dont want to test Google's almighty patience.

    Besides Shawn and Rustybrick both have great products.

    -PK
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    I would also agree... using a tool that makes queries to Google without using the Google API is a bad idea. Of course, maybe the developers got written permission from Google to do so. But even then, I think each end user would need to get written permission since it resides on their computer. Otherwise, it's a violation of Google's terms of service.

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    I decided to give it a shot. Easy to download It is user friendly and easy to install. However I launched it this morning at 10:00 and it is now 1:00 and it still has not returned results. Also I will look into it more but if it violates googles Terms I can't use it. Even though that may be a B.S. rule on googles part. To risk a ban on google is not something that I can afford to do.
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    http://www.google.com/terms_of_service.html

    Check the "No Automated Querying" section.

    - Shawn
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    I don't think Google would ban the domain used, otherwise I'll be getting a bunch of IP addresses and doing this to my competitors. Rather, they probably just block an IP from conducting searches, IMHO.

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    Maybe so, but it would be kind of annoying if you couldn't reach Google's website from your machine, don't you think? ;)

    - Shawn
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    Yes but than the whole issue of shared IP comes into play. Meaning I can easily ban everyone from Google in my office and than we would loose money and than I sue Google for Disrupting my Business Because I agreed to the Google TOS and not my entire business. I smell loophole. Now am I dumb enough to test it. Dont think so.

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    The point is... why go against Google's TOS when you do not have to.

    We all love Google, so lets act like it.

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    Hi - I downloaded the demo ran it for 45 mins and liked it so much purchased it immediately. Sent a report to a client, then got back on the thread. I sent the link to this post to one of the tech support people to ask him to comment. Hopefully I don't get anyone banned. YIKES! But ... WOW what an awesome tool. Much better than Webposition Gold, which I had to get a refund for within 4 hours of use. Every issue of the search engine watch recommends Webposition Gold. Obviously they pay big bucks to get ads on the Search Engine Watch newsletter. I think it is at about $4000 a pop. Anyway, don't you think that it would be strange for a #1 SEO newsletter to recommend a product that goes against Googles TOS?
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    We're talking about $4000 here. Monthly. $48000 yearly. Hey give me that cash and Webposition Gold is #1 in my book.

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    Does Webposition Gold violate Googles TOS?
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    Hard to say. Webposition claims it emulates a browser. Google is single handedly pointing Webposition out from the crowd (bad beef in the past I believe)

    http://www.google.com/webmasters/guidelines.html under Quality Guidelines

    It always goes back and forth. It's a choice that can only be made by you.

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    The TOS IS broken by Webposition Gold or ANY automated ranking tool (except that use API) no matter how it is emulated.

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    I have seen that, but why would SEO's use Webposition Gold or any other software that could get their sites banned. It doesn't make any sense.
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