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More search engine optimization tools on Mac?

 1:31 pm on Nov 26, 2003 (gmt 0)


Anybody aware of some more SEO tools that run on Mac OS X? I know there is a load of them on Win, but I can't find too many on Mac.

I am using advancedwebranking for tracking web site ranking in search engines and I'm looking for something similar that tracks the number of links to my sites.

Any leads would help, or in absence can you recommand a good website based similar tool?




 10:05 pm on Dec 8, 2003 (gmt 0)

There are several Web based tools but I can not post the links to them in this forum (against TOS).


 4:58 pm on Dec 9, 2003 (gmt 0)

>>There are several Web based tools but I can not post the links to them in this forum (against TOS).

Is that so? The way I understood it is that TOS forbids sending in the URL for your own site, or a site you're working on, but that URL's to reference materials (i.e., with answers to questions) were OK.


 5:42 pm on Dec 9, 2003 (gmt 0)

Hi timster,

Yup, that is the spirit. Links to helpful ressources are welcomed. Problem is, so many people toed the line...

<back on topic> I would not recommend any commercial desktop solution whathever the platform. </back on topic>


 5:44 pm on Dec 9, 2003 (gmt 0)

I would take a look at some of the online tools available like at <snip>

[edited by: Macguru at 6:01 pm (utc) on Dec. 9, 2003]
[edit reason] Like I sayed, 2 minutes ago, so many people toed the line... [/edit]


 5:53 pm on Dec 9, 2003 (gmt 0)

The best thing would be to type about it in some search box on your favorite search engine...


 1:09 pm on Dec 13, 2003 (gmt 0)

Ugh, web based seo tools suck big time. It's the UI, man: the UI in a browser is awful. Only a zombie would enjoy using it: slow, lacking features, non-agile.

While on my Mac I can generate a ranking chart, tweak a few colors, change a line from dashed to dotted, remove some useless URLs, generate and email/print a gorgeous PDF to my clients in minutes!

And please don't give me that crap about the TOS interdiction on using automated qerying to search engines. Those are empty words: in the days of NATs and IP masquerading, it is simply unenforceable. Even the browser is an automated query tool for God's sakes!

Anyways, back to my original question: if anyone knows about such desktop tools running on Mac, plese let me know. I am still looking and Google isn't finding any.

Send a private message if posting their URLs is against the board TOS.



 4:42 pm on Jan 10, 2004 (gmt 0)

Using OS X you have access to loads, you should have perl, mysql, php all installed on your machine as standard. So you can write your own user interface, database and use perl for extracting data. Get learning perl from Oreilly and the sequel. Sign up for Google API and you'll find that you can get to do everything you need to do.

You can also buy OS X, Google and Spidering hacks from Oreilly and download their code - at oreilly.com - try it now as they provide some sample chapters too. That should give you all the tools you ever wanted and some - and you can totally customise them in ways that suit you. Great stuff!

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