Msg#: 4522382 posted 5:13 pm on Nov 25, 2012 (gmt 0)
In the last couple of weeks, two well-known search tool providers — Raven and SEOmoz — have had their access to the AdWords API revoked, with little public explanation, as was reported by Kahena Digital Marketing. But Google denies that this is a “crackdown” or widespread enforcement activity, saying it’s all in a day’s work of ensuring compliance with the terms of service for its API.
Msg#: 4522382 posted 11:45 pm on Nov 25, 2012 (gmt 0)
Considering the volume of dollars that these 2 sites probably represented to Google, something must have been going on like using AdWords API to power other SEO tools or something that really set off the alarms to pull the plug.
Msg#: 4522382 posted 11:31 pm on Nov 26, 2012 (gmt 0)
This in the last paragraph pops out at me (emphasis added):
The API access revocation only applies to AdWords, and not any other Google APIs used by the tool providers, such as from Google Analytics or Google Webmaster Tools. Both Raven and SEOmoz said they were investigating other data providers to replace at least some of the information they’d previously gotten from the AdWords API.
Msg#: 4522382 posted 10:16 am on Nov 30, 2012 (gmt 0)
The SearchEngineLand article cited above now carries this update...
UPDATE: As of Wednesday, November 28, Raven has returned the AdWords API data and functionality to its software, saying ongoing discussions led the Google team to extend the company’s access through late December.
"We are still working with them to extend our access long term, and we’re confident those conversations will be productive," wrote Raven’s Jon Henshaw in a blog post [raventools.com] today.