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My question, is this: How can the search engine I am reporting on, using one of these tools, make the corrolation between the IP address of my personal computer and the IP address of the domain in which I am reporting on?
I understand how they can detect the corrolation between user and domain IPs when submitting - but if just reporting, how can an SE decipher what is happening within my reporting tools - and find out what domain I am reporting on? Isn't it true that they can just tell I'm using an application that queries their DBs in an automated approach?
If anyone could elaborate on this, I would appreciate. If I need to explain this a bit better, please just ask me to do so - as I think my coffee has yet to kick in.
I had heard that some engines will keep records of IP address in the Network solutions database, but I have no idea if that is really true. It could be a rumor. *shrug* It wouldn't surprise me one way or the other.
I think engines only really have a problem with automated reporting tools when they are used aggressively.
So, if a reporting tool *hammers* the engine's server with repeated requests and repeated sumbissions every hour on the hour, it will cause the admin to put a block on the ip being used. I can't say I'd blame them.
If the reporting tool plays 'nice', I can't see any reason an engine would have a problem with it.