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All the sites which offer such tools(the ones that i've visited), claim to be the best there is.
Can you help deciding on which tool i can go for monitoring the rank of my site in the search engines.
Thanks in anticipation,
If just tracking, I would say that if you are going to check your direct web ranks multiple times a day that I would do my best to use a Google API. Only reason is because your exact domain is being used. Rather than if you were searching keywords it wouldn't matter because they are not directly linked back to your site.
Is that a general understanding that one should stay away from softwares that offer to give graphical views of the site's rank in a particular search engine, also with a history chart (sometimes), to easily check the progress?
Because it seems fairly useful and easy.
Pardon me for my ignorance, but i'm still not clear as to how do i go about using "google apis" for checking the site rank in say Google & yahoo.
I had done some research and came up with a few softwares which claim (and all of them!) to be the best there is to monitor page rank. I got
1. Net Mechanic's Search Engine Power Pack.
2. Agent Web Ranking
3. Spider Food's Web Position Gold 3
4. Search Engine Monitor
5. Search Engine Commando 3.1
6. Advanced Web Ranking 3.2
And there are loads of them around.
I really need some serious sound advice with this one.
Can anyone help?
P.s.: The forum is great. And anyone and everyone who is out here taking their precious time out to contribute, you have my warmest appreciation. Cheers!
I'll be risking a lot if i take a chance on this...isn't there a clear answer on this?
I was just going through the threads you'd posted...from there to google's Tos, they state clearly not to use any rank monitoring software...but then again...there is something about using a tool that uses google's api.
So i guess that if Search Engine Commando or other such softwares use google api, then they are accepted by google.
Just while we are on the subject..let's wrap it up once and for all. I also came accross googlealert.com, so it made me wonder whether google also has it's own system of monitoring page rank...since it's so required.
what do you think?
Another option is to access google via this URL:
If you set your query results to 100 - then search the results for your site - it's a bit easier to quickly determine your rank for a given keyword. This is presumably no risk.
the risk isn't in having your site de-ranked from google. the risk is having google queries from your IP / network banned. this has happened to some people - but I think you really have to abuse it.
I've had a lot better luck getting traffic since I started tracking stuff - so I think it is worth the effort.
You're breaking the search engine's TOS if you run automated queries which, if you think about it, must generate a real big load across the globe.
So you're saying, that if i use a "Search Engine Cammando" type of tool, and i don't run too many queries, it shud not affect google enough to block my IP. right?
I don't think anyone here wants to take the responsibility of telling you that it should not affect Google or other search engines. There is a risk involved. No one knows for sure where the threshold is.
It has been suggested in past topics that if you are utilizing a tool like this to check search engine rankings, then you should be on a dynamic IP address. It is not advisable to run any automatic queries through a fixed IP address unless otherwise authorized.
P.S. Your web statistics will probably be of much more value than ranking reports. And, since you are more concerned with Google, those ranking reports would be inaccurate within the same hour they were run. ;)
[edited by: pageoneresults at 3:17 pm (utc) on Aug. 24, 2004]
What about Marketleap, It does not show u your exact position but indicates how many results of yours populate for a stated kw or kwp you input. This, in combination with your Logs with good log software will get the job done with O risk to an IP ban, IMO. Does anyone else use this combo?
But haven't read about it here in the forum. any of you guys familiar with it?
P.s: I am still sticking on to SECommando. Pretty good results, good reach. Thanks for stressing on Dynamic Ip part. I understand. I have mailed them at SEC to get a clear reply.