I've been tracking my positions in the serps on keywords manually for years. But recently I'm wanting to check quite a few keyphrases daily, and that takes a lot of time (especially as my site is buried pretty low for some of them due to Penguin and Panda). I discovered tools that check for you and that sounded like the answer to a prayer, but then I read that it's against the SE TOS to use these tools.
What method do you use for checking keywords? If you do it manually, can you offer me any ninja tips to speed up the process? I.E., stuff like changing search settings to 100 per page on those queries where I'm really low.