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    Advanced Website Position Reporter

    Anyone know anything about Advanced Website Position Reporter? I downloaded this program which demands a license key (not provided of course) to have a look.

    What struck me when on the site though was a PR0 penalty seems to have been imposed on them. Not a good sign.
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    Question answered: the api license key comes from using a Google account.

    Even though it's a free program I'm still not certain if it breaches Googles ToS. I suspect it does.

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    Googles TOS is a little contradictory in this area, so at this time it does not directly breach it. This being said, and while it looks like a great program, I am not willing to take the risk myself.

    Here is a great but long article on a fellow who wanted to see how far he could push Googles limits http://research.yale.edu/lawmeme/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=807 you can see it is not going to pay off for him.

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    Interesting case which I think raises some good points. However, I don't think SearchKing are in a positition to claim the role of guardians of the internet bearing in mind some of their own practices.

    Google's past conduct (incl. restoring page rank when they have been overzealous or even when an offender cleans up their act) seems to suggest a conservative approach to penalizing sites.

    While the potential for abuse is great when you consider Google's position, I don't personally find SearchKing's arguments very persuasive on any level.

    I currently have issues with Google regarding 5 sites. My approach is to find out what went wrong, who is responsible and how it can be put right either by myself or Google (or both) accordingly.

    When I know that I have everything in place here, I will approach them and point out that, as per their ToS the sites have done nothing wrong (or any inadvertent breach has been addressed) and take it from there.

    Unless, that is, SearchKing win a pile of money in which case I'll remortgage the house and launch a lawsuit of my own



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