WebPosition Gold To Release Fix For Ranking Report Issues Soon

Aug 20, 2008 • 8:33 am | comments (2) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Search Engine Optimization Tools

I am tracking the large WebmasterWorld thread on the topic of WebPosition Gold no longer working on Google's search pages. It seems like WebPosition Gold is releasing an update today, that will address the issue that is preventing the scraping of the Google results, which stops the tool from building Google ranking reports.

WebPosition Gold employee, Scott, said in message number 3726633, yesterday:

I have an update going out today which should improve things for WP users...

That clearly implies that they have reworked the program to properly pick up the Google search result pages and document rankings again.

Member, pageoneresults, feels this fix won't last too long. He feels Google will counter WebPosition Gold's update with a slight change themselves, which may cripple the software from documenting your Google rankings.

Clearly, Google is not happy with people using these tools. But it doesn't seem to be the top concern for Google at this moment.

Forum discussion at WebmasterWorld.

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Michael Martinez

08/20/2008 03:38 pm

Google should actually be happy with these ranking scrapers. After all, their common use inflates Google's reported search market share (which is based on number of queries performed rather than more realistic activity).

Doug Heil

08/22/2008 06:12 pm

That might be a reason why Google has allowed software like WPG to actually work somewhat for such a long time. Maybe they finally have had enough? It's mind-boggling the huge amounts of queries that must be running every minute of each day based on the outcry in the SEO industry when bots like WPG stop working. What's more than interesting is that every comment I've read at quite a few places really cannot answer the one question I have about checking a rank: "What do you actually learn when you find a specific term ranked, hmm, let's say at #23? What do you do at that point that you didn't know about last week, and you just now found out because you were able to run this rank report?" I'm very curious as to the answers. I've yet to see anyone who is crying give me an acceptable answer to those basic questions. I mean; I want answers that cannot be found by reviewing/analyzing your log files and/or your stats program. Could someone help me out with this?

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