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2012 Review of Best-Value SEO Product “Advanced Web Ranking”

This is a review of search engine ranking software in the $100-$300 category as of early 2012. The winner, SEO software, is that rare combination of both a superb product and a great value. I reviewed more than 20 products with limited trials, and ran full trials of 4 products. Most were acceptable and represented a reasonable value for their cost, whether that be free, $5/month, $50, or $500. However, one product, Advanced Web Ranking, stood out so spectacularly that it’s the only one whose features I will review with any depth. In particular, the $100 version of Advanced Web Ranking deserves a five-star, best-value rating.

Everyone’s search engine ranking needs are different, and there are usually a half-dozen products that would fit any one person’s needs. There are three easy questions that help narrow your choices:

1. Is your two-year budget under $100, $100-300, or over $300? Some of the products have monthly fees that vary with usage, so if you need many reports the costs can quickly add up. Web Position (Gold) is probably the most egregious offender here. Wiith low or modest usage, Web Position will set you back $700 – $1500 in two years. The winner, Advanced Web Ranking, offers unlimited usage for $100 for their Standard Edition, which is much more capable than any other competitor near this price.

2. Do you need advanced reports, Google Analytics integration, and dozens of keyword-site combinations? My needs were middle-of-the-pack: Run daily or weekly reports on about 25 keywords and 25 sites, but in varying combinations and groups. Sometimes one site had multiple keywords, sometimes one keyword had multiple sites. I did not need Google Analytics integration. Highly desirable was the ability to graph progress over time against a number of variables.

3. Can you use a web-based service, or do you need a desktop solution? The web-based services tend to be the cheapest, but come with a very significant disadvantage: You must wait 24 hours to get results. There is limited flexibility in the reports. The desktop based solutions offer instant gratification, but if you want to run many keywords per day quickly, you may also need a handful of proxies.

My evaluation process consisted of selection followed by trials. In addition to ease of use, bugs, quality of product, and stability of software, I gave heavy reliance to actual customer feedback in the forums as well as customer support.

First, my two-year budget was under $300, so I threw out the most expensive products. These are all feature-rich and robust products, including: AuthorityLabs ($24/month, hosted, limited to 100 keywords in 10 domains), SEOMoz Rank Checker ($100/month: limited to 5 campaigns, 300 keywords), WebPosition Gold ($30 month for 10 runs), SEO Rank Monitor ($40/month), SEM Rush ($80/month), and Web CEO ($500 one-time.)

Next, I tried a couple of the web-based services, and they just don’t agree with my personality. I want my reports NOW. So that eliminated Rank Radar ($6/month for 8 keywords and 20 domains), Rank Ranger ($15/month, 30 keywords), Zoom Rank ($7/month, 10 keywords), and Sheer SEO ($10/month, 200 keywords 1 domain.)

Being a cheapskate, I also checked out the totally free software, which were either non-functional or severely limited. However, if your budget is zero, you should check these out to see if they are still working. The best is Free Monitor For google, and the other free candidates are SEMonitor, SEO Rank Checker, Rank Dummy, RankChecker Firefox addon, KPMRS, Google Rankings,

Finally I was left with a small group in the $60-$100 range of Advanced Web Ranking, Clever Stat, SERank,Rank Reporter and Cute Rank. Advanced Web Ranking was not only very modestly priced, $100 for the Standard version, but had features normally found on products costing $500 and up. You can upgrade Advanced Web Ranking to $200 or $400 versions, but for my needs the $100 was almost perfect.

Advanced Web Ranking, standard version ($100 one-time) includes almost everything you’d ever need for tracking a mid-sized SEO endeavor. You can slice and dice your projects almost any way you can think of, and a few ways that I had never contemplated. It graphs, it schedules, it analyzes back links, it tracks and reports quickly and effortlessly. The learning curve is very short.

The Advanced Web Ranking customer support is phenomenal. My inquiries were answered within hours. This is very important because every few months, search engines will change the way that they report and the software will need updating. The free products usually lag by weeks or months. What was most remarkable is that in the under-$300 products, a number of them had customer forums indicating that their customer service was slow or non-existent. Buyer beware!

I found only two limitations, and one annoyance with Advanced Web Ranking. Limitation: Although it supports multiple proxies, the $100 version did not rotate them automatically. And the proxy being used is only shown in the more expensive versions.  On the plus side, it supports both IP and password authentication.  Annoyance: the software’s popups seldom dissapear after you’ve moved your mouse.

All told, Advanced Web Ranking is a phenomenal buy. In the 2-year budget of $100-300, I highly recommend it.

Advanced Web Ranking: Products reviewed late December 2011.

Search Engine Optimisation – easy things even I could do..?

Question by Haribo: Search Engine Optimisation – easy things even I could do..?
Hi, i have just set up my own website – with no website building knowledge whatsoever. It was from a simple software package, which doesn’t really help me when it comes to SEO. I have no idea about html/code.etc etc…so all the info that I search for online is just too complicated for me! It makes my brain hurt! Any simple ideas how to get my website into search engines please.. Take a look :

Best answer:

Answer by rmatera
Hi Helena,

It can be very frustrating when your on a tight budget and need to get some support. I feel for you! I will try and monitor this question and help you as much as I can. However, please note that teaching someone html and editing their site code takes time.

– What web building system are you using? I will need to know this before I can help you too much, as some online website builders won’t allow you access to modify much of the code behind your site.

I see that you loaded Google’s site verification code into your site…however, you placed it in the wrong place. It’s showing on the bottom of your home page. The line of code you got from them needs to be placed in the “head” tags of your website. Depending on my above question on what system you’re using, you may not have access to the head tags area of code except to edit Title, Description, and Keywords.

This is what you need to look for – in the top of your code look for , then look for
These are called head tags. The first one is called the “open head tag” and the other is called “closing head tag”. Your Google code needs to be place between these two.

I hope this helps,
Matera Website Design & SEO Services

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Is there any way to guarantee that my site will be placed in the first position in google search.?

Question by chitesh s: Is there any way to guarantee that my site will be placed in the first position in google search.?
Suppose I work with some search engine optimization tool such as add keywords,description ,title to my web pages, link sharing etc, can there be guarantee that my site will be placed in top of Google search? If yes, then please can somebody give me the answer for how to do that?

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Answer by Computer Jock
For free, not really. If you really want to be on top, you need to pay Google.

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what are the best search engine optimisation steps? help plz?

Question by Narayana P: what are the best search engine optimisation steps? help plz?
secrets can also be suggested

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Q&A: How much should an SEO company take to work on my webpage for 2 months?

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Question by Arel: How much should an SEO company take to work on my webpage for 2 months?

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Search Engine Optimisation?

Question by Stupid Question: Search Engine Optimisation?
Has anyone got any good tips for SEO? We are starting to slowly climb the SERPS for search terms, and our page rank has had marginal improvement. I just wanted to see what ideas people have.

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what is .jsp and is it good for the search engines?

Question by Matt84: what is .jsp and is it good for the search engines?
I have a website in .jsp… it’s quite a big website (100 pages) so i’m not to keen on having it redone… i only would if that is a good step for SEO…

Does anyone know anything about the advantages and disadvantages of .jsp for search engine optimization?


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Answer by Online H
JSP = JavaScript Pages

They do okay for SEO bu not as great as PHP pages.

For more SEO questions, I would suggest you join a community that talks about SEO.

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Anyone has a right SEO method to face Penguin updates and its brothers?

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Question by Laek Toruss: Anyone has a right SEO method to face Penguin updates and its brothers?
However, Panda is still alive. It collaborated with Penguin to exterminate the unqualified websites (according to them). Many websites, small and big, was affected by this updates. Does Anyone know a best method that can really deal with this Google’s search algorithm updates?

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Q&A: Do you see advantages of Social Media for yourself in your career, business, educ.,?

Question by QueryJ: Do you see advantages of Social Media for yourself in your career, business, educ.,?
Do you know how to use Social Media to further your own interests? Do you think Social Media should be a distinct and separate category on its own?

Categories where Social Media Questions are asked:

Safety, Consumer Electronics, Family, Society-Other, Cellphones, Law and Ethics, Advertising, Education, Society & Culture, Careers & Employment, Economics, Investing, Search Engine Optimization, Facebook, Social Science, Technology

Sample of Questions asked about Social Media:

Why do people text? Is texting safe with hands free device when driving?
How would you show your knowledge of social media in a job interview?
Any business name ideas for a social media marketing company?
What are the different forms of social media that exist today?
How useful are social media platforms for marketing?
How does social media help in measuring the return of investment of a company?
How does social media marketing work?
How can I incorporate social media into my small business marketing effort?
Do you look for new social media sites when the others get boring?
How is Social Media related to science and technology?

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The question asks would you understand advantages of using Social Media if the subject was categorized under one major category instead of 15 separate categories? Would you be interested in learning more about advancing your career or business?

Best answer:

Answer by Ramamoorthi Pachayappan
Social Media because telling some information and not solve it …………….time of wasting

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Google Places Unleashed: any un-biased reviews?

Question by Bill B: Google Places Unleashed: any un-biased reviews?
I am in the process of advertising my business on Google Places. When I search for similar businesses in my town I end up wading through the Google Place pages of businesses located 50 or 75 miles away!

There are a number of tutorials, but most of them list the same 3 or 4 pieces of advice (which I fully intend to follow). I am trying to find a comprehensive overview of Google Places: an article that describes how the search engine rankings are determined and what steps a Place owner can take to have local patrons actually see their local Place listing, rather than the listings of Places 50 miles away. I am very frustrated at this point: one can easily find comprehensive tutorials online about getting a web site ranked high in search results (tutorials posted by helpful souls free of charge), but searching for the same info about Google Places results in endless pages about this “Google Places Unleashed” marketing material (a series of video and other tutorials).

If you follow the links to the “Google Places Unleashed” home page, it reads like pretty much any other scam: “make hundreds of dollars for a few minutes of work from home”, etc, etc. But for all my searching I cannot find a single fact about the material at all. Every page reads exactly like every other and I suspect it’s all written by the same individual. I am pretty sure it’s a scam, but I would welcome any links to unique reviews about it. I would also welcome any links to some online tutorials about Google Places.

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Answer by Princess
The best thing for you to do is go to youtube and type n the main question I.E. “google Places”, you may get lucky and find that many people have already gone thru what you are now experiencing have make video on the subject.
you can also try this page for other resources and advice

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