A Review of WebPosition Gold v2.0 BETA (Part 2)

Written by Kalena Jordan

Continued from page 1

This oneís pretty redundant if you ask me. †

Scheduler Enhancements

1) Easier Interface

Well - hereísrepparttar thing. WPG claim thatrepparttar 128158 Scheduler interface in WPG v2.0 is easier to use. But I donít think so. Surerepparttar 128159 tabbed layout is consistent with other WPG features, but I donít findrepparttar 128160 interface any more intuitive. In fact, Scheduler v2.0 kept trying to run using an older version of WPG. After I worked out whatrepparttar 128161 problem was, I had to keep changingrepparttar 128162 execute file inrepparttar 128163 'Program to Run' field to WPG v2.0 BETA. There doesnít appear to be a way to choose a default program to run, unless you remove older WPG versions from your system or move them to a new folder.

2) System Tray Support †

A nice enhancement to Scheduler in v2.0 isrepparttar 128164 addition of an icon in your system tray, meaning you can right clickrepparttar 128165 icon at any time to run Scheduler. Previously, unless you had Scheduler as a desktop shortcut, you had to open WPG and select Scheduler when you wanted to run it.

3) New Report Log † In WPG v2.0, a log file now records details of all scheduled events so you can open it and see which missions completed and which did not. A 'View Log' button has been added to Scheduler so you can see this file at any time. † 4) Scheduled Uploads Supported †

WPG v2.0 now supports scheduling of Upload Manager missions in addition to Reporter and Submitter missions. So now you can schedule what time and what day you want your report files uploaded torepparttar 128166 Internet. † 5) More Flexibility †

In v2.0, Scheduler includes a lot more flexibility when running missions. Now you can choose specific dates, times and/or recurring dates via a drop down list, such as every second Friday or quarterly. This is useful for my clients, because some of them like to present ranking reports at specific management meetings and often those meetings will be held at regular intervals such asrepparttar 128167 third Wednesday ofrepparttar 128168 month. This new feature gives merepparttar 128169 ability to run and upload their reports to coincide with such meetings. 6) Easier Submission Handling †

A feature of Scheduler Iím not likely to use is submission handling. WPG v2.0 allowsrepparttar 128170 submission of URLís at more defined intervals, supposedly keeping within search engine recommended per-day submission limits. However, one check box option I noticed and that caused me some concern was 'Allow Repetitive Submissions'. The explanation states:

'Once all URLís are submitted, highlight them so that they can be re-submitted onrepparttar 128171 next scheduled run'.

Iíve got to ask - why on earth would you want to regularly resubmit a URL to any search engine? If your site is linked to from other sites, most search engines will find your site on their own when they crawlrepparttar 128172 web. Once youíre listed, most search engines will regularly return and spider your site for new content without any help from you. Other search engines can take months to add your URL to their index, but submitting once is enough. Depending on your site content, some search engines wonít add you at all.

Regardless, submitting on a regular basis is only going to annoy search engines and possibly get your URL banned. The only reason to resubmit is if you WERE listed and later find your listing has disappeared. Resubmitting a URL inrepparttar 128173 hope of improving your ranking is just silly. If your page doesnít get ranked wellrepparttar 128174 first time it gets listed in a search engine, resubmittingrepparttar 128175 same page is not going to make it suddenly rank high! This submission 'enhancement' to WPG raises concern because it is open to abuse by giving peoplerepparttar 128176 ability to resubmit their URLís daily. This is an irresponsible and unnecessary addition torepparttar 128177 software if you ask me.

7) Handy Pop Up Calendar †

The WPG v2.0 Scheduler now includes a pop-up calendar to assistrepparttar 128178 selection of scheduled dates on which to run missions. This is particularly useful for those of us running multiple missions per month. 8) Quickly Test Your Scheduled Events †

If you wanted to schedule a mission to run immediately inrepparttar 128179 old version of WPG, you still had to select a future time forrepparttar 128180 mission to commence. WPG v2.0 of Scheduler includes a 'Run Now' button that allows you to run any scheduled missions immediately. †

Well, that completes my review of WebPosition Gold v2.0 BETA. Keep in mind thatrepparttar 128181 program is still in BETA release, so items discussed above may change beforerepparttar 128182 full version is released. All in all, Iíve foundrepparttar 128183 new version to be very impressive, with plenty of worthwhile features justifyingrepparttar 128184 cost of an upgrade (USD 74 forrepparttar 128185 Standard version and USD 174 forrepparttar 128186 Pro) or a new purchase (USD 149 forrepparttar 128187 Standard version and USD 349 forrepparttar 128188 Pro). However, some ofrepparttar 128189 features provided are quite powerful and open to abuse.

If you choose to use WebPosition Gold or similar software, try to use it responsibly by scheduling your Reporter missions sporadically, not over-submitting your URLís, avoidingrepparttar 128190 creation of hundreds of content-challenged doorway pages and not running Reporter on engines known for taking an anti-querying software stand (such as Google). Because despiterepparttar 128191 hype, bombarding search engines is NOT going to help you achieve high rankings.

President of FirstPlace Software, Brent Winters, responded to my review with comments addressing some ofrepparttar 128192 concerns I raise above. You can read Brent's comments via this link: http://www.high-search-engine-ranking.com/Response_to_WPG_v2.0_Review.htm If you have additional questions about WebPosition Gold as a result of reading this review, please visitrepparttar 128193 links below, or email WebPosition support staff via help@webposition.com. If youíd like to trialrepparttar 128194 Beta version of WPG v2.0 please download it fromrepparttar 128195 link below.†

More: http://www.webposition.com/d2.pl?r=GCU-55EC (our affiliate link) http://www.webposition.com/wpg2upgrade.htm (outline of features in v2.0)

Article by Kalena Jordan, CEO of Web Rank. Kalena was one of the first search engine optimization experts in Australia and is well known and respected in the industry worldwide. For more of her articles on search engine ranking and online marketing, please visit http://www.high-search-engine-ranking.com

A Review of WebPosition Gold v2.0 BETA (Part 1)

Written by Kalena Jordan

Continued from page 1

Although I canít verify ifrepparttar search engines are less likely to detect you if you use this option, I can tell you it results in fewer time-outs and dial up disconnections, something that would plague my use of previous WPG versions. I now use this option by default because of its ability to stabilize missions. Regardless, given Googleís extremely strong stance against automated software, I strongly recommend you do not include Google in any ranking missions you perform. Inrepparttar 128157 past, Google has bannedrepparttar 128158 IP addresses of heavy users of such software. Instead, do what I do and select Yahoo Pages instead. This will reveal your positions inrepparttar 128159 Web Page Matches of Yahoo, fed by Google, which is a fairly accurate representation how you rank on Google anyway.

3) Auto-Email Reports †

Another handy function of WPG v2.0 (Pro Version) isrepparttar 128160 ability to automatically email generated reports. When setting up your Reporter missions, you can choose to haverepparttar 128161 Concise Report (with or without Visibility Statistics) sent to one or more email addresses as soon asrepparttar 128162 report is complete. The site URL is automatically included inrepparttar 128163 email body and you can even set up your own email template - a very nice feature if you are emailing clients their reports on a regular basis. Even if you prefer to publishrepparttar 128164 reports to a web site, now you can optionally auto email them to your clients as well. This, combined withrepparttar 128165 Scheduling tool, means once you set up your Reporter missions you can simply press a button and letrepparttar 128166 program dorepparttar 128167 rest.

4) Auto-Upload Reports †

A new feature ofrepparttar 128168 Pro Version gives yourepparttar 128169 ability to upload your ranking reports to a specific web site via FTP. The Upload Manager can either use WPGís built-in FTP program or your own preferred FTP tool to uploadrepparttar 128170 files. WPG recommends FrontPage users should use FrontPage to upload files instead, to avoidrepparttar 128171 common occurrence of FTP programs corrupting FrontPage server extensions. Yet another time-saving enhancement, this particular feature is ideal for SEOís servicing multiple clients or people monitoring various web sites. It took me about 10 minutes to uploadrepparttar 128172 latest WPG reports to five of my clientís sites; something that would normally take me about 15 minutes per client. Consequently, I would have to say this is one of my favourite features of WPG v2.0 BETA. † 5) Filter Non-Ranking Keywords

A feature I understandrepparttar 128173 demand for but wouldnít use very often isrepparttar 128174 ability to filter out non-ranking keywords from Reporter Missions. This enables you to email or publish ranking reports that only contain positive results (i.e. keywords that did not rank within your position search range can be excluded). Personally, I think this 'enhancement' opens uprepparttar 128175 program to abuse because it encouragesrepparttar 128176 circulation of misleading reports and distortsrepparttar 128177 true performance of a search ranking campaign. If some search terms did not perform as well as others, in my opinion, clients should be aware of this so they can make decisions about which keywords to target inrepparttar 128178 future and aboutrepparttar 128179 success ofrepparttar 128180 campaign in general. Keep in mind that if you remove non-ranking keywords from a report, your visibility percentage will always be 100%. This figure is therefore no longer meaningful and will be automatically removed fromrepparttar 128181 report.

6) Auto-Import Keywords †

Tired of cutting and pasting your keywords from your web siteís META keyword tag into Reporter? Well soon you wonít have to. The full release of WPG v2.0 will include a button that does this for you automatically. WPG v2.0 BETA does not yet include this function, just a note that 'this feature is currently in development' and will be available in a future update.

7) New Visibility Report

Another 'how did we ever do without it' feature isrepparttar 128182 new Visibility Statistics table which appears above each ranking report inrepparttar 128183 WPG v2.0 BETA. Now you can see, at a glance, how many top 30, top 20, top 10, top 5 and position 1 ranks you achieved, instead of having to manually count them. 8) Better Rank Tracking †

The Visibility Report also tells you (or your client) how many positions you moved up or down since you last ranrepparttar 128184 report, your overall ranking gain or loss and it even provides an approximate visibility score for your campaign based on your existing search positions. For SEOís or persons managing campaigns for multiple clients, this enhancement is a real gem, turning a seemingly complex report into an easy to read search performance indicator.

9) Greater Report Customization (Pro Version Only) †

While users of older WPG versions could customize their reports by adding a logo and URL, WPG v2.0 allows you to customizerepparttar 128185 layout and colours of your reports as well. Using a drop down list of colour choices for each report area, you can changerepparttar 128186 look of your reports to match your company stationery, your clientís logo or your mood. The only annoying part of this feature is that there are no previews available of your colour choices. You need to run a report in order to see how itís going to look. In future releases, it would be nice to see a thumbnail preview of how your chosen colours will look in a report layout, or even better, to have a range of colour templates available for selection. As well as changingrepparttar 128187 colour scheme, you can changerepparttar 128188 layout by creating your own custom template. You do this by alteringrepparttar 128189 header and footer to include logos, URLís, text and email addresses. This is another handy feature for persons preparing reports on behalf of multiple clients.

Article by Kalena Jordan, CEO of Web Rank. Kalena was one of the first search engine optimization experts in Australia and is well known and respected in the industry worldwide. For more of her articles on search engine ranking and online marketing, please visit http://www.high-search-engine-ranking.com

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