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

Written by Kalena Jordan

Page Generator Enhancements

1) Enhanced Meta Tag Control

2) Improved Help

3) Anti-Spam Features

4) Smarter Page Generation

5) Easier Engine Management

6) Auto-Import Keywords

I donít use WPGís Page Generator tool, so I donít really have a yardstick to use to compare versions and Iím not comfortable reviewing a tool that I donít use and donít approve of. But above Iíve listed allrepparttar new features offered within WPG v2.0ís Page Generator tool for reference. Personally, I donít think there is a need to auto-generate pages designed for specific search engines. These days withrepparttar 128158 emphasis on relevancy and link popularity, it is my experience that a well designed search engine friendly site with lots of relevant content and a logical directory structure will rank well across most search engines, withoutrepparttar 128159 need to generate extra 'optimized' pages.†

Page Critic Enhancements

1) Expanded Advice Advice provided in Page Critic now covers 85 search engines and directories worldwide. WPG claim theirs isrepparttar 128160 only product inrepparttar 128161 world that offers ranking improvement advice for so many engines - I donít doubt it! Not having used Page Critic for some months, I was surprised to seerepparttar 128162 depth of advice offered in v2.0 BETA. The addition of a link popularity check was a pleasant surprise, however I had to scroll through pages and pages of general suggestions to get to my page analysis scores. While providing so much advice is admirable, it makes you wonder if new users ofrepparttar 128163 software or persons with little experience of search engines would be able to understand allrepparttar 128164 information provided. I also found some ofrepparttar 128165 advice to be a bit misleading. For example, when running a Page Critic check for a particular keyword ranking on Google,repparttar 128166 software came up with this suggestion:

'Purchasing and setting up multiple domains can be a great way to increase your visibility onrepparttar 128167 Web and if you cross-link your domains, you can improve your link popularity for each site. However, it's best if you hostrepparttar 128168 cross linked domains at separate Web hosts so thatrepparttar 128169 first 3 blocks ofrepparttar 128170 site's IP address (xxx.xxx.xxx) are different. Some engines may ignore link popularity ifrepparttar 128171 IP addresses ofrepparttar 128172 sites are too close together numerically.'

You see, I just donít agree withrepparttar 128173 assumption that purchasing multiple domains is a good way to boost search engine rankings. In fact, if you set up multiple domains containingrepparttar 128174 same content and search engines discover this, many will at best, ignorerepparttar 128175 duplicate domains and at worst, remove your site/s from their index. 'Hiding'repparttar 128176 other domain at a different IP address is not going to protect you from this. Besides, unless you are providing substantially unique content on different domains, you are doing nothing more than fillingrepparttar 128177 search engines with irrelevant spam and not adding value forrepparttar 128178 searcher. This particular advice was provided together with a link to FirstPlace Softwareís domain store, sorepparttar 128179 attempt to boost domain sales via WPG was not lost on me. I guessrepparttar 128180 moral here is - takerepparttar 128181 Page Critic advice with a good pinch of salt and try not to do anything that subvertsrepparttar 128182 search engines.

2) Enhanced Link Popularity Support †

As mentioned above, Page Critic in WPG v2.0 BETA now includesrepparttar 128183 ability to check your link popularity on any ofrepparttar 128184 search engines you are analysing for. It also provides average link popularity scores for top ranking pages onrepparttar 128185 same engines. Detailed advice is then given on how you can improve your link popularity score. † 3) Smoother Interface †

The Page Critic interface has also been changed to make missions easier to set up. There are fewer pop-up prompts - these have been merged withrepparttar 128186 main interface. You now also haverepparttar 128187 option to saverepparttar 128188 mission automatically and suppressrepparttar 128189 partial matching prompt.

4) Improved Accuracy †

An interesting enhancement to Page Critic in v2.0 BETA isrepparttar 128190 ability to determine if top ranking pages have changed since being indexed byrepparttar 128191 search engine. A new feature in Page Critic will try to detect page changes betweenrepparttar 128192 cached version of a top ranking page andrepparttar 128193 current actual page. If it finds a page has changed, it will be excluded fromrepparttar 128194 analysis to prevent statistical inaccuracies. I have yet to see this feature in action, but I imagine it would greatly increaserepparttar 128195 accuracy of Page Critic advice. † Upload Manager Enhancements

1) Built-in FTP Support

WPG v2.0 BETA includes its own (optional) FTP program, removingrepparttar 128196 need to load 3rd party FTP programs when uploading files. When you create your missions, you can now select to have reports uploaded automatically, once generated. This is a very convenient feature that helps save time and streamline campaigns. I envisage this feature alone will save me hours per month. † 2) New Report Processing Options (Pro Version Only) † As discussed above,repparttar 128197 Upload Manager in WPG v2.0 BETA (Pro Version) now allows you to remove non-ranking keywords from Concise Reports. This is a feature I donít really like, for reasons stated above.

Submitter Enhancements

1) More Engines 2) Better Multi-Domain Support

3) Easy URL Importing

4) Built-in Spider for Quickly Gathering URLís

5) Customize Submission Limits

6) Full Submission Verification

7) Complete Submission History

8) Easier Directory Submissions

9) Auto-Import Keywords

10) Expanded Submission Interface

11) Add Custom Engines torepparttar 128198 Submitter Assistant

12) Advanced Browser Emulation

Another feature of WPG that I donít use isrepparttar 128199 Submitter, so I wonít be reviewing enhancements to this tool. But above Iíve listed allrepparttar 128200 new features offered withinrepparttar 128201 WPG v2.0 version of Submitter for reference. †Itís going to take a lot to convince me that submitting sites to search engines using software is better than submitting by hand. Iíve seen too much evidence torepparttar 128202 contrary.†

Traffic Analyzer Enhancements

1) Expanded Engine Support

The traffic analyzer in WPG now separately tracks traffic arriving from allrepparttar 128203 new search engines supported by WPG v2.0. This is useful in that you can now distinguish traffic originating at regional versions ofrepparttar 128204 most popular engines (e.g. Yahoo.com.au traffic vs Yahoo.com traffic). However technically, this is a standard feature of 3rd Party Statistics provider Hit Links, rather than a new feature of WPG. 2) Continued Support for 1.60 Features†

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

Written by Kalena Jordan

FirstPlace Software, creators ofrepparttar popular web site marketing software WebPosition Gold, recently announcedrepparttar 128157 forthcoming release ofrepparttar 128158 long-awaited version 2 of their product. WPG v2.0 is already available in Beta format (see link below) and boasts an impressive number of new features to help web masters ensure their web sites are spider friendly, ranking highly and submitted torepparttar 128159 most appropriate search engines and directories worldwide.

I decided to reviewrepparttar 128160 BETA version ofrepparttar 128161 new software and share my findings via this article. I have limited my review torepparttar 128162 new features and enhancements provided forrepparttar 128163 options I use, rather than concentrate on all features ofrepparttar 128164 product. For ease of reference, Iíve also listed my analysis ofrepparttar 128165 new features underrepparttar 128166 same headings used by WPG here: http://www.webposition.com/wpg2upgrade.htm .

General Enhancements

1) More Engines

Support for an additional 60 search engines and directories is probablyrepparttar 128167 most newsworthy feature of WebPosition Gold 2.0 and a major convincing factor influencing existing users to upgrade to version 2.0 and non-users to become customers. The added support for regional search engines in Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, France, Spain, Mexico, Latin America, Russia, Italy, China, Japan, Scandinavia andrepparttar 128168 Netherlands is a major selling point because it allows users to check their rankings on, submit to and design their web pages for search engines and directories in these countries.

Over time, WPG has probably lost significant market share to TopDog, reporting software that offers support for over 200 regional search engines. But this WPG enhancement, combined with existing features, makes WPG more attractive than ever before. A few observations:repparttar 128169 BETA version of WPG v2.0 does not yet offer support for New Zealand or Mexican engines, despiterepparttar 128170 listing above. Iím hoping these will be added in time forrepparttar 128171 full release. Alsorepparttar 128172 claim thatrepparttar 128173 search engines of Spain and Latin America are covered is a bit misleading becauserepparttar 128174 BETA version only covers three Spanish language engines under Spain/Latin America rather than country specific engines. Also there appears to be a Scandinavian engine Passagen lumped in withrepparttar 128175 Spain/Latin American engines - obviously a temporary glitch. Also, some countries are represented more fully than others, for example, 10 engines are listed for Germany, but only two for China and Russia. Hopefully these numbers will increase with future updates. †

2) Easier Engine Management †

Now you can quickly choose search engines based on location, importance or personal preference, thanks to new drop down lists. Search engines have been divided into global and regional sections, then categorized by country and importance - primary or secondary. You can also set up your own preferred list, selecting only those engines you consider important. This preferred list can then be quickly selected for multiple mission files. For someone like me, needing to run between 10 and 15 missions per week, this feature is very convenient.

3) Vital Statistics †

Now when selecting which engines to include in your Reporter missions, a box appears listing important statistics about that engine, such asrepparttar 128176 URL, link popularity and a brief description. † 4) Better Help †

I havenít had to use it lately, but FirstPlace Software claim their WPG help file has been greatly improved and expanded. Certainlyrepparttar 128177 index seems at least twice as large in v2.0.

5) Better File Management † You can now define a default mission directory to make file management easier - a logical improvement.

6) Faster Downloads †

Updates now tend to download extremely fast, meaning your mission is not interrupted and you get access torepparttar 128178 latest WPG version almost immediately. While updates torepparttar 128179 program may download faster, I did not notice any difference in time for report completion inrepparttar 128180 new version. I tested this twice by setting up identical Reporter missions and timing how long each took using WPG 1.60.5 and WPG v2.0 BETA. Each time I ranrepparttar 128181 test,repparttar 128182 mission running on WPG v2.0 finished in 5 minutes, whilerepparttar 128183 mission running onrepparttar 128184 older version finished in 4 minutes.

7) Powerful Multi-tasking †

Another big feature of v2.0 isrepparttar 128185 ability to run more than one instance of WPG at a time. This means multiple reporter missions can run concurrently - a huge advantage for persons needing to run ranking reports for multiple clients. I havenít used this feature very much inrepparttar 128186 BETA version, worried that running more than one mission at a time would overload my flimsy dialup connection. Butrepparttar 128187 few times Iíve tried it (running two small missions together), it worked just fine, with both missions finishing within seconds of each other. The other nice thing about this feature isrepparttar 128188 ability to set up new missions while running others. You can also work with other parts of WPG, for example using PageRank in one WPG window while running one or more reporter missions in another. Perfect for those of us who are born multi-taskers. † Reporter Enhancements

1) Reduced Disk Space

A long awaited option in V2.0 BETA isrepparttar 128189 ability to conserve hard disk space by selectingrepparttar 128190 box marked 'delete actual results files after reports are generated to save disk space'. Selecting this box ensures detailed search pages downloaded byrepparttar 128191 program are automatically deleted once information from them has been extracted for your reports. This particular feature has already saved me countless hours spent deleting detailed search engine results that tended to eat up my free disk space viarepparttar 128192 old version. A very sensible (and much appreciated!) enhancement.

2) Advanced Browser Emulation †

In response to a growing lack of support for automated querying software by some search engines,repparttar 128193 new version of WPG includes an option to slow searches down. It is claimed that this makes it more difficult for engines to detect you are using automated software.

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