Advanced Web Ranking Here I Come

1 Dec

Scott Goodyear at the Indianapolis Motor Speed...

Image via Wikipedia – Not the Scott Goodyear I’m talking about, but it’s a Scott Goodyear nonetheless.

WebPosition’s old standalone version finally stopped querying Google correctly. I’m now in the process of switching to Advanced Web Ranking (AWR). Per my earlier post about finding a WebPosition replacement and some followup in the comments, AWR is the only solution to meet all of the critical SEO software criteria. I’m still apprehensive; it’s always a pain to switch to unfamiliar software, but my confidence is buoyed by the great email responses I’ve received from Robert at AWR support.

A few years ago, when I still had an SEO boner for WebPosition, that happy feeling was largely because of Scott Goodyear’s great support. Scott disappeared when infospace acquired WebPosition. That’s when the WP FAIL began.

I’ll write a more thorough review of Advanced Web Ranking after I run and customize a few AWR reports. Specifically, I’ll document precisely how I overcome what at first blush appears to be a cluttered interface to accomplish specific SEO reporting customization tasks. If you have any questions you’d like me to discuss in the review, let me know and I’ll try to abide. I know AWR does search engine submission, and also offers tools for keyword research, but those are features I wouldn’t usually comment on unless somebody specifically asked for a review.

2 Responses to “Advanced Web Ranking Here I Come”

  1. Tyler Suchman December 9, 2010 at 11:11 pm #

    Hey Dan –

    Thanks for the lengthy comment regarding Advanced Web Ranking on my blog. I was in theory happy with the WebPosition switch from Windows to SAAS, since I’ve migrated to Mac in the last year. But in execution, it leaves a lot to be desired, and I don’t love the recurring charge model. (Although that said, WP responded directly to me on my first review, and they implemented virtually every suggestion I had for them in the update, so big props for that.)

    I’m going to try out the AWB 30-day test drive, and probably write up a review. Great!

    • dandreifort December 10, 2010 at 1:33 am #

      Hi Tyler,
      My pleasure. One note about the AWR trial – while running it, upon importing a WP4 project, I had to contact AWR support to extend the trial license because of the way they age the demo. I.e. by importing an old (couple years) project, I somehow aged the trial license too. AWR support was very friendly and understanding.

      I’ll also say that I’m glad I found out that AWR could do everything I wanted *before* I tried it. Because if I had just tried the demo I might not have had the patience to determine if it met my needs. Consider contacting AWR with a list of questions before you dig in too far.

      I’m almost done with my first run of AWR reports. I usually try to have EOM reporting done prior to the 10th of the following month, but migrating’s a bitch no matter how you cut it. And man, do I want to cut it ;) Good luck!

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