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Unread 28th January 2012, 11:56 PM   #1
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Check out this post, January 29th 2012

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The rank tracker is gone now..the rest will follow I guess..
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I was just discussing the state of Market Samurai with someone else.
It's a real shame, as a year ago it was a high quality tool.

Unfortunately they rely on other models such as Google and just can't keep up with their changes.
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There is some hope in this message:

Our current estimate is that we’ll have the vast majority of Market Samurai’s functionality working again within the next few days. The revised Rank Tracker module may take us several weeks to fully implement, though you can still check small numbers of keywords manually in Rank Tracker, as well as checking Bing and Yahoo! as normal.


Please be assured that as a small software development team, we understand that delivering great value is what keeps us alive and what built this business in the first place. When the dust has settled, we’re determined to do whatever it takes to ensure the investment you made to own Market Samurai is the best Internet Marketing investment you’ve made.


However, if at any time you don’t think Market Samurai is worth your initial investment please contact our help desk for a partial or full refund—just be aware that our help desk has a high volume of tickets at the moment, so it may take a little longer than usual to get to your requests.


As the net (and Google itself) continues to evolve, certain products are going to be negatively effected. At least they're promising that the "majority" of functionality is going to be stored; the rank tracker will take a few weeks, and finally they're offering partial or full refunds.


But remember, as bad as this might seem, oftentimes when one door closes, two doors open in its place!
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Never fear - even if Market Samurai falls apart completely, I'm sure it won't be long until someone comes along with an even better tool. There's a market for it, after all.

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I have been with them since 2009, lately I had alot of issues and they couldn't resolve them to I stopped using their keyword research module and I wasn't very happy but I use the other modules..it is a great software after all..best thing I ever bought

I am going to try the new company they suggested and see how it goes, 30 days free trial.. I hope they can come up with the same API, not sure how to check my rankings now since I tried other tools and they sucked, I don't suggest checking the results on MS even if its a small quantity since you use your ip and it might get banned.. if u r using Google webmaster then it might be an issue too.. anybody knows any other tools?
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It is only the end if they want it to be, I have always seen a coder that can do anything legal to get what they want if he really wants too.


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Wow, over 400,000 users for Market Samurai ... I didn't think they had that many users. Their tools was great and provided a lot of useful data. For me Market Samurai has been working on and off over the last 6 months or so.
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Check out this post, January 29th 2012

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The rank tracker is gone now..the rest will follow I guess..
I don't think so. They will figure out what to do to stay the course for us IM'ers. I have full confidence in the peeps at Market Samurai.

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I think you have you give them some time to adjust to Google's latest changes and come up with a plan of attack.

I'm sure it will not be a quick fix but i think they will get there.

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Yup — got this notice from the software today, little bummed. Basically, nothing works now. Time to move on..?
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The loss of functionality is a little disappointing. I use Market Samurai for two purposes: Keyword research and rank tracking. The other concern is that if they can't accurately track rank, then they can't give any information on SEO competition in terms of the top 10 listings for a particular keyword. This means this functionality is useless as well.

The fact that I paid a premium price (fair, but premium) and will lose half, or all, of the functionality that I need the product for is a little upsetting. I know it isn't their fault, but if I bought a product to do 2 things and the market changes and it can't do either of those things anymore, then I don't know what I will do.

I also don't want to have to pay a monthly fee for something that was a built in benefit.

I understand they can't cover the cost of managing that particular feature, but I may have to be one that requests a partial refund (I can't ask for a full refund because I got about 3 months of good use from it)

There is a lesson here for us IMers though. Market Samurai made a great product with really cool features, but the functionality of their product relies on a third party that they have no control over. With a simple change at the third party they have hundreds of thousands of disappointed customers - many of whom I imagine will be asking for full or partial refunds. The problems are likely also costs a fortune in extra work or manpower to bring back the functionality they can salvage. That is a risk that should be notated and that is the type of thing that can happen when your business relies on third parties you have no control over.
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I hope they figure it out, they offered a full refund if the user is not happy, but I won't request a refund since I took more than what I paid for.. other developers will just close and run away with the money but they were generous enough to offer a refund

"However, if at any time you don’t think Market Samurai is worth your initial investment please contact our help desk for a partial or full refund—just be aware that our help desk has a high volume of tickets at the moment, so it may take a little longer than usual to get to your requests."

Google is becoming annoying lately.. with all their privacy policy BS and now limiting the access, their results suck too..bing is more accurate but at the end of the day they control the search engine market
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Never used the Market samurai. Not that because I didn't like the features and well. But mostly because my budget would not allow me to use than, moreover I can use the Google adwords keyword tool.

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I finally got round to downloading it and trying the 6 day free trial yesterday, Looks like I picked a bad time to do this!
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I am testing that raven tool.. man the information that it gives is crazy..not that I am promoting it but I took a fast glance and added keywords , u actually can add your competitors and track how they are moving and how you are moving in the serps side to side.. but its 99$ a month.. thats alot!
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I understand what's happening to market samurai and to SEOQuake as well.

I'm also a developer and created a keyword tool (keyword miner)
but because of Google's changes until now I'm having a hard time
releasing version 2 of my product.

It's nearly impossible to get a consistent result when reading
google's free tools nowadays. And the only thing I think would
work is if you pay them to get search data. I know they have
a paid package for this though it's limited to a few thousand
searches and would not be viable if you create commercial software.

I'm playing with several options now but because of the barriers
the software is now still in the late planning stages.

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I've never used the Market Samurai tools myself, but I must say that it indeed looked like a very powerful tool for those wanting to get an edge over in the IM game.

Sadly yes they do rely on Google Adwords and the such, and given that the Adwords tool seems to update itself rather frequently, it would make Market Samurai have to constantly revise the software in order to keep up with the changes and not have it broken. Like how it is now.
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It is a shame that the end is near for Market Samurai when they've been such a big player in the SEO industry for a long time.

The biggest issue is that they charged a flat fee; there is no way they could continue to pay for server costs and programming costs to keep on doing rank tracking without steady monthly revenue coming in every day. Which is unfortunately the case with almost any downloadable rank tracker (especially one that isn't using external servers).

I am surprised at the increased difficulty in tracking SERPs, the way the SERP tracking I'm using is coded up we haven't faced any increased problems recently, still smooth sailing.

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Hey Warriors,

Market Samurai has had some issues lately which is some bad news for features I use regularly from it.

Here is a update on there blog -
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If you’ve tried to launch and use Market Samurai in the last few days you’ll have noticed that there are large areas of functionality that are broken.



What Happened?

As you know, Market Samurai pulls data from dozens of different search data providers so that you have all the data you need in a single place to make the most informed decisions about your online marketing opportunities.

In order to obtain this data we often need to perform large numbers of queries and searches through free services such as Google, Yahoo! or Bing on behalf of our users.

For example, tracking the rankings for even a few keywords can require thousands of searches. By performing these queries on your behalf, using our servers, we saved you hours, days or sometimes even weeks of time compared with doing these queries by hand.

Several days ago, Google made some significant technical changes to its services that make it impossible to reliably perform large volumes of free queries.

As large portions of Market Samurai currently use Google’s service, this has temporarily broken a range of functionality in Market Samurai (and related products, including modules from Domain Samurai and Article Samurai – although the core syndication functionality in Article Samurai is unaffected).

It’s also worth noting that most other SEO software has been affected in some way by these changes (eg. SEOQuake is currently broken as well).

What We’re Doing About It…

We’re working tirelessly around the clock to restore the vast majority of this functionality, and we estimate that most of the application will be functional within the next few days.

As there is such a large amount of functionality that is currently built upon Google’s services, we’re prioritizing the high usage modules such as Keyword Research and SEO Competition, and then moving on to the other modules.

What Are We Going to Use In Place of Google?

It’s important to note that much of the data that we supply in Market Samurai could have easily been provided from other search engines. (eg. locating articles about “dog training” in our Find Content module).

In these simple cases we’re going to just replace Google with Bing.

As you know, Bing has made some big improvements in recent years and there are many who are saying that Bing’s algorithm produces more relevant results than Google for many keywords.

As an SEO marketer, it is important to understand that Bing’s index is rapidly approaching the size of Google’s, and as they also power Yahoo!, they have rapidly grown to capture over 30% of the search queries in the US.

But why is this important?

The increased use of Bing as a search engine is important because competition metrics, such as SEOC (“SEO Competition”) and SEOTC (“SEO Title Competition”), measure the scarcity of keywords on the Internet. The idea behind keyword scarcity is that keywords that have a high scarcity are likely to be more useful keywords for your marketing campaign. A good candidate for a more detailed competition analysis, by using our SEO Competition module matrix, would be a keyword where there aren’t many pages on the Internet containing that keyword in the title or body of a page – i.e., keyword with a low SEOC/SEOTC value.

These high-level competition “scarcity” numbers can also come from another search engine, as long as the index is of a comparative size to Google. We believe this is the case with Bing.

It’s important to note that making a keyword decision based solely on a scarcity metric such as SEOC or SEOTC will provide poor results. It’s not a substitute for doing a detailed analysis by using the SEO Competition matrix and a backlink analysis.

The scarcity metrics help us quickly filter out keywords that are highly likely to be TOO hard to rank for (because they have a lot of relevant content out there competing for rankings). They DON’T tell you that a keyword will be easy to rank for. (i.e. use these numbers only to disqualify tough keywords)

Until this change is implemented, we’ve unfortunately had to introduce a manual check for SEOC values, similar to that for the SEOTC/SEOUC values. We understand that this is frustrating and time-consuming, but it was the only way we could keep this data available.

Changes to Rank Tracker

The module most affected by these Google changes will be the Rank Tracker module.

The Bad News…
With over 400,000 users now, tracking the ranks of your keywords on your behalf results in literally millions of Google searches every day. Google’s changes mean that it will be simply impossible for us to continue doing this on your behalf.

Unlike Bing and Yahoo!, Google has no API (commercial or otherwise) which is suitable for tracking rankings. The APIs that do exist for Google often produce results that are significantly different from actual rankings, making them useless for SEO purposes.

There are third-party companies that do have accurate APIs to Google, and we are currently in negotiations to get access to their data.

The particular company that we are talking to provides the ranking data to major SEO tools such as the excellent Raven Tools product, for example.

However, this data is expensive (Raven Tool’s cheapest plan costs $99 a month to track 1,000 keywords), and the underlying cost of ranking data is a large part of the reason for this price.

We’ve evaluated many options and it seems, at this stage, that the only way for us to offer Google Rank Tracker functionality to our users is to buy this data.

However, with a fixed-price product and so many users, it’s simply an economic impossibility to provide the same rank tracking functionality on an ongoing basis. In fact, it would cost us over $40,000 a day to purchase this data!

So, we’re left with the difficult decision of having to pass this costs on to our users in some fashion (most likely a monthly paid service).

Please know, if you’re an existing Market Samurai buyer we’ll try to keep this cost as low as possible. Potentially we will even try to offer a free level of service for a small number of keywords.

Unfortunately, this change will take a while to implement, at least several weeks. So until that time you may need to check your rankings manually, or perhaps try the 30 day trial at Raven Tools until we can get the new version of Rank Tracker out the door.

We’ll be releasing an updated version of the existing Rank Tracker module shortly, that will enable you to check a very small number of keyword rankings in Google (up to 10), by using your own connection rather than our servers to perform the searches. This is a temporary workaround until we can put a more permanent solution in place.

The Good News…
However, the news is not all bad. Rank Tracker has always been a very slow module to use due to the higher numbers of searches it requires.

The new Rank Tranker module built on the paid API will enable us to check your rankings in the background from our servers each week, so that when you open Market Samurai, you’ll instantly be able to see your rankings report—instead of waiting upwards of 10–30 minutes to check all your keyword rankings.

What To Do Next

We know the implications of these recent Google changes are very disappointing and will cause some anger amongst our users.

We understand this, and while we these changes are beyond our control, I want to apologize on behalf of the whole Noble Samurai team. We’re very grateful for the support of our customers over the years – you’re the reason we can do what we do! We deeply appreciate your patience through this difficult time.

Our current estimate is that we’ll have the vast majority of Market Samurai’s functionality working again within the next few days. The revised Rank Tracker module may take us several weeks to fully implement, though you can still check small numbers of keywords manually in Rank Tracker, as well as checking Bing and Yahoo! as normal.

Please be assured that as a small software development team, we understand that delivering great value is what keeps us alive and what built this business in the first place. When the dust has settled, we’re determined to do whatever it takes to ensure the investment you made to own Market Samurai is the best Internet Marketing investment you’ve made.

However, if at any time you don’t think Market Samurai is worth your initial investment please contact our help desk for a partial or full refund—just be aware that our help desk has a high volume of tickets at the moment, so it may take a little longer than usual to get to your requests.

Once again, I’m very sorry for the inconvenience that this has caused our customers.

We’re working around the clock to get this fixed.

Please leave any questions, concerns or encouragement (we could use a little bit right about now!) in the comments below.

Yours sincerely,

Eugene Ware
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sounds like excellent customer service as the big G has caused the problem. Note also they have offered a full refund to anyone who asks. can't say fairer than that.

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sounds like excellent customer service as the big G has caused the problem. Note also they have offered a full refund to anyone who asks. can't say fairer than that.
Unfortunately this seems to be happening way too often though.
I don't doubt their customer service for one second, but it starts to ware a little thin when you get emails like this every week from the apologizing.
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This is disastrous. Not much more can be said about it.

The Rank Tracker module is one I rely upon heavily, will Raven Tools be a suitable substitute. I'm happy to pay for that functionality alone.
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I don't blame the guys at MS. It's not their fault Google continues to stuff them around. And if Google's changes are making it hard for them don't you think it's also stuffing up others in the same field?

I have every faith in them and I believe that they will find away around whatever Googles done ti sutff them around.

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The SEO module is 95 percent functional now
thats all I ever used anyways

the only thing not working is the PR .......................Indexed pages supposedly is not working but who uses that or cares about it? I dont

You guys are crying like the sky is falling
I dont believe it

serps tracking? you guys actually track all those kws? that would drive me nuts
I only use the SEO Function , thats almost fixed

I think if MS were about to fold they would not have just done almost a complete revamp of the entire software which seems to be what is happening

most companies about to fold just do nothing, start cleaing out their desks, dont respond to emails, and start packing up the bank accts and head out of town

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The biggest issue is that they charged a flat fee; there is no way they could continue to pay for server costs and programming costs to keep on doing rank tracking
I think that they have no need for server costs if it's a desktop ap why do they need everything to go through their servers at all! It should be a stand alone entity which uses the resources of the users computer not the companies hardware.

Some rank trackers are having no problems, look at Magic rank tracker and Serp assist pro! they work independently of the maker and I know Magic rank tracker is fine and I know a couple of users of Serp alert and they are not reporting any problems!

If they can do a limited number of searches then why can’t we do it all on our end with private proxy support?


They could just build in a scheduler so it doesn’t do the searches all at once like it does now and spreads it out to look like a normal web searcher for those who don't want to use proxies.

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The Rank Tracker module is one I rely upon heavily, will Raven Tools be a suitable substitute. I'm happy to pay for that functionality alone.
I to use the market samurai rank tracker heavily but with the outages in service I was forced to grab something else!

I got Magic rank tracker and its a handy little tool. I've even been on skype today and talked with alex about how he can improve the software He is going to add in a report feature where users can export reports for clients and other little tweaks to make it more user friendly

Not bad for a tiny 1 time payment. It doesnt use any of his resources so there wont be any problems like with market samurai rank tracker

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It's a shame really. I used it mostly for the SERP checker. I think if enough people ask for the refund it could well see them off.
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Well, it still does what i want it to do. I never found its Rank Tracker to be reliable anyway.
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Market Samurai is back up now and kind of working, but using Bing data instead of Google as they said they would. One guy on this forum mentioned that Bing is more accurate or something, but the way I see it the only thing that really matters is where my website is on Google - I don't know anyone who actually uses Bing (of course, there are, but nowhere near as many).

This is a pain in the arse because I'd just signed up for a trial of MS about 4 days ago. Thank God I didn't actually fork out the money to buy it until I know how this whole thing is going to pan out.

I'm considering looking into other tools, any recommendations? Wish I could afford SECockpit as I've heard good things but it costs a fortune!!

Does anyone know if other tools, such as Brad Callen's Niche Finder etc. have also been buggered up by these Google changes?
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Thanks for the heads up, Dave. I will probably be giving Magic Rank Tracker a shot. As of late, I'd already found Market Samurai alternatives to complete the other functions more quickly with less bugs/pauses -- with the exception of Market Samurai Rank Tracker's fairly quick results for the top 1,000 on multiple keywords.
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Really? They only announced that it was Google causing the problem after a week of issues and keeping people on hold. A member of my mastermind group brought it only a few days ago whilst they were having issues.

Not only that but they are still selling Market Samurai with original sales message - which focuses heavily on the importance of Google and a one time fee!

I also asked a question as to where they got the '30% of users in USA use Bing' fact from, for which my comment disappeared... (I use Bing sporadically but often have to use Google again because Bing results are frustrating at times - and i assume that is the same with a large number of Bing users)

This is not customer service - this is now damage control. I don't think they have been truly honest until they did not have a choice. Why they haven't changed their sales page immediately also perhaps adds strength to my opinion.

I know lots of people love MS, but they clearly made some mistakes here.

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Really? They only announced that it was Google causing the problem after a week of issues and keeping people on hold. A member of my mastermind group brought it only a few days ago whilst they were having issues.

Not only that but they are still selling Market Samurai with original sales message - which focuses heavily on the importance of Google and a one time fee!

I also asked a question as to where they got the '30% of users in USA use Bing' fact from, for which my comment disappeared... (I use Bing sporadically but often have to use Google again because Bing results are frustrating at times - and i assume that is the same with a large number of Bing users)

This is not customer service - this is now damage control. I don't think they have been truly honest until they did not have a choice. Why they haven't changed their sales page immediately also perhaps adds strength to my opinion.

I know lots of people love MS, but they clearly made some mistakes here.
I'm not trying to protect MS. In fact, I requested for a refund because I just purchased it a few days ago, and I can't work with it since I rely heavily on the Rank Tracker module.

But if you are really not happy with MS, why not just ask for a refund? It says so in their CEO's letter that they issue refunds regardless of how many years you've purchased it.

The 30% market share of Bing is revealed in many SEO Blogs. Here's a research done in November 2011 by comScore:
comScore Releases November 2011 U.S. Search Engine Rankings - comScore, Inc

Bing + Yahoo's market share is about 30%

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I think it is really bad MS always said before that any updates were free for life.

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This is a bit ridiculous Market Samurai. If a human can still go through and search the rankings of every keyword then you can absolutely make a robot do it. I'd love someone with more knowledge of these recent Google changes chime in and tell me what exactly has changed so much. Why can most other software still track. I think this is pretty lame on their part.

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This is a bit ridiculous Market Samurai. If a human can still go through and search the rankings of every keyword then you can absolutely make a robot do it. I'd love someone with more knowledge of these recent Google changes chime in and tell me what exactly has changed so much. Why can most other software still track. I think this is pretty lame on their part.
The software has sucked for over a year. I have no idea why people use it. There are far better solutions for every single thing it does.

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I use 3 different rank trackers (just to make sure I'm giving accurate numbers to my clients), and none of them have had any problems, so I have no clue what the Market Samurai creators are talking about.

To be honest, the rank tracking module stopped giving accurate results all the way back when Google Places appeared. Once that happened, it was giving all kinds of BS results. Took them months to integrate the Google Places listings into their results, but it still has not given accurate results since then.

And the 400,000 users thing is probably including everyone who has ever taken the trial but did not buy it.

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The software has sucked for over a year. I have no idea why people use it. There are far better solutions for every single thing it does.
Im perfectly fine with switching. I need just rank tracking capabilities for Mac. I have windows parallels but I would prefer to use a program natively on my Mac like Market Samurai. Any ideas?

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Im perfectly fine with switching. I need just rank tracking capabilities for Mac. I have windows parallels but I would prefer to use a program natively on my Mac like Market Samurai. Any ideas?
Link-assistants Rank Tracker works on a Mac. I use it. I'm going to switch to an online program I think, but Rank Tracker is very good IMO.

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If other software can do it, so can they. it's simple, they are going to monthly subscription to rake even more money in. I've just had a look at the blog page which gives the reasons why they are doing it and it doesn't make any sense at all - except to the commenters sucking up to Eugene that are obviously hand picked. I have spoken to 7 other users who have Market Samurai, 5 have sent in scathing comments and he hasn't published one of them, he has obviously very carefully edited the blog so only the fools comments about how they all still think his product is fantastic regardless of them using Bing for results, no Rank Tracker facility, no cloud service so the user risks a ban etc etc etc are published. The blog just looks like another load of hype to back up MS and their justification to go monthly subs. Pathetic, and even worse is the fact they have still been selling it right through to now, even when it doesn't work. To me, that really tells us more about the company than anything else. They could have at least been honest. They obviously aren't (until after the event of course).
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Just checked it out. Looks awesome. Do I need to use proxies with this program? I check rankings for about 20 websites a day so Im not sure if I will run into problems.

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Just checked it out. Looks awesome. Do I need to use proxies with this program? I check rankings for about 20 websites a day so Im not sure if I will run into problems.
Why not sign up for serpfox.com or microsite masters? Both are pretty accurate and require no maintenance, proxies, etc.

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Link Assistant's Rank tracker is pretty expensive. $97 just to track your rankings + hidden monthly fees.

I also tried out Traffic Travis, but TT4 is very buggy.

I tried a recommendation by David Carr, just a while ago, and I actually bought it. It's called Magic Rank Tracker. The price is very low, and it solved my needs. The interface isn't as flashy as market samurai, but hey, I'm not complaining.

My only problem with Magic Rank Tracker though is that it's not able to check your rankings in the Top 200 - 1,000 results, which MS is capable of doing. And it's not capable of adding external URLs. But I'm sure they'll improve it in future updates.

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What are the hidden monthly fees?
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For Rank Tracker only, it's around $7 per month. If you have the rest of the Suite, you're going to have to pay higher.

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I have been using Market Samurai for over a year and a half now and I can say that it's a wonderful tool. I understand that they are having difficulties with functionality due to Google's recent changes but it normal for any software to go through this. I think the staff will work hard to get this program up and running to get things back to normal. On the other hand, I don't agree paying a monthly fee for a rank tracking service and I hope there is a free fix for this. I believe Market Samurai will be back better than ever when the team gets things straighten out but I despise paying any more money for it.

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I to use the market samurai rank tracker heavily but with the outages in service I was forced to grab something else!

I got Magic rank tracker and its a handy little tool. I've even been on skype today and talked with alex about how he can improve the software He is going to add in a report feature where users can export reports for clients and other little tweaks to make it more user friendly

Not bad for a tiny 1 time payment. It doesnt use any of his resources so there wont be any problems like with market samurai rank tracker

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Why not sign up for serpfox.com or microsite masters? Both are pretty accurate and require no maintenance, proxies, etc.
Because between all my sites there are thousands of keywords and to pay $100 a month for that is just ridiculous.

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Because between all my sites there are thousands of keywords and to pay $100 a month for that is just ridiculous.
I track thousands of keywords... it's cheap if you consider the time savings that you get. Absolutely no maintenance needed. No? How much is your time worth? How long does it take you to get data for 1000s of keywords with MS?

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I second Rank Tracker. I also like Advanced Web Ranking. Not sure if it runs on a Mac though. I run them both on a schedule on my server. No complaints.

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I think the best solution is to make a separate cloud, we add the keywords and they show us the results on 3 days period , so basically they can do the search as slowly as possible on their end and we see the updates once a week or twice , that would be the ideal solution.. they can ask the owners to pay a one time fee so they can build this system..I wouldn't mind paying a one time fee.
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