How do I enable Google API in the software?
Using search engines API keys officially allows you to make automated queries without violating search engines' policies.
Google also lets you use its API for running searches. But starting from November 1, 2010 this search engine doesn't require getting an API key. To enable Google API in the software, please go to 'Preferences' - 'Search Engines API keys' and check 'Use Google API' box.
However, you should be aware of the fact that using Google API in our software may imply some issues:
- the results Rank Tracker delivers with enabled Google API may differ from what you see in your browser. The point is that via Google API you see results mainly for Google.Com. Hence, if you target some regional version (e.g. google.au, google.co.za, etc.) or set local/regional search settings (like country/state/city), rankings can be several positions away from the real ones. That's why when checking positions in local versions of Google, we recommend you to disable its API and use the other search safety features our tools are equipped with (Human Emulation, Proxy Rotation).
- although Google hasn't officially announced any limitations concerning the amount of queries allowed to send via its API, you may run into some issues when intensively using it. As our tests showed, updating projects of an average size (30-50 keywords/links in 1 version of Google) is fine, but if you have a great amount of bigger projects to update, Google may frown on you and throw you a CAPTCHA or even temporary block your IP address. So to avoid this, we recommend you to use more effective search safety mechanisms.