I use all kinds of free online webmaster tools. And I like the freebie seo tools too. But I’ve never felt *all-that-comfortable* about doing so.
With a free seo tool being released every time you turn around lately, and some of them darn interesting and useful too, I have to wonder what that gig is all about.
Could be just link bait.
But do you ever wonder about the information you submit using these tools? Keywords and domains …
I don’t think it’s all that paranoid or tin-foil-hat-ish to question if data is being stored and monitored with these freebie tools. But do you really want your investigative information broadcast to webmasters that are obviously very serious, experienced and so polished they could dance circles around your own web promotion and marketing skills?
Last summer I stumbled across a super hot niche that no one had really moved into yet, loads of traffic. Within a month the adsense cheese sites hit town. I’m wondering if that was a big fat coincidence after all.
Look for scripts that you can upload to your own site, software downloads (that aren’t spyware or ‘call home’), or pay someone to write them if you’re not a script guru.
Buy domains *immediately*.
Or. Don’t worry about it and carry on. But maybe it’s something to keep in mind when we’re getting ready to do some web dev homework.
Ever wonder why the pros have staff on hand to write their own scripts and apps? Why do that if they can get the same info online for free.