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Question about DigitalPoint tracker tool

Discussion in 'Keyword Tracker' started by DigiNewb, Jun 30, 2011.

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    Question about the DigitalPoint keyword tracker: Do we need to put in the "Google API Key:" field in Tracker Settings? I didn't, and it seems to work, but does this mean the tracker script is scraping google results from my server? (which is against the TOS?).
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    DigiNewb, Jun 30, 2011 IP
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    digitalpoint Overlord of no one Staff

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    #2
    It won't work without the API key unless Google changed something. Either way, it only uses the Google API, and does not scrape.
     
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    Hey Shawn, thanks for replying. I setup the keyword tracker for my site several months ago. If I did enter an API key, would the "Google API Key:" box now be empty? (because it is).

    I was reading the TOS for the JSON/Atom Custom Search API (that's what the tool uses, right?) and noticed it says:

    Wouldn't the tracker tool be considered an "automated means"?
     
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    The JSON API is depreciated. Update your advanced usage script and enter your API key.

    Regardless, the JSON API terms did allow automated queries.
     
    digitalpoint, Jul 1, 2011 IP
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    I updated the script on my server; I didn't realize you had changed the tracker code.

    What did you mean by saying the JSON API is depreciated? It looks like it's still available: http://code.google.com/apis/customsearch/v1/overview.html .

    I tried updating my keywords today; curiously, the first one updated fine, but clicking any of the others returns

    Would that be because as I mentioned, the "Google API Key" field is blank for me?

    Thanks Shawn!
     
    DigiNewb, Jul 5, 2011 IP
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    #6
    The old one was this API, which is now depreciated: http://code.google.com/apis/websearch/

    The new API used requires use of the Google API key. If you don't have a Google API key entered, it's not going to work for you.
     
    digitalpoint, Jul 5, 2011 IP
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    He means deprecated, not depreciated.
     
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    #8
    Erm, right. We both knew what we meant :)

    In any case, apparently the JSON API is not deprecated. In fact, it says "Labs" when I look at the documentation, which would mean it's really new, right?
     
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    #9
    They changed the name of it. The old one USED to be called the JSON API... now it's just called "Google Web Search API", and it's deprecated. http://code.google.com/apis/websearch/

    The "new" JSON API requires a Google API key. No matter how you argue it, if you want to use the keyword tracker with Google, you need to enter a Google API key.
     
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    So Google first named it the JSON API, deprecated it and renamed it Google Web Search API, and then named the new one the JSON/Atom Custom Search API?

    Confusing :)
     
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    #11
    More or less, yes.
     
    digitalpoint, Jul 6, 2011 IP