UPDATE: Due to comments made by Google and many, many warnings from 3rd parties, our major sponsor has decided to pull out rather than risk repercussions from the Search Engines - We are in talks with other companies, and are working to find a way to build the tool whilst remaining within Google TOS - See GoogleGuy's comments pointing out the TOS for more details.
At present, we are in a state of indecision: Some questions need to answered:
- Can a link analysis tool be built within Google TOS and still be useful?
- If we do get to build it, and it's within TOS, will our sponsor, and Threadwatch (and any other sites i build) be free from repercussions?
Back to our regularly scheduled programming...
Threadwatch, thanks to major sponsorship from Unspecified will be building the link analysis tool to end all link analysis tools.
Here's how it works:
- Unspecified pay for the initial development
- JasonD and DaveN provide the programming and technical expertise respectively
- We ask you what features you want in a dream link analysis tool
- We build it, based on your input
- We give it away for FREE
Follow the title link for more...
Some further Details
Here are some short answers to questions i can think you may want answers too. If you have more, please just comment, and ill answer them.
What kind of Tool?
We have a very simple (in concept) goal in mind: To build the best link analysis tool on the market. Period. It will be a standalone tool that you can download and run in your browser, with no "phone home" shite associated with it. The only thing hosted at Threadwatch will be the download page where you'll be able to upgrade it as improvements are made.
Unspecified. are the main sponsor, the amount will not be disclosed, but it's considerable, and 100% of it will go into building the tool. There are opportunities for 10 smaller sponsors (this is why its free..) and any wishing to get involved should pm me.
Jason is donating the project management (as well as collaborating with DaveN on the technical SEO aspects) and DaveN his considerable seo expertise, these guys will also be named and credited. Both JasonD and DaveN have STELLA reputations for SEO and having their skills installed in the tool will make it truly awesome.
What's in it for Threadwatch?
Firstly there is the viral nature of building the best link tool on the market and giving it away for free - secondly, additional minor sponsorhips will help to monetize TW - we've talked about this subject so many times, but i've not managed to put much together to date and this looks like a win-win-win to me. You win as you get a great free tool, the sponsors win as there are limited slots and this tool will go mentally viral, i win as i get a few $$'s in my pocket and can stop eating boiled beef and cabbage for a week or two (only kidding :-)
This also carries on the initiative we started with the CashKeywords giveaway, while Threadwatch is still looking for viable ways to monetize, with utmost care and attention given to the membership, you can enjoy another cool freebie.
More Questions and Feature Requests
Fire away, im here all evening and will happily answer points i will have obviously missed, just ask...