Question: Can using Rank Reporter negatively affect my website’s ranking?
Answer: No, you cannot affect your website’s ranking by using Rank Reporter. There are two main reasons why this is true:
- It is not possible for a search engine to determine which website you are tracking in the search result pages. Rank Reporter only sends your query text to the search engine; it does not send any information about which websites are being tracked.
- If it were possible to negatively affect your website’s ranking, then it would also be possible to negatively affect the ranking of your competitors’ sites. This is related to point 1: there is no way for the search engines to determine which website you own, so no site can be penalized in any way.