29 Jan 12 4:58 pm
I appreciate what you are saying about Samurai, but if the playing field has changed to an extent where they can no longer offer that service in a viable manner for their business to operate, then changes have to be made.
I was over at their blog earlier and a few people there are throwing out the suggestion that if you want advanced rank tracker functionality, you pay extra, but if you're only needing the basic functionality then you stay on a free plan.
Perhaps that's the way forward, but I'd rather see them charge a (small) subscription like SEO Powersuites rank tracker, than have to kill off the project entirely.
One thing I have noticed though in the last 2 years is the way Google changes seem to impact far more on Samurai than they do on other SEO tools. Possibly a lack of foresight in the way the software is constructed, maybe the initial design is poor and it doesn't cope well with change. But without seeing the diagramming for the underlying infrastructure this is just speculation on my part.