We and NeM have been strong advocates of Indextools over the years and for us when Yahoo bought the tool it was a bit of a shock. We have how ever over come and adapt and now feel that their lies an opportunity in this for everybody, specially those with little budget or are using Google Analytics.
One of our clients got an email from Yahoo yesterday with the new terms and conditions for Yahoo! Indextools and his main concerns are how firm Yahoo is on the fact that they want people to be able to opt out of being measured. That means that if visitors are coming to site and do not want to be seen or measured at the site they are visiting they can do so with a push of a button at the site’s privacy page.
I believe that Google is not doing this and Yahoo is the first to go this way with web analytics. I also believe that when some privacy laws are made about the usage of the Internet this will be the norm.
Here are couple of privacy and terms and contitions pages you should read:
Google, for their tools and search
Amazon, for their site
Alexa, for their site and tools
MSN/Live, for their site and tools
Yahoo, for their site and tools
And the list goes on …