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Has anybody heard about a tool/package that would predict rankings on search engines such as Google?  I had a conversation with a well respected SEO specialist who mentioned that he was using some application which evaluates a website and predict rankings; however he would not reveal what it was called.  

 I have tried quite a few SEO utilities but they all report on your current status and do not predict where your website might be after it is crawled by the spiders.

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Kasia
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Semonitor (www.semonitor.com) has an "Advanced Google analysis" feature which boasts the ability to "predict the changes in your Google positions".  That could be they kind of thing your tight-lipped contact was talking about.

Honestly, though, I'm skeptical that any software could give you an accurate prediction.  Presumably, a program might analyze keyword density & position, link popularity and that kind of thing to give a general overview of whether certain changes are more likely to improve SE position and even how competitive the results for those keywords are, but I would take any predictions with a grain of salt.  As one SEO co. says on their website: "Search engine optimization is not an exact science. It is frequently slow to show results that are not predictable with pinpoint accuracy. We, therefore, cannot predict that your site will have such and such ranking for such and such period."  That kind of disclaimer strikes me as more realistic.
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kasiencja -

>Has anybody heard about a tool/package that would predict rankings on search engines such as Google?

It is impossible for such a tool to exist because in order to predict where you will be in the rankings you need to know where every competing site will be also.  The only programs that can do that are the search engine algorithms themselves.

>I had a conversation with a well respected SEO specialist who mentioned that he was using some application which evaluates a website and predict rankings

Maybe the SEO specialist dreamt about such an application :) or was describing something else - like this PR predictor for example http://www.rustybrick.com/pagerank-prediction.php

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