How Can I Track my SEO Rankings? [Video FAQ Series]

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It can be difficult to track the exact position of keywords in Google since a number of things can affect the outcome. Personalized search, local results, and different data centers can all dramatically influence the rankings you see. Google’s algorithm changes more than 200 times a year, so rankings also fluctuate from week to week or day to day. Overall, you should be looking for trends in your rankings.

With that in mind there are numerous tools that can help you track rankings. One way to track rankings is to use filters within Google Analytics. More information about this is available on Yoast’s blog.

This information can also be gathered through Google Webmaster Tools. In your Webmaster tools click on “Your Site on the Web” and then on “Search Queries.” This will give you the average position on Google for your site for a given term.

Paid options also exist that allow you to track very specific terms. Rank Tracker is a paid option that automatically checks your search engine rankings and shows you if your site has moved up or down in the search results. It can also help you discover profitable keywords you may not have considered on your own.

The SEO Moz tool is another good option that will track rankings from Google, Bing and Yahoo in any country. This tool pulls rankings automatically and provides some nice charts to show progress.

Authority Labs in another paid tool that provides fully automated reports, allowing you to track local results, international keywords, and a large volume of keywords.

Advanced Web Ranking and Rank Checker are additional services that can be useful for tracking web rankings.

There are a lot of good ways to track search engine rankings. If you have additional SEO services or tools that you like to use for tracking rankings, feel free to leave a comment.


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  1. Mark says

    After using several SEO tools, like Authority Labs, I have moved to RankRanger and their tools definitely deliver. When using the other companies I found that some of them have poor customer service, or confusing UIs, areas where rank ranger stands out. Has anyone else had similar difficulties working with other SEO tools?

  2. mike says

    I used to use market samurai, but now that they are defunct, I have been using Raven and they aren’t nearly accurate enough on local search engines. Does anyone know of a tool that has accurate daily rankings?

    • TJ Welsh says

      I appreciate the comment here, Mike. I have used Market Samurai and seen the same thing with the Rank Tracker module. I know they have been working to get these issues resolved and but it still has its problems.

      As far as the accuracy with local listing goes, I have seen most tools struggle with this. I know that Authority Labs does a good job of indicating when you have a local listing show up in search results and it seems to be fairly accurate. I have not used Raven tools so any additional information about that would be great. Thanks for the feedback.

  3. Dave says

    I used rank tracker for a while, but after a certain amount of keywords, my IP address is blocked by Google. Also, sometimes it takes 3 hours to give me my results

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