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1.3 Making Your First Ranking Report

I know you already have a massive list of great keywords, and it′s good enough to start with. Still, there′s yet another thing to take care of now. I mean, there must be a way to see how well your site is doing. How are you going to check your progress?

Some will ask, why check it at all? But how can you know for sure that you′re doing the right thing, if you don′t have good evidence?

Any check is an impulse to the subconscious that forces you to do better. A real–life example comes from sports: after sportsmen start evaluating their results regularly, their achievements jump 20% up — and this is just because of measuring success, all else is done the same way!

In SEO, the traditional solution is to make keyword ranking reports at least once a week. (I do it daily, though. With the software I use, it′s a minute′s business.)

Now look at your watch. It looks like it′s high time for your first ranking check :–)

Option 1: Measure keyword rankings with your own hands

Here′s a way to do it manually: type in a keyword in the Search Engine where you wish to check the ranking, then find your site in its result pages and check what place it′s on. In our case, the website is on the 21–st position.

Checking Google rankings manually Checking Google rankings manually

Pretty boring, I know. But you can automate part of the work — here′s a quick list of free resources to use for evaluation of your keyword rankings:

What′s good about them? They′re simply free and good enough!

What′s bad, then?

First of all, they only check positions in, Yahoo! and Bing. So if you need, say, to check rankings in, or — then do all the job manually, or use the Rank Tracker tool I describe further.

And another thing. Well, they just won′t remember you. If you come after a month to make another check, you′ll have nothing to compare with. You can only keep your previous results yourself, if you invent a way to do so.

Also, most of these free resources require Yahoo! and Google API keys. This makes the work inconvenient, because API keys put certain limitations on the number of queries you can perform.

Search Engines do not want multiple or automated queries (and SEO work is impossible without them), so they require API keys — it′s like an allowance to query Search Engines.

Still there′s a non–free Rank Tracker tool, which not only checks your rankings instantly, but also shows your progress and doesn′t necessarily need a Google API key — so it′s great to evaluate your work.


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#4959 2020-02-03 07:28:53 software house in Islamabad

Good to see this thanks for sharing with us, it is really helpful and informative.

#4836 2019-05-11 19:20:45 seo services in islamabad SEO GURU

thanks for sharing this post making a ranking report is really important as like your work. its reallly useful for being an seo services providers

#4835 2019-05-11 19:18:40 seo services in islamabad SEO GURU

thanks for sharing this ranking tips , its really useful for me

#4347 2016-01-14 23:08:51 Anton Shutenko

For checking some local website positions you can also use google chrome, just change the latitude and longitude in the browser settings and voila!

#4216 2015-08-19 01:16:08 agar io

Do not know what to say, I liked your article and I hope you will have many entries or more.

#4233 2015-09-07 07:39:06 Dan Richmond

Thanks for the feedback! :))

#4212 2015-08-15 06:42:39 zy cra

Yes. I agree with you and it makes me a headache. Check keyword rankings are phases that would have to do SEOer in natural SEO campaign work minh.Tat checking this keyword entirely possible manipulation.!

#4037 2015-03-08 00:55:34 melhaionu sukioni

This is a great article. It gave me a lot of useful information. I use it everyday to to check my ranking and keep me focused on what I need to do.

#4031 2015-03-02 01:40:19 Jodie Bishop

Thank you for making the honest effort to discuss this. I feel very strong about it and want to learn more. It could be extremely useful and helpful for me and my friends.

#3940 2015-01-09 23:23:14 jogos de friv

This is a great article. It gave me a lot of useful information. thank you very much.

#3935 2015-01-08 11:43:28 Ideamax SEO in Bulgaria

Is these free tools are providing absolute precision about the position of the site in the SERP?

#3936 2015-01-08 22:26:19 Dan Richmond

Yes, Rank Tracker is very accurate in determining your ranking positions in search engines. You may track both organic and universal search result with this software

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