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Tutorials and Google Penguin - Checking Your Rankings With Rank Tracker
[box color="purple-vibrant" type="square" icon="help"]Tutorials and Google Penguin - Checking Your Rankings With Rank Tracker[/box] Here we are on a new Wednesday with a new article in our Post Penguin series! Today we are going to finish off this series with a discussion on page rank and how to keep an eye on it with a Rank Tracker Tool! Page Rank Tracker I will put links to the other articles in this series at the bottom of the post in case you missed them! So let's get down to business - Welcome to Tutorial Wednesday :) Amanda Mullins has asked me about page rank and how to check it so I thought I would talk about that today - thanks for the suggestion Amanda! Checking Your Rankings With Rank Tracker Rank Tracker is a very popular tool for checking rankings of different websites. You can check a variety of search engines all at once and many different keywords all at once. You can save different websites as different projects so you can see how they do over time. All you need to do to refresh all your keyword rankings is to click one button. Rank Tracker is actually an amalgamation of several popular SEO tools, including SEO Spyglass, that were all published by the same publisher. These tools are now rounded up into one tool, Rank Tracker. There’s a paid version and a free version. The free version allows you to check your rankings and do most of what the casual person would want to do. The paid version allows you to incorporate more data, generate custom reports, graph out your results and more. If you’re targeting a large list of keywords, typing the keywords in by hand to check your rankings simply isn’t economical. Using a tool like Rank Tracker is much faster, easier and more accurate.   Here’s how to use Rank Tracker to track your keywords.   Step 1: Download Rank Tracker Go to http://www.link-assistant.com/rank-tracker/ to get the Rank Tracker tool. You’ll be asked to select either the paid or free version.

In order to download your software, you’ll need to give them your email address. Your download link will be sent to you by email.   Step 2: Select Website to Track When you open Rank Tracker for the first time, you’ll automatically be taken to the tracking wizard. Start by entering the URL of the website that you’d like to track.  

  Step 3: Select Search Engines What search engines do you want to track? Just click the checkbox next to the search engine to add it to the list. By default, Google, Bin and Yahoo are checked. Rank Tracker supports all the major search engines. It also supports a number of non-major search engines, including Ask.com, Excite, Lycos and dozens of others.  

  Step 4: Enter Your Keywords Enter the keywords that you want to track. Press enter between keywords. Use this as a tool to track keywords you’re targeting or are already ranking for, rather than as a keyword exploration tool.  

  Step 5: Checking Next you’ll see this screen as Rank Tracker checks your results. If you’re checking a lot of keywords or if you’re checking a large number of search engines, you may want to just leave it for a while to do its work.  

Once the checking is complete, you’ll see this screen.

  Step 6: Viewing the Results Now you’ll be presented with all the results from the Rank Tracker scan.  

  By default the keywords are sorted by alphabetical order. To change how the columns are sorted, just click the top of any column. The search engine name will be displayed along the top column and your rank in that search engine will be displayed across from the keyword. This will quickly show you exactly where you rank on various keywords and on various search engines.   Step 7: Checking Again Of course, the idea with Rank Tracker isn’t just to check your rankings once. The idea is to use the tool to easily monitor all your rankings in one click, over time. To run another Rank Tracker test, just click the “Check Rankings” button. You can choose to re-check only certain keywords or all the keywords.     Step 8: Filtering Results To filter your results and show only some of your keywords, use the filtering options at the top.   You can also type in a keyword in the “Quick Filter” box to only show those keywords that contain the phrase you entered.   Step 9: Progress Data Want to see how your keywords are performing over time? Just take a look at the bottom charts. These charts start off blank, but as you track the performance of your keywords will fill up with various data points. This makes it easy for you to see if your rankings are rising or falling over time.  

  Step 10: Saving and Starting a New Project To start a new project without the startup wizard, just go to File > New Project. You can save the existing project by going to File > Save Project so you can access it at a later time.     That’s how to use Rank Tracker to check your rankings. You can use this software to track anything from a small personal website with a handful of keywords to an enterprise level website with hundreds of keywords. Rank Tracker is a powerful yet easy to use and highly versatile tool that should be part of any serious marketer’s toolbox. That, my friends finishes up the Google Penguin update discussions for the time being! In case you missed the other articles in this series you will find them here: Google Keyword Tool Guide Post Penguin Link Building On Page Search Engine Optimization Next week we will start a new topic for Tutorial Wednesday - Im not 100% sure what yet, but Im feeling all facebooky! Come back and see me on Friday and we can finish off the working week together - see you then :)   Kym-Robinsons-Blog-Signature           join in the conversation by leaving a comment and if you liked todays post, how about sharing it with your friends? all the buttons are below for your convenience – thanks in advance!


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