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How to know how many keywords my site ranks #1
What tool do I use?

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Msg#: 1365 posted 8:30 pm on Aug 30, 2005 (gmt 0)

Hello guys, its been a while I ve been busy and hard at work. Can anyone tell me if there is a tool that I can use to tell which keywords I rank in the top ten. I have been told that some publishers cant even tell which keywords they are ranking highly for. Does anyone know of a good tool?




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Msg#: 1365 posted 8:52 pm on Aug 30, 2005 (gmt 0)

Hi, JamaicanFood. We recently had a discussion about this here [webmasterworld.com]. Post again if that doesn't answer your question. Good luck!

Precious pearls

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Msg#: 1365 posted 10:12 am on Sep 27, 2005 (gmt 0)

Hello friend,

It is a very simple problem you need to do just one thing that open any search engine. Put your keyword there in searching block in double inverted commas. At which position you will found your site that will be your rank with respect to that keyword.



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Msg#: 1365 posted 3:34 pm on Oct 18, 2005 (gmt 0)

tool that I can use to tell which keywords I rank in the top ten.

Since the thread referenced isn't highly explicit, I'll rehash it here.

When Google sends you a referral, the referrer field contains information indicating which page of SERPs that visitor clicked on to arrive at your site. This is in the form of "&start=nnn", or the lack thereof.

If there's no "start=", then the referral came from page 1 (roughly speaking, you're in the top ten for that keyword, at least via that data center, at least at that moment of the day :-)

If there's a "start=0", same deal.

If there's a "start=10", then the referral came from the Google results page whose first entry is the 11th ranked listing.

Niggling point: if I set Google to give me 100 results per page, search for your site, find it at position 99 and click on it, your referral field will see a "start=0" in it for that hit. The vast majority of people use the default Google setting of 10 results per page, so this fact is unlikely to skew the results.

This technique is in some ways superior to tools that go out and query Google to determine your exact ranking.

  • It cannot ever violate any Google TOS (you're merely examining your own logs for data that Google insisted on supplying you with, not hitting their servers with queries).
  • It can show you fluctuations that ranking tools will never see (unless you set them up to pound Google so often with queries that you risk getting banned).
  • Corollary: it can ignore fluctuations that might confuse a ranking tool (e.g., you end up saying "Look at that one hit where I was on page 3 instead of page 1 -- how odd" instead of "Oh my God, I've dropped to page 3 -- how did that happen? what will I do?")
  • It can show you which non-page-1 terms users are actually going to the trouble to find and click on (which can potentially indicate higher-conversion keywords that should be a priority for going after).
  • It gets you to focus more on numbers that are more likely to matter. Who cares if you're ranked #1 for 10 search terms that generate virtually no traffic?

If your weblog analysis package does not give you the ability to make intelligent use of Google ranking information -- time to look around or build your own...

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