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8:54 pm on Jul 5, 2003 (gmt 0)

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I'm looking for my position among 120,000 returned results for my keyphrase. How do I find out what page I'm on without going through hundred's of results?
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Visit your site first, so that the link to your site will show up in the SERPs in the link:visited colour.

Do a search for the keywords you want, then append &num=100 to the search URL in the browser address bar. You'll now get 100 results per screen, and can quickly scroll through each page.

Google only shows the first 1000 results, so you only have 10 screens to look at anyway.

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There are applications that can automate the process, but using them is probably a bad idea since Google does enforce its TOS.
12:57 am on July 6, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Also, if you can't find where you are easily, does it really matter? I only care where I am if I'm in the top 40. If I'm looking beyond that, it's just because, well...Esmeralda: The Case of the Missing #8 Site.
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Bokesch,

Try the Google Web APIs [google.com] service (click the link under '2. Create a Google Account').

It's free but for non-commercial use only. It lets you input your url and then loads of keyword phrases and shows you where that url ranks for each phrase. Very useful.

And best of all you can put www.widgets.com as your url and 'free widgets' and it will include all pages in the site, not just the home page, listing your highest ranked page for 'free widgets'.

It's pretty cool :)

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Do a search for the keywords you want, then append &num=100 to the search URL in the browser address bar. You'll now get 100 results per screen, and can quickly scroll through each page.

Just a quick tip use the "Find on this page" from the edit menu. Saves time. :)

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I forgot to mention in my earlier post - once you signed up using the URL I posted above you should then receive an email with a key.

Then go to <snip> to use it as I described :)

[edited by: Marcia at 12:33 am (utc) on July 8, 2003]
[edit reason] No tools or accessories of any kind, please. [/edit]

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I'm looking for my position among 120,000 returned results for my keyphrase

while you may get (1/2) clicks a month from a listing past page 2, i'd say in the vast majority of cases SERPS outside the top 20 are of little importance - you'd do better spending time getting them into the top 20 than figuring out schemes to find the SERPS at #135 ;-)

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Something I noticed is that it can be more difficult to go from #3 to #1 than it is to go from #200 to #10.
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Hmm, occasionally though I see referals from folks clicking through from page 50 or so.... strangely enough... those of course are easy as I simple cut'n'p the referer

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Hi Soccer Star,

Thanks for that link. How did you find this tool? This isn't from Google, right? Is it ok? Or something similar to WebPosition?

Well, I works great anyway! Fast results.

Thanks

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Then go to <snip> to use it as I described

Doesn't work anymore :( gives all wrong positions :(

[edited by: Marcia at 12:32 am (utc) on July 8, 2003]

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I have started using : <snip> automatically report website position on Google using Google API Service."

-- freeware on my PC:

I don't know if it really works (ie., accurate) or not, or if it is even possible to be accurate, or if the results are relevant, etc.,
but I use it for 'reassurance' anyway. ;-/

[edited by: Marcia at 12:34 am (utc) on July 8, 2003]

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"<snip>" automatically report website position on Google using Google API Service."

Downloaded it - it doesn't work, please don't waste your time downloading it.

[edited by: Marcia at 12:35 am (utc) on July 8, 2003]

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I second Umesh's comment. Doesn't let me add a URL or delete the demo one under Windows XP Pro.
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Hmm the <snip> use to work earlier but now fails to give accurate results.

What I suggest, set your perferences to 100 search results per page. Then use this URL: [google.com...]

And manually find the positions.

[edited by: Marcia at 12:36 am (utc) on July 8, 2003]

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Wired-Suzanne,

It is from Google and it is ok. :)

Umesh,

I just used it and it worked fine for me, giving correct results. Bear in mind with the index so messed up at the moment and seemingly in an (almost) constant state of flux the SERPs aren't the same for long.

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This question posted in another thread but no response. Can someone help?

Hello Everyone

Question regarding new website and indexing. I have a new website that just got indexed in June 2003.

I was wondering with every index that comes and goes after the initial indexing can I expect more traffic to my website?

I was told by professionals in the business that the longer your site is on the internet the more traffic and links you will get, and then to expect a max-out in about 6 months to 1 year.

Would someone be so kind to elaborate on this subject. I need to be educated on this so I know what direction I need to go in.

Someone's utmost attention on this subject would be very much appreciated. Happy belated 4th everyone. Thanks!

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soccer_star

Way cool! :)
Worked fine for me.

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I was told by professionals in the business that the longer your site is on the internet the more traffic and links you will get, and then to expect a max-out in about 6 months to 1 year.

That sounds about right if you just want to build a site and put it on autopilot. However, there are no limits if your goal is to keep working on the site.

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Hi

For that google keyword position results. What do you put in where it asks: "Google API Liscense Key?"

10:56 pm on July 7, 2003 (gmt 0)

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scotter, this is the most useful tool i've found on here.

joe, go back and re-read page one.

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>Downloaded it - it doesn't work,
>please don't waste your time downloading it. .

<snip>

But whether Google has many indexes and data centers and all the other technical details that I read about but never understand makes me wonder whether results for a particular keyword/phrase really signify much.

[edited by: Marcia at 12:41 am (utc) on July 8, 2003]

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Reminder: What's right at Google's site offered to the public is fine, but please check the Google News forum charter. No unofficial, unauthorized tools of any other kind can be posted at the board.
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The charter only says not to post tool urls' doesn't it?

I thought it would be ok to mention a Google API tool and say 'hey it works for me'.

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Apologies Marcia, I didn't realise I was breaking the rules posting a link to tools.

If anyone wants the address to go to after registering and receiving your verification code sticky me.

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you can try to use "Search Engine Position Checker".