Rankings that make sense

We’ve written about rankings here before, for instance: how to track them with Google Analytics, part I and part II and even why they are worthless (the latter post by Eduard, who has, starting december 1st, joined us at OrangeValley!!), on top of that, I was using this rank tracker all the time!

But today, I can tell you that we’ve got something new, and better. Tracking rankings is hard, especially because Google isn’t too fond of people scraping their search results. Because of that, running daily rankings was a pain, but the data we all secretly wanted was in there, we’ve all known it for ages: visitor data, combined with rankings, day for day, week for week.

Let me show you what I wanted, all this time:

SEO Ranking Monitor

This isn’t some mockup, this is real stuff. A rankings tracker called SEO Rank Monitor, that uses the Google Analytics API to combine rankings data with visitor data, showing you what the difference really is between position 1 and position 2. It’s also the fastest rankings tracker I’ve ever seen, ranking a few dozen keywords for me in a few minutes, and then on a daily basis after that, giving some awesome ranking charts:

It also allows you to add your competitors, so you can easily track their goings on your keywords as well. Now all experienced SEO’s know they should work on keyword groups more than they should work on single keywords, and thus this new ranking tool allows you to tag your keywords, easily allowing you to check rankings for the group:

As you can see it also allows you to export the keywords to a CSV file. There’s more: tracking the number of backlinks to your domain according to the search engines you selected, the number of indexed pages etc. Also, because this isn’t a rank tracker that runs on your own machine, it’s not clogging up resources and you can check your rankings from everywhere you want.

The tool is paid, of course, but you can try it for free for a month. The normal pricing is $39 a month for the Pro package and $19 a month for the Basic package. With the Pro package you can track 2,500 keywords and 10 domains, with the Basic package you’re limited to 1 domain and 100 keywords. In other words: the Pro package is well worth the money. Now there’s something even better: I’ve negotiated a discount code with which you’ll get $10 a month off, for as long as you decide to keep your subscription! The discount code should be easy to remember: “yoast” is all you need.

So go check it out, and should you decide to sign up, don’t forget to use the discount code “yoast”!

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31 Responses

  1. John PaulBy John Paul on 7 December, 2009

    Would you use thise with or instead of Postrank?

  2. Johan - Skype BuzzBy Johan - Skype Buzz on 7 December, 2009

    This is simply brilliant, exactly the tool I have been looking for! I must say that $39 seems a bit much for this kind of tool, but I guess the fact that it saves me quite some time means it might be worth it.

  3. Anthony BrunettiBy Anthony Brunetti on 7 December, 2009

    Hello,

    I have to say the concept here is amazing, I’ve actually considered building tools to do the same.

    I’m a bit upset with the “feature tour” on the website… it’s really not a tour, no real contact information and most importantly… who has access to my analytics data?

    P.s. they also jacked the design off campaignmonitor.com, and postrank.com… not a big deal but I would love to see some screenshots, videos, etc.

  4. Nurul AzisBy Nurul Azis on 7 December, 2009

    I hope I can easily read the data. I prefer try the basic one since I do not own many websites to monitor.

  5. Anthony BrunettiBy Anthony Brunetti on 7 December, 2009

    Is there graphic charts (exportable) for client reporting?

  6. Robin AllensonBy Robin Allenson on 7 December, 2009

    Hi Joost

    This is sweet. $39 per month seemed a little steep, but I agree when you divide it by 10 domains and that number of keywords, it’s easily worth it.

    Cheers
    Robin

  7. Nathan L.By Nathan L. on 7 December, 2009

    You almost have me convinced. The $10 off should make it really reasonable for someone like me with only one site.

    Thank you!

  8. Andrew @ WeBuildYourBlog.comBy Andrew @ WeBuildYourBlog.com on 8 December, 2009

    It’s really not a bad idea to try new things and with that $10 off! Thanks for sharing!

  9. Tony StoccoBy Tony Stocco on 8 December, 2009

    Won’t Google personalized results make rank checking software useless? How can any rank checking software report *actual* results in Google (when everyone’s results should be a little different?)

  10. Anthony BrunettiBy Anthony Brunetti on 8 December, 2009

    Tony that’s a good question.

    While google will personalize “EVERYONES” results there is still a universal search available.

    1. You can turn off personalized results by clicking “Web History” and disable customization services. Also clear your cookies when your done.

    2. Imagine it’s your first time searching for “whatever” keyword – Rank 1 has 42% CTR which gives you the opportunity to move up in their “personalized” index/results.

    This tool looks great (good price) but until I can see the accuracy, the reporting capabilities, some video demos/screenshots I can’t judge it. They need to put together a better pitch with more “featured tour” content in order to sell a guy like me.

  11. Doug FrancisBy Doug Francis on 9 December, 2009

    Always good to read your posts… but, to be honest, the comments are almost better. They give me all sorts of sites and ideas to check out.

    It’s a good group, thanks everyone!

    • Joost de ValkBy Joost de Valk on 9 December, 2009

      That’s why I like comments so much :) But I do agree: loads of good content in the comments here :)

  12. Julius Kuhn-RegnierBy Julius Kuhn-Regnier on 9 December, 2009

    Thanks for sharing. I did take a look at the page but I think a link doesn’t seem to work. You can click on try it for free but then it doesn’t do anything, it just refreshes the page.

    • selfdeprecatehumorBy selfdeprecatehumor on 10 December, 2009

      Make sure you click “Sign up now” once you are on the pricing page. Clicking “Try it Free” again on the right will only reload the page as you mentioned.

  13. Brandon WalkerBy Brandon Walker on 13 December, 2009

    What an excellent find! That tool will definitely help me monitor rankings in my own site. I have come across some similar tools in the past, but they have been very inaccurate with their ranking results (if you know what I mean). This tool looks exactly what I have been looking for. I’ll take note.

  14. Nick NelsonBy Nick Nelson on 13 December, 2009

    Signed up – Giving this a shot, for 30 days free and $29/mo, it’s worth a look.

    My first complaint is a lack of help – what’s a “tag” ?

  15. TonyBy Tony on 14 December, 2009

    I am definitely going to take a look at this, but as usual I am faced with a Catch-22 situation. While I want to improve the SEO on my blogs and therefore increase the traffic and earnings from them, I don’t want to spend a lot of money that might not pay off. I need to look at Themes and Layout as much as anything at this time, not just keywords etc, but it looks like this is definitely worth looking at. 30 days ought to be enough time to tell whether this will give me enough feedback to help me make a difference to my rankings.

  16. richardbaxterseoBy richardbaxterseo on 14 December, 2009

    Hmm – a little stuck here. I get as far as entering my analytics id, add teh email address to the user profile and click submit and nothing happens. The dashboard complains it doesn’t have access and that’s it. Help!

    • richardbaxterseoBy richardbaxterseo on 14 December, 2009

      Just to add I get the text: csrf token: CSRF attack detected. I *think* this could have something to do with teh proxy server on our network. Might wait until I get back to the home office :-)

  17. patrick bennettBy patrick bennett on 14 December, 2009

    There is something else like this that does a couple things better. Not sure if you have heard about it, but it’s called blvdstatus (www.blvdstatus.com). One thing that is better is it is backed by their live stats, so you can track visitors/hits/conversions along with the keywords in real-time.

    Another great feature is it AUTOMATICALLY tracks any keywords you are getting hits from, which are the most important right?

    It’s lacking a couple things like being able to add your own keywords or competitors, but I’ve heard it’s in their roadmap.

    Maybe worth looking into yoast!
    Groetjes!

  18. chris bennettBy chris bennett on 14 December, 2009

    http://www.blvdstatus.com has been tracking rankings and visitor data along with conversion data for a while.
    The keyword vitals report allows you to export pretty much anything and filter pretty much any way
    you want. I prefer that over everything else. It doesn’t do the graph per keyword but everything else
    it does is awesome.

  19. Jason LanderBy Jason Lander on 15 December, 2009

    Now that Google is going to start producing customized search results won’t it make tools like this obsolete? If the page rank for a keyword is potentially different for every user how will tools like this work?

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  21. Patrick - eKommerseBy Patrick - eKommerse on 19 December, 2009

    Definitely sounds great, I’m gonna check this out. Thanks for sharing!

  22. Bedding setsBy Bedding sets on 24 December, 2009

    looks great but $39 per month !

  23. JaneBy Jane on 25 December, 2009

    I think 39 is a bit high too but I’d be willing to pay it if it saves me time and is good. I’m going to give it a shot and see what I think. Thanks for sharing!

  24. ShubhamBy Shubham on 25 December, 2009

    Well i was looking for a tool like this ..!! But I think its too expensive..! Well try to have some more info. on it..!

  25. akmalBy akmal on 6 January, 2010

    yeah totally agree with your tips. amazing concept.

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