Its hard to know what works and when. Having a way of tracking SERP position may help with this.
I looked around and the best one I could find that was good, easy to use and cheap ($3 / month)
is http:// easyseotracking.com/accountposition. (100 keywords)
If you know a better one let me know. It works for positions less than 100..
Cuterank is more expensive and Microsite Masters is free for 10 keywords (then more expensive), though these look at multiple search engines.
@ janderson99 - This is so helpful (I am still learning) - dumb question, but what is meant by 'positions less than 100' ? Does that mean rankings on Google that are under 100 or something? Sooooo much to learn here . . . Thanks!
It means the tool only checks the first 10 pages of the google search results.
The results are presented as a position i.e 22 is on the 3rd page, 2nd from the top, 41 is on the fifth page, 1st listing.
You can do it by hand which is more accurate - but its very time consuming. Accuracy is always an issue because of country, personalisation, etc.
The tools track various keyword/ page url combinations automatically and show graphs of progress.
I use SEOMoz, myself. Very useful tools for tracking just about everything.
It isn't cheap, by any means, but is accurate and resourceful. IMO.
I just use SEMRush, which is free. Although I've gotten out of the habit. Since everyone gets personalized results which vary the order in which search results list webpages, positioning is no guarantee of actual real-world traffic.
For me, the data that helps most is to capture the search queries, earnings, referral links and clickouts on each page of content. Unfortunately, Hubpages doesn't give us much of this data, and Google Analytics is missing a lot of it too.
I bought Market Samurai a couple of weeks ago and received an e-mail from them on Friday saying that I now have a free rank tracker for 50 keywords. I'm just mentioning this because if anyone has been considering buying MS the free tracker is only available for MS if purchased before the 3rd August.
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