Without having to sift through pages and pages of search results, is there a way to find out where your article/keyphrase is in the search engine?
Actually, there are multiple ways by which you can do so. Try using third party tools like Moz, Ahrefs, or Ubersuggest. Enter you URL and then there will be an option for ranking keywords. You'll find all those keywords on which your site is ranking, along with its position.
Besides that, you can use Google search console to find rankings of your website.
Try Ubersuggest and type in the title of your article or some keywords from it in the pane on the home page. Then select "keyword ideas" from the left side bar. A window on the right shows the first 100 sites that rank for the keywords, along with the number of social shares and backlinks.
Take some of the keywords that you’ve optimized for and enter them into Google without quotes. You will then see whether you’ve captured the Google snippet, just where you rank in the organic search results, and whether Google has used one of your graphics on its first page. When Google uses one of your graphics on its first page in the “image” section, that can exponentially increase the number of page views that your article receives, depending on where the graphic is geographically located.
By the way, I am NOT talking about the paid ads at the top of the page; rather, I am referring to the Google images that sometimes appear at the very bottom of the first or second page of the SERPs.
Finally, you will see who your competition really is.
I do this all the time for my American nostalgia articles. For example, I enter keywords like “1999 facts,” “2003 facts,” etc. into Google to see where I rank.
I'm sure Nate already knows how to do that. The problem is that Google knows who you are and knows your history of visiting HubPages. So your Hubs will appear much higher in search results for you, compared with people who don't know you.
Even if you search while not signed into Google, or in an incognito window, Google looks at your IP address to tailor your results. So whatever you see, it's still more optimistic than it should be.
You need to try searches on an unfamiliar PC, not logged into Google. I would usually say, go to a library and use one of their PC's - but maybe not right now...
Thanks for the input. Perhaps that explains just why I can’t find what keywords or keyword combinations people have been using to get to some of my highest-traffic articles. (I’ve had no success thus far.) I must be ranking differently for certain “unknown keywords” on different computers, browsers, and in different geographical locations.
What is your opinion on using an alternative search engine like StartPage? They use Google results but are an anonymous search engine like Duckduckgo.
Dr. Mark, good suggestion. Yes, I receive traffic from Startpage, but have never paid any attention to it. So I tried it. For “1999 facts” on my computer, I capture the Google snippet. However, on Startpage, there is a paid ad the top, Wikipedia captures the snippet, and my article is #2 in the organic search results right after my main competitor. Interesting. I see that Startpage is referred to as “The world's most private search engine.”
Thanks for the idea.
It really depends whether Google can still see your IP address.
Ubersuggest sounds like a good option.
They say on their front page that they do not monitor.
I use serpbook to track some keywords of mine and I also confirmed the rankings with ubersuggest. For most of them startpage seems to be accurate. In some cases I am #1 when I am not and in the other cases I am in the top 3 on Google but do not show on the first 5 pages of startpage.
This is what I found: "We have noted that occasionally Google provides different results to Startpage than they offer to the general public, for reasons that are not entirely clear." https://support.startpage.com/index.php … han-google
It is good enough, but ubersuggest or some other tracker seems to be a better choice if you want to track rankings.
Search for rank tracker tools. Most good ones are paid. Worth it if you have plenty of keywords to monitor.
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