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Checking My Site's Rank
Posted 09 October 2003 - 09:47 PM
What do you guys use?
Posted 09 October 2003 - 10:01 PM
If you are just checking your own site's rank, then it's unlikely you will need to use anything other than what you are already doing - you can even just go to each engine and type in your searches (I did, for a long time)
The only time you "need" higher powered tools is when you are searching on a *lot* of keywords or domains - and the SE's hate it when you do that anyway.
The main use for these programs is that they put a bunch of tools in one place and provide for some nice reporting functions, but they don't do anything you can't do yourself. I use WPG, but I offer free ranking reports online and can end up doing a lot in a day. This saves me time.
If it's just for your own site, you are better off doing it yourself and saving your money, usually.
Posted 10 October 2003 - 09:19 AM
The one exception to this would be Wordtracker. You can get some nice info from the Overture term suggestion tool, but Wordtracker really is worth the $5 or so it costs for a day, especially if you only have one site.
Plan out your market on paper, do the best you can with keyword brainstorming, use the Overture tool to get some more ideas, then jump on Wordtracker for a day and have fun! Make sure you use the thesaurus option - it's very helpful.
Posted 10 October 2003 - 10:30 AM
Posted 10 October 2003 - 10:39 AM
as far as rank checking goes, it is better to use server logs to see what you list well in... if you are drawing visitors then you must be listing well somewhere
many SEOs use the google toolbar (with advanced feature) to help aid in link exchange
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