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How To See Your SEO Ranking

Over the past few decades, marketers have been having trouble finding out how well their websites have been doing online. This is because of the lack of technology developed to generate SEO results.

Today, many tech companies have taken the responsibility to make SEO ranking results available to everyone.

Before anything else, here are several ways to do that.

Open your web browser

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You can check out their Web, which is their main homepage (if you’re not sure where all of these places are).

There are many different ways to open your SEO ranking account, but the most common one by far is using Facebook.

You’ll need to create a brand-new Facebook page and choose a nice name for it. Then, you’ll have to work on building up likes and fans.

By doing this over time, they’ll give your website more weight. Google also has a method to vote for your site.

Finally, you can get like buttons on your website.

Put them to good use and drive more traffic to your website from Facebook. After setting up your accounts, there’s a way to start getting results in terms of boosting your search engine rankings.

Google helps people find information on websites and apps, so having a high Google ranking does make a difference.

Make a search on Google

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Doing a search on Google is the most basic thing you need to do to see your SEO ranking. Google is one of the first sites people look at when they are searching for information.

It is also the site that many rely on to find things such as prices, sales, ratings, and reviews. By going to google.com and typing in a few keywords, you’ll get results that relate to what you’re looking for.

For example, if you were to type “car” into Google, pages about cars would pop up. You can also click search engines and then put in something like “best car brand” or “what are the best drivers in history.” Pages relating to these topics will come up.

By signing in with your Gmail account, you can even help boost your reputation with the help of third-party websites. Click here to learn more.

Type in a search term such as “SEO ranking checker”

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The first result you see should be an official web address from one of the major search engines.

It contains the name of the SEO company, along with information about their services and pricing structures.

Click the link and it will take you to another page containing more information about their SEO skills.

At the top or near the top of this page, there should be a button that says “free rank checker” with a picture of a white arrow next to it.

Click that and enter your website title into the field provided. It will then give you the status of your indexing keywords plus any backlinks which can help improve your ranking.

When you get to Google, click on the green button that says “Search Google”

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You can also start your search with google.com/directory

Google has created a free tool that helps users see their website rankings. With the help of this tool, you can check out all of the top results for the keyword(s) you are targeting.

Access the page at www.google.com/webmasters?hl=en

Click on the purple link called “Check My Site.”

This will take you to another web page where you need to enter the address of your site. If you have already listed your site in Google Webmaster, then skip this step.

After entering your site’s URL, you will be taken to a new page where you should left-click on the option called “Site Stats.” This will open a box on the right side containing several lines written below each line across from each other. In the first line, there will be an entry labeled “Domain Name.” Use this to download your domain name from GoDaddy or similar hosting services.

You will now have access to the list of keywords for which you want to find ranking information, with one column showing the number of sites that rank for it. Next, scroll down until you reach the bottom, as well as to the right of the words “Keywords Toolbox.” These buttons include the options to add keywords as rows in a table and to export data into a spreadsheet application such as excel.

Click on the “Add Keyword” button to create a new sheet in your chosen program. The plugin will make use of the unique URL for your webpage to provide key metrics related to SEO.

Once you are on Google, type in another keyword phrase similar to the previous one (this will help ensure that all of your results show up properly)

That way, you’ll be able to see which keywords are pushing your result positions up or down. You can then make changes to your site and content to improve your rankings for those terms.

See how many people entered the original keyword phrase before entering yours.

That way, you can determine how much work needs to be done to increase your ranking with this search engine. Does it seem like there’s not enough interest in your topic to keep yourself ranked high?

Maybe your topic is too hard to find or doesn’t sound interesting enough to entice people to click on it.

Now, choose the website that you would like to see your SEO rank from (we will get back to this later)

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Check out different websites, and look at their title tag and page layout. You want to make sure that the word count is high enough to be worth it while still being able to fit all of the keywords.

Also, keep in mind that some web hosts use software to generate pages. If you have an account with any host, make sure they’re not using extra software to generate content for you.

You also want to read reviews before you buy these themes or plugins. Some people are very unhappy with their purchase and are looking for a way to get rid of it.

Checking reviews can help you figure out what works best for you. You don’t need to spend hundreds of dollars on professional editing services unless you really need to.

Get yourself a nice editor and have them review your writing once in a while. You will probably find things that you could do better.

Google your topic and check for new developments (notifications) every time there is a change made to a site ranking listed below.

Search online communities related to your niche. There are many ways to find sites specific to your area. This takes too much time and is inefficient.

Blogging tools are great when used properly, but nothing beats actual human contact!

Title tags and meta descriptions

These two pieces of text matter most to the algorithm that searches for terms in Internet users’ browsers leading to the homepage/landing page.

Users don’t scan titles; they look at the first few characters of the body copy. A missing or incorrect title or description may lead to a lower rating score by the search engine.

Thus, it is critical to include relevant titles and descriptions even if no one has clicked on your button.

Meta keys

Three keys exist that affect how rankings occur within a webpage. These keys are the following:

  • Keyword
  • Author
  • Browser

The keyword is the main SEO key because it forces the web browser to load certain information regarding the original search query. When a user clicks on a result linked from the search results page, the browser then loads each file associated with the given domain name.

This includes JavaScript, HTML, images, and other files contained inside a defined directory structure. The keyword identified within the URL (via the keyword field) determines which file gets loaded.

The order of these files contains the overall hierarchy of the web page. Keywords in URLs usually relate to documents, videos or blogs.

Click on the first result

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There’s a reason that click is the number one ranking factor of all, including total page views and time spent on a given site.

Clicking has two main effects:

  • It is another way to see if your website shows up in search results for relevant keywords.
  • It is almost always faster than going to a web page and clicking its button or link.

There are some exceptions (e.g., you can’t expect to find something by typing “Facebook pagespotter” into Google), but looking up websites online still usually starts with searching for them via Google. If you know what they are about, then you might guess their category even before reading the article.

Search engines try to give good results, so most likely, you will find whatever you look for under certain keywords. Searching is also an interactive experience, so having access to more information increases your knowledge.

Likewise, if you have already visited a webpage and want to go back to it, there’s a shortcut to remember. Simply press the home button or the address bar again. This opens the page directly where you left off from.

It should be a link to SEO Rank Checker

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There are many free tools to help you with SEO, but only one will do so for your website.

SEO Toolkit is an excellent free tool that runs on Chrome or Firefox browsers. It provides helpful features such as the following:

  • Keyword research
  • Meta data optimization
  • Site speed testing
  • Functional syntax checking
  • Mobile accessibility

There are also other great SEO software that can run on Windows, Linux, and MacOS platforms. But this article will focus on the functionality of the Chrome and Firefox versions.

To optimize your ranking, you’ll have to first create content people want to read about. Once you pull them in, hone your marketing message through SEO techniques like page titling, tag usage, metadata, and adding social links.

You can measure the success of these tactics by using web analytics tools, which track things the following:

  • Click-through rates
  • Conversions
  • Ratings

By managing your content, calling cards, and ads, you can also determine what works best for your business.

After clicking on it, you will now have access to their free tool

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In order to use this tool, you need to go to their website to download their software.

After downloading the software, click Next on the Start tab.

Here you can enter your website address or search term. You are also given options to check for local SEO terms such as city names, county names and state names.

You then choose the countries that you want to target with your search result.

By default, it is set to all countries. However, you can narrow down your results by selecting countries.

The criteria used here are very similar to that of Google’s country code restrictions. The program only shows results from specific countries if there are at least a few websites from those sites in your database.

3 Tools to Help You Better Check Your SEO Ranking

Because we want to help you rank your website at the top of every Google search, we prepared a list of three tools that are vital to SEO tracking. Check them out!

SEOQuake

SEOQuake is a free browser extension that can help you generate organic research data with a single click. Aside from organic research data, SEOQuake has other useful tools in store. These are the following:

  • SEO Audit
  • Keyword Density report
  • External and Internal Link analysis
  • Social metrics

SEOQuake has had over 3 million downloads, and thousands of people are using it daily! Here are some of its features:

  • SEObar
  • SEO Dashboard
  • SERP overlay
  • Vast Data
  • Keyword Analysis
  • Print & Report

The plugin is available for Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Opera and allows you to review metrics for various landing pages and domains. The metrics are ready and taken directly from SERPs. This way, you’ll recognize every domain and landing page’s standing. Here’s a list of examples:

  • Alexa Rank
  • Google index
  • SEMRush Ranking data
  • Facebook likes

It has an 8.6/10 review on TrustRadius. To know more about SEOQuake, check out this link.

MOZ

With a 4.5 outstanding rating on PCMag, Moz Pro is considered an easy pick for Editor’s Choice. Their technology is an all-in-one SEO toolset where you can accomplish the following solutions:

  • Keyword Research
  • Link Tracking
  • Site Crawl
  • On-Page Optimization
  • Link Research
  • Custom Reports

Aside from these features, MOZ Pro has made its application very user-friendly that even SEO neophytes can easily learn to navigate it. They have prepared a beginner’s guide, an SEO Learning Center for free SEO education, as well as an updated blog.

People keep asking: Why MOZ? Well, they have answers for you too. MOZ caters to different agencies including the following:

  • Small business solutions
  • Agency solutions
  • Enterprise solutions

To even back up their claims as being one of the best SEO tools out there, they have prepared The Moz Story that documents their humble beginnings as a company, a couple of case studies to show you how the app has driven ROI and proven success, as well as scoops of the latest and greatest releases from MOZ. While the app is paid, you can try it for a 30-day free trial to have a feel of the app’s performance. Their rates start from $99 to $599 per month, depending on the package you choose. There’s even a 20% discount if you pay yearly.

Ahrefs

Founded by Dmitry Gerasimenko in 2010, Ahrefs operates as the biggest commercial web crawler, adding and updating links in its 12 trillion link database. Much like MOZ, it’s an all-in-one SEO toolset where you can accomplish many things:

  • Audit and optimize your website through Site Audit
  • Analyze your competitors on Site explorer
  • Find keywords your customers are searching for with Keywords Explorer
  • Learn from your industry’s top-performing content through their Content Explorer
  • Track your ranking progress by using Rank Tracker

Whether you’re an established SEO expert or a junior marketer, you’ll find Ahrefs to be a very useful and flawless tool to up your SEO game. Likewise, they upload weekly SEO tutorial videos and share many “how-to” SEO guidelines.

You can also find everything on Ahrefs’ Help Center. With more than 300 support articles, the flow of information just doesn’t stop! Just as well, if you want to expand your SEO network, you can get access to Ahrefs Insider, a private Facebook community where you can share ideas and ask questions to marketers all over the world.

Did you know that Ahrefs also has free SEO tools? Here they are:

  • Webmaster Tools
  • Backlink Checker
  • Broken Link Checker
  • Website Authority Checker
  • Keyword Generator
  • YouTube Keyword Tool
  • Amazon Keyword Tool
  • Bing Keyword Tool
  • SERP Checker
  • SEO Toolbar
  • WordPress Plugin
  • Keyword Rank Checker
  • Keyword Difficulty Checker
  • Website Checker

Ahrefs pricing starts from $99 to $999 per month depending on the type of package. Just as well, if you choose to pay annually, you get 2 months free!

Conclusion

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Knowing your website’s SEO ranking is essential to monitoring your performance online. With many technological developments, there are endless possibilities and ways to improve your reach.

As a marketer, always be conscious of how your business is doing and keep a close eye on it. Your website is one of the things that adds credibility to your business, so always try to maintain it.

According to Dr. Chris Dayagdag, "SEO is an investment just like a tree that needs effort, patience, and time to grow before you can see the result." So, even when your website’s SEO performance is going at a slow pace, continue to be patient and work aimlessly on being ranked number 1 on Google.

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