Search engine settings
Choosing search engines and adjusting the way Rank Tracker checks your rankings in them
Using Rank Tracker, you can monitor sites’ rankings in over 342 search engines - and the list is constantly expanding! Plus, you can configure how it should be done (quickly or thoroughly).
Search engine selection
Rank Tracker offers you to specify which search engine(s) you would like to monitor within each of your projects. The tool remembers the choice and uses it whenever you update your rankings.
You can edit your search engine selection at any time under Preferences -> Preferred Search Engines.
Maximum number of SERPs to scan (top 10, top 100, top 1000)
By default, Rank Tracker checks your rankings in top 100 search results (usually 10 SERPs). If your site has only recently entered search results, you might want to increase the default scan depth to be able to track results below 100. Or, visa versa, you might choose to scan only top 30 or top 50 listings disregarding results outside searchers’ visibility.
Here is how to adjust SERP scan depth:
- Open the Preferences menu. Choose Rank Checking Mode.
- Set Maximum number of results to check as needed.
- Click OK to apply the settings.
Next time you check rankings, Rank Tracker won’t go lower than specified.
By default, Rank Tracker scans search listings page by page just like people normally do (Successive Search). This is a highly accurate way to check rankings but can be time-consuming if there a lot of SERPs to scan.
Rank Tracker can speed up the process by opening pages that show 100 results at a time (100 Results per Page). However, results search engines display on 100-result pages can slightly differ from what Internet users see on regular 10-result SERPs. So this search method is best if you want to get a quick overall picture of the site’s rankings (for example, in the very beginning of an SEO campaign).
If you’ve checked rankings in a project before, you can start searching right from where your pages were found at last time (Last Found Position). Say, if your site was at #43 in Google, Rank Tracker will start the check from page 5. This method is a great time-saver and as accurate as Successive Search.
The table below is to help you understand which search method is most suitable for your type of project.
|Method name||Project size||Prevailing type of listings|
|Up to 100 keywords||100+ keywords||In top 30-50||Anywhere in top 100||Not in top 100|
|Last Found Position||+||+||+||+|
|100 Results per Page (the “Refine results” filter disabled)||+||+||+||+||+|
|100 results per page (the “Refine results” filter enabled)||+||+||+||+|
You can choose an appropriate method under Preferences -> Rank Checking Mode. It will be applied to all search engines you check in this project.