How To Check Your Page Ranking In Google. Here are 3 easy options.

By | July 17, 2016
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Checking your page ranking in Google is pretty easy to do, but you would be verysite-ranking surprised at the ways people will misinterpret the data they are seeing.  I’m going to show you not only how to avoid doing that, but also how I check my rankings using three different methods.

First, you should understand that in order to check  the rankings for a web page, you will need to have already decided which keywords you are trying to show up for.  At this point, you should already know that in order to rank, you need to write an article and title it with that keyword.  Just in case you aren’t too clear on keywords, what they are, and how they work, you can read this article to get caught up!  Each of the methods I will show you, all start from that point.

Also, understand that as long as you have a page with ANY content it WILL rank in Google.  It might be on the first page or the last, but it will be in there somewhere!

3 huge mistakes people tend to make when checking their rankings:

  • They have a Google + account which they are logged into and they share an article they wrote to their social network. For this example, we’ll say that what they shared is chasing a keyword. A little later they do a search for that keyword and within a day they find it on the first page.  Hey, that’s awesome, right?  Maybe not.  Be careful not to be tricked, because the position you are seeing may ONLY be exclusive to you!  Here’s how you find out if this is the case:Take that URL and Check to see if it has the terms “Google” or “Plus” in it.  If  it does, that means  it is very likely the page you are seeing is just the page you shared and not the URL for the actual page.  This means that when other people do the same search, your actual page will not appear, at least not in the position seen in the example.  It’s always hard to tell someone that they fell victim to this when they are so excited in thinking their site is so highly ranked. ;(
  • They think their rankings will remain in one place.  Wrong.  Pages are constantly moving around in the rankings!
  • They waste too much time focusing on their rankings instead of continuing to develop their site.

3 ways I check my rankings:

As I said earlier, because pages are moving around so much, rankings and accuracy don’t always go together, BUT the methods I’m going to show you will help you keep track of where those pages generally are.  You should not be surprised if pages bounce from an 8th page position to 1st page position, then down several pages, often.  This is pretty normal for this to happen, so don’t worry!

We’re going to be measuring rankings from the 1st position on the 1st page and all the way down.  Every 10 positions will represent a page, so that means 1 through 10 is the first page, 11 through 20 is the second page, and so on.

Method 1: Manual search

Have a post written up for an amazing keyword you found and want to know just how well it’s doing?  You can just do a search on it!

I only recommend that you use this option if your website has high authority since pages written for keywords on higher authority sites usually hit the first page faster.  If it’s not on the first page, you might end up clicking through page after page, looking for something that you worry you already passed and wasting valuable time that could be used in much more useful ways.

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PRO TIP: If you do find yourself going past the first page looking for your site, a way to quickly check to see if your page is on whatever page you are currently viewing is to use “Ctrl + F”, which opens a search window, where you can type the URL of your page.  If that URL comes up in the search result then you know it is on that google page you are viewing.  This will save you a huge amount of time, that would have been spent looking through each page.

Method 2: Jaaxy (My favorite tool for keywords!)

If you have ever looked into keyword tools before, you may have found that some have the option to do these kinds of checks for you.  I use Jaaxy to check all my website positions, and I strongly recommend you try it out as well.  You might notice when you use Jaaxy that the result is slightly off from what you might find in method #1.  This is because not all rankings are equal, but method #2 is almost always the more reliable to go off of.

jaaxy-ranking

Method 3: Webmaster Tools

The biggest difference between using this method vs the other 2 methods I have shown is that Webmaster Tools will give you stats, but you don’t type in a keyword to see its position like you do with the other methods.  The cool thing about this tool is that it can give you an overview to show how Google treats your website.

If you haven’t already, you should go right now and get your account set up so you can submit a sitemap to it.  From time to time, you can check Webmaster Tools to see how your website is performing in multiple areas including traffic and keyword rankings.  While you most likely won’t get a complete list of all the keywords, there is no other service available that will give the kind of information that Webmaster Tools will.

When you get in the tools, click on ‘Search Analytics’ which is listed under ‘Search Traffic’.  Looking something like this:

webmaster-tools

 

The only box that will be checked is the ‘Clicks’ box, so you will need to click on the other option (Impressions, CTR, and position) to see that data.  Once you select all the options, the page will reveal the information we seek, which is the actual keywords AND positions!

There will be a lot of keywords that show up, but they are shown based on those that get the most clicks.  Out of this list, the most important ones to put your attention on are within the 1-10 category I talked about earlier.  Falling in that category means that it is on the first page.

Final thoughts:

If you remain vigilant in your content creating using low competition keywords, you won’t have to worry about getting high rankings.  It will happen, I promise.

As always, if you have any questions of comments, please feel free to leave them below.  I would love to hear from you!  🙂

40 thoughts on “How To Check Your Page Ranking In Google. Here are 3 easy options.

  1. Moneysavingmama

    This has been interesting because I am new to the website ranking world myself. If I use a google Plus account to share my content on my webpage will that increase my rankings? I have used several other places to post my content but never Google Plus. I have also used Jaaxy and it is great in showing you how many people search each term and if it is over saturated. I will use some of these tips as my site grows.

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    1. Christian Dorius Post author

      Thanks for reading! Posting on Google Plus does help a bit, if for nothing else than to improve your authorship with Google and get faster page ranking. Whenever I post new content, I at least go and put one post up with my new content. Hope this helps! 🙂

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  2. Vinnie Prasad

    Hey Ramone,

    This was a really informative article to read. I haven’t used Jaxxy to check my rankings yet but it seems to be a really useful tool to use.

    Honestly, since i have started writing my articles i have been using the manual search and google webmaster tools to check my positioning. Overall i have seen my articles go up and down the ranks.

    A quick question, after a while do some of your articles get suited to one particular position or do they keep fluctuating. Sorry, i’m really new to keywords and curious.

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    1. Christian Dorius Post author

      Hey Vinnie, thanks for stopping by and reading this post! That’s a great question you asked. Just because of the nature of rank competition, you rankings should always be somewhat fluid, but over time you will probably notice it start to settle down into a certain range, especially as you move closer to the top!

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  3. Kelli

    Great site, and it looks really professional. I thought at first that it looked a little wordy, but then realized that the graphics in the middle went with the post and was not advertising. The information is clear and concise and easily understood, which is great, because not everyone (me included) understand SEO without a little more help.

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    1. Christian Dorius Post author

      Thanks for reading, and also for the constructive criticism. I think you might be right about things getting a little wordy for a bit there and I might look to spruce it up a bit with another graphic or two. Again, thanks!

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  4. Kim

    I haven’t heard of the first 2 suggestions mentioned. I’ll have to take a look, thanks!

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  5. Flavia Bernardes

    Thanks for sharing these tips! I’ve never heard of Jaaxy before and I’m pretty curious now. I’m also pretty bad at using Google’s tools, so this is going to be very, very useful.

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    1. Christian Dorius Post author

      Hi, Flavia! I’m glad that you found this post so useful! I think you will really enjoy Jaaxy once you get in there and start using it. 🙂

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    1. Christian Dorius Post author

      Hey, Alex! I’m curious as to which extensions you installed. I use chrome mostly and am always on the lookout for new extensions to try, and I’m sure there are a few visitors that might benefit from what you suggest. Let us know!

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      1. Alex

        Currently I have: Moz, Alexa and Open SEO Stats.
        I had others too, before I changed my Windows system.

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        1. Christian Dorius Post author

          I currently use Moz, and I have been thinking about installing Alexa but just not convinced just yet that the information it gives me will be all that useful. In your experience, does it offer anything different and useful that Moz doesn’t already offer?

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  6. Vy

    Excellent resource! I’ve been blogging for a year and I still have trouble understanding things like google ranking. this is a great explanation, i’ll have to grab those extensions

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    1. Christian Dorius Post author

      Hey, Vy. Glad you found this post useful. If you do try any of those extensions out, make sure to let us know what you think of them! 🙂

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  7. Lisa // Oh, She Blogs!

    I only recently learned about Jaaxy, but I love it! I am still using the free trial though and am on the fence about whether I want to pay for a subscription. It’s pretty $$$.

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    1. Christian Dorius Post author

      I’m glad you are enjoying Jaaxy, Lisa! I think if you are only using it for one of its features, then the free route is the way to go, but if you end up using more of the tools that Jaaxy offers, then it is definitely worth the price.

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  8. Joey Crawford

    I’m notoriously good at finding my rank manually also – I think I might have to give Jaxxy a go now though, it looks far easier for me 🙂

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  9. Sam - Journo and the Joker

    Thanks for the post. This is really informative. I’m still struggling with the ranking and keywording and never sure if I am doing things right. I have not heard of Jaxxy before and will have to try it out.

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  10. Blossom

    I never check my ranking because I don’t really know how that’ll help me. I just write good content and use low competition keywords, but I guess I should check every now and then.

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    1. Christian Dorius Post author

      Hey, Blossom! I guess if you’re seeing results, then you really don’t need to look at your ranking. I like to look at it to see what my competition is doing for any given keyword phrase, and make sure I’m offering something a little better than whatever they are.

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  11. LeAnn Rodriguez

    Very informative and something that I will have to look into!

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  12. Chris

    I used to use Jaaxy to check my site’s rankings but that was about a year back now – I realized they meant nothing in the log run so I completely ignored them. Now all 5 of my websites get huge amounts of traffic daily – I have no idea where they rank. Forget about the rankings and just write. Once you have over 300 posts the ranking will take care of itself (trust me!)

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    1. Christian Dorius Post author

      Hey Chris! Thanks for stopping by and reading this article.

      I see what you are saying about just focusing on the work and the results will come when they come. I guess for me I’m constantly wanting to see trends in my sites performance and I think rankings can provide some of that information for you.

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  13. Sharon Whyte

    Hi Christian,
    I am guilty of all 3 of your mistakes however I do continue to add content. I thought I was on Page 1 once and lo an behold I was logged into my Google Plus account. These days I check from my Jaaxy account also. Like you said also, your rankings do vary some days and it is really encouraging to see your posts rise!!! Great article.
    Cheers, Sharon

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    1. Christian Dorius Post author

      Hey, Sharon. Glad you made it here to read the article!

      Jaaxy is an amazing tool for many things, but I find it is extremely reliable/accurate when it comes to page ranking and competition. Keep up the good work and you will eventually see some pages hit that coveted first page! 🙂

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