I wanted to start to review Market Samurai and thought I’d do it in modules and since I will be releasing my ranking report in the next few days what better place to start than the Rank Trracker. Market Samurai‘s Rank Tracker is perhaps one of the biggest reasons why I love it so much over Micro Niche Finder (besides it runs on my Mac). It is a great way to keep tabs on your sites and where they stand in the rankings for your main keywords as well as any others you are trying for, right in the same project you hopefully started when you did your initial research. This is important so you can get a feel for if your strategies are working or if you need to change.
The following screen shot shows you what your rank tracker page looks like in a nutshell (im also revealing one of my sites but if you follow my facebook its no secret). Whats great about Market Samurai compared to most rank trackers is that not only are you tracking your site for its main keywords, but for other keyword phrases as well. You can also track some of your articles and web 2.0 pages if you wish right along side. The nice thing is is that it also keeps a history so you can see how your site has done over time.
You first of course have created your projct and once open and to this page you would click on ‘add domain’ to put in your main site domain. You can also ‘add urls’ as mentioned if you want to track some other pages specifically on site or off site. Next in the lower right click ‘add keywords’ and add all your key word phrases you wish to track. Before clicking update ranking data (I know you are anxious) you can select one of the 3 search engines or all three, then select search depth. If unsure where your site may be then for the first update select 1000 (takes longer though so decrease if you can). Ok now you can click ‘Update Rank Data’
First thing to look at is the cute little green next to your domain. This quickly tells you how many pages you have indexed in each engine, Back Links your domain has and your current PR for your domain. Now you can cruise down to the next section and see how your site is doing. You will see a line for each keyword phrase then position for each engine and the page that ranks for the keywords (No its not always the page you intend). If you can see to the right of the ranking page on some lines there is a little arrow. This means you have multiple pages ranking for that keyword phrase, click this arrow will expand the list showing the other pages. You’ll also noticed the page rank is in different colors, this makes it easier at a glance to to you if your ranking is improving (green) going down (red) or staying the sam since your last check. Don’t believe it? click the little swooping arrow next to the number and it will open a browser to the page in the engine. The next column is telling you the number of Back Links for that page. Click the little swooping arrow again and it opens to Majestic SEO to give you the list of the back links (great for checking competition sites). Last but not least is the PR rank for that page as well.
Oh almost forgot about the history part. Yes the red and green gives a little history (from your last check an hour ago, ok you need at least a day) but if you click the little trend line in the last column it will open up a nice graph showing you historically how you have ranked. Of course you have to check your rank once in awhile to develop the history.
Thats the Rank Tracker in a nut shell. I use it not only to track my sites but also in researching sites I might purchase on Flippa.com. While I wont get a history I do get where they rank for their main keywords (or any others), PR and Back Links. This is only one of eight modules in Market Samurai and this alone makes it worth the price for me (well almost). To be honest with you the links on this page are affiliate links as well as the button on the sidebar. If you consider purchasing the software I would really appreciate if you do so through one of them. They do offer a free trail download and if you purchase within the first 5 days you get about $50 off the full price. After the trail expires you still get the Keyword Research module free.
Oh did I mention it runs on a Mac. If you havent noticed most niche software only runs on windows so this was a blessing. I hope to have the other modules reviewed in the future, but also hope this entices you to try it out already and perhaps make a purchase.
Do you check your rankings often? How do you check?
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