I almost never check my Page Rank (PR) anymore. I used to be more or less obsessed about it, but not anymore. I continue to watch all the various Google panda and penguin updates, but I’ve lost interest in the PR. It’s probably because it doesn’t provide me with a lot of details, to me it’s more or less just a number, and it isn’t updated that often, so it’s a little hard to follow the progress.
How my keywords rank in Google
What I do care about is how I rank for keywords in Google. I check my rank every week, and sometimes more often. It seems that I can see an increase or a decrease on a daily basis. And, you probably already know how important Google is for your business, right? Most of my visitors and customers are coming to my website via Google. That’s how important it is.
I have created a short video, where I’ll show you how I use Long Tail Pro (the software I use for keyword research), to check how I rank for two keywords. I use the keywords OptinSkin (the wordpress plugin I am using to get more subscribers and to get people to share my posts) and Long Tail Pro as examples to show you exactly how I do it. You can use various free services to check how you rank for keywords in Google, and it really doesn’t matter how you check it, but I highly recommend that you do focus on it.
I have some important keywords, and I want to rank among the top 5 on Google. That’s the keywords I have researched and found to be the most important keywords for my business. That’s how I get targeted traffic. I keep checking the rank for them every week, and if they’re not among the top 5, I will take action, and maybe I’ll use social bookmarking (or other methods), to help them get to the top.
Watch the video and see how I use Long Tail Pro to check the rank for two keywords:
I have talked about how important research is for niche marketing, and that I am currently not involved in any niche. But, to me, it doesn’t matter if you’re involved in a niche or not. Checking the rank for your keywords are still very important in order to help you get the targeted traffic you are looking for.
Are you checking how your most important keywords rank in Google on a regular basis?
Update: I have received four tips from Harleena on how you can check your rank for free.
- SeoBook (you need Firefox for this one.)
- Rank Reporter plugin for WordPress
- Wassup Keyword plugin for WordPress.
There are many wordpress seo plugins, both free and paid version. I highly recommend that you start focusing on SEO when you blog.