How to check website ranking in google ? 5 Tools to spy your competition

How to check website ranking in google

Did you ever question yourself where does your website rank for keywords or how to check your SEO ranking ?  Maybe you just wanted to see how your site performs in SERPS. In this post, I will show you how to check website ranking in google with free tools. Stay tuned.

You MUST know where is your website ranked in google for specific keywords. Of course, many of bloggers don’t even publish posts based on a keyword and this is a HUGE mistake. To get the most from search engines you need to focus your posts on specific keywords.

But, how to check website ranking in SERP ?

One recommended tool to check SEO ranking for keywords is  SEMRUSH or the Google keyword search tool .  This tool tracks everything so make sure you take the advantage of it. You can now register for free Semrush account on the link above.

So, where is my website ranked in google ?

You just finished your SOnpage SEO optimized article and hit Publish. Next step is to build as many quality contextual backlinks as you can. But keep in mind: quality > quantity. You also need to see where does your site rank for your keyword. A well-researched keyword is one of the best factors to rank higher in search engines. If you can’t compete with high authority domains don’t even try to focus on a hard keyword. You must aim the keywords that keep your blog in the first few pages of the results. If you optimize your post for on page SEO then it should be easy to rank in the first 4-5 pages of Google.

To improve your SEO rankings you must find keywords with a decent search number per month and also that is not hard to rank for. How to see if a keyword is hard to rank for ?

Simple ? You need to have Mozbar Browser extension. Then type your keyword in google search and check the first page. For example in my case, I searched for “contextual link building”.

Here is what I’ve got:

check seo ranking for keywords

Check SEO ranking for keywords

These are High Authority domains and is hard to compete with if you are new. In order to compete with them, you need to increase domain authority  as well as page authority of the post. Building quality backlinks is the best way to achieve that. However, I’m still on 3rd page for this keyword because of the good on page optimization. You can do that as well.

This is the manual method to check SEO ranking for keywords.

How to check website ranking in google ? The automated ways

1 – SEMRush

One of the SEO experts favorite tool to check website ranking in Google search is SEMRush. This tool is perfect to spy your competition and to check google rank for a keyword. For example, we took a website and put it in the input box and hit search. Then we go to “Organic Research” and check the results. You will see all keywords the site ranks for and even the position. This tool is awesome.

 

How to check website ranking in google SEMRush

How to check website ranking in google SEMRush

 

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How do I know what keywords my site ranks for ? With SEMRush because it has awesome features and it is the most complete tool to see what keywords is your site ranking for.

2 – SERP Checker

My other favorite free tool to check website ranking in google is What’s My Serp – Serp Checker. The only downside of this keyword positioning tracker is the ugly interface. However, this is great if you want to check if your site ranks for a specific keyword. Here is how you do that:

First, you go to the link and you will see something like this:

Where does my website rank for keywords

Where does my website rank for keywords

First, you put your website url: like www.mywebsite.com (1) then you select the region (2). In our case, we wanted to check on .com or global.

After that, you need to put your keyword (3) and hit the magic button (5). With this tool, you can check where does your website rank for keywords with a specific page. But, if you know the keywords. It is good to track your ranking changes for keywords. Despite it’s ugly interface, I love it. And the best part, you can check ranking for multiple keywords and it will show you if your competition has the keyword in title and description.

3 – ODT SERP Checker

The 3rd tool is Online Domain Tools SERP Checker. It is similar to the 2nd SEO ranking checker. ODT Serp Checker has a slightly better interface but you can check google ranking only for one keyword at a time. This tool has decent accuracy and will show you the first 100 results for your keyword (5). Here I checked for “contextual links seo” (2) and this is what I’ve got:

 

Check seo ranking for keywords with ODT

Check SEO ranking for keywords with ODT

 

4 – SERPS Rank Checker

Another handy tool to check where is your website ranked in google, SERPS Rank Checker has the most beautiful interface from all free keyword rank checker tools. However, you can check for 1 keyword at a time but one cool feature is that you can check from exact location. This is good for Local SEO ranking check. SERPS Rank Checker has another nice feature: you can check even for mobile phones. How this tool looks ?

 Find google ranking for keyword with SERPS

Find google ranking for keyword with SERPS

Same as majority keyword position trackers: 1 – put your keyword you want to check ranking; 2 – enter your domain; 3 – select mobile or desktop device; 4 – location from where does your site rank on google for that specific keyword and hit GO. After few seconds you will get your result (5).  They also have a free trial, however, their price / month versus the offer is so expensive.

I still recommend SEMRush because of the price/quality and what they offer.

5 – Other tools to find google ranking for keyword

On the last position is SEO Centro Rank Checker and  Serp LAB Rank Checker. However, they are my least favorite keyword position trackers. SeoCentro because it did not found my position for “contextual links seo” on Yahoo and Bing. However, when I manually searched for them I was able to find my position. SerpLab’s because it flags me as a robot so many times and I’m unable to find my rankings for a keyword.

 

Conclusion – My favorite tool to check your SEO ranking

I think you guessed it: SEMRush all the way. This tool is the best to find what keywords a website is ranking for and is awesome to spy your competition. But if you want just a simple tool to check where does your site rank for a keyword you can use all of them and choose the one who suits you the best.

But until then make sure you take SemRush for a test-drive for 14 days with full functionality.

I have 2 questions for you:

What is your favorite tool to check website ranking in google search ?

Do you use other tools to find what keywords a website is ranking for and spy your competition ?

Feel free to answer them bellow. I would love to test them.

 

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    says

    This article is perfectly timed for me, I’m buidling a new blog and starting over from scratch. Great tips to monitor my own rank and how to scope out the competition.

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      says

      Glad it helped you and good luck with your blog also!

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    says

    This was actually very helpful! Thanks for sharing!

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    says

    I need to take a few minutes today and check out my website ranking. I’m glad you gave several tool options to choose from. Thanks for the step-by-step tutorial.

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      says

      Every blogger should track his blog rankings. You are welcome.

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    says

    This looks very helpful. I will bookmark for later! Thanks

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    Elizabeth O. says

    Good to know that you have all these tools to check. Google ranking can sometimes be complicated and it’s good to have reliable tools that you can use. Thanks for the very detailed list!

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      says

      There are more but these are my favorites, free and paid also. You are welcome.

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    says

    This information is so helpful! Thank you for sharing.

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    Rosey says

    I like to know how to find out things like this. I know my website ranking but I haven’t checked in awhile so maybe I don’t, lol! Checking now.

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    says

    Thank you for sharing these great tips. I just favorite this post so I can remember the steps.

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    Kathy says

    Thanks for sharing all this. I’ll have to check it out. I don’t check my ranking very often.

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    says

    Wow, this has been highly informative and a wonderful learning experience regarding my own site and how to improve it even further. thank you for the wisdom shared

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    says

    Even after 6 years of blogging (4 of which have been as a way to make money), I still have a lot to learn about SEO. Thanks for sharing these resources.

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    says

    Such a wonderful resource that will come so handy for many website owners & bloggers. Honestly I have near heard about any of these before, but it sounds quiet amazing that you have automated options to check the site rankings so easily.

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    kathy kenny ngo says

    Wow! This is a great way to check my rating for my blog. Thank you for this informative article.

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