SEO RANKING CHECKER
Checking the ranking of your own website is always nice because we all want our own website on top in the search engines.
If your website is more than just a simple advertisement than you will need to check the position of your website in the search engines.
If you have competitors then you simply need to start thinking about search engine optimisation if you want to be found online because your competition is doing that already.
There is a multitude of interesting software applications that help you with showing the rank of your website for a particular keyword.
CHEAP RANKING CHECKER
The cost to purchase a license can be indeed way too much especially when you do not intend to do a lot of Search Engine Optimisation on your site but only want to know the position of pages you wrote.
Many bloggers out there are typing a lot without thinking about optimising their articles. In one way I can understand that these bloggers write from their experience, their passion in their own niche but not from a search engine optimisation or ranking standpoint.
And that is still all fine because many people never have the intention to start earning money with their site. You might see the occasional Google Advertisement but that is not really earning money for a living if you have not much traffic.
When you start earning money with your site then it is a different ballgame because suddenly you have competitors that also make money and when they are on page 1 and you are on page 2 then simply, they have more visitors and potentially make more money than you.
TRACK YOUR RANKING
A rank checker is important so you can see if your pages are going up or down in the search engines and if possible, even compare with your competitors using the same keyword(s) as you.
There are many free tools out there and you can choose any of them and get bombarded with emails and advertisements that you just do not see your own rankings anymore.
That is the disadvantage of basically any free tool however there are other ways.
RANK IN THE CLOUD
All these FREE tools are in the Cloud and by default software running in the cloud have expensive subscriptions. This has a lot to do with the hardware and the maintenance but it is the way it is.
There are however ways to get around that and use a FREE SEO TOOL “forever”.
SEO PowerSuite RankTracker is a tool that you can download and use for FREE. The FREE version does have fewer features than the paid Professional and Enterprise versions but do you really need these additional features?
One of the main issues will be the saving of your rankings in a file upon which you can close the opened SEO PowerSuite tool.
With the FREE version closing the tool means that you lose the data but there are ways around that.
MY PERSONAL SEO POWERSUITE ENVIRONMENT
My Personal SEO PowerSuite situation.
I personally have the SEO PowerSuite Professional and I pay for that and that is because I use it for clients. I create my own reports but have multiple clients but if I only had my own website than the FREE version would be sufficient.
Let me explain my situation.
- Windows 10 Laptop 17-inch screen, I5 processor, 8GB memory
- Linux workstation running Nextcloud software
- HP desktop with a 21-inch screen, I3 processor, 12GB memory, Linux desktop
SEO PowerSuite is installed on the laptop and HP desktop but I cannot run it at the same time due to the Professional license. Meaning that I have to quit the application on the laptop if I want to start it on the HP desktop.
I do have the Professional version so I can save the files in the SEO PowerSuite Cloud, Dropbox or locally but because I want to share the data between my different computers I have installed Nextcloud and that is working perfectly.
The solution to keep using the FREE version if you do not need the additional features the paid versions give is to have one computer always on.
The HP desktop running Ubuntu Linux shares the screen and this way I always have SEO PowerSuite available and do not need to run it locally on my laptop.
The daily work on my laptop which I power down at night but both my Nextcloud machine and HP Linux desktop stay on for “night” work.
Yes, the RankTracker FREE version has disadvantages but the features that you need for tracking the rank of your webpages in the search engines can easily be done.
I have used a few SEO tools in the past but as SEO PowerSuite is exactly what I need for myself and my clients, I have no doubt that it will benefit you too.