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What are Google Rankings?

Google is the world's largest search engine and is the most widely used search engine on the Web. When people are looking for something online, 80% of them turn to Google. That's why having a decent Google rank is a crucial factor in driving traffic to your website.

For example, if your website is within the top 10 results for a search term on Google, it will come up on the first page of the search results for that term. This makes it easier to find than if your website is ranked 44th and only comes up on the 4th page of search results. Most people don't look at results past the third page.

If you keep track of your website's Google rank, you'll be able to see determine whether your search engine optimization (SEO) strategies are paying off.


What You'll Need

To find out your Google rank, you'll need the following:

  • An Internet connection,
  • A web browser (like Internet Explorer or Firefox), and
  • Your website's URL.


Using Google Search Operators


Step 1 - Start the Process

Go to the page. Click “Get a Free Google™ API Key ”.

Start Google Ranking


Step 2 – Get a Google Account

On the next page, enter your email address and password to sign up for a Google account. Don't forget to re-enter your password! Enter your country in the location field. Then complete the word verification test. If you've already got a Google account, fill out your account info in the same way. Click “I accept. Create my account.”

Step 3 – Get your Google Web APIs license key

On a new page, you'll be told that a Google Web APIs license key has been generated for you and sent to your email address you provided. Log in to your email account and open the email from api-support. Highlight the APIs license key and type <Ctrl + C> to copy it.


Step 3 – Enter Keywords, Website URL and API Key

Go back to the website. Enter the keyword or keyword phrase for which you want to check your website's rank and your website's URL in the fields provided. Then paste your Google API key in the provided field by typing <Ctrl + V>.

Step3 - Enter Keywords for Google Ranking

What Keywords You Should Focus On.

If your website has a specific target audience, whether it's local or a niche market, focus on keywords phrases that speak to that audience.

Step 3 – Choose Search Limitation

Choose the number of sites you want to limit your search to. The fewer sites you search, the less time it will take, but if your site is not among the number of sites you've searched, you won't find out your exact rank.


Beyond Google Rankings

Google ranking isn't the only way to measure your website's visibility. There is also the Alexa Toolbar. It's a free search and navigation companion that accompanies you as you surf providing useful information about the sites you visit without interrupting your Web browsing. Features include Search, Site Information, Related Links and more. Alexa's exclusive Site Information allows you to peer behind the scenes of each site on the web. Get access to traffic data, contact information, site stats and user reviews of websites.

Click here to Download the Alexa Toolbar.

Some website builders, like CityMax, have found Alexa to be so useful to webmasters that they've made it available to download directly through their website builder.

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