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Anybody with a website (especially a fairly new one) probably wants to know how their site ranks in a Google search. Google Webmaster Tools is an extremely valuable tool for any webmaster, which can show you various pieces of information such as crawl statistics/errors it found when crawling your site, allows you to submit sitemaps for easier crawling, and more.

But all it provides in terms of actual search ranking is your position for the queries that land the most people on your site and your position for the top queries in which your site appears. What it doesn’t give you is a way of easily checking your search position for any search terms you want. That’s where the Google Position Checker comes in.

Google Rank Checker

Simply enter your website, the search term you want to check, the region if your site is geared toward a particular country (or choose ‘world’ if country doesn’t really matter) and how many of the top results you want to check (you can go up to the top 1000 results, but for a faster check you can go as low as the top 100 results).

This way, you can easily see your ranking for any search term, without having to do the search yourself and look through the results for your own site.

They also have a similar tool for MSN and another one for Yahoo (although I’ve never met a single person who uses Yahoo or MSN for web search – have you?).

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What do you think about Google Position Checker? Do you have a better tool for the job? Tell us your thoughts in the comments!

  1. Steve
    August 27, 2009 at 11:42 am

    Awesome information! Thank you so very much putting this post together. Used the apps and worked like a charm! Great to have a one stop shop for rankings and SEO tools.

    Thank you....Thank you....Thank you......

  2. Yevgeni
    February 6, 2009 at 1:15 pm

    Great article!

  3. Maire Claire
    December 26, 2008 at 6:40 am

    I'm also having problems when I check my search position. It seems to be blocked by again google, is there any way you can reduce the load or recommend some other checker sites?

  4. Brian - ArcticLlama.com
    August 12, 2008 at 11:52 am

    Glad I read the comments. I was thinking the same thing about why wouldn't you just do a search, but getting to see where you rank for dozens of searches even if you are down in the 80s is a huge time saver.

  5. vijay
    August 10, 2008 at 5:21 am

    Hello Jason,

    Sometimes the tool gets temporarily blocked due to heavy load on Google servers. Featuring on makeuseof.com resulted in lot of traffic and heavy usage of our tool. If Google sees too many queries coming in they set a 2 hour temporary block. I think you checked the tool when it was blocked. Currently its working great and we will make sure it works fine by monitoring once every 5 hours

  6. Jason
    August 9, 2008 at 3:29 pm

    I love the idea of this web app, but for some reason, it doesnt seem to work for me! I tried a lot of different websites and search terms, including the one up there in this blog post, but it keeps returning "No Results Found"

    Maybe Ill try again later! If it finally starts to work for me, it will definitely save me time searching for all of my different sites, and will help me monitor their rankings!

    Thanks a lot!

  7. Chuck Brown
    August 9, 2008 at 2:46 pm

    For checking positions for multiple keywords in Google (as long as they are in the top 200), I prefer Aaron Wall's Rank Checker plugin (found at SEObook.com). This functions as more of an "everyday" tool for me.

    But, for terms not ranking in the top 200, I had previously been using GoogleRankings.com. This one is faster and a bit cleaner. I like it. Thanks for the find!

  8. vijay
    August 9, 2008 at 2:00 pm

    Thanks for writing about our rank checker blake. Nice to know that it is useful for your site. Makeuseof.com is a great website and we are happy to be featured here. Support from people like you encourages us to make lot more tools.

  9. Jimmy Rogers
    August 9, 2008 at 1:43 pm

    This is a really awesome tool that I'm sure I'll use frequently in the future!

  10. Brian Krassenstein
    August 9, 2008 at 1:19 pm

    Is there any specific advantage over just querying the search engines themselves to find out this data ?

    • Blake Elias
      August 9, 2008 at 2:19 pm

      Brian, the advantage is that if your site doesn't come up very high, it could take a while to find yourself in the search results. With this site, you don't have to dig through all the results to see how high you rank, you just get the number instantly.

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