If you are the owner or administrator of a website, checking your site’s rankings is probably something on which you obsess on a daily basis. That’s hardly surprising, considering that there is a direct relationship between your performance, in terms of keywords, and your ability to monetize your website. In essence, the higher your ranking, the easier it is going to be for you to generate income from a site. This article shows you how to check rankings for your website absolutely free of charge using Google Search console.
Check rankings for your website the paid way
We have previously extensively reviewed the rank checkers that are out there. Of these, the best is probably RankTrackr. What we like about it is that it’s quite cheap and gives you a wealth of information that enables you to make plans for the growth of your site. You can check RankTrackr out and get a free 10 day trial by clicking on the banner above.
Using Google Search Console to Check Rankings for your Website
The good news for those that are not willing to fork out a few dollars is that they can check rankings for their websites using Google Search Console absolutely free of charge. So, how do you do this?
- Sign up for Google Search Console (formerly Webmaster’s Tools).
- Log into your account. Note that Search Console now has a new interface and this is what we are using.
- In your dashboard, click on “Performance.”
- Scroll down the page and click on the “Export data,” button under “Queries.” (See above screenshot).
- Click on “Download CSV.”
- Save the Download to your computer.
Search Engines Positions for ALL your Keywords
That’s it. The downloaded file will contain all the keywords for which you are ranking as well as the positions on which you are being placed by Search Engines. The really great thing about this is that you get an overview covering all your keywords.
This is different from other keyword research tools where you need to enter a few keywords in order to view your positions. With Google Search Console, you get an overview that covers keywords for which you may not even be aware that you are ranking.
The downloaded file will be an Excel file, and you can sort through the contents at will. As an example, we sorted our own file to show our positions according to rank. This allowed us to view all the keywords for which we were ranked at number one, and so on and so on.