LAST UPDATED: July 20, 2014

Rank tracking and checking it seems is a sore spots among SEOs – there are some tools that work great at certain tasks but terrible at others. I’m doing some heavy keyword research (1000′s of keywords) for an ecommerce site and need something that can run search engine rankings quickly.

So earlier today I went on over to Google Plus (where I’ve been having more luck at getting some interaction lately) and asked for people’s recommendations on rank trackers for SEO.

google plus post screenshot

WOW! The feedback was phenomenal, even some folks I look up to like Wil Reynolds and Tom Critchlow chimed in. Below is, what I think, is the ultimate list of search engine position tools with some pros and cons. I’ve also include what I look for in a rank checker. And don’t worry, I give complete thanks to everyone who pointed them out to me!

Features I Look For In A Rank Checker

“On-demand” vs Campaign

This is the biggest categorical difference to me, in all rank checkers – that is, whether they allow on-demand rank checking (you can run one-off’s) or campaign based rank checkers (also called rank trackers). For on-demand ranking checking, I am using it for things like keyword research or competitive research; ie I am trying to figure out what the keywords should be. For campaign based position tracking, this is obviously to track this important KPI over time.

Volume

The ability to run hundreds if not thousand of keywords is important, especially if you’re working on larger sites. Oftentimes I’m in the middle of keyword research and would like to judge search volume against rankings and all the other metrics, so I’d like to run those hundreds of words through and get the volume back into the spreadsheet quickly.

Exportable To Excel / CSV

Goes without saying! Gimme that data in a spreadsheet!

Cost

This is last because, well, if a tool is good enough and saves me time, its usually VERY much worth the cost. Cost for SEO tools usually makes up for its self quite easily – so while cost is a factor, its not a big one.

The Ultimate List of Rank Checkers

SEO Book Rank Checker Plugin

On-Demand vs Campaign: On demand, although I believe you can set up scheduled reports

Volume: 100 at a time

Export: Yes to CSV

Price: Free

Website: tools.seobook.com/firefox/rank-checker/

Via: Dan Shure

SEOmoz PRO Campaign

On-Demand vs Campaign: Campaign

Volume: 300, 1000 or 5000

Export: Yes

Price: $99, $199 or $499 /month (and you also get their entire suite of software, training videos etc)

Website: http://moz.com

Via: Dan Shure

My Pick: Authority Labs

(Note: this was the solution I went with, and have been happily using Authority Labs since August 2012)

On-Demand vs Campaign: Campaign (however rankings are usually available within an hour or two after adding keywords)

Volume: 100-unlimited

Export: Lots you can do with the API as well as CSV exports

Price: $24 – $450 / month

Website: authoritylabs.com (Disclaimer: now an affiliate link. Since compiling this list I have been using Authority Labs for well over a year and feel confident to use this link as an endorsement.)

Tutorial: Authority Labs recently published some neat ways you can use their ranking data.

Via: Dustin Thompson / Wil Reynolds

Raven Tools

On-Demand vs Campaign: Campaign

Volume: Unlimited

Export: Yes

Price: $99, $249 / month

Website: http://raventools.com/marketing-tools/seo-software/keyword-ranking/

Via: Dan Shure

NOTE: Raven’s rank tracker is powered by Authority Labs. UPDATE 8/24/2013: It appears now that Raven pulls ranking data from Google Webmaster Tools and Bing Webmaster Tools. So not a “true” rank checker as far as I can tell.

Microsite Masters

On-Demand vs Campaign: Campaign

Volume: 10-5,000

Export: All paid versions

Price: Free-$299 / month

Website: www.micrositemasters.com

Via: Melissa Rubin

Sistrix

On-Demand vs Campaign: Campaign

Volume: Not sure

Export: Yes

Price: $133 – $535 a month (free trial available)

Website: www.sistrix.com/toolbox/

Via: Alessio Madeyski

Search Metrics

On-Demand vs Campaign: Campaign

Volume: 25,000-150,000

Export: Yes, with credits

Price: $398-$1,325+ / month – Now says price by request.

Website: www.searchmetrics.com/en/seo-software/

Via: Alessio Madeyski

SEO Serp Chrome Extention

On-Demand vs Campaign: On Demand

Volume: 1 (but multiple sites for each keyword)

Export: Yes

Price: Free

Website: Chrome Extension Store Page

Via: Alessio Madeyski

Bright Edge

(Thanks to Harris Schachter for providing this info!)

On-Demand vs Campaign: Both. The data is pulled once a week, but can also be pulled daily at an extra cost. Additionally, you can access the data on-demand, whether the actual rankings are from that week or that day (however you have it set up).

Volume: no limits for keyword count (no minimums or maximums).

Export: Yes. Raw data can be exported via CSV and Dashboards can be exported via PDFs.

Price: Varies by account type and features. (In some regard there is an a-la-carte style of pricing with the number of keywords, number of tracked competitors, number of domains tracked, etc. However, I would say the price point is only relevant for enterprise teams).

Website: http://www.brightedge.com/search-engine-analytics/daily-rank-tracking

Via: Anthony D. Nelson

Google Docs / ImportXML

On-Demand vs Campaign: On Demand

Volume: 50 (limit to importxml commands in one G-Doc)

Export: Yes, already in spreadsheet

Price: Free

Website: This post by Tom should get you started.

Via: Dan Shure / Tom Critchlow

RankRanger

On-Demand vs Campaign: Campaign

Volume: 500 – 500,000

Export: Yes, to PDF, Word, HTML or Excel

Price: $99 – $249+ / month (free trial available)

Website: www.rankranger.com/features

Via: Marc Levy

Advanced Web Ranking – Desktop

On-Demand vs Campaign: Campaign

Volume: Pretty sure unlimited

Export: Yes

Price: $99 – $1499 one time purchase

Website: http://www.advancedwebranking.com/tour/ranking.html

Via: Marc Levy via this article on rank checkers

Advanced Web Ranking – Cloud

On-Demand vs Campaign: Campaign

Volume: 2,000-45,500

Export: Yes

Price: $49 – $499 / month

Website: http://www.advancedwebranking.com/online/rank-tracking.html

Via: Marc Levy via this article on rank checkers

Traffic Travis

On-Demand vs Campaign: Campaign

Volume: 50 per domain/project – purchase available for unlimited downloads

Export: Not sure

Price: Free or Premium (not sure of cost)

Website: www.traffictravis.com

Note: as of 8/24/2013 they now recommend http://www.affilorama.com/tools for Mac users.

Via: Tim Capper

WebPosition

On-Demand vs Campaign:

Volume: Not sure, their site is a little confusing – can you figure it out?

Export: Yes

Price: $29 – $69 + extra for usage (premium) / month

Website: www.webposition.com

Via: Benjamin Beck

Market Samurai

On-Demand vs Campaign: Both

Volume: 50 with one time $149 fee, monthly packages for more.

Export: Yes

Price: $149 (no monthly cost)

Website: www.marketsamurai.com

Via: Dan Bochichio

Conductor

On-Demand vs Campaign: Campaign

Volume: Unlimited

Export: Yes

Price: By Request (free demo)

Website: www.conductor.com

Via: JenMarie Robustelli

getStat

On-Demand vs Campaign: Campaign (although it says ‘real time’)

Volume: Unlimited

Export: Yes

Price: By Request

Website: getstat.com/features/

Via: Mike King

SEO Diver

On-Demand vs Campaign: Campaign

Volume: 50 keywords each domain / 3 domains (.05 cents extra word)

Export: Yes

Price: $49 – $159 / month

Website: www.seodiver.com/keyword-monitor

Via: Seodiver! (Thanks!)

ZoomRank

On-Demand vs Campaign: Campaign

Volume: 10-100 up to unlimited

Export: Yes (email delivery too)

Price: $7 – $25 or custom / month

Website: www.zoomrank.com

Via: Corey Eulas

Rank Tracker (duh!)

On-Demand vs Campaign: Both it Seems

Volume: I think unlimited

Export: Premium Only

Price: Free – $249.75 (one time cost – this is desktop software)

Website: www.link-assistant.com/rank-tracker/features.html

Via: Logan Thompson

RankTrackr

On-Demand vs Campaign: Campaign

Volume: 50-1000

Export: All levels, PDF and CSV

Price: $22-133/month

Website: http://ranktrackr.com/

Via: Alaj at RankTrackr

SerpFox

On-demand vs Campaign: Campaign

Volume: 10-5000

Export: Yes

Price: Free – $200 / month

Website: http://www.serpfox.com/

Via: Glen (ViperChill)

TinyRocketLab

On-Demand vs Campaign: Campaign

Volume: 1000

Price: Free (currently in Beta)

Website: http://www.tinyrocketlab.com/

Via: Per Allerup

Rankinity

On-Demand vs Campaign: Both (Real time tracking available)

Volume: Says to call for more than 1,000

Price: about $10 a month to track 100 keywords daily. VERY flexible, customizable pricing. I suggest you take a look here.

Website: http://rankinity.com/

Via: Rankinity

Web CEO

On-Demand vs. Campaign: Both

Volume: 5-750 or unlimited

Price: Free – $350/mth or custom. Discounts available.

Website: http://www.webceo.com/

Via: Allen MacCannell at Web CEO

Positionly

On-Demand vs Campaign: Campaign

Volume: 50-2500 or customized

Price: $19-$199/mth or custom

Website: https://positionly.com

Via: Krystian at Positionly

SerpBook

On-Demand vs Campaign: Campaign

Volume: 25-5000 per domain

Price: $4.95 – $329.95/mth

Website: http://serpbook.com/

Via: Glen (ViperChill)

cognitiveSEO

On-Demand vs Campaign: Campaign

Volume: 500-4,500 or unlimited

Price: $99-$999/mth – free trial available

Website: http://cognitiveseo.com/tour.php#6

Via: Razvan @ cognitiveSEO

SERPs.com

On-Demand Vs Campaign: Campaign

Volume: 4000, 10000 or custom

Export: Yes

Price: $500, $1000 or custom

Website: https://serps.com

Ezee Rank Tracker

On-Demand vs Campaign: Both

Volume: UNLIMITED

Export: Yes

Price: $19.99/Month – $99 one time purchase

Website: http://ezeeranktracker.com/

SEO Rank Monitor

On-demand VS Campaign:Campaign
Volume: 100 – 5,000
Export: all paid versions
Price: $19 – $199

SERPWoo

On-demand VS Campaign: Campaign

Volume: 20+

Export: None while in Beta, but its coming in the next update

Price: Free-$19.95 / month

Website: https://www.serpwoo.com/

Let’s Keep This List Going!

Please drop a recommendation in the comments! I hope to add to this list, not only more software choices but some other key factors. Also, you may notice some info is missing, or I wasn’t sure, please feel free to fill me in and I’ll update it!

UPDATE: I also came across this discussion in the Moz Q&A about rank checking software – valuable read as well!

Thanks to EVERYONE who chimed in earlier on Google Plus!!

NOTE About Unsolicited Emails

If you are the owner of a rank tracker, do feel free to email me. But please know I get a LOT of requests to add software to this list, and I can only add your tool if your website and tool looks to meet a certain quality level. I need to put a little editorial cap on the tools listed here to keep the page value, so please understand that I may not always be able to add every suggestion. Thanks!

About Dan Shure

I'm Dan (Google Plus Profile). I've been helping businesses improve their websites since 2007. Improving your bottom line is my number one goal. My obsessive nature and love for SEO as a true craft doesn't hurt either.

103 Comments

  • January 24, 2012 Reply

    Benjamin Beck

    Great list Dan! Do you ever get different rankings for the same keyword on the different tools?

    • January 24, 2012 Reply

      Marc Levy

      @benjamin – we definitely see that every so often, atm not only are we seeing different ranking positions but different URLs displaying in some cases. Rank checking is so difficult in todays SERPs, simply too much going on to ever be 100% accurate. Rankings can change from minute to minute, different results based on search location, personalization, G+ etc…

      Great post Dan, enjoyed being involved.

      • January 24, 2012 Reply

        Dan Shure

        Thanks Marc! I really appreciate your involvement!

      • January 23, 2014 Reply

        Chris Vinson

        Cute Rank does about 100 and then stops. Otherwise pretty good.

      • August 28, 2014 Reply

        Gyi Tsakalakis

        We’ve used most of these. As Marc notes, 100% accuracy is literally impossible. Unfortunately, the accuracy issue, in my experience, is a bigger problem than the “rank tracking industry” would have us believe.

        In the end, if you’re going to report on rankings to clients, you better spend a lot of time setting expectations about these tools. I’d also encourage you to accentuate the business metrics of SEO and downplay rankings for any particular keyword/keywords. It’s a frustrating situation, but the reality is that you’re likely to do more harm reporting on rankings that just aren’t that accurate… Anyway, my .02.

        Thanks for the great list Dan.

        • August 28, 2014 Reply

          Dan Shure

          Hey Gyi

          Completely agree (and think you saw my video talking about this). I use rankings more as a technical metric than anything else, and think it can be dangerous to report because of a) lack of accuracy b) lack of actionability and c) they don’t always correlate to increased marketing and business goals.

    • January 24, 2012 Reply

      Dan Shure

      Thanks Ben! I have not seen much difference actually. Local search is where it gets tricky of course, that is where I tend to see it different. But I honestly haven’t branched out that far with rank checkers yet (thus this post), so I am curious to see how they handle it differently.

  • January 24, 2012 Reply

    Uwe

    SEO DIVER

    On-Demand vs Campaign: Campaign

    Volume: 50 / 3 domains (.05 cents extra per word)

    Period: monitoring on daily basis

    Export: Yes (xls & csv)

    Price: $99 – $129 / month

    Website: http://www.seodiver.com/keyword-monitor

    • January 24, 2012 Reply

      Dan Shure

      Thanks! I’ve added you in above :-)

  • January 24, 2012 Reply

    Corey Eulas

    Campaign (so flexible)
    Volume: As high as you can go
    Period: Daily
    Export: Yes, e-mail delivery automatically too.
    http://www.zoomrank.com
    $7 – $25/mo

    • January 24, 2012 Reply

      Dan Shure

      Thanks Corey! I added ZoomRank above… I’m glad you commented, I’d forget the name and you just told me last week. :-)

  • January 24, 2012 Reply

    Cedric

    Spyranks

    On-Demand vs Campaign: Campaign

    Volume: 10-unlimited

    Export: Yes

    Price: $2.5 – $300 / month

    Website: http://www.spyranks.com

  • January 25, 2012 Reply

    Ted Ives

    Great roundup Dan, had not heard of a number of those.

    My favorite inexpensive one: SheerSEO – a ton of different price points, checks both rank and PageRank values, includes some new keyword density analysis. Skips tracking competitors which I agree with – who has time to look at them anyway – just worry about your own ranks.

    getSTAT is definitely the best one out there, bar none, for position tracking *at scale*, if you need to track multi-thousands of keywords it’s the way to go.

    Also – for free (!) – the Bulk Rank Checker at Search Engine Reports – great when you want to check a few terms out really quick without setting anything up:
    http://searchenginereports.net/

    - Ted

  • January 25, 2012 Reply

    Magicyoyo

    Another good one;

    SeeUrank :

    On-Demand vs Campaign: Both
    Volume: unlimited
    Export: Yes

    Price: 39$ to 69$ /month

    Website: http://en.yooda.com

    • January 22, 2013 Reply

      Terry

      Powerfull tool ! Wonder why it’s so unknown ??

  • January 26, 2012 Reply

    Suzanne McDonald

    thanks for sharing this list, Dan, super-helpful

    How about adding a category for usability? For example, which would be best for a small business owner who just wants to see where things stand?

    • January 26, 2012 Reply

      Dan Shure

      Thanks Suzanne! Yes, I was going to fill out the list with more categories soon. Perhaps a small/medium/large type rating would help. I was also thinking of adding things like; proxy, competitive domain tracking, report generating, etc… great idea thanks!

      -Dan

      • January 26, 2012 Reply

        Suzanne McDonald

        Maybe do another post (or series) highlighting the best tools for which types of users. Starting with SMBs might be good for business. They may start tracking and realize they need more help. Just a thought!

  • January 27, 2012 Reply

    Eric Nagel

    If you need to get rank via an API, you can use Raven Tools (API docs at https://api.raventools.com/docs/ )

    If you need some pre-written PHP code, I shared how to build a Google rank checker at http://www.ericnagel.com/resources/google-rank-checker-api.html

  • February 1, 2012 Reply

    Dan

    Great list Dan, glad I finally “caught up” on my reading (I’m only 5 days behind now!) I hadn’t even heard of 3 or 4 of these, definitely good to have new options available for something as touchy as rank checking, especially for those clients who are extra… “fun” and want multiple layers of checks in place.

    • February 1, 2012 Reply

      Dan Shure

      Thanks! That’s a great point, sometimes multiple sources of data are needed, so good to have plenty of options!!

  • February 3, 2012 Reply

    Ryan

    This is the ultimate list. Raven Tools and SEOmoz is all you really need.

  • February 3, 2012 Reply

    Jonathan

    Here’s one for the list:

    http://sescout.com/

    On-Demand vs Campaign: Campaign (although it updates hourly so if you have free slots on it and patience you could use it for on demand)

    Volume: Varies according to price plan, 10 keywords/10 domains for free. Up to 1500 keywords/1500 domains on the top level package.

    Export: Yes – both to .pdf for pretty reporting and .csv for analysis.

    Price: Free to $99.97/month

    Website: http://sescout.com

    Features vary quite a lot depending on price package to best to head over and check it out.

    • April 2, 2012 Reply

      Terrym

      I just dropped seout.com the rankings are very accurate but the support is next to non-existent. It would not be a big deal if they could make the reports work. The PDF and email reports do not work… As an agency I can’t use this because of the lack of reports.

  • February 10, 2012 Reply

    Adarsh Thampy

    Dan,

    Thanks for the list.

    You may want to update Market Samurai listing. They will soon introduce a monthly pricing for rank checks. Currently you can check from your system (Too many keywords and you’ll get a temporary ban).

  • February 12, 2012 Reply

    Tad Chef

    What about the good old old Free Monitor for Google? It’s been around for a decade and it still suffices for average webmasters.
    Similarly there is CuteRank which has even more advanced features. For those who only check their own site’s positions they are OK.
    Then there is Web CEO. It has even more features and had a free version as well last time I checked (years ago).

  • February 12, 2012 Reply

    Gyi Tsakalakis

    Nice Dan.

    We use several of these. One advantage of Advanced Web Ranking (AWR) is the ability to specify location searches (emulating browser location settings). That combined with proxy servers provides more accurate local reporting.

  • February 12, 2012 Reply

    Bjorn Solstad

    Interesting list. I built my own tool for it in Filemaker Pro that runs 24 hours a day in an eternal loop. To check the 800 phrases I currently check, I needed 10 proxy IP-addresses for it to not run in to Google’s automatic search algorithm and some randomizing of times.

    With a bit of tweaking every now and then of the PHP-script we built for it, it gives us close to 100% accurate results with a lot of country specific searches.

    Not really hard to do, but is saving us a ton of time.

  • February 12, 2012 Reply

    Michael Borgelt

    On-Demand vs Campaign: Campaign
    Volume: Unlimited
    Export: Yes (email delivery too)
    Price: $20-$150/month (white label solution available)
    Website: http://www.mykeywordrankings.com

    Successfully tracks Organic and Google Local rankings.

    Etc: Track Unlimited Domains, Unlimited Users, Multiple Level of Logins

  • February 12, 2012 Reply

    Tyler Herrick

    I should point out that Advanced Web Ranking is $99-$599 per Year, not per Month; with no volume restrictions. Up to 99 proxies is really your bottleneck at the point where volume starts to matter.

  • February 12, 2012 Reply

    Mathias

    Thanks for this list, it’s quite useful. Among the free ones, there is also http://rankchecker.net/ it’s the one I use fromt time to time.

  • February 12, 2012 Reply

    Ray Grieselhuber

    Great post, Dan.

    Ginzametrics (I’m the CEO) might be a mixture of on-demand and campaign-based, if I understand your definitions.

    We provide daily rankings and new keyword ranking data is often available within a few minutes. We then manage these keywords on a campaign basis for you going forward.

    Here are some stats about us:

    Market: Enterprise (comparable with BrightEdge and Conductor)

    Volume: Unlimited (depending on plan)

    Export: Brandable PDFs, Excel, CSV, API for ranking data and more.

    Price: $199-$2,500 (with additional bulk data plans available)
    

  • February 12, 2012 Reply

    Lars Hildahl

    I did a small scale comp a couple of months ago. I ended up liking SErank from Rage Software the best. I try to avoid monthly subscriptions if possible.

  • February 12, 2012 Reply

    Shawn

    Looks like this list is missing what is probably the largest (and one of the oldest)…

    http://tools.digitalpoint.com/tracker

    Over 100,000 registered users tracking over 3,000,000 keyword rankings back to 2003 (~250,000,000 points of data in the system).

    Volume: unlimited domains/keywords

    Export: Yes

    Supports both on-demand and campaign checking

    Uses search engine APIs to (no scraping).

    Cost: Free to search up to 20 position deep. Beyond that, it’s premium membership ($10-25/month depending on term).

    As a bonus, there’s a link tracking mode as well to track historical changes in the number of links a site has, it’s PageRank and how much content is indexed.

  • February 13, 2012 Reply

    Khadim

    Here’s one, SearchEnabler SEO platform designed to suit start-ups & small businesses

    On-Demand vs Campaign: Campaign

    Volume: 50 / 1 domain – 500 / 5 domains

    Export: Weekly Rank summary in Email

    Price: $15 – $49 / month

    Website: http://www.searchenabler.com/blog/keyword-rank-tracking-and-mail-reports/

    • February 13, 2012 Reply

      Khadim

      Forgot to mention, SearchEnabler ties traffic data with keyword rank tracking. It helps in understanding performance of keywords.
      Planning to include conversions in coming iterations.

  • February 13, 2012 Reply

    Fraser Cain

    Here’s another:

    Keyword Strategy

    On-Demand vs Campaign: Campaign
    Volume: Unlimited
    Export: CSV, Excel, Txt
    Price: $29/month for 2 domains

    Referrer-based tracking is passive so it doesn’t violate Google’s terms of service. Can essentially pull the ranking data in realtime as searchers reach the website.

  • February 14, 2012 Reply

    Jim Watson

    Agree with Tad above – CuteRank is superb – can access a huge amount of different countries too.

    • April 29, 2014 Reply

      Erik Drechtschalker

      i used to be a fan of cuterank but switched over to EzeeRank recently after looking for a tool that covers more social platforms than Google+, FB and TW. Eventually came up with Ezeerank; it tracks unlimited projects and keywords for 188 countries, has moz integrated, ranking updates and graph charts with whitelabel reports and you can pay a one time price. Solid support and a team that updates constantly, never had issues always assist right away. What i really like is that its a desktop application just like CuteRank, every rank tracker out there is really overpriced and webbased.

  • February 16, 2012 Reply

    Jeremy

    Just thought I’d mention that above it looks like the $99 plans for Raven Tools and SEOmoz are:

    Raven Tools: 1000 keywords
    SEOmoz: 300 keywords

    This is a little misleading because SEOmoz lets you TRACK 300 keywords, which means they will run for all search engines weekly. With Raventools as soon as you run one keyword on 3 engines one time you’re down to 997, so really, assuming you’re using the tools with 3 engines to their max it looks more like:

    Raven Tools: 1000 keywords
    SEOmoz: 3,897 = 300*3*4.33 (average # of weeks / month)

    Not too mentions that you also have the ability to use the keyword tool in research tools for on-demand which has a limit of 200/day, so technically if you use this tool it brings SEOmoz up to 9,980 keywords / month – quite different from 300.

    Anyway, good post. I’m new to the SEO biz and have been a subscriber to SEOmoz since December and it’s starting to look more and more useless to me. Keyword tracker is nice, and the community is great but I despise open site explorer. Think I’m going to end up ditching SEOmoz in favor of Raven and supplement keyword rankings with SEscout.

  • February 21, 2012 Reply

    Seoptimer

    Thanks for that great list. I propose to add a WebCEO to the list. They have a really cool rank checker, in both online and desktop version.

  • March 15, 2012 Reply

    Ryan Kent

    Really nice list Dan. Thanks for the thorough research and taking the time to share your findings.

  • May 6, 2012 Reply

    Francesco

    Take a look also to http://www.allorank.com.

    Totally free, without registration.

  • May 10, 2012 Reply

    rambabu seo

    Thanks dan to bringing this to here from your marketing folks . . yes these are really some of the most reliable rank checker tools which every SEO should know!

  • May 29, 2012 Reply

    seo_mark

    Wow, what a comprehensive and fresh overview. I though I’d mention Rankpanel.

    Although they have no custom keyword tracking you can look at all the 500,000 keywords they track for free:

    On-Demand vs Campaign: Campaign

    Volume: 500,000

    Export: No

    Price: Free

    worthwhile to check them out on http://www.rankpanel.com

  • June 2, 2012 Reply

    Stellar Skarsgard

    I’ve used Market Samurai and it’s easily one of my favorites. I’m also a big fan of the SEO for Firefox plugin.

    I’ve worked on Google Ad Planner. It’s okay but it’s not very accurate when it comes to small websites.

    This is a very well-researched list you have here.

  • October 16, 2012 Reply

    riisager

    Great list!!

    Maybe it falls a little outside the category – but I refer my clients to http://www.impersonal.me when they want to check the rankings themselves

  • December 8, 2012 Reply

    James

    Good list – I’d like to add that Raven no longer offers rank tracking but we do – JetRank.com.

    We can cater to agencies as well, offering discount for high volume users.

    Thanks!

    - James

  • December 22, 2012 Reply

    Solomon Kleinsmith

    Whoosh Traffic should be on here. Very user friendly, and cheaper than almost everything on here.

    • December 22, 2012 Reply

      Dan Shure

      Thanks for letting me know! Hopefully I’ll get around to a version 2 of this, since folks are liking the resource, I’d love to update it!

    • January 9, 2013 Reply

      Lisa

      I second the nomination for Whoosh Traffic. Easy to use, and friendly support at an affordable price.

  • January 17, 2013 Reply

    Small B SEO

    I know one more tool which is great for checking position and gathering lots of information about SEO statistics - Colibritool. It has GA integration, competition monitoring, detailed backlink checker, traffic statistics, conversion measurements and more. It works really good and we didn’t have problem with it. Also their support works quick which is very important thing.

    Best regards

    Anna

  • February 9, 2013 Reply

    Paul OM

    Very comprehensive list of rank checking software. Found combination of using seomoz and advance web ranking together as a good solution for rank reporting. nice post. Thanks for sharing

  • February 10, 2013 Reply

    Ivan Muljevski

    Check http://www.rankerizer.com/
    Its free!
    P.S. Scroll to the bottom for links after subsribing on the homepage.

    • January 23, 2014 Reply

      Nick Samuel

      I find rankerizer to be very hit and miss. The multiple URLs it returns per keyword can also be confusing when exporting simple look ups. SEObook is doing the job for me right now.

  • March 1, 2013 Reply

    Steve Morris

    I’m currently using rank tracker although I’m happy with the speed and for the most part the accuracy is good. The export on the Pro license is really limited. I want a solution that is reasonably priced and allows export of all historical data. any suggestions?

    • September 2, 2013 Reply

      Lynn

      Ranktracker’s cost has gone up since the one published here AND it also requires a subscription on top of that after you have run it for 6 months. Just learned that little fact today when it quit running my Google rankings.

      So I am having to hunt again trying to find something that can be bought outright without the subscription nonsense.

  • April 19, 2013 Reply

    Chris Sheehy

    Perhaps this listing can further be segmented by software & online resources. The several software options listed are good for small businesses and DIY users but firms with several clients are – in my experience – best served with an online tool as the resource allocation can be a burden when running thousands of keywords – not to mention the blackouts from search engines software users can experience if searching large data-sets, unless you are using a proxy – which then adds to the cost of a software solution.

    I use SerpScan from NY – it hits the big three and includes Local Ranking data. It’s very customizable and allows client access to online KW reporting 24/7 (my clients love that). The UI is a bit clunky, but the reporting is spot on.

    • April 19, 2013 Reply

      Dan Shure

      Thanks for mentioning SerpScan – and I totally agree – this list is in dire need of improvement, which I’ve been meaning to do.

  • April 26, 2013 Reply

    Laura Book

    I have been using SEOmoz Rank Checker happily until recently. It now does not seem to be able to provide ranking for google.com, just Bing and Yahoo.

    • April 26, 2013 Reply

      Dan Shure

      That’s very odd! I would suggest emailing them at help@seomoz.org – they’re very fast and responsive!

  • May 30, 2013 Reply

    Alex

    Thanks for a great list, Dan. I am a fan of Rank Tracker and it’s nice to see that I use a piece of software people know about. It’s always nice to check the alternatives though :)

    • August 8, 2013 Reply

      Barbara Varovsky

      Alex, I also use Rank Tracker from SEO PowerSuite and pretty happy with that.

      What I love about the tool is that lets me check my clients’ sites ranks as if my computer is located in the city they come from.

      Geo-targeted search is a pretty cool feature – very few rank checkers have it!

  • June 11, 2013 Reply

    Frank

    Hi Dan,

    we have build a Rank Tracker with Google Docs, maybe that is something for your list: http://bit.ly/13towcw

    Cheers
    Frank.

    • June 12, 2013 Reply

      Dan Shure

      Thanks for sharing Frank. I’ve been meaning to update the list, and when I do, I’ll add you in ;)

  • June 20, 2013 Reply

    Nixan Crasto

    I lately used myseotool.com which provides a web-based ranking tool. Though I have not used it for a great number of keywords, it seemed pretty much accurate for about 150 keywords that we ran. You can in fact filter your local map results from the main organic SERPs. You can run up to 5000 keywords for unlimited websites with a higher plan. Good features are snapshots and archiving of rankings.

  • July 22, 2013 Reply

    Sandhi Sudha

    You can run up to 5000 keywords for unlimited websites with a higher plan. Good features are snapshots and archiving of rankings.

    its speach and words and article so good i appriciate

  • August 8, 2013 Reply

    Max Shone

    For me the best tools are SEO PowerSuite by http://www.link-assistant.com/

  • September 21, 2013 Reply

    Sathya Moorthi

    I use http://moz.com to analyze my website and my customer’s websites. MOZ is the best one i think.

  • October 19, 2013 Reply

    Rankinity

    Take a look at http://rankinity.com. Rankinity is a new solution that allows to check positions of a website for certain keywords in popular search engines in real time.

  • October 22, 2013 Reply

    Allen MacCannell

    Hi Dan,

    I just noticed this list. You can use the Way Back Machine to see that Web CEO was at the top of the rank checker list back in 2000 and this hasn’t really changed since then. Take for instance, the recent Top Ten Reviews update that put Web CEO Online at #3 behind Moz and Raven but ahead of Hubspot, etc: http://seo-tools-review.toptenreviews.com/ – Depending on your search term, we’re at the top of results such as for “online SEO tools”. Please consider updating this report when you have the chance.

    At http://www.webceo.com you anyone can use the free version of Web CEO Online’s Rank Checker for 5 keywords and 2 projects and for as long as he or she wants.

    What we have that others don’t have is an Extended Results setting that lets you integrate Universial Results (Google Places, Images, Shopping, Ads) with organic results.

    You can also include your social media URLs as if they are part of your website for rank checking.

    Of course you can go local and compare your project with 20 competitors.

    There are more exclusive features so please keep us in mind when comparing rank checkers and other SEO tools.

  • November 5, 2013 Reply

    Jan, Link-Assistant.com

    Thanks for including Rank Tracker in the list, Dan! We greately appreciate it!

  • November 14, 2013 Reply

    Cara

    I love the ease of and export features of SEOBook’s Rank Checker — but I’ve read some have accuracy issues with it. Anyone experience this?

    • November 15, 2013 Reply

      Dan Shure

      It can definitely not be as accurate because it is just a simple plugin, and is not always clear how it takes local/images/ads into account when giving the ranking. But I use it all the time as a quick way to just get a rough idea – just keeping in mind to verify with a second source.

  • November 22, 2013 Reply

    Krystian

    Hey Dan, thanks for the list. I feel, like I’m bit late for the party :) It would be cool, if you could add http://www.positionly.com, if you plan any updates to the list.

  • January 1, 2014 Reply

    JoeyA

    I’ll add ours into the mix. It’s still in Beta, so it’s free for now cheap later on, all we ask is for your feedback on how to make it better.

    It has 3 components: Quality, Rankings, and Popularity. We’re adding Social soon.

    Enjoy! Joey @ http://www.ezwebsitemonitoring.com

  • January 5, 2014 Reply

    Diy

    I for sure like the moz.com one when compared with others i did try a lot of them… next best one is probably rankranger.com

    but i still need to wait couple of days so that i get inside more data…

  • January 9, 2014 Reply

    MGA

    Hi Dan,

    Great list, thanks a lot. I’ve been in SEO lightly since 2008, and i had a chance to try many different tools. I haven’t been using desktop SEO tools for the last couple years. And i have a unpleasant experience with Traffic Davis recently. Although it is very user friendly, the tool drives me crazy. I run a list of 50 keywords for my current company, and it is simply checking 3 major search engines. And what happens is, now i get random captcha queries on Google when i use the search engine. I guess, they are somehow bombarding the search engines, and search engines feels the necessity to ask me if i am human or not. I finally uninstalled, and planning to switch to AdvancedWebRanking after reading good reviews. And I would love to make one time payment, and use it forever. But here i am asking, if anyone has experience with their desktop version. I don’t want to end up with filling captcha codes after every other 10 queries on Google. Feedbacks are highly appreciated…

    • January 9, 2014 Reply

      Dan Shure

      Hey There – yep I use their desktop version which is a one time payment, and it does use your IP to query Google. I don’t have too much trouble with capchas as you cen set the query speed pretty slow. However, you can pay a small monthly fee to painlessly run them through proxies.

  • January 10, 2014 Reply

    Smith Twine

    Hey Dan Shure i am using Majestic SEO & Raventools for my site anyways Nice Updated list. i will use the free ones in future :D

  • January 23, 2014 Reply

    Cindy Riquier

    TinyRocketLab is a very bad tool. I have only issues with it. They provide me the right ranking but then, the rest is just crap.
    When you update an excel spreadsheet, you dont get the result by column, ranking, URL and keywords are in same cell. So of course you can fix it by using text by column but obviously not the best. Also, I couldn’t add my colleagues on the tool, it took me 2 days to be able to add them and they blamed me for trying a few time. URL were wrong. Some keywords I never added appeared on my keywords list and some disappears. Such a bad tool

  • February 2, 2014 Reply

    Per Allerup

    I’ll have to add a comment on Cindy’s latest comment.
    1: We provide a csv file for download rankings and keywords. I have tried to explain, and also showed to Cindy, how to extract data from a csv to an excel spreadsheet.
    2: There was a bug in the function to add a user to a site. If you didn’t select which website the user should have access to, the sign in function for these new users failed. That was fixed, a couple of hours after you told us.
    3: The urls were formatted incorrect for certain variables in urls, that was also fixed when you mentioned that to us.
    4: We had a bug, when we implemented a script for importing keywords, which caused some keywords to appear where they shouldn’t have. That was also fixed.

    I am sorry that you had such a bad experience – The tool is still in beta, and every bug we find, is fixed as soon as possible.

    • February 2, 2014 Reply

      Dan Shure

      Hey thanks for chiming in! I would definitely encourage anyone reading this would thinks they might like Tiny Rocket or any software company to try it out! Things can improve a lot, and it’s great to see you on top of it and especially responding over here!

  • February 3, 2014 Reply

    Nina

    Market Samurai will allow you to track up to 10 keywords included in the one-off license fee you mentioned. If you want to track more than 10 keywords you have to upgrade your rank tracker subscription e.g. $10 per month allows you to track 100 keywords, $20 allows you to track 200 keywords, etc

    • February 3, 2014 Reply

      Dan Shure

      Oh cool I didn’t know that, thanks I’ll update the list!

  • February 18, 2014 Reply

    Dorian

    Hi Dan

    Thank you for this Rank checkers comprehensive list.

    I am trying to find the perfect one but I am so disappointed every time…
    I have tried authority labs and when the reports come, I manually check on Google and it’s not accurate at all… I can’t give those reports to my customers, if they double check.

    Is it an average daily position they provide? Do you think I could be missing something?

    Thx

    • February 18, 2014 Reply

      Dan Shure

      Hi Dorian

      I would be careful with checking manually and expecting to get the same results. Your results can be personalized, and geo-specific. Meaning what you’re seeing is based upon your browsing history, possible social connections and location among other things. Try checking out Dr Pete’s are for ways to de-personalize your searches: http://moz.com/blog/face-off-4-ways-to-de-personalize-google

      I have found Authority Labs to be extremely accurate in their data. If you want to cross check I would suggest using another tool even as a free trial rather than manually checking. And the thing with rankings is they are fluctuating all of the time so even with slight differences in tools, the goal is to watch it’s overall growth along with other keywords.

  • March 23, 2014 Reply

    melchiorre schifano

    Great list. Many thanks for your work.

  • March 25, 2014 Reply

    Patrick McCoy

    Hi Dan! Great list you have compiled and kept updated here. I found some new ones I never knew about.

    I thought I’d add one to the list which I’ve been using for about 5 months now and love. The reports are crystal clear and brandable.

    http://www.WebMeUp.com/plans.html (Ability to customize your own package based on budget and track ton of keywords). Check it out and consider adding to your list!

    - Patrick

  • May 16, 2014 Reply

    Benjamin Ng

    Hey Dan,

    Another recent one is ProRankTracker. Been trying it out, it’s free for the first 50 keywords which is a great start; can’t comment on the accuracy yet though reports are white label and interface is fairly intuitive.

    Found it initially on the Warrior Forum.

    - Benjamin Ng

  • June 4, 2014 Reply

    Mat Sadler

    I’m working on a tracker here http://www.serpsamurai.com/

    At the time of writing it’s still in a closed BETA, but I’m looking for testers so go register..

    This came about because I just couldn’t find one that suited my needs (either they were good, but expensive for large numbers of keywords, or cheap but really badly designed). I’m keeping costs to a minimum, allowing people to pay as they go (so no fixed monthly fee), have the ability to add notes on the charts, and also the ability to chart competitors sites side by side for easier comparison. There’s also reports, and most importantly I’ve put a lot of effort into having a decent UI. So it not only looks good but is intuitive to use. Let me know what you think..

  • June 18, 2014 Reply

    Chris

    Rant alert!
    RankTracker (SEO Powersuite) is NOT a one-time fee. You pay a license fee, then you pay for “search algo updates”. I dropped over a grand on the enterprise suite several years back thinking it was a one-time fee and was unpleasantly surprised to find out that my software just stopped working one day and and now requires a monthly subscription.

    Despite hundreds (thousands?) of complaints that their pricing is misleading, they continue to blow their horn that their pricing is perfectly transparent. You’d think that if enough people complained they would do something about it, but they just keep trucking on. Nowhere on their site do they say “your software will stop functioning if you don’t pay $x/month”.

    When I commented on their blog that they update their pricing page to look like this (http://i.imgur.com/4Wsrz9T.jpg), they immediately removed my comment.

    It’s a damn shame, because the software itself is great. They just left a bad taste in my mouth and I refuse to give more money to shady businesses.

    • June 19, 2014 Reply

      Dan Shure

      Hey Chris

      Thanks for the info as I do try to keep the information as accurate as possible. I’ll definitely be updating this.

  • July 2, 2014 Reply

    Wilco de Kreij

    We believe that SEO Rank Monitor would be a good fit for your list as well.

    We’ve been in business for 4 years, but we’ve recently re-build our platform from the ground up. Let me know if you got any questions, happy to help out!

    URL: http://www.seorankmonitor.com

  • July 3, 2014 Reply

    MarcusJohnson

    You can add SEO Rank Monitor there I am using it for a while now and its pretty amazing!!!

  • July 4, 2014 Reply

    Jason

    Thanks from https://www.serpwoo.com/ for adding us Dan!

  • July 18, 2014 Reply

    Pradeep Mandavya

    Hi Dan,

    I use Rankerizer to check the SERP reports for my company’s website as well as our client’s websites. Its a nice tool too. You can check that and add it here. Thanks for the useful list of tools.

  • August 3, 2014 Reply

    Jen

    Tiny Rocket Lab is no longer free – well, there is a free version for up to 10 keywords and plans past that start at $19 a month. Has anyone had any experience with this since it came out of beta?

  • August 12, 2014 Reply

    Sameer

    We’ve just launched our toolset called Mondovo.com and it includes a rank tracker as well. The difference with our toolset is that we also have an “IntelliReport” section that will compare ranking changes between any two dates and highlight all the sites that have either had a major jump or fall, thus allowing you to investigate further into what is working and what is not for those search terms.

  • August 15, 2014 Reply

    Rikki

    My advice http://rankinity.com
    Website rank tracking in real time. Check website positions and analyze competitors in popular search enginesI checked.
    I checked 900 keywords 2 times a month and paid $ 6

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