Free Firefox Rank Checker - Check Your Google, Yahoo!, and Microsoft Search Engine Rankings

Mar 31st

Rank Checker.

Want to check your rankings on Google.com, international Google search results, Yahoo, and Microsoft? Try Rank Checker, our free Firefox extension which tracks your rankings, and allows you to automatically check ranking changes over time.

If you have any questions please watch this video.

The tool has issues with special international characters, but we are trying to get that fixed ASAP. Have any other feedback? Please leave it in the comments below.

If you like it/find it useful, please show some love via a blog mention and on del.icio.us if you can. :)

[Update: to verify your rankings on a search engine you can scroll over the rank number, hold down control, and then click on the ranking.]

Published: March 31, 2008

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Comments

March 31, 2008 - 9:37am

Nice extension! Couple of initial thoughts...

* Should the default delay be set to 2 sec rather than 0, as you recommend?

* I couldn't open the options menu (Tools > Rank Checker > Options) at first, because I already had the Rank Checker window open. Maybe there could be a way to open it direct from the main Rank Checker window, or show an error message if not.

* The results were slightly different to those I get when checking Google manually (with personalised search turned off). FWIW the SEOmoz rank checker correlates exactly with my manual checks.

Cheers again - look forward to using it!

March 31, 2008 - 9:40am

Hi Stephen
The reason for the rank checking difference is because we group 100 results per page...and the clustering is different when you have 10 results per page or 100.

We could probably set result clustering / results per page as an option, but still like 100 as the default as it is much less likely to get you in trouble with Google because it requires far fewer queries to grab all the results, and still provides fairly accurate data.

Swiffer
April 8, 2008 - 5:03pm

Aaron,

Thanks again for working on this tool.

I agree that fewer queries is better. It would be great if theoptions allowed us to set the number of results per page and the number of pages to check. I'm typically only consider with rankings for a phrase within the first two pages of the result. Beyond page 2 is a clear enough signal that the phrase needs help.

The option to see 10 per page would bring the tool's results more in line with what a human user sees. The option to check just 2 levels deep would limit the number of queries.

Thanks.

August 11, 2008 - 9:26pm

Question I did use it and there is (in some cases) a difference in google rank checks vs. live results. I have seen you respond to this by stating that this is due to using 100 results instead of the 10 group however how does that account for it? Someone mentioned "Is it because you count the google sponsored links?" Is this the case, otherwise a great tool :-)

August 12, 2008 - 1:50am

Just answered this here
http://www.seobook.com/announcing-firefox-rank-checker#31277

Keep in mind this tool only looks at organic search results...and does not rank AdWords ad positions.

March 31, 2008 - 9:38am

Oh yeah, and why does the logo say Ronk Checker? ;)

March 31, 2008 - 9:42am

The o key is right next to the a key on French keyboards and I wanted the typo traffic. ;)

Actually the end logo was my attempt at being artistic...I realize it was a slight miss on the A...but I wanted to feel like an artist for a day (please note that the a/o was made by someone else, and all I did was wrap the other letters around it).

March 31, 2008 - 9:54am

Aaron, you're a star. I've been looking for an open source rank checker for a while now and this is the best one I've come across. Thanks for all the hard work.

DEXTERITY
March 31, 2008 - 10:10am

Very nice, Thank you!!!!!

DEXTERITY
March 31, 2008 - 10:14am

I may be hallucinating early in the morning. However, when I click on options, tasks, etc I don't get a pop up window. I'm using firefox on OSX 10.4.9

March 31, 2008 - 10:18am

Looks like I need to test the options on my Mac downstairs. Be right back...

March 31, 2008 - 10:14am

add more nations, for example add www.google.fr
to check the position of www.frescaliers.com on it
or italian wbe site, and other nations..

March 31, 2008 - 10:17am

Google.fr is in there already.

March 31, 2008 - 10:31am

Dexterity - check the first comment above. You need to close the Rank Checker window before opening the options menu. :)

March 31, 2008 - 10:36am

A feature I would really really love from this, also not present in the tool I currently use for checking rankings:

Check the top *two rankings* per keyword.

i.e: If I have positions 2 and 3, or, position 7 and 12, I really want to know that!

Thanks for the tool anyway as it is!

March 31, 2008 - 10:41am

Aaron,

This is amazing. I've been using 'Free Monitor for Google' for some time (Google it if anyone is not familiar), and it does not have anywhere near the amount of features that your tool does.

There is only one thing that I would find useful at the moment:

- The ability to click the headers (Google, Yahoo etc) and have the results sorted by ranking order.

Thanks Aaron - this will save heaps of time in the future...

March 31, 2008 - 11:07am

That is a good idea. :)

March 31, 2008 - 10:49am

Awesome stuff Aaron! Awesome Stuff!

March 31, 2008 - 10:53am

First up, THANK YOU aaron, I've been waiting for something like this that is free and open source.

The one reason why I won't switch to using it just yet: I need 2 sets of results from google.co.uk - "all the web" (which are different results to google.com) as well as "pages from the UK" (which i believe is what is queried here).

The same goes for Yahoo and MSN - the US versions are unfortunately no good to me.

Any chance of adding this functionality?

March 31, 2008 - 11:07am

I am not sure about international support of Yahoo! and Microsoft. I would be more inclined to deepen the Google support first because they have so much marketshare.

March 31, 2008 - 12:27pm

Aaron - thank you for the tool, I was looking for something nice and easy. I agree with another poster, it would be nice to see any additional placements for our keywords.

I did notice some variation between rank checker and live - thinking it is because sponsor sites are included in the count. Is this correct?

March 31, 2008 - 12:54pm

The reason for the rank checking difference is because we group 100 results per page...and the clustering is different when you have 10 results per page or 100.

We could probably set result clustering / results per page as an option, but I still like 100 as the default as it is much less likely to get you in trouble with Google because it requires far fewer queries to grab all the results, and still provides fairly accurate data.

March 31, 2008 - 1:03pm

thank you for your reply and explanation. Have a really great day. :)

March 31, 2008 - 12:39pm

This rocks, thanks.

March 31, 2008 - 1:11pm

Hi,

I run SEO tools all the time and get banned for a periods of time since Google (or Yahoo! or whatever) thinks I'm a bot (well, I am!).

Here is a suggestion that helps me (and possibly your tool)

What helps me to overcome getting banned for periods of time is to generate a list of available proxy servers in the region that I'm in (e.g., US), and then run my programs using round-robin scheduling to pick a proxy server.

Even though I do this, often times I've found out that Google is smart enough to figure out that I'm a bot so to overcome this problem what I do is to randomly generate a wait time between requests.

In your software, you can deterministically pick a time (e.g., 2 secs) before sending another request, but a better way of doing it (I have found) is to randomly generate wait times that are exponentially distributed (there is a reason why I'm using this distribution - the exponential distribution is "memoryless" distribution, so no correlation can ascertained between requests).

Anyway, to make a long story short, if you could include a formula (or an option) in your code for waiting times that looks like:

amt_of_tm_wait_before_next_req = -log(u) * avg_req_time

where u is a uniformly distributed rv between 0 and 1, then
what you would get are exponentially distributed wait times with mean avg_req_time.

EX: So, with the following code:

for (;;) {
u = unif()
amt_of_tm_wait_before_next_req = -log(u) * 2000
thread.wait(amt_of_tm_wait_before_next_req)
sendReq()
}

over a long period of time, your average wait before a request would be 2 (note the formula above generates a random variable (rv) so it is not always going to generate a "2").

All the above, I have found, makes it harder for Google to find out that your a "bot", but there are no guarantees, which is a pain.

Anyway, nice tool!
-

March 31, 2008 - 1:23pm

Thnx for the tips. :)

anup
March 31, 2008 - 1:38pm

Thanks for this. This is a really useful extension.

I just noticed that when I set the delay (from say default of 0 to 2) and press OK, if I then go back to the options, it says 0 again. In other words, the delay does not seem to set (or at least the display always says 0).

This is in Firefox 3 beta 4.

aczion
March 31, 2008 - 2:36pm

Is there a limitation of 20 keywords when using "add multiple keywords"? I'm trying to paste 100 keyword in the box but only 20 of them are showing up in the main list.

March 31, 2008 - 2:45pm

ditto

March 31, 2008 - 10:54pm

I will try to extend it out to 100.

March 31, 2008 - 2:38pm

Great tool!!! The only issue is I have about 45 keywords for one site. I used the add multiple keywords, pasted them into the box (and confirmed they were all there), put our domain in, saved, and ran and only about 1/2 of the keywords ended up in the main list to be ran against.

Am I doing something wrong, or is there a maximum that can be added via the multiple keyword list?

March 31, 2008 - 10:55pm

I think we need to extend the list out to allow ~ 100 (or 150) maybe?

March 31, 2008 - 3:33pm

Thanks Aaron...

March 31, 2008 - 3:51pm

Thanks for the new tool Aaron.

I only have a couple of comments. Like mentioned in a post above, have you set a limit to the number of keywords that someone can add to a preset group? I have a fairly extensive list for one domain and it will not let me add more than 17.

The other things I was going to suggest is to make the window and the columns resizable. Maybe there is a reason everything is the way it is but I thought I would bring it up.

Once again, great work.

March 31, 2008 - 3:57pm

You really have excelled yourself this time Aaron.

Thank you.

Exactly what the doctor ordered.

DAK

March 31, 2008 - 4:10pm

Thanks Aaron. This new tool is awesome!

ian-rknet
March 31, 2008 - 4:18pm

pmfiorini: good call on the random request time. My coder even used to run our requests through TOR which would make the request times appear random. These days I'm pretty sure Google knows where all the Tor exit nodes are so that might not work anymore.

In addition to this, I find it helps to have a private list of working proxies. Not all proxies are "working" (I define a working proxy as one which still allows a connection to a particular site, ie. google.com).

When using proxies, I've wondered if geotargeting causes different results to be served. In other words it might be nice to use a bunch of proxies located in roughly the same geographic area. It might pay to be selective when picking proxies.

On days when Google has Universal Search turned up to 11, I also find scraping for rank to be basically useless, as the results can change quite dramatically, multiple times in a single day.

All in all, Aaron this is an awesome tool and I think it is the start of something great. It is refreshing to see open-source SEO tools made available, especially in an industry that continues to foist expensive, buggy, closed-source products on the end user. Many thanks!

March 31, 2008 - 4:42pm

I've been fighting getting banned for what seems like forever and using round-robin scheduling of proxies has *really* helped. Performance of this type of app can also be better so since you can easily multithread it.

Sometimes, though, when Google is being especially nasty, I have to use the "nuclear option", and at that point, I have a list of Google data centers from which I randomly submit a query. I got the list from one of the Webmaster forums and just have it "hard-coded" in one of my programs.

The only problem is that you have to know where the datacenter is located because the search results can and will vary.

To answer one of your questions, when you query on Google using different proxy servers, you can get different results (for reasons similar to the above). For instance, you may issue your query in different country so you'll be served different results ("search quality" I suppose). Also, you should be aware that PR and other stuff can vary depending on the Google datacenter. This probably has to do with their distributed "updating" algorithm, which probably takes a long time (they have billions of stuff to update and index).

With regards to the proxies, what I do is use a program to generate a list, and then systematically go through them one-by-one to find out where they are located via their IP address (your can query the whois db or use a pre-made generated list). The next step is then "ping" them. Typically, I use a timeout between 2-5 ms, depending on how impatient I am on that day. Now you have a list of quick proxies and where they are located. You can then choose the location that you want to "query" and go nuts.

Anyway, I've spent a lot of time doing this and if anyone has easier/better/whatever ideas , I'd love to hear them.

Thanks - P

March 31, 2008 - 4:25pm

I downloaded this tool at the start of my work day and have used it quite a few times today.

Generally I dislike rank checkers because they kick out inaccurate results but I am quite impressed with this one, most results were accurate or at least in the area of 2-3 around.

Nice work Aaron, my suggestions follow for a few tweaks....

1) Agree with previous comment about "sort by ranking" for each search engine, very useful feature.

2) Would like to see traffic estimation data from your other tool tied in as an optional column

Good luck and thanks for continuing to contribute quality tools for free to the SEO community.

March 31, 2008 - 10:59pm

1) Agree with previous comment about "sort by ranking" for each search engine, very useful feature.

I think we will add this.

2) Would like to see traffic estimation data from your other tool tied in as an optional column

I can't get too aggressive with pulling in that other data though...it is licensed through a Wordtracker partnership, and those guys spend a lot of money on buying data and whatnot. Maybe I can link to my keyword research tool from this? Or the Google traffic estimator? Or both?

March 31, 2008 - 4:31pm

Hi, Aaron.

I'm having difficulty with the tool.

I've added the url and keywords, yet the start button at the bottom is grayed out and I can't click on it. Also, the save button is inactive as well as the add button (by inactive I mean nothing happens when I click, they are NOT grayed out though). The only buttons that do work are "open" and "clear."
I've tried uninstalling and re-installing to no avail.

Any tips?

Thanks,
Ken Lyons

March 31, 2008 - 10:58pm

Hi Ken
Do you have an options window open? If not there might be conflicting extensions.

March 31, 2008 - 4:56pm

Useful tool that just might render my proprietary software obsolete.
I sure wish I could resize columns - and the window itself, for that matter.

March 31, 2008 - 4:58pm

thanks for this. looks very nice.

March 31, 2008 - 5:00pm

This is excellent tool for all SEO users of all levels. Well done Aaron.

March 31, 2008 - 5:56pm

I really like this tool, it makes portions of my life much easier.
The only thing I found that I would want to add is the ability to check for a URL. I have a lot of social media profiles and things like that out there that rank well for my keywords. Regardless, thanks for the great tool.

March 31, 2008 - 8:01pm

Fails to show anywhere. The "Rank Checker" words do not appear anywhere on browser.

I am using Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; en-GB; rv:1.8.1.13) Gecko/20080311 Firefox/2.0.0.13

Cheers - D

March 31, 2008 - 8:38pm

Aaron,

I've reinstalled the tool again and my grayed-out start button issues have been resolved.

Chock it up to gremlins.

Thanks, great tool,
Ken Lyons

March 31, 2008 - 9:42pm

Great tool thanks Aaron.
It seems to be inaccurate by 1 or 2 positions, even when I manually check with 100 results per page. Possibly due to how it counts Google local results?
Also, if I have several keywords, and try to bring up the actual results (double clicking the URL in Rank Checker), it uses the same keyword and produces the same set of results for each keyword (eg when I click the URL for keyword1, it brings up results for keyword1 (correct), when I click the URL for keyword2, it brings up results for keyword1 (incorrect)).
Also, I added google.ca, and when I export the results to csv, the 'google.ca position' heading is in the same cell as the 'google.com url' heading, and then all subsequent headings are 1 cell too early, ('google.ca url' heading is above the 'google.ca position' column etc)

March 31, 2008 - 11:07pm

Thnx for the feedback. :)

March 31, 2008 - 9:36pm

Aaron

Once again you continue to add value to the web. You amaze me that you give this stuff away for free!

If you ever want some free graphic design for your tools you release I'd be happy to help out...(my new designer is one talented girl ;)

Thank you so much for your hard work.

March 31, 2008 - 10:37pm

Hey Aaron

I installed the plugin and restarted FireFox. When i tried to configure it, i had just a tiny image at the center of my screen. When I expanded this, it was a page with a message indicating that it couldn't access /home/anthony/.mozilla/blah/rankchecker@seobook.com/rackchecker.jar/!Contents/blah
The rankchecker@seobook.com had 400 permission... and there was no rankchecker.jar. It was in fact, named RankChecker.jar. Not a problem on winders, but no workie on Linux. I copied RankChecker.jar to rankchecker.jar and things started working.
Otherwise, I'm looking forward to another nice SEO tool.
Thanks!

Anthony

March 31, 2008 - 11:06pm

So the capitalization messed it up, eh? Thanks for that tip Anthony...will try to get it fixed.

April 1, 2008 - 12:10am

So if I'm using this tool from a static IP (like a corporate firewall) and I get "banned" by Google, what does that mean? Will I still be able to perform searches on Google with my normal browser? Would it affect other users also sharing the same public IP address?

April 1, 2008 - 12:24am

I might not suggest using such a tool aggressively from behind a corporate firewall. If your typically query volume is high that probably gives you some good cover for aggressive usage, but you do not want to use it so aggressively that they end up blocking you.

April 1, 2008 - 12:13am

So the results are not even matching up (anywhere close) if I switch to 100 results per page. For example, this tool reports 27 for my search phrase. I verify that in Google at 10 results per page and I rank 17. I change preferences to display 100 results per page and I rank number 9. Now if only I can get everyone defaulting to 100 results per page :)

April 1, 2008 - 12:23am

You also have to look at search personalization as well. It might be changing your rankings.

April 1, 2008 - 12:18am

Aaron,

I've been looking into automated rank checkers for a while now.

Why wouldn't Google advocate a paid datacenter to let these tools hit? That way we're not inflating search volumes or tying up their free resources.

Sorry for such a noob question.

April 1, 2008 - 12:21am

Hi Brian
They generally hate SEO and want to make you need to violate their TOS to be an effective SEO. At one point in time they did offer a useful API, but they then took it away in favor of a not so good one.

April 1, 2008 - 12:37am

"Yo, yo, yo - my bad dogg" - Randy Jackson

This thing is right on if you take into account 100 results per page (which I understood before running). I just don't count indented results when I do my manual checks and you never see that many indented results when you're using 10 results per page as your default.

I can still see how this tool is useful to monitor change automatically and consistently to keep you on top of any big changes.

I have to give you my respect for ease of use and implementation and the dedication you spend monitoring your blog.

Congratulations on making it into the top ten blogs that I have to check every week.

udaman

blooger
April 1, 2008 - 3:38am

Hi Aaron, first of all: thank you very much, this is a great plugin! So far i'm using a freeware desktop application (AB Google Rank) to do the job, but it doesn't have the automatic function and it's not as nice to use. But it has one feature i really like. it tells me, the change to the last update and the alltime high. I'd love to see this in this plugin, it would make it perfect!

April 1, 2008 - 3:39am

This is awesome, Aaron...

Thanks for putting it together.

April 1, 2008 - 5:02am

You just saved my clients a ton of money and me a lot of time. Thank you very much for this Aaron!

April 1, 2008 - 10:09am

Thanks Aaron, great tool!

I just noticed that it finds www and non-www versions as different sites - is that how you wanted it to be or? And no, there isn't a 301 redirect to one of the versions.

P.S. Sorry if that has been already asked - didn't have the time to read ALL comments..

April 1, 2008 - 10:30am

I wanted it different like that...it makes it more elegant in allowing you to test different subdomain locations.

April 1, 2008 - 10:51am

Nice tool, I'd also like to have the option to limit search results to a country so UK only in google.co.uk, sites in German in google.de etc.

April 1, 2008 - 11:42am

Nice, but here are some problems and suggestions

1) don't make the domain name to track case sensitive "Site.com" returns no ranking for any keywords the site actually does rank for. It's only indexed as "site.com" (all lower-case)

2) Once entered, only the option to delete and re-add again does exist, no edit option. This is annoying in combination with 1) and in also messy, because of 3)

3) I clicked on the column headings and thought that it will sort my lists by that, but this is not the case. The order of domain-keyword pairs depends entirely on the order you entered them into the tool. You can export and sort it in Excel or whatever, but it looses value as a quick checker tool for "on the road".

Nice tool though, just a little rough and unpolished yet. :)

p.s. Your Login/Register links at the blog got also smaller. I had a hard time finding them and only kept looking, because I knew that they must be there. They are harder to find now, because of the advertisement that follows right after the comments in the same style and thus blend into each other.

Cheers!
Carsten

eddy
April 1, 2008 - 12:00pm

Hi,

Great tool thanks!!

I didn't find any comments on this yet, but I am unable to save a preset. When I press save it says enter preset name, but when I look in open it doesn't show any.

Any solutions?

Thanks

April 1, 2008 - 4:17pm

Hi Aaron

First thanks for the tool. I think it can be really useful. However, I see one issue with the Google.es search.

I'm searching for several sites with only one keyword. I know for sure that they rank #1 for that keyword (not personalized). Even they have been ranking #1 for that keyword for years. But I think that there is some trouble with some sites that have sitelinks and this #1 position is not shown.

For instance, I seached for the name of my site. It finds the #2 result, the indented one, but omitted number #1, the home page and its sitelinks

I can provide you with the name of the site and the other examples. I'm not sure if I can post links or you could consider I'm trying to do promotion.

Thanks

sheppy
April 1, 2008 - 5:26pm

Hi been using the tool this afternoon to check through a few things. One thing I've noticed:

If the top search result has those 'sub-links' underneath it, I think it's being ignored by the tool and saying that it doesn't rank.

For example, plug into the tool the search term 'news' for the domains, 'news.bbc.co.uk' and 'dailymail.co.uk'. You will find that it ranks dailymail.co.uk as no.1 despite news.bbc.co.uk being number one when you run the search.

I discovered this with one of the sites I work on, as it was telling me that I was ranking no.1 but when I ran the search even with 100 results, I was no.2. The number one search result had the 'sub-links' underneath it.

Hopefully you'll know what these 'sub-links' I'm talking about (Called Sitelinks in Google webmasters).

Let me know if this bug rings true.

April 2, 2008 - 3:29am

Thanks for this feedback...we will look into it. :)

sheppy
April 1, 2008 - 5:27pm

FireFox 2.0.0.7
OSX 10.4.10

April 1, 2008 - 6:54pm

That looks like a great tool and a good alternative to SEOmoz's Rank Checker, however I'd need international support for Yahoo and Live for it to be useful for me.

April 1, 2008 - 8:14pm

Could you apply this wonderful tool for Yahoo JAPAN Search, too?
I'm a Japanese webmaster!

April 1, 2008 - 10:24pm

Nice tool. I also thought it said RONK... figured it was an April fools day joke (c:

ian-rknet
April 1, 2008 - 10:52pm

This tool appears not to work in Linux. I uninstalled all other extensions, tried multiple themes (including the default) to no avail.

I tried it on the following:
Firefox 2.0.0.13 on Xubuntu 7.10 for 1386
Firefox 1.5.0.12 on Kubuntu 6.06 LTS for i386
Firefox 2.0.0.13 on Kubuntu 7.10 for AMD 64

The same thing happened each time. I couldn't see the extension in the add-ons menu, also when this extension is installed it stretches out the statusbar area- so I'm assuming it just doesn't run in *nix natively.

Linux support would be really nice to have for this (otherwise awesome) tool (pretty please).

April 2, 2008 - 4:50am

RE Linux -

confirmed - doesn't work with Ubuntu/Firefox. Bummer - I have moved my home computer (where I do freelance SEO and web stuff) over to Ubuntu. A fix for this would be great.

April 2, 2008 - 3:28am

Hi Ian
one of the filenames was capitalized and does not work on Linux...we are trying to get that sorted ASAP.

DEXTERITY
April 2, 2008 - 10:14am

Thank you.. sorry about that.. closing the window helps :) sorry aaron for making u run downstairs :)

zet10.com
April 2, 2008 - 10:35am

thank you! very nice site ...

April 2, 2008 - 2:39pm

Hi Aaron,

I haven't used this tool, yet (sick right now and not much time..), but have you thought about visualizing the data so that you could click on a keyword and see a graph of the keywords rankings over time? I think that could be very interesting to look at (for algorithm testing, etc.)

(sorry in case you did show that somewhere in the video I fast-forwarded a bit of it and might have missed it)

April 2, 2008 - 4:11pm

This is a good idea, though I am not sure how easy this is to do, and there are easier fixes that we should make first.

April 2, 2008 - 3:53pm

Wow! that rocks.

I was going to purchase clicktracks as and analytics tool that had that as a feature. Although, you needed a google API for it to give the google rankings.

Ofcourse google stopped giving out those kind of APIs. So I never bought it.

Thank God. It was $$$.

This tool looks great I am installing it now.

Thanks, Colbs

jclopton
April 2, 2008 - 4:01pm

Good morning. First off, let me say I love the Rank Checker tool. Being that my job is in Online marketing, this really helps my company see how much our SEO is adjusting rankings. The problem I am having is that most of our URL's are VERY long and there is a character limitation on the URL. Therefore, it simply isnt allowing us to search those URL's. Any help you can offer would be great. Thank you so much.

April 2, 2008 - 4:10pm

How long are your URLs?

imaseo123
April 2, 2008 - 5:20pm

video really appreciate
from IMASEO

jclopton
April 2, 2008 - 7:49pm

Pretty long. :)

I work for Starwood Hotels & Resorts and we have long property websites. Here are 2 examples of our URL's for our hotels:

http://specialoffers.starwoodhotels.com/The_Westin_Key_West/index.htm

or

http://specialoffers.starwoodhotels.com/westin_aruba/so.htm

April 2, 2008 - 9:36pm

you only need to list the domain name...not the whole URL. and if you want to look for subdomains you can do that too, but no need for the /folder/file.htm part

also the http:// is not needed

jclopton
April 2, 2008 - 11:05pm

Aaron, I apoligize if I am asking too many questions. The problem with the way our properties set-up is they are all built in subfolders. I don't pull the sub folders then it will only pull the brand website. Otherwise it would pull the Starwood website and not the property site. You mentioned I could look for subdomains as well, how do you go about doing that. Anyway I try I cant seem to pull it. Thank you in advance for your help.

April 3, 2008 - 2:22am

if you search for
specialoffers.starwoodhotels.com
that will show subdomain rankings even if you do not put the full path of the file in there.

April 3, 2008 - 12:25am

Hi Aaron,
I was looking for a tool like this ! I intensively use Google Monitor and was wondering wether or not there was one also for Yahoo or Live. Your extension does it for free. That's great. I am less enthusiastic with the only 'one result' per keyword because i am used to see a list of some of my competitors.
Some suggestions:
-ability to plot a graph to monitor over time
-keyword import via text file
wonder if it is too hard to do : compare the keyword ranking to the actual keyword in a query in a search engine that leads to your site (imported from Google analytics), this feature would simulate the top search queries feature in Google Webmaster tool.
Wish all the best for RONK CHECKER! (sorry i just can't see the A...)

April 3, 2008 - 2:23am

there already is a bulk upload feature, though not for text files...you simply write one keyword per line and the URL for all of them once at the top.

We may add graphing and other stuff down the road.

April 3, 2008 - 7:10am

Hi Aaron,

New to your site, impressed, and appreciative! Thanks.

Is it just me or is the Live search not returning rankings?

I've been testing it off and on this evening and can't seem to ever get a result shown for Live, even when I know the top ranked site for the search.

Let me know please.

Thanks :)

April 3, 2008 - 8:06am

Live just worked for me.

sheppy
April 3, 2008 - 2:41pm

Live works for me too...

It won't return a result if it has the problem I've outlined above, or if you aren't ranked I believe.

April 3, 2008 - 3:32pm

Can I request that the Domain Name be added as the first column in the export file?

Also, for consistency you may want to label the column headings as Google Rank, Yahoo Rank, Live Rank, instead of Google Position.

Changing from 20 to 100 domains will be really useful.

Thanks so much for this tool!!

April 3, 2008 - 10:08pm

it worked once and stopped.
now the buttons "start" and "export" are grey.

how can i make it work again ?

thanks

April 4, 2008 - 12:35am

How can I work with it without having Firefox?

April 4, 2008 - 3:09am

you can't

April 4, 2008 - 9:17am

Hi Aaron,

First chance I've had to see that you responded to my question about not getting results for Live. I just tried again and still no result.

Here's an example, search for "indian artifacts"(without the quotes) for the domain www.indianartifacts.com and it's number one in Live but shows no result in Rank Checker (at least for me it doesn't).

I really want to be able to use the tool to check all 3 major engines. Is it just me or ? I'm using Windows Vista with the latest version of FireFox.

Thanks.

Sarasota SEO
April 4, 2008 - 3:43pm

I've been using this tool for the past few days and everything works perfect!!

Thanks Aaron,
SS

arkadia-savid
April 4, 2008 - 5:50pm

This may be a silly question (sorry if it is)... in order to run the scheduled tasks option does Rank Checker software/extension need to be open, or will it run even if the software is closed please?

So far everything seems to work beautifully on this extension! Thanks for sharing it with us.

Arkadia

April 4, 2008 - 6:19pm

I think Firefox needs to be open.

April 4, 2008 - 8:57pm

This is a pretty sweet tool from what I have used. I would like to see a "are you sure you want delete XYZ preset"

Mine seemed to have deleted when I double clicked it... I would like to be able to save them to disk, or maybe import a list from excel or text file.

Also it would be nice to be able to get to the options menu from within the program, rather than the firefox menu.

I really like what you have done. Keep the tools coming (c:

latinocool79
April 4, 2008 - 11:37pm

Please SEO Gurus

My blog was going swell and I was getting around 30,000 vistis a month which made me happy cuz my blog is just 6 months old. Anyway, all of a sudden 2 days ago, just after my best day, traffic soared down. I checked and I still get ranked high on the term "Ingles Gratis" (free english) but in google.com and not on google.com.mx or many other spanish speaking google data centers. Also, many terms in google.com which brought me traffic also I cannot find em even near the first pages of google. Why did this happen? If they penalized me then why am I still in first page on my main 2 word keyword. Seems like I have been filtered but how can I get back up or should I just wait. Does this ever happen to you guys?

My blog is http://estudiaingles.blogspot.com and it is for spanish speaking people that want to learn english. I took some widgets to see if it helped. Also, lately my page was having problems with internet explorer and I dunno if this has anything to do with it. Any help would be very so much appreciated.

jamesgilmoursimpson
April 5, 2008 - 5:48am

I have been using an online tool at www.rankangel.com that does something very similar to RankChecker - and it is also free :) RankAngel allows you to test how your url ranks in a number of search engines against selcted keywords. You can also create projects that will keep running these tests each day and graph the results. Neat tool - good price - and nothing to install.

April 5, 2008 - 8:44am

Thanks Aaron. You always have something new.
Will give it a try.

April 6, 2008 - 7:51pm

Hey Aaron, I liked your tool so muchh !!!!.
I have some troubles with RankChecker. I think it's very strange. We have 2 websites , one DOT COM and other same domain but DOT COM XX ( country ). When we check DOT COM, the tool gets the DOT COM XX results ( SERPS ) , and not the DOT COM results.

we test it with one KW and with multiple KW.

DO U know how fix it ? or some tip ? what is your opinion ? I wait your response ! thanks in advance ! : )

April 6, 2008 - 10:57pm

We just did an update that fixed that issue poxi.

buddy
April 7, 2008 - 4:52pm

my immediate impressions on trying this are that it is very helpful to compiling search engine rankings quickly from firefox - an excellent tool for the professional SEO

websitedesigner
April 7, 2008 - 10:52pm

I noticed that the times when the searches where made within the CSV that is exported is not correct. It appears to be another time zone. Is there a way to change this?

Thanks, I'll look for your reply.
It's a great program!

- Sean

websitedesigner
April 8, 2008 - 5:29am

I just found another bug that I thought would be worth posting. When I export to CSV (for the history export only) I get a CSV that has two of the columns merged together (using newest version of MS Office, aka 2007). The Google URL and the Yahoo Position columns are put together with an NaN between them.

It looks like this:
Google.com URLNaN"Yahoo position"

You can view a screen shot at: http://pittwebsite.com/seo_book_rank_checker.htm

Even with that it's still a great application. Thanks for creating it, it's really useful!

Loewenherz
April 8, 2008 - 11:09am

Nice Tool. First, I had to learn, not to write http://. Then it worked. But the results are different from my manual queries, hmm, another DC? And I have no results asking google.de with this tool, only at google.com.

April 8, 2008 - 7:43pm

Hey Aaron!

I'm facing this issue and I'm not sure if it is this way for everyone, so here it goes:

Does this rank checker tool has a horizontal scroll bar?

'Cause at least for me it's not showing any and it's quite annoying when I resize any column and the other columns just get smaller and smaller.

I think it would be nice to set a horizontal scroller.

Thanks for your attention and congratulations for this excellent tool!

Aaron Harding
April 9, 2008 - 12:13am

Hi Aaron, great little rank checker you've built there. I did kind of lose faith with them a few years back and switched to paying more attention to my analytics instead, watching the rank of a few choice keywords every now and again. Glad to say I was getting pretty accurate results back from your tool.

Also liked the presets, really great for making little keyword groups for an individual site.

April 10, 2008 - 11:06am

Tahnks, its a little fine tool. verry simple and effective.
thanks you.

April 10, 2008 - 12:41pm

Hi Aaron

I read in earlier comments that you plan on expanding the number of keywords from 20 to 150. When will this be done?

For all our sites we at least 50 keywords so although it is a great tool you have made it is not very helpful if you cannot check all your keywords.

April 10, 2008 - 6:25pm

I have to talk to the developer. Am at a conference this week, so time has been a bit scarce.

April 10, 2008 - 7:25pm

Aaron,

In my presets, I input the domain with "www". In MSN, I have a number of urls that are indexed without "www". The Rank Checker is missing my urls in MSN due to not seeing "www".

Any help with this would be appreciated.

Thanks,

ryantodd

April 11, 2008 - 1:53am

add www when you enter the domain name. problem solved.

April 10, 2008 - 10:37pm

Aaron,

One additional feature needed is the ability to edit existing presets. That would be extremely convenient.

thanks again,
ryantodd

April 11, 2008 - 1:55am

I think you can. Can you open up a preset list, add a keyword, and resave it?

April 11, 2008 - 5:32pm

Aaron,

You're correct. An oversite on my part. Thanks again!

ryantodd

April 12, 2008 - 3:32pm

Just wanted to throw my vote in to have the length of the keyword list extended to more than 20 :)

April 14, 2008 - 6:44am

Hi, Aaron.

I'm having difficulty with the tool.

I've added the url and keywords, yet the start button at the bottom is grayed out and I can't click on it. Also, the save button is inactive as well as the add button (by inactive I mean nothing happens when I click, they are NOT grayed out though). The only buttons that do work are "open" and "clear." and the options window is also not open as u had mentioned in a earlier comment for this similar problem.

I've tried uninstalling and re-installing to no avail.

I am not running any add-ons on Firefox except this Rank Checker extension, my Firefox Version is 2.0.0.13 & the OS is windows 2000

but still its not working

Any tips?

Thanks,

Satish

April 16, 2008 - 10:30am

Finding the tool very useful, thanks.

As I mentioned earlier, any chance of adding the ability to track top 2 results per domain, instead of only one? It would be extremely useful for me, and I am sure many SEOs could see the benefit.

April 16, 2008 - 10:36am

I just have to prevent the tool from getting too complex too quick. The programmer's wife just had a baby as well, so more programming stuff might take a bit to get going.

April 18, 2008 - 12:28am

Hello,

It would be nice if you could also select more Google extensions so that you could check a dutch word in .nl, .be and the .com version.

Rgds
Dolf

April 18, 2008 - 6:54am

So you want to track 3 versions of Google all at the same time? Right now it is set up to allow 2.

April 18, 2008 - 5:10pm

Hi Aaron,

Great tool! however, after using the tool and putting it through some work suddenly I was left with the following parsing error.

XML Parsing Error: unclosed token
Location: chrome://rankchecker/content/processor.xul
Line Number 75, Column 9: --------^

I am using FF3 Beta 5 thinking that might be the culprit I tried on Flock browser and the same thing happened.

Anyone else had this problem?

April 18, 2008 - 9:06pm

Handy ranking tool with good accuracy, thanks for making it open source Aaron. It would be helpful to have the number of search results for a keyword phrase shown in the report too. Great tool overall, added links to it on my blog and website.

April 18, 2008 - 9:20pm

Thanks for the kind words and mention Daria :)

As far as "number of search results for a keyword phrase shown" do you mean show multiple keywords if there are multiple words from the same site?

April 21, 2008 - 1:50pm

Hi Aaron,

Very nice tool: easy to use and apparently precise enough.

There is only one more targetting option I would like to have: While you can select the country (i.e. google.nl vs google.com), you cannot select the language (i.e. &hl=nl vs &hl=en in Google).

Would it be possible to add a drop-down menu to target different languages?

April 21, 2008 - 5:01pm

I will talk with the programmer on that Pieter :)

April 23, 2008 - 8:38am

Thanks! And congratulations for his baby!

April 21, 2008 - 10:01pm

Er, doesn't this program violate Google's terms of service, in that it automates ranking queries?

April 22, 2008 - 5:11pm

Thanks for the free tool!

One problem I seem to be having. I tried to run a scheduled task once a day at 10am, however it does not seem to grab the data.

Does the firefox browser have to be open when it runs?

Are there any tips/suggestions you have to make sure it runs when I ask for it to?

Thanks again

April 22, 2008 - 6:10pm

yes firefox has to be open for it to work.

April 25, 2008 - 11:22pm

A feature that would be very helpful to me would be able to set up a certain google domain to be tied with each search preset. That way I can schedule queries, but also search on all of my different sites that are targeted to different markets.

For example www.example.com and www.example.de have different keywords that I'm trying to optimize for, but I would like to be able to run these keyword reports once a night. So I could associate www.example.com with google.com and www.example.de with google.de.

Great Tool!

April 26, 2008 - 3:56am

We might look into doing that soon. Seems like a reasonable and good suggestion.

April 27, 2008 - 11:26pm

I setup the rank checker to check my ranking daily but it has begun to check an extra time on each day for each keyword. So once on 24th April, twice on 25th, three times on 26th so on.
Anyone else experience this? Or am I doing something wrong?

May 4, 2008 - 11:47pm

For some reason the rankings I'm getting (for google at least) are off. I try the same query in google (with pws=0) and my site is ranked 1-4 higher than the tool says. Is it using some specific google data center or something? Maybe it's counting suggested searches or ads at the top of the results?
I don't want to say what my site is here but you can email me for specific examples if you want. jlaing at g mail.

May 11, 2008 - 1:12am

I can not get the Google column to return any results for any me. I clearly am on the first page in the Google SERP for certain keywords, but I only get "-" in rank checker ... is there some setting I'm missing?

May 11, 2008 - 1:52am

Hi Babiesonline
can you mention the keyword and URL and I will give it a look?

May 16, 2008 - 10:46pm

Hey Aaron thanks for the tool.

I'm also having problems getting any google.com results but can get google.ca results.

The url is starportgame.com and a keyword is starport which we have rank 1 for.

update: turns out it works on one of my computers and not the other, I tried disabling some other addons but that didn't seem to fix it

May 18, 2008 - 8:28pm

Hi!
I really like the tool! Mostly because it's so easy to use. But there are two really annoying things:
1. Ranking Check's window isn't resizable
2. Ranking Check is limited to 100 keywords per cycle
Is it planned to solve this?

May 19, 2008 - 12:38am

Hi Vincent
Eventually we will try to address those issues
cheers
a

May 20, 2008 - 5:34am

Nice tool Aaron. I noticed when I check a term that is ranked #1 in google with site links the results, in the checker it is listed as undefined. If you could fix this small glitch that would be great.

May 21, 2008 - 12:29am

I'm having a problem with rank checker. I have presets set to run every night, but when I go back to my computer in the morning I cannot open the presets or any other tab within the rank checker. Is this a known problem, or am I just doing something wrong?

PS: I have no other ad ons

May 22, 2008 - 2:54am

Did you close out the browser and open it back up...maybe see if it works after doing that.

May 22, 2008 - 10:36am

Is it possible to link to deeplink pages rather than just the domain.

I've tried but the entry box isn't big enough

May 22, 2008 - 11:50am

It is designed for checking the ranking of any page on the associated domain name

May 29, 2008 - 4:10am

"It is designed for checking the ranking of any page on the associated domain name."

I think in 99.99 percent of the cases, this is all you need, and it would probably be adding complexity for not much gain to change this.

On the other hand, in the slightly behind-the-times backwoods of Japan, you'd be amazed at how many local companies still don't have their own domains and are running their company Web sites off of ISP's domains, like www5.isp_name.ne.jp/~my_company_home_page.

Comments on the documentation:

-- You should add something about the scheduling requiring that FireFox be open.

-- [Minor quibble] You could clarify whether 12:00 a.m. is when it's dark or light (and 12:00 p.m.). I can never figure this out without testing! Is there some international standard on this? (Maybe use AM/MIDNIGHT and PM/NOON, or the opposite, whichever is right, in the popup?)

May 29, 2008 - 5:17am

12am is light and 12pm is noon.

If I ever mess this up I think of Peg Bundy offering Al Bundy nooner (which he thinks is lunch meat) but the actual term is for making love at noon. Al comes home and gets no lunch meat. Then Peg is disqualified from the contest for telling Al about it, and he still gets stuck having sex with her, which is something he dislikes in his role.

May 30, 2008 - 5:55pm

I am having trouble with RankChecker. At first it was working great for me, but lately it seems to be freezing up.

I cut and paste my keyword terms into the multiple terms box, add them, save them as a preset, then select "Start." The RankChecker seems to successfully check the ranks for the whole list, but then when it gets to the end it seems to freeze there. The icon in the top right keeps showing it is running, and the "Export Results to CSV" and "Start" buttons never become active, off into eternity. I've tried using the "Export History" button to see if it is successfully saving the results, and sometimes the document is blank with only the column headings, other times it shows results for the first 2 search terms only.

Is this a known bug? Am I doing something wrong?

May 31, 2008 - 5:07am

If it was a known bug and many people were experiencing it I am guessing we might be getting more similar comments on the site. Perhaps it has something to do with conflicting extensions or something like that? Though perhaps sometimes issues may arise which require closing your browser and reopening it to clear.

June 2, 2008 - 5:28pm

Thanks for the ideas!
Unfortunately it's not a conflicting extension thing, because I only downloaded Firefox onto my computer for the RankChecker extension! Also, I've found that closing and opening the browser doesn't always help. Sometimes I encounter the same problem even after restarting my whole computer. If anyone else has encountered this or has a fix for it, please let me know, because otherwise I love the tool!

June 2, 2008 - 5:43pm

OK, I think I just figured it out. The Presets that kept malfunctioning all contained keyword phrases with apostrophes in them (like "master's degree"). The moment I eliminated the apostrophes from the phrases, the tool stopped malfunctioning! I guess those were screwing with the code. =)

June 3, 2008 - 11:45am

thanks for the feedback CaityLady321...I will pass it on to the developer.

June 8, 2008 - 8:20pm

Hi there,
I installed RankChecker today, but when I relauched firefox later in the afternoon, I got a message to tell me a new version was available (1.3.9) I was surprised, as my version was 1.3.2, but I clicked "upgrade", and I got an error message, because the hash was incorrect for the file http://tools.seobook.com/firefox/RankChecker.xpi.
Firefox 2.0.0.14, Max OS X.4.11

Thanks.

June 8, 2008 - 11:11pm

thanks for the feedback. We will look into this asap.

June 8, 2008 - 8:22pm

Hi

First and foremost thanks for this excellent tool. It is much better than marketleap and makes it easy to create a report.

I'm having some trouble saving the historic information with my presets file. Sometimes it works but often it doesn't. I'm finding it very easy to accidentally blank out a file I wanted by overwriting it with just the headings. Right now I can see results for 16 keywords. I open the preset file and hit 'export history to CSV', I choose a filename and hit 'Save'. When I open the file it just shows the headings and has not recorded the results.

Another thing is that often a preset dialog or another dialog gets lost behind other windows on my Mac and is hard to find. Right now I'm clicking 'Open' and nothing is happening. I'm guessing because the window is hidden somewhere. Ah yes, I just minimised 10 windows and found it.

This is a great tool. I hope you will continue working on it. I'm a bit of a UI person so shout if I can help.

I'd be happy to pay for a tool like this.

Carl

June 8, 2008 - 11:13pm

Hi Carl
Thanks for the UI tips. I think we could still use a bit of work on that front. So far we have been focused more on core functionality than making it perfect from a UI standpoint.

June 9, 2008 - 12:56am

Hi Aaron,

I'm using rank checker quite a bit today. i just ran it twice on the same domain. The first time the keyword ranked 43 and when I rank it a second time it ranked 111. It's dropped massively - is this because of what I'm doing with rank checker?

Thanks

Carl

June 9, 2008 - 9:51am

Rank Checker has no way to destroy your rankings...you are not even passing your URL to Google so how could they do that? I mean if they did that all you would need to do is rank check for competitors all day long and eventually you would rank #1 ;)

June 9, 2008 - 12:01pm

The idea of this tool is great and all that, but it doesn't discover the rank correctly. When I tried to feed a list of my keywords 90% of it was discovered incorrectly.

Correctly was discovered only keywords which ranked me for first place.

What's the deal? Is it some kind of fix that you guys are working on right now?

June 9, 2008 - 1:14pm

It generally works well for me and most people who use it. Do your keywords have some foreign characters in them or something like that?

websitedesigner
June 10, 2008 - 9:40am

Hi Aaron,

I didn't see a response to my post a few weeks back about exporting the CSV file (posted on April 08, 2008 05:29 AM). Let me know what you think.

Been using the tool for sometime now, other than what's mentioned, I love it! Thanks for the great tool.

-Sean

June 10, 2008 - 8:10pm

I would like to add that like the user above, I am experiencing the same phenomenon where firefox shows RankChecker as having a new update (version 1.3.9). I would link to the previous comment, but I don't see how to, so just use the browser to find (1.3.9) and you can see that user's comments.

At first, I thought the version was why I no longer was getting rankings from Google. But after reviewing the documentation, I can only conclude that Google temporarily (hopefully) banned my IP from searching.

A nice feature might be to inform the user when a search engine is denying the inquiry (microsoft live is also denying my rank inquiry).

Even though I can't get it to work at the moment, it looks like a great tool. Thanks for your efforts!!

June 10, 2008 - 9:13pm

Aaron,
I don't use any foreign or special characters. Plain English :)

strange....why it doesn't work for me.

June 11, 2008 - 9:30pm

I was having trouble getting Google and Windows live to give me search results with Rank Checker. The solution? I was typing the address wrong. I was typing the SUBDOMAIN (www.productivecorp.com) when the program ONLY works with the DOMAIN (productivecorp.com).

I think this is a MAJOR issue that would explain why several of the commentators above cannot get search results like everyone else.

Some kind of TEXT next to the entry spot or a feature notifying the user would be nice. Only Yahoo was able to understand that when I typed the subdomain that I wanted it to look at the domain.

June 14, 2008 - 2:11pm

Hi Aaron, your rank checker tool is great and for the last 2-3 weeks I have been watching some sites at least once per day and sometimes more frequently.

For a couple of days, I then experienced a problem installing the latest update. But that seems to be resolved by uninstalling and then reinstalling.

Then, last night I was demonstrating the tool to somebody and ran many searches in the space of an hour.... BAD MOVE!

I now seems to be banned by Yahoo. Anybody else experienced this and if so, how long does the ban last (if its only a couple of days, I wont bother to try to circumvent the ban, if its longer then I may have to).

Strangely, I had installed the free version of Web CEO, so I tried using that and it worked for the same domain names.

And I have tried doing individual searches on Yahoo and that works. Its just Rank Checker not working Hmmm confused

Any ideas?

June 14, 2008 - 11:07pm

Hi Neil
I have had an IP blocked by Yahoo! many times over the years. It is usually just for a couple hours.

June 16, 2008 - 3:09am

Hi Aaron, your rank checker tool is really awesome. I really liked it. For the last 1 - 2 months I have been using this tools and now it is very easy to find and website with particular keyword. But today I was having trouble to getting Windows live search results. For all the keywords it is showing blank in the live search result column. Then I scared and feel that my site ranking gone from Live. To confirm this I searched the particular keyword manually in Live.com and it is showing within top 10 result. So I think this problem with Rank Checker tool. Is it a bug with Rank Checker?

Shimul

June 17, 2008 - 8:58pm

For some crazy reason I am not getting results for MSN (Live) whenever I run the rank checker software. Any idea why this is occurring? Secondly, I am trying to validate my Yahoo placements, and I've noticed twice that the Rank Checker result varied from the actual search result. Any idea why this is occurring?

June 19, 2008 - 3:03pm

My "Live" results have also stopped working in Ronk Checker. I know they are not important and nobody really likes Microsoft, but its sorta need to see the stats anyway. :P

June 19, 2008 - 8:23pm

Can you try msft now? We just did an update.

June 18, 2008 - 3:01pm

I think we might be pulling data from the Yahoo! API. In some cases there are variances between what that shows and what shows up in the search results.

websitedesigner
June 22, 2008 - 4:37am

Great the tool was update and this seemed to fix almost all of the bugs I reported a while back - thanks man :]

June 22, 2008 - 10:44pm

Is there anyway to make it search on local page only?? like cr=countryHK

June 23, 2008 - 12:00am

Hi Gulflee
We will have to look into that in the coming month
cheers
a

June 23, 2008 - 12:48pm

LOVE this plug in.

But my FF2.x (on WinXP SP3) has been trying to do an auto-update for over a month, and every time it tries to do the update it encounters a "xpi file hash error" that nukes the browser.

Don't know where this auto-update module is hosted, but please fix it! Updating directly (manually) from this site works fine, but the auto-update cycle has made for an annoying series of FF crashes. The temporary work-around was to run FF in Safe mode, but the only real solution was to manually grab the upgrade file here.

(this is a dupe of mouloud's June 8 post, but I wanted to make sure everyone knew that [1] it's been a problem for a while and [2] it's still an issue).

June 23, 2008 - 1:29pm

We just did an update which fixed most of the errors people were having
http://www.seobook.com/announcing-firefox-rank-checker#30498

could you consider uninstalling and reinstalling the extension to see if that fixes the bug for you?

June 25, 2008 - 1:51pm

After running a bunch of Google searches with the new extension, with a 2 second delay, I now get the Google sorry screen sometimes when I do searches manually from Firefox. Has this happened to other people, and how long will this continue? Are there are guidelines for how often you can use the tool without getting Google upset?

June 25, 2008 - 11:17pm

Google sometimes cracks down on automated queries and then sometimes they are faily loose with it. Even after they crack down you can usually search again within an hour if you put seo for firefox in the inactive state, though getting google cache to work can take a few more hours after that.

June 26, 2008 - 4:06am

Can I add somehow Google.hu (Hungarian version of Google) to the list?

June 26, 2008 - 5:34am

Hi Merras
Google.hu is already there under the options settings :)

June 26, 2008 - 10:47am

Yahoo Japan is missing from the list of Yahoo domains

June 26, 2008 - 6:51pm

We might have to do some special coding for that as it is not as integrated into their global search as some other locations are. I think Yahoo! Japan being a market leader and a quasi-separate company makes some of their search result footprints a bit different.

June 26, 2008 - 5:54pm

I know this is very minor, but I'd love to be able to resize the window ;)

June 26, 2008 - 5:55pm

Also, in FF3, Rank Checker doesn't seem to be working for Google :C

June 26, 2008 - 6:52pm

We will have to test it for Firefox 3 soon. Sorry about that.

July 7, 2008 - 7:10pm

I have just downloaded rank checker and it is giving results which are just plain wrong! I have set prefs for .co.uk and put in the usual keywords and positions are almost off the radar when in fact on a live search my site is ranking positions 3 through 13 on various keywords. have I missed something???

July 7, 2008 - 8:41pm

do you normally have personalized search turned on? if so, that typically skews your rankings higher for you (but not for everyone)

July 9, 2008 - 9:00am

This is great, I'm trying to implement it to coincide with a PPC campaign, so I can remove ads that have good organic rankings, etc. The export of CSV files is great, I'm new to the format so am not sure if I'm using it correctly. Is there any reason that when the history is exported that the domain and keyword are only listed once, while the SERP and url (etc) are listed every time? Reason I ask is that in order to create tracking charts, every SERP and date needs to have a keyword associated with it (on the same row). Or, maybe I'm just not using the exported file correctly. Any thoughts? Thanks!

July 12, 2008 - 7:03am

In FF3, when I set the Delay Between Queries to "2" and close the options box, the next time I open it, it is back to "0".

All other options, are saved correctly when re-opened.

July 15, 2008 - 2:54pm

This was brought up in an earlier post, but will there be a character limit increase on the URL string?

I have no problem searching the domain but I need to specifically check up to 50 different pages and they all have different targeted keywords.

July 15, 2008 - 6:26pm

You can just put the root URL into the tool...no need to list the individual pages.

July 17, 2008 - 3:50am

as a further to my previous comment, the project that I setup, which ran fine, did not store any of the data (domain or keywords) so that when I opened Rank Checker up again it was completely blank.

I'm using FF3 on Windows Vista, it is probably a Vista issue, sounds like it is unable to write data...is there a setting or something I need to do to make it work?

July 20, 2008 - 2:22am

I just can't get this to work well. I add 9 separate keywords, save the file, hit start, get the data. Then, all buttons are grayed out. I am left to close and reopen Rank Checker. When I pull the save file, I only have 5 keywords.

This has happened on Vista laptop and XP desktop with FF2 and FF3.

I'd love to get RC to work! It looks awesome!

Thanks!

July 24, 2008 - 2:47am

Mommamia8 - I had this same problem and discovered that it happened whenever I had an apostrophe in one of my keywords. All of the presets that I had saved with a keyword with an apostrophe bugged in the exact way you described. Is that the case for you? If so, try resaving a preset without the apostrophes and see if that helps.

July 23, 2008 - 4:04am

This is great. Like to reiterate that at some point I hope the ability to look at a directory or page level can be added. For example, if we're testing specific page/keyword combos, there may be other pages on the domain that still rank higher for that keyword and as far as I can tell RC would never show the test page since it stops after the first occurrence. Furthermore for multi-country sites, like to be able to check just the specific country directory (eg www.company.com/us vs. www.company.com/uk)

Great work though.

July 23, 2008 - 9:50pm

Aaron,

I love your tool and use it on a daily basis. Thanks for continuing to keep open source projects moving forward and for sharing them with the rest of us.

Do you think it would be possible to display the total number of results next to the rank for each site within each SE so that people can view where they stand within the overall rankings for the particular phrase/word?

Keep up the great work!

July 24, 2008 - 1:23am

Hi DS
Thanks for the kind comment.

I am trying to avoid getting bogged down in complexities, though we might add some new features soon. It is hard to decide how many features to add vs how complex we want to let the tools become.

July 24, 2008 - 2:45am

Hiya Aaron -
Loving the tool! Just wondering, I'm moving to a new computer and would like to transfer the historical ranking data that is saved in the Rankchecker, along with my presets. Where exactly is that data stored?

July 24, 2008 - 3:30am

c: / documents and settings / my username / application data / mozilla / firefox / profiles / someweirdstring / rankchecker.sqlite

I think application data was a hidden folder
and
someweirdstring is like brm9cmz3.default

July 31, 2008 - 11:59pm

Hey Aaron,

Thought you might be interested a post I just wrote with a side-by-side comparison of your Firefox Rank Checker and some other free and paid software. Your tool got my recommendation, and I will make the switch soon. Thanks for giving away some seriously useful stuff that I was paying too much money for.

http://www.yoursearchadvisor.com/blog/search-engine-ranking-software-com...

Andrew

August 2, 2008 - 9:06pm

Hi Aaron,

Great tool -- love & appreciate it!

However, with Firefox 3 it no longer saves the "Delay Between Queries" setting.

This has been noted before in these comments without a response, so I thought I'd mention it again to draw your attention to it.

This can, of course, result in incomplete results from being temporarily banned by the search engines.

Thanks!

August 4, 2008 - 2:40pm

My site has a complex search term wordlist that I generated via Google Adwords. Could we change the "add multiple keywords" max from 100 to 500? If there is a downside to adding more word capacity, please respond as to why.

August 4, 2008 - 11:09pm

We limited the number to make users less likely to get banned for pulling many search results at once. We may expand it soon though.

August 5, 2008 - 3:46pm

I understand your rational for limiting the number of "add multiple keywords". However, isn't it a little redundant to have two features protecting your users? I know that sounded ridiculous, but the only time I've ever been blocked by a search engine was when I set the time delay between the searches to Zero.

I suggest that you consider expanding the multiple keywords to 500 or 1000 and then add an additional rule to it so that multiple lists over a certain size automatically run at an arbitrary time delay, for example a delay of 4. Also, throw in an IF statement to double-check that the Automatic delay of 4 isn't less than the user's custom delay (in case they want a higher time delay). This way your users are protected from banning, & they don't have to do lots of tedious clicks, they simply need to allot a little bit more time for it to finish automatically.

Right now, I'm using a clunky work-around, that I'm sure some of your other users also utilize. I created 4 different Presets for the same domain (each preset has a part of my master list broken into 4 parts) then I used the scheduled tasks to have all four of them run weekly at the same time. So far, it seems to work Okay, but now I need to create macros and such to integrate all of my results into one excel. Point being that it requires extra work on the end user’s end.

One technical note that I haven’t spent much time investigating relating to the Scheduled Tasks. On all of my preset searches, the date stamp is incorrect; it claims they all ran at 9:50:47 PM which is not only way off from when I ran the actual scheduled search, but it says 9:50:47 PM for ALL of the searches, which isn't possible since it took over 2 hours to complete (I’m assuming that the program logs the actual time that each search term was sent over the wire).

Please keep in mind that all of the above is intended to be positive criticism. Let me know if you need me to clarify anything. Thanks to everyone on the RankChecker team for creating such a nifty tool.

August 5, 2008 - 5:43pm

We will do another round of work on it soon. :)

August 5, 2008 - 7:04pm

Cool. Thanks Aaron. Do you guys have a technical forum or are you keeping outside comments limited to this forum?

August 5, 2008 - 8:16pm

I don't think I understood the question. This is a public blog and we also have a paid members forum.

August 5, 2008 - 9:22pm

sorry my last question was unclear. you've been so great about responding to questions and feature requests that I was double-checking that there wasn't a special area to provide "beta-test" suggestions or to describe "bugs" that you've encountered.

August 6, 2008 - 1:26am

just here for now.

August 6, 2008 - 9:36pm

Hey Aaron,

I am switching my work to my home computer to help me get more done at home. Is there a way to save all my presets and historical data from rankchecker to move it to another computer?

August 6, 2008 - 11:00pm

I think you may have to copy the database from the old location to the new one

c: / documents and settings / my username / application data / mozilla / firefox / profiles / someweirdstring / rankchecker.sqlite

I think application data was a hidden folder
and
someweirdstring is like brm9cmz3.default

please note the someweirdstring is probably different on each computer you use

August 11, 2008 - 3:22am

Hi Aaron,

First off- great tool thanks for giving this to us for free!

However, I'm getting some erratic results with it (I'm in the uk focusing on google.co.uk). Sometimes its bang on, other times it's maybe 4/5 out and other times it's up to 15 places out. Do you have any advice as to why this might be happening?

August 11, 2008 - 4:45am

3 things that may cause result differentiation

  1. personalization - if personalization is on then the results you see might be different than the results other see. even if you are not logged into an account results can be altered by your recent prior search queries.
  2. clustering - to send Google less queries we grab 100 results per page. If 2 pages from the same site are in the search results they will be clustered together, so in many cases a low ranking page will see rankings shown even lower on our tool due to clustering. if you add &num=100 to the address bar in google the results should be fairly well aligned with our tool.
  3. datacenter and algorithm changes - at different times of day your query might access different datacenters, and algo changes also happen all the time...Google did around 450 algorithm adjustments last year alone.
August 12, 2008 - 2:35pm

Hey Aaron

I used "Add multiple keywords" to add 100 keywords and am trying to run it on google.com only. I click start and off it goes checking ranks, but when it's gone through all of them the progress indicator continues rotating but all the buttons are grayed out (although Open and Clear still function). Do you have any suggestions?

thx

Reuben

August 12, 2008 - 5:44pm

can you try using fewer keywords and see if it works for you?

August 12, 2008 - 8:10pm

Ok, I tinkered around and finally managed to get it working. I cleared the presets and pasted 100 phrases back in. I guess it doesn't like my presets, so I'll have to keep my lists of KWs in separate lists. Unfortunately the downside to that is not being able to schedule them.

August 12, 2008 - 6:55pm

Great extension! I have been using Free Google Monitor for sometime and I wish you could incorporate some their features with your extension. I like to be able to see how my competitors rank with my keywords too. By the way, is there anything wrong with the Google ranking API? It seems that no results are showing whereas the Yahoo and the Live are both working fine. Thanks. Hoping to see a new update soon. Best regards.

August 12, 2008 - 7:22pm

The tool scrapes data from Google...and they may have blocked some rank checkers recently.

August 21, 2008 - 3:43am

I'm having the same issue with not seeing any data from Google. Great tool. Hopefully the Google data can get going again. Let us know if you have an update.

August 21, 2008 - 4:30pm

Hi Aaron,

This seems like a great tool and I would love to use it except for the fact that it's not really working... There are no Google results at all.

After being confused for a couple of minutes, I checked seobook.com and if it were for Rank Checker, the domain would not be indexed for "seo".

I took a screenshot if you're interested:

http://img202.imagevenue.com/img.php?image=32225_seobook-seo_122_357lo.jpg

Manual search shows you on a nice position 5 though :)

You write above that G may have blocked some rank checkers recently - are you working on Rank Checker to circumvent that, or would you say this avenue is dead?

Anyway, thanks a lot for your work and site and inspiration and tools Aaron.

August 21, 2008 - 4:56pm

They just changed their SERP code. We should have an update out today or tomorrow at the latest.

August 21, 2008 - 8:26pm

Sounds great :)
Looking forward to it! Thank you.

August 21, 2008 - 9:50pm

update complete :)

August 21, 2008 - 10:55pm

Absolutely fantastic, I just noticed it :)
Works like a charm. Thanks a bunch Aaron, keep it up!

August 22, 2008 - 4:25am

Is there something special we need to do to enjoy this update? I'm still not getting results for Google. I tried re-installing and that didn't do the trick. Thanks in advance

August 22, 2008 - 11:49pm

Google keeps changing their serps layout (divs vs using list items). We are probably going to have to code the tool such that it works with either format at the same time.

websitedesigner
August 22, 2008 - 6:42am

Hi Aaron, great on the update but I tried updating the rank check tool - upon update I got a message saying that there was an error saving a file or something and thus the update didn't work and I still don't get data from Google.

Any suggestions?

Shoemetro - try close all open FireFox browsers and then reopening Firefox. Upon restarting the browser an update window should then open up asking you if you want to update Rank Checker.

websitedesigner
August 22, 2008 - 3:18pm

I fixed my problem by going to Tools-> Add-ons-> Find Updates and then selecting to updating rank checker.

The only other issue I found was that the rank checker is not accurate. It seems like it's pulling data from the Google search API which does not have the same results as a normal live Google search - but as I understand that's all we have to work with from Google.

August 22, 2008 - 4:44pm

The websitedesigner. Tried this too and got an error saying Firefox could not install the item and following:

because: Invalid file hash (possible download corruption)
-261

yappari
August 25, 2008 - 11:34am

Fantastic tool Aaron.

A simple and elegant solution that works very well for what I need it for - checking the results on .co.uk.

There are a few UI tweaks that will probably be dealt with over time, but that's nit-picking. Hope the tool brings you lots of visitors and additional business.

yappari
August 26, 2008 - 2:59pm

Installed this yesterday and it was working perfectly. Today, it's not bringing back any results.

Is this to do with Google's changes and is there a new version of Rank Checker due imminently?

August 26, 2008 - 3:19pm

We should have a new version out today or tomorrow at the latest.

August 26, 2008 - 3:24pm

This tool was working great for me but since the last few days the tool does not give results for google. All it shows is a hash for all keywords. What could I be doing wrong? Will uninstalling and reinstalling the tool solve this problem? I am able to track yahoo keywords but not google. Please help me out..

August 26, 2008 - 10:20pm

I saw the 1.5.4 was released through the Firefox extension update. A couple of people I work with said it works and fixes the Google Ranking. However I tried updating and received this error.

http://tools.seobook.com/firefox/RankChecker.xpi

because: Invalid file hash (possible download corruption)
-261

Any Ideas?

I am running Firefox 3.0

August 29, 2008 - 7:28pm

I'm receiving the same error as chrisolson

I am running FF 2.0.0.16

August 27, 2008 - 12:28am

I installed the new version and the issue was fixed for google.com, but I still can't see the SERPs in google.com.ar and google.com.mx

Thank you

August 27, 2008 - 3:31am

Hi Aaron

co.nz doesn't appear to be working. Just in case you didn't know (sure you do already)Know your a busy dude and appreciate all you do for teh community.

Cheers
Aidan

yappari
August 27, 2008 - 8:56am

Thanks for the update Aaron. Think I've found a little 'buggette' though.

In the options, you can select two different 'googles' to use. I had the first one unchecked and the second one was selected for google.co.uk. It wasn't bringing back any results. I changed the options so that the first box was checked for google.co.uk and the second on checked for google.com. Now the google.co.uk results come back OK, but the second ones for google.com don't.

So I guess the code is correct for the first box, but not the second?

Hope that helps, and once again - it's an excellent tool.

August 27, 2008 - 5:35pm

oh ok. I will take a look into that!

August 27, 2008 - 11:46pm

Hey Aaron,

love the rank checker, although it's obviously being targeted by the search engines. first google blocked me, now live is coming back dead.

BTW, I noticed it's pulling google's html and javascript code on sites that have site links. Ran a query on Target and in the google URL slot I got all the code to reproduce the 1st position link with site link info, as well as Target's job link AND the wikipedia link referencing Target.

keep up the great work man. you're a big help in my day!

peace

August 28, 2008 - 3:04pm

Live.com is dead, but Rank Checker is rock and roll.

Thanks, Aaron

August 29, 2008 - 1:26am

I think this is an excellent tool, however, there are some issues I cannot resolve and I have some questions. I am not a techie at all, so maybe I am just missing something.

Here are my issues:

1. I cannot get the scheduled tasks to do anything but run every 7 days. If I change it, the next time I open it, it has gone back to 7 days.

2. Actually it does not even run every 7 days. The presets that I have in there last ran on 8/15 and I had my browser open at the correct time on the 22nd. Also, I reset it to run today at 12:50 while I was watching it and it did not work. I can, however, run individual reports.

2. After you run the tool and have exported, is there a way to delete all of the lines in the window without doing them one at a time? I know there is a clear button, but it asks me if I am sure I want to clear all of my pre-sets, and I have quite a few in there that I do not want to lose. So, does it just clear that pre-set or all of them, and does it really clear the preset or just what is on the window.

I am running FF 3.0.1 on OS X 10.5.4. Any help would be very appreciated.

Thank you.

August 30, 2008 - 12:24am

Awesome tool. Makes keeping track of keyword ranks SO much easier. It would be great if we could highlight keywords or a set of keywords by importance (or simply mark those that are more important than others.)

September 7, 2008 - 3:52am

I love RankChecker, but I think it would benefit from some improvements.

I didn't read through all the comments above. Forgive me if these are duplicates:

- better presets management...allow reordering by column, as well as the ability to right-click on a preset and move it up and down in the list

- add a confirm-delete dialog for the presets...it's way to easy to blow one away

- add a time-staggering feature. Google is aggressively monitoring regular search intervals (I've tried all the way up to 99 seconds) and doing the CAPTCHA game in response. If you could add an "automatically vary the search intervals" option, I suspect that would help

- allow searches up to 500 instead of just 200. Make it selectable...many won't want to track that high, but for people like me who want to know when their site first become "trackable", this would be invaluable.

- add the ability to search ALL your presets at once...and to export ALL of them in a single document. Combined with the "interval variation" feature suggested above, this would be an AMAZING time-saver for me.

- allow the ability to create a new preset without closing and relaunching the app...after a preset was previously open. Currently, it tries to save over the open preset.

I love this tool. I'd happily PAY for it if it had all these features.

September 7, 2008 - 9:45pm

Those are good suggestions Chuck. I saved myself a link to your comment there, and when our programmer has some free time (he is working on a big project now) I will send him a link to your comment.

September 16, 2008 - 8:33am

Overall, I am quite happy with Rank Checker. It is a simple, yet powerful tool.

I have, however, noticed that for some reason, I can't get the Export to CSV feature to work. I am running Rank Checker 1.5.7, FF 3.01 on Mac OS X 10.5.4. Here is what happens:

I load a keyword preset and run it. I have it set to retrive results with a 5 sec. delay. When it reaches the end of the list, the rotating circle "working" animation keeps going (even after several minutes after it should be done), and the Export to CSV button is grayed out (presumably because it's not "done"). The results are the same whether I have a list of 15 keywords or 150.

Again, I like the tool overall, and it would be handy to be able to take advantage of the Export feature.

September 16, 2008 - 12:18pm

Hi Aaron,

Nice piece of software! I may have a couple of questions to ask while I'm trialing Rank Checker if you don't mind.

I did a search for one of our search terms in Google UK, and we come up fifth. However, Rank Checker reports us as being 15th, and I think its because of the 10 'Local Business' results at the top? See screen shot to see what I mean - http://www.jobspotting.co.uk/myjobgroup/localjobs.gif.

Is this a known issue and can it be fixed?

Many thanks Aaron

September 17, 2008 - 12:00pm

Think i've figured out the scheduling issue...

September 25, 2008 - 12:23pm

Hello all

I've just tired installing this and when I run it, all of the fields come back as -

Is it still working for everyone?

September 30, 2008 - 7:08pm

For some reason the scheduler does not work for me and has not for some time. I have tried uninstalling and re-installing. I am using FF 3 and Mac osx 10.5.5. Any help is greatly appreciated!!!

September 30, 2008 - 11:06pm

I have used this tool for several months now and it has helped me sell a ton of land buy knowing what keyword positions I have and what I need to focus on. I love it. I wish it would give results for the top 500 positions but 200 is OK. Thanks for the great tool.

October 3, 2008 - 11:00am

I have been using Rank Checker for a while and its a really great tool so thanks.

May be this is just the first time its happened to me but I have just noticed that Rank Checker includes the "local results" as listings. Is this correct?

For instance, one of my sites is apparently ranking 6 according to Rank Checker. However looking through the natural listings they do not appear (anywhere!). In fact they appear 6th in the local listings. Is this correct?

If so is there anyway that local results can be differentiated from organic listings? Pperhaps in a different colour or something.

October 3, 2008 - 10:29pm

I will look into this soon.

November 11, 2008 - 7:56am

Hello Aaron,

Very helpfull tool! Saves me a lot of time, but I have the same problem as 'tobiasmason' mentioned on October 03, 2008 11:00 AM about local listings.

To my opinion most people will just 'search the web' and not click on the option 'pages from...'.

Can you please let me know when you think this will be solved / or can be selected in the 'presets'.

Regards

October 7, 2008 - 6:04am

Aaron. love the tool. every now and then, msn gets a little fussy and decides not to display results.

My main question is about scheduling presets. I scheduled times for the presets to run and they didn't. Also, when a preset runs, can it be automatically exported and saved?

Thanks,

Ryan

October 7, 2008 - 7:13am

the history of presets should be saved in an exportable CSV file...at least it worked for me the last time I tried it

October 7, 2008 - 7:30am

how about setting the time for presets? I actually haven't been able to use the presets yet because I'll set the time, and then when the time passes, they don't run.

Im sure it's operator error. Any ideas?

Thanks again,

Ryan

October 7, 2008 - 7:46am

do you set the periodicity on the tool as well?

October 7, 2008 - 3:06pm

i did. just to see how everything worked, i initially set the periodicity for ever 1 day.

For example. If it was 6:43pm, I would set the preset to run at 6:50pm. The preset wouldn't run.

Thanks

October 7, 2008 - 7:49pm

I think it takes another day to run.

October 9, 2008 - 9:25pm

Suggestion for improvement: Would it be possible to make it easily visible if a ranking improves (position in green) or detoriates (position in red) by changing the color of the ranking?

October 9, 2008 - 10:32pm

that is a good idea...will try to incorporate that into a future update

October 10, 2008 - 5:26pm

Hi there

I started using rank-checker tool today. It`s very easy, friendly, congratulations!

Unfortunatelly, some keywords do not appear in the results (-), but when checked manually at google.com.br, appears in the first page. Could it be because I`m using portuguese keywords?

Tks

October 11, 2008 - 12:15am

Hi Andre
Do the keywords that are not showing up have international characters, hyphens, or anything like that in them?

October 20, 2008 - 10:02pm

Aaron,

Some yes, but others don`t.

October 20, 2008 - 10:58pm

there might be issues with the international characters...I thought we fixed those issues already, but maybe there are still a few stray ones :(

can you share what international characters you are using? and have you verified you have the most recent version of the extension installed?

October 21, 2008 - 1:36pm

But the diference also happens with no international characters. For example, the keywords passeio recreativo and passeio recreativo para cães to the website www.dogsshouse.com.br don`t appears in the tool (-), but when you search in google.com.br (even with &num=100) it appears. But it only happens with google (.com or .com.br). The classification is ok to Yahoo! Brazil.

websitedesigner
October 11, 2008 - 2:11am

Hi Aaron,

I ran into some bugs (at least I think they are) with the rank check and wanted to let you know. FYI, the whole reason I'm posting this is so that if there is something wrong we can get it looked at and ultimately fixed as this tool is very useful and these fixes would make it even better.

1. If the site your checking is listed in the local business results your position there is counted in the rankings - although that's not truly a search result position. Example I have a site I'm doing SEO on and it's the 5 site down in the local business listing for their keyword and rank checker tells me it's ranked 5. But it's actually not even in the page results.

2. The positions is not always accurate for Google, Yahoo, and Live. Now this might be due to the data center the rank checker is going off compared to the one I see when doing an actual Google or other search engine (I've make sure the custom search thing is off). Sometimes the results are quite different. Maybe you could check into this or if you already know more data on it please share.

[Just add/edited post below at 8:59pm EST]:

3. Subpages don't seem to be counted in rankings. Example search for "rank checker bug" with Rank Checker and you'll get your site as #2 on Google but if you google it you'll see that there is a subpage before you and you're actually #3 on the page.

October 20, 2008 - 5:40am

I am a small site user of this tool. About once a month I check my rankings on about 20 key words. I am not an abuser at all, but about 2 months ago google seems to return no results at all, even though when I check manually I am ranked. It seems that I am blocked from the IP level. Is there anyone that can spell out a detailed way around this? I have seen mentions of "proxies" but I don't have any real information as to how I can keep using this wonderful tool if google is blocking me. I even set my timeout to 10 seconds between each query and still I am blocked. Any advice is greatly apprecaited.

Thanks

October 20, 2008 - 11:00am

I think the issue is that google changed their SERP layout...you need to update the extension.

instructions here

October 20, 2008 - 8:36pm

Aaron,

Thank you for replying to my issue about not getting any results from google for the last couple of months.

I did update my extension to no avail. It still returns nothing.

Is there a possibility that I'm being blocked at the IP level by google?

If so, is there anything that can be done?

The tool is awesome! Thank you in advance for your advice and hard work.

October 20, 2008 - 9:07pm

I can't tell you what to do other than uninstall and reinstall. But if the issue were with the tool in general I would be getting dozens or hundreds of emails and comments complaining, rather than just getting comments from one person right now.

October 20, 2008 - 8:19am

Aaron, the rank checker tools is perfect. I would love to also see the competition check (as in no. of pages on google for a particular keyword) with keyword rank checker. Let me know if you are working on it.

October 20, 2008 - 11:01am

I do not have any such intent of adding such a feature to the rank checker.

October 21, 2008 - 2:15pm

Hi Aaron,

I really love this tool but wondering whether you can add a feature to include Baidu as another search engine for China. If not, is it possible for others to work on it?

October 21, 2008 - 2:48pm

I would probably be more inclined to add more features to the current engines rather than adding more search engines. Advanced Web Ranking is an affordable product that supports Baidu.

October 28, 2008 - 12:13pm

Hi,
Have been using the tool for a few weeks now, and I'm really impressed with it so far.
My question is in regards to the scheduled tasks function. Is it possible to have more than 10 scheduled tasks?

October 28, 2008 - 5:37pm

I think that might be somewhere around the limit...either that, or the limit is on the total number of keywords at around 100.

November 1, 2008 - 6:14pm

This looks like a very nice tool, but while I'm getting Yahoo and Live results, I'm not getting any Google results at all, just two columns of hyphens. Nothing for any keywords, despite the fact that my site is highly ranked by Google on most of my keywords. I'm using a 3-second delay, so I'm not sure what I'm doing wrong.

I uninstalled and reinstalled (1.5.7), but doing so didn't change anything. Still no Google results.

November 1, 2008 - 9:23pm

Are you within the us or in a foreign market? Do your keywords have any special characters in them? How long has this been broken for you?

November 4, 2008 - 3:28am

I'm in the U.S. No special characters in my keywords. It's been broken for me since I started using it three or four days ago, i.e., it has never worked for me. Yahoo and Live worked from the start, but Google gave me hyphens from the start.

November 3, 2008 - 11:18am

Hi Aaron, love the tools, but for the past couple of weeks Rank Checker hasn't reported any rankings for google.co.uk - other engines (including google.com) work fine. I have manually verified .co.uk rankings for some sites and they're in the top three positions.

I'm definitely using the latest version too, uninstalled/installed etc. Any ideas? Thanks.

November 3, 2008 - 12:41pm

Anyone else you know in the UK using it? Are you logged into a Google account? Are there any special characters in the keywords?

November 4, 2008 - 1:05am

Hi Aaron, Great tool. For the past couple of weeks I haven't been getting any Google.com rankings, only hyphens. Live and Yahoo are working find. I've been checking in regularly to see if an update is available. I have a 5 second delay set and up until a couple weeks ago the tool worked perfect.

November 4, 2008 - 5:09am

I can't explain why it is not working for you as it just worked for me.

November 7, 2008 - 7:10am

same problem here.

no google results anymore.

at least on one of my computers (haven't checked others)

default setup, latest version.

am i blocked? maybe, but other tools still work for me (e.g. Elite), and not blocked if visit cached pages in google.

open to suggestions

November 7, 2008 - 8:55am

have you tried unistalling and reinstalling?

November 10, 2008 - 11:59am

hi Aaron,

Your tool is pretty amazing. Unfortunately all I can get from Google Brazil is hyphens. Everything is ok for Google.com and Yahoo Brazil. My keywords don't have special characters, like 'seo rj'. Could it be a tricky serp from google.com.br or am I blocked? I'm using 3sec for delay. Any idea?
Thanks a lot.
Marcos

November 10, 2008 - 12:23pm

I don't think you are blocked if you are still getting results from Google.com. They may have changed their SERPs in Brazil...do you know anyone else there who uses the rank checker extension in Brazil?

November 10, 2008 - 8:02pm

Google.com stopped working for me too. I uninstalled and reinstalled the latest, set large delay but nothing helps. yahoo/msn works fine. Google is all - even though most of my keywords are in top 5 in google.

November 12, 2008 - 11:25am

Hi ! First I want to say that your plugin really rocks. Is there any way to add more then 10 Presets to Scheduled Tasks ?

November 12, 2008 - 11:41am

We will probably try to expand it soon...we have been working on other extensions and should upgrade this one again before the year is out.

Since this page has 299 comments on it I am closing this thread and opening up the following for any additional feedback
http://www.seobook.com/rank-checker-feedback-and-questions

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