How I Use Rank Tracker From Link-Assistant
Monitor Rankings Versus Competitors
One thing I love about Rank Tracker versus these cloud competitors (yes, even SEMrush) is that the sky is really the limit with tracking number of keywords. Okay, maybe i’m going a little overboard because the maximum number of proxies you can use at once is 25 but with a set of 50 private proxies, I have been able to check 20,000 keywords rankings in multiple search locations within a few days.
Any other SaaS or cloud base rank tracker would have you paying hundreds of dollars per month to be able to monitor it. Although if you don’t check ranks often, then your historical data will be slim versus other rank tracking cloud base companies.
Rank Tracker from Link-assistant crawls the SERPs at the time you request. I’ve learned from other SaaS will give you data based on their crawl rate. So you might have keywords that haven’t been crawled in weeks or months. That’s not really a snapshot in my opinion. I will talk more about snapshots and why they are important for me when using business intelligence tools like PowerBI.
Rank Tracker used to have amazing reports and they are still fairly good today but when I have big e-commerce clients that push out two, three, four thousand keywords in the top 50 spot – The report becomes a daunting pile of scrolling. Where the interface is beautifully sheeted in a table and can easily be digested by an expert.
The data visualization is something subpar – Typically I will export the snapshot to an excel sheet to filter data and import it into PowerBI for Ad-hoc Reports.
If your using direct connections to do your keyword ranking, your going to get temp ban from google quicker than finishing this sentence. Proxies are the only way to go and depending on the size of your project; this will vary greatly on how many proxies you would probably like. Back in my younger days, I would use only 10 semi-private proxies and rotating through 2 at a time. This at time would get me temp blocked from Google. Now I don’t know if it was because the other 3 users that had access to those semi-private proxies were using it at the same time or if I just didn’t have enough for that workload.
What I have learned is there seems to be a threshold of frustrating “why am I getting blocked by google!!!!!” and “wow this is smooth sailing”. Don’t quote me on this but it seems to be around 20+ proxies is where I start to feel the pressure uplift off google blocking my queries. I had to understand when one of my proxies got temp blocked, that I would need something to take it’s place till the block is removed. Which typically lasts from 5 minutes to an hour.
I rarely use decaptchas anymore. This is for more if I am in a rush and need to make sure Google doesn’t block me. It’s not very cost effective but if I need to throw a report together quickly, I use Death By Decaptcha to get the job done. I personally don’t believe in the in-service decaptcha that link-assistant Rank Tracker tries to promote. Their rates aren’t competitive to most decaptcha companies.