If you rely on getting visitors through the search engines you probably know by now just how important it is to rank on the first page of Google. Not only on the first page, but particularly the first places on that first page. Those are the spots that will bring most visitors because people are not likely to go through pages and pages of search results to find YOUR site, they just click on those results that will come up first.

There are a number of ways to check where your page ranks for any particular word. The easiest and most used is to go to google, enter the keyword you want to check and just start looking where your page is at. Downside is of course that this will take a lot of time if your site or page is not on the first page of the search engine and you will have to sift through page after page to locate it. If that is the case, you are probably better of building more links and try to get on first page than spending your time checking your stats anyways, but that is a whole other story.

Another thing with this manual method is that sometimes there are glitches and the results are not what others see. You might be checking your own country settings without realising or somewhere down the line you have set some personal settings that throw off the results. Google is after all famous for gathering your personal information while surfing the net in order to "improve your experience" but the downside to this is that it will show results that it thinks you are looking for.

Scroogle.org will avoid this problem and show you 100 results on one page so that you can just easily sift through all the search results and see if you rank there, without doing all the little magical tricks other search engines sometimes play.

Another way to check your page ranks is to install a nice little adon on your firefox web browser, called Rank Checker. It is free and easy to use and all it takes is a little time to add the domain name and all the keywords you want to check and you are set. Once you have this information installed, you press "start" and this free tool will automatically start checking where you rank for each keyword you entered, checking google, yahoo and bing, the 3 biggest search engines.

This is a great tool especially since it is free, but if you run different blogs for example it is pretty time consuming to ensure all the keywords are updated and all the domains are being checked on a regular base. You can of course check your analytics account every so often in order to ensure you have all keywords in the rank checker, that have been used at one point or time to end up on your site, but like I said, it is a bit time consuming.

I have recently installed a pretty cool wordpress plugin to most of my blogs and after a few months of testing it, it is proving worth hundred times the small investment I initially made. It is called the Rank Tracker and once you install it on your blog and set the settings to the search engine you want to keep track of, you are set.

You can even enter your email address and the plugin will send you an email any time the rank of a keyword is updated and changed ranks in the search engine. This means that you will receive an update every time a new keyword is used to locate your site and at the same time you are able to see just exactly in the search engine it is ranking right at that moment, plus it will tell you where the keyword took the visitor on your page.

The longer this plugin is used, the better information you will have, because it tracks all separate pages of your wordpress blogs, all your post, category pages etc and they are all shown for those keywords they come up in the search engines for. Another thing it will show is the individual PR per result showing up so that you can instantly see which of your site pages needs more link love in order to get a better index, plus you can optimize your posts for certain keywords you now know have already sent you traffic.

When I first had the plugin installed I would only see an email every so often for certain sites, but now that I have been using it for a longer period and thus have been able to improve both on-site SEO and my link building efforts, I started receiving so many emails for certain sites that I eventually turned off the option to receive updates.

However, I do keep checking those ranks every so often and have been able to find some not only surprising keywords people have used to land on my site, but also some true gems that allowed me to get more traffic after having made only small changes.

I am very well aware that this wordpress plugin is not suitable for everybody. Many people prefer the old way of checking their rankings just to see their pages showing up in google. I do believe though that making money online is a numbers games and that that is the number one most important thing of making money online.

It is about the amount of words you publish, the amount of links you build, the number of visitors you get to your site and the rank of your pages and the place they rank in the search engines. It is that easy or difficult and any way to help you save time and thus be able to focus on increasing and improving all those numbers, the better off you will be in the long run.

No matter what though, make sure you do understand the importancy of ranking your keywords even if the Rank Tracker Wordpress plugin is not for you.