How to Check If Your WordPress Blog Posts Are Ranking for the Right Keywords

How to Check If Your WordPress Blog Posts Are Ranking for the Right Keywords

Do you want to check if your WordPress
posts are ranking for the right keywords? Well keep watching, in this video I’ll
show you three methods you can use to check your keyword rankings for
WordPress. A lot of beginners tend to go to Google and simply type in the
keywords for their website to see where they’re ranking but this isn’t really
accurate. See Google uses a personalized setting and they already know the sites
that you’ve already gone to and the things that you already look for so
checking the rankings like this might give you a skewed results. But that’s
okay there’s certain ways that you can look at your rankings and see how you’re
doing for your keywords on your site and we’ll cover those next. The first one
we’ll look at is called SEM Rush or SEMRush depending on how you want to say
it and this is a great way to enter either a domain or a keyword or a
specific URL to see what that site is ranking for. So you can enter the URL
there and by default SEMRush will allow you to do some basic results without
paying so you get a good feel for the tool and if you want to move forward
with purchasing it. So right out of the gate you can see that there are some
rankings on this to do the test version they may ask you to create a user
account and you usually get ten free searches a day. So once you see
everything initially you can check out the historical traffic over the years
and this is great for all time or you can dig in drill down a little bit. You
can also scroll all the way down and you see the top keywords that the site that
you’re looking at is ranking for. You’ll also see the main competitors in the
list and from here you can click on full report and it’ll give you a few more as
the free trial. What you want to do for your site is put in your site or put in
the keywords that you’re trying to rank for and see the results here. The best
way to use this to your advantage is to find the keywords that your ranking say
on the top page of Google but maybe not in the top 3 results so your main area
that you want to work on to improve those pages is maybe at position 4 through 10
and that’s because the top 3 results in Google get the bulk of the clicks when
somebody is searching in Google and you see there are lots of information that
you can look at and drill down to get more information about these keywords. So
if this were our site we would want to pick some of these that are also
pertinent to our site what means they’re relevant to the pages on our site. So if
we want to increase the potential of going higher in the search results then
there’s some things that we can do to make that better. You can also export
this to see the details of the keywords better and filter and sort a little bit
easier in a CSV file so that you can work on that there. So that’s method 1
for finding keywords for your site the next method you want to do is make sure
that you have search console setup that’s Google’s search console setup for
your website and when you do that you can start tracking your performance on
your site. You can click on performance here or you can click on performance
here to dig down a little bit deeper. So once I click on the performance you can
see some graph and information on your site. These two are already highlighted
I’m going to go ahead and click on this one and this one to bring them up on the
graph as well and what this is doing is it’s telling you how many times your
website or pages on your website have shown up in Google results even if no
one clicked on it they’ve at least shown up. Your site has at least shown up. The
clicks are when someone actually does click on your site once they’ve shown up
in the search results. This is the average click-through rate of all of
your keywords and all of your web pages on your site for the last three months
and then this is the average position for all of your keywords and all of your
pages for the last three months as well. So that’s a good overview. What I think
is better is when you can go and drill down deeper into each of your pages so
to show you what I mean I’m gonna click on pages and I want to work on this top
page here so I want to see how I can make this top page better by improving
different keywords here so I’m going to click on that so now
this is, this page is up here in my filter section for the last three months
and then I can scroll down and now that I have this as a filter I can click back
on queries and this will be all of the keywords that this page particularly is
getting when somebody searches in Google. So this is a very powerful way to go
through all the keywords that are showing up in search results when
someone types in these search keywords and how your pages are performing. What
you can do here is you can also export all of the data here and then go through
and like with SEMRush go through and focus on the keywords that are maybe at
position 4 and higher to come up with a plan of action on how to improve that. So
search console is very powerful. Now a caveat with all of these tools
especially search console is it is usually it’s supposed to be two days lag
time, right now it’s more like a three and a half day lag time so all of these
positions and all of this ranking is as of three and a half days ago. So it’s a
little difficult to see real time rankings for that. You can see more real
time rankings if you have a paid tier for SEMRush and Ahrefs which is the next
tool that we’ll talk about. So Ahrefs or AHrefs however you
want to say it this is also a great tool and what’s great is they, you have a
seven day free trial for seven dollars but it gives you a lot of information
very similar to SEMRush it gives you a total amount of information that you can
see how your site is doing as well as keywords that you might want to see if
they’re worth ranking for for your site and then also for competitor research.
These are great tools for that. So just like with SEMRush you can put either
your site in here at the top or explorer or you can put a competitor site in here
and you’ll get some information back. The biggest area that you would want to look
for is the organic search here. See how your site is ranking for different
keywords or you can also come over here. Two very powerful links are the top pages
so the top pages of your site that are ranking for the most keywords and also
the organic keywords of what your site’s ranking for. So the top pages shows that
for this particular website there’s like 132 keywords that this page ranks for as
well as the position of the top keyword. You can also go to organic keywords and
that’s very similar to search console Google search console where you can see
all the rankings. Same thing with SEMRush and search console you can export this
data out so that then you can work on these keywords to improve the rankings
on your site and those are three great methods to see how your site is ranking
for particular keywords. Did you learn something from today’s video? If so
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6 thoughts on “How to Check If Your WordPress Blog Posts Are Ranking for the Right Keywords

  1. The only downside to checking these things is if you enter your website URL into these sites, SEO spamming bots cling on to your google analytics therefor giving you illegitimate readings which can effect your google rankings.

  2. Se m ru sh now wants you to register FIRST before it will reveal any data – hides it all behind an overlay – YOU should have mentioned this . USE "behindtheoverlay" plug in to see it…

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