This article talks about a very useful tool in the field of search engine optimization (SEO) which I would like to recommend to anyone interested in this area of online marketing or who would just like to analyze and improve their search engine rankings.
The software comes in 4 different editions:
For private use, the Standard edition should be sufficient. Professionals who want to generate reports and print and email them to their clients, will at least need the Professional edition.
Advanced Web Ranking and it’s twin tool Advanced Link Manager, are relatively cheap alternatives to other, more costly search engine optimization analytics instruments. Both tools are easy to use, almost intuitively.
The main selling point for me, however is the tool’s search engine friendliness
Search engines don’t like automatic search requests. Sometimes using automatic tools for SEO projects can be penalized with a drop in rankings. Advanced Web Ranking however is search engine friendly. It simulates manual search queries by pausing in between. The software is written in such a way that its operation is indistinguishable from that of a browser.
Advanced Web Ranking uses the following method:
1.It queries a certain keyword from the search engine
2.The search engine returns a number of pages
3.Advanced Web Ranking downloads these pages and analyses them locally
These 3 steps are being repeated for each query.
Below follows a short description of how to use the software in its Enterprise edition:
Starting a new project
First of all, you need to set your preferences in terms of which search engines you would like to analyse. Most of the time your preferred search engine will probably be Google. However, don’t neglect Yahoo, Bing or other search engines, especially when working on projects that target countries outside Europe. The tool also allows you to set preferences with regard to countries or languages, for example if you need to analyze rankings in google.co.uk rather than google.com. In total, there are 1000+ search engines to choose from.
The next step involves entering the keywords you would like to analyze. These may also be imported from a website, file, Google Suggest or Wordtracker.
Next, the domain needs to be added. If your are planning a competitor analysis, the domains of your competitors should also be entered at this point. Comparing your results with competitors or similar projects could be extremely useful for your search engine optimization strategy. Using Advanced Link Manager in combination with Advanced Web Ranking, obviously increases effectivity. Domains can be color-coded, so they are easier to read and can easily be distinguished in reports, charts etc.
Now start the analysis. Depending on the number of keywords and domains and your internet connection, the analysis may sometimes take several hours to run.
Once complete, just choose keyword and search engine in order to view the rankings. Of course, you can also compare positions between search engines, between different domains or both.
Advanced Web Ranking generates the following data which can now be viewed: current ranking of domains, keyword rank, ranking in different search engines, competitor top pages for a given keyword and the visibility of your domain or domains.
When updating the project later on, all previous data or data of a chosen time period are being compared. That way, the development of your project over time becomes visible and optimization activities can be measured and controlled. Project updates may also be automized.
All data can be summarized in comprehensive reports and saved to a local directory or per FTV on a server as well as sent by email. The following formats are available: PDF, XML, HTML, Excel, Text and CSV. It is also possible to have the tool create directories based on the date a report is being run.
Reports can be individualized for your clients and contain logos, contact details, name of project etc. There are numerous report templates for you to chose from. Bespoke reports may be generated, too.
Special tools that come with Advanced Web Ranking are:
Keyword Research Tool
A comprehensive keyword analysis is the most important part of each search engine optimization project. The Keyword Research Tool included in this software is essential for this. The most important step when developing a search engine strategy is defining keywords and keyword phrases for which good positions should be achieved and are achievable. At project start, there is often a keyword list already. However, whether these keywords are usable needs to be analyzed and depends on search volume, search trends, niches etc.
Advanced Web Ranking helps to find additional keywords and keyword combinations. The Keyword Research Tool uses for example Wordtracker or Yahoo Search Marketing data. However, already when starting a new project and entering keywords, Google Suggest is being used.
Keyword Builder Tool
Another useful tool is the Keyword Builder. Here, relevant Keyword combinations are being generated when entering keywords for example from your keyword list. Advanced Web Ranking automatically creates a list of all possible combinations for a keyword or keyword phrase concept.
Google Preview Tool
Google displays different results in different countries. Most of the time it is impossible to see the exact results from your client’s browser if your are not using proxy servers.
The Google Preview Tool will help you create a report with the exact results as seen by your client in a defined region.
There is a 30-day trial version of Advanced Web Ranking which can be downloaded from their website at: http://www.advancedwebranking.com/download.html.
Advanced Link Manager
Advanced Link Manager is another tool by software company Caphyon which helps you to find out who links to your website and what keywords they use.
Advanced Link Manager analyzes link popularity and also helps you keeping track of your paid links. Back links can be tracked over time and nicely visualized in charts. This is particular helpful when analyzing the success or failure of link-building campaigns and to control the development of your website’s link popularity. Moreover, the tool also enables you to analyze the quality of one or multiple domains of potential link partners.
Similar to Advanced Web Ranking, comprehensive reports can be generated and amended for your clients to contain logos, contact details, name of project etc. There are numerous report templates but bespoke reports may be generated, too. The following data can be displayed in reports: domain Page rank as well as URL Page rank, Alexa rank, number of links on the page, links with nofollow attribute and much more.
There is a 30-day trial version of Advanced Link Manager which can be downloaded from their website at: http://www.advancedlinkmanager.com/download.html.