October 19, 2023

How Do I Track my Keyword Positions on Google?

If you are just starting out with your SEO strategy it can be difficult to choose the best keywords to align with your businesses offerings. But, once you’ve chosen these keywords, how do you track them?

The best way to track keyword rankings on Google is to use a tool such as SEMrush or Ahrefs. These tools tell you where your pages rank for a given keyword as well as rich result features such as snippets, images, People Also Ask and more. These tools are great, but work best as part of a tailored SEO strategy.

Read on to find out more about tracking keyword positions, how to improve them and why it’s important.

How to Track Keyword Rankings on Google

To view rankings for the keywords you are targeting on your website, you should use a live rank checker. Tools such as Semrush, Ahrefs and Ubersuggest are great options, however most of them require monthly or yearly payments in order to access most of the necessary features. Alternatively, you can perform manual checks by simply searching for your keywords on search engines. This can be very time consuming and is dependent on your location, meaning users outside of your area may see different results for their query – although SerpAPI is great for getting around this!

These tools have other useful features that can help fully optimise your SEO campaigns including competitor analysis, domain authority and backlink profile. You can use this information to evaluate where your website stands compared to your competitors.   

The best way to monitor your keyword rankings is to work alongside a digital marketing agency who can send regular progress reports. An agency should already have access to the tools mentioned above, meaning your business doesn’t have to invest additional time and money into them. They are experts in their field, meaning they can determine why keywords are improving or declining and create an effective plan to improve the rankings further.  

How Many Keywords Should I Track?

The size of your website can help to determine how many keywords you should track. If you target too many keywords on one page, it can be hard to include them all in the content and see the best results. It is better to stick to one main keyword and one or two secondary keywords depending on the amount of content you can reasonably include on the page. 

A good mix of both short and long tail keywords can allow you to reach a wider range of users based on their queries. Also ensure that you only target individual keywords on one page of your website to avoid keyword cannibalisation.

How Can Keyword Rankings be Improved?

Keyword rankings can be improved by implementing the following steps into your SEO strategy:

Quality Content

Content is key when it comes to SEO and improving keyword rankings. Without including your target keywords in the text on each of your pages, you have practically no chance of ranking for them. Google is more likely to rank your website higher if you produce good quality and relevant content to align with E-E-A-T

Before even starting to produce content, it’s a good idea to map your chosen keywords to the most relevant pages so you have an idea of how to structure it. Once all of the main service or product pages have been optimised, you can then start to work on blog content relevant to your niche. For more information on the SEO content process, read our in depth blog.

Meta Data

Meta data on a website includes title tags, image alt text and meta descriptions. Along with on page content, meta data can be optimised for your chosen keywords and to encourage users to click through to your site with call-to-actions. 

Backlinks and Domain Authority

As your backlink profile and domain authority grows, Google is more likely to boost your rankings as you are producing good quality, useful content to users. Reaching out to other websites with high domain authority is a great way to gain backlinks to your website. Check out our recent blog for more information on how backlinks impact rankings

Monitor Your Keywords with Wildcat Digital

At Wildcat Digital, our SEO experts can help you monitor and improve your keyword rankings with a tailored SEO strategy. Starting with a review of your current site and your competitors, we choose the best keywords for your niche, continuously adapting your strategy to align with trends. Find out how we can help your business punch above its weight today. 

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Will Hitchmough

Founder

Our founder, Will Hitchmough, worked at a number of high profile Sheffield Digital Agencies before founding Wildcat Digital in 2018. He brings an extensive knowledge of all things related to SEO, PPC and Paid Social, as well as an expert knowledge of digital strategy.

Digital Marketing can be a minefield for many businesses, with many agencies ready to take your money without knowing how to deliver results. I founded Wildcat Digital to deliver digital success to businesses with smaller budgets in a transparent way.

Chloe Robinson

Content Strategist Team Lead

With a degree in Marketing and a background in more traditional, offline marketing, Chloe joined Wildcat in 2021 after deciding to move into the digital marketing industry. She joined us as a Content Specialist and quickly moved up the ranks, becoming a Content Strategist and later an SEO Team Leader.

Outside of work, Chloe is an avid creative. If she’s not knitting, you’ll likely find her behind a sewing machine or in the kitchen trying (and often failing!) to make sourdough.

Paul Pennington

SEO Account Director

Paul has a strong background in SEO, having previously founded and ran a successful eCommerce business, as well as running a personal blog that achieves an average of 17K users per month. Paul’s knowledge of SEO is extensive, with a strong emphasis on client handling and technical SEO.

Outside of work, Paul enjoys spending time with his family and staying active with weight lifting and combat sports.

Nadea van der Merwe

Head of Operations

Nadea joined Wildcat in 2021 and has since overhauled the way we work. She has a background in various administrative, operations and HR roles, which gave her the experience and skills needed to lead and organise a growing business. 

Outside of work, Nadea loves anything that keeps her active, but she especially enjoys hiking, camping and mountain biking.

Molly Sturgeon

SEO Account Manager

With a background in sales, Molly is a natural Account Manager, brilliantly handling any issues that come her way. Having joined us as a Digital Marketing Executive, and working part-time through her final year of University, Molly is a shining example of how hard work pays off. She is now an SEO Account Manager with a particular interest in Content and Client Management. 

In her spare time, Molly loves to get out in nature, hiking and exploring the Peak District. She also loves cooking and likes to unwind with a bit of yoga.

Libby Oldale

Senior PPC Account Manager

Libby joined Wildcat in 2021 as our first PPC hire. With a degree in Digital Media Production, a Master’s in Digital Media Management and previous experience in Social Media Management, Libby hit the ground running and has since climbed the ranks to Senior PPC Account Manager and has a particular interest in the eCommerce sector.

Outside of work, Libby likes gaming, and cooking and likes to keep active by lifting weights.

Jasmine Savery

SEO Team Leader

Jasmine joined Wildcat in 2022 with a strong background in SEO and Account Management. At the time, she was finishing up a Level 4 Apprenticeship in Digital Marketing from the Chartered Institute of Marketing, and has since worked her way up to SEO Team Leader. Jasmine excels at content writing and promotion, and particularly enjoys finding creative ways to join the dots on multi-channel campaigns.

In her spare time, Jasmine volunteers at a charity, helping combat loneliness & social isolation experienced by older neighbours. Outside of Wildcat, she owns a catering company, Savery Grazing, creating delicious grazing tables & platters for a range of events. She also loves skiing and exploring the Peak District.

Braden Godley

Senior PPC Executive

Prior to joining Wildcat, Braden founded and ran his own Social Media Management agency where he gained valuable skills in growing brands’ online presence, which has since proven invaluable in his role at Wildcat. 

Outside of work, Braden is a big football fan, regularly travelling to Pride Park to support Derby County. He also enjoys watching and playing snooker, hiking in the Peak District, and attending air and car shows.

Jon Herdman

SEO Executive

After spending ten years managing businesses, restaurants, cafes and event spaces across Sheffield, Jon decided to change careers and joined Wildcat as an SEO Executive in 2022. He especially enjoys the client management side of the job, helping them to understand digital marketing and ways in which they can build their business’s presence online. 

Outside of work, Jon likes to keep fit with running, badminton and football, and also loves music. 

Rachel Davies

SEO Executive

Rachel joined us as a graduate, having recently graduated from Sheffield University with a degree in English Literature. Since joining, Rachel has proven herself to be a Content Queen, and particularly enjoys getting stuck into projects that allow her to explore her creative side. 

Outside of work, Rachel enjoys a wide range of hobbies, including rugby, singing, reading, and spending time with her family and three labradors.

Carl Atterbury

PPC Team Leader

Carl joined Wildcat in 2023 with a wealth of experience in PPC. He has experience working with a wide range of clients, industries and budgets, from small local businesses all the way to international e-commerce businesses. Carl has a particular interest in strategic planning and forecasting. He is passionate about data analysis and creating sustainable long-term cross-channel strategies.

In his spare time, Carl enjoys keeping fit by lifting weights, bouldering and running. He’s also a keen musician, having played the double bass and bass guitar for 20 years.

Dariusz Baczyk

Team Lead & Technical SEO Account Manager

With a degree in Computer Science and SEO experience dating back to 2017, Dariusz has a wide range of SEO skills and knowledge. His specialist knowledge of Technical SEO has firmly landed him the title of Wildcat’s Technical Wizard, and he has recently taken on the responsibility of Team Leader for the Panthers Team.

In his spare time, Dariusz loves hiking, experimenting and trying new coffees and loves learning new things. He is currently learning more about CRO and AI and how this could benefit our clients.

Jamie Stowe

SEO Account Manager

With a degree in Film and TV production, and a varied career history, Jamie made the move to marketing with a Masters degree in Digital Media Management. He has since worked in SEO at Agencies across Sheffield, before joining Wildcat and working his way up to SEO Account Manager. Jamie has a particular interest in backlinks and Digital PR and has recently gained a client a valuable backlink from Forbes!

In his spare time, Jamie is an avid foodie and loves trying new restaurants and cuisines. He also loves to travel and spent a year travelling to Australia after university.

Andy Blanchard

SEO Executive

Andy joined Wildcat in 2023 after starting his digital marketing career in-house for a local Sheffield company. Since joining, he has developed a strong interest in Technical SEO and has strong skills in Account Management. 

Outside of work, Andy loves music and plays in a couple of bands. He also enjoys rock climbing, cycling, photography and good food.

Siena Russell

Client Success Coordinator

Siena joined us in 2023 with a background in sales and digital marketing. She leads on client relationships across the company, ensuring that our customers are happy throughout their journey with us, from their initial consultation through to onboarding and beyond. 

Outside of work, Siena enjoys travelling and getting stuck into the local culture. She likes to make the most of her experiences and particularly enjoys watching sunrises and sunsets from beautiful locations around the world.

Thea Chapman

Senior SEO Executive

Thea has a wealth of experience in SEO, having previously worked for other Digital Marketing Agencies in Sheffield. She has a particular interest and skills in Technical SEO, but is more than willing to get stuck in and give anything a go. 

Outside of work, Thea spends most of her time with her children, but also loves reading, photography and gardening. 

Tom Brookes

PPC Executive

Before joining Wildcat, Tom worked across different industries, building skills in sales and customer service. He later developed a passion for digital marketing whilst working on personal marketing projects and freelance ventures, and gained numerous certifications in PPC and Social Media. 

Outside of work, Tom enjoys staying active by going to the gym and hiking. He also loves travelling and motorbiking.

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