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The Rank Insights report is a gateway to a wide variety of SEO metrics. For your convenience we've categorized and built presets for the views that we think most professionals will want to utilize on a regular basis:
Rank: analysis of keyword rank distribution, multiple landing pages, SERP features, visibility and rank trends, along with a SERP snapshot detailing actual page one organic rank and SERP features.
Jobs: analysis of Google for Jobs Stats including rank, top job titles, employers, employment type, locations, listing duration, post time and keyword average search volume. Available only if a package that supports the Google Jobs search engine has been purchased.
Fluctuations: rank fluctuations and performance analysis highlighting stability, positive and negative change, and alerts of potential cannibalization and opportunities / at risk situations. Trend graphs and SERP features are included, along with a SERP snapshot.
SERP Features: graphical analysis of SERP features for the campaign's tracked keywords for both the tracked domain and other domains ranking for the keyword.
Featured Snippets: breakdown detailing the number of keywords tracking in the campaign that produced a featured snippet, along with the featured snippet's position in the SERP.
Above the Fold: ATF is a new Rank Ranger metric that represents search engine rank results that do not require scrolling in order to be seen. A graph details the number of keywords and their CTR based on position. Did you know that it's possible to rank in position 1, but be below the fold?
Search Console: performance analysis of clicks, impressions, average CTR and position, along with top keywords list linking to detailed keyword research.
Meta Tags: analysis of meta title and description character length per keyword ranked landing pages.
Local: provides Local Pack and Hotel Pack analysis for the Google Business Listing Name and campaign keywords.
You can also modify report views by adding columns, filters and widgets in the report options and save your customized view as a new Report Preset.
Reports > SEO > Campaign > Rank Insights
Video: Introducing SEO Rank Insights
Rank Distribution Analysis
Default Settings for SEO Rank Report
The default Rank view of the Rank Insights report includes a Rank Distribution Widget that can be used to filter the table below it, alert for when multiple pages rank for the same keyword, highest ranked landing page, rank, SERP Feature indicators for both the tracked site (bold) and other sites that rank in the top 10 results for the keyword, average search volume, rank and visibility trend graphs, and SERP Snapshot that features the top 10 search results plus related search, ads, and a variety of important SERP features (e.g., featured snippet, related questions, local pack, image box, reviews, video carousel, etc.)
Rank Position Filter
Clicking the number of keywords in either of the Rank Distribution graphs launches a filtered view of the report displaying only the keywords that rank in the position category. For example, clicking the 5 for positions 11-20 filtered the table below the graph to display only those 5 keywords.
Click the screen preview icon at the end of any keyword row to launch the actual snapshot of the search engine results. This feature includes the title, URL, meta description, title length and description length of top 10 rank results, along with all the SERP features that displayed during rank tracking (e.g., featured snippets, related questions, image box, local pack, knowledge panel, related search and ads.
Trending Multiple Ranked Pages
Clicking the graph icon launches a rank trend graph with the details of the multiple landing pages. You can also click the Rank / Visibility option for a 90-day trend graph, or launch the Landing Page Monitor or SEO Monitor by clicking the corresponding button.
Multiple Pages Icon Launches Landing Page Monitor
Clicking the Multiple Pages icon launches the Landing Page Monitor that details the ranked landing pages for the past 90 days. Hovering over any point on the graph provides the ranked page(s) for the date, and if there has been an algorithm update or notes added to the campaign, then there are highlighted bars that can be hovered over for the details. Below the graph the landing pages are listed and can be clicked on to remove them from the graph. In this example, we see that the blue line is for a URL of a temporary campaign vs. the home page, a service page and a location page. The table below the graph provides the ranking page URL (clicking the magnifying glass launches the On-Page Keyword Optimization tool for that page and keyword) along with current rank, highest rank (since the campaign began tracking the keyword), SERP features, traffic, clicks and CTR.
Rank Fluctuations and Behavior
Fluctuations Report with Default Settings
In the Fluctuations report keyword performance is analyzed and keywords are grouped into categories. Click any of the category labels in the top section to filter the report:
Stable: Consistent rank trend maintained over the past 30 days
Unstable: Inconsistent rank fluctuations over the past 30 days
Improving: Rank improved over the past 30 days
Declining: Rank declined over the past 30 days
Cannibalization: Indicates potential instances of keyword cannibalization where landing pages swap at least 2 times (only the highest ranked landing page per day is considered). Learn more...
Opportunities / At Risk: Keywords that are at the same time opportunities or at risk are determined by unusual rank behavior that results in falling out of or entering the top 10 results. For example, a keyword that ranked between 1 and 10 at least one time during the last 30 days, and in the same period ranked between 11 and 100. Also considered are minimum rank and maximum rank during the prior 30 days. For example, if the range is between position 8 and 18 (i.e., the keyword dropped from page 1 to page 2.5, or the opposite, we dismiss cases that are normal flux).
To the left of the landing page you'll find a jump-off icon that when clicked launches the landing page. To the right of the Rank column is a Trend graph that demonstrates the rank and visibility trend over the previous 90 days. Clicking the Trend graph or the graph icon toward the end of a keyword row, launches a more detailed graph.
In this example, we selected the Opportunities / At Risk category. Below the graph an explanation of the behavior that has occurred causing the keyword to be considered an opportunity and/or at risk displays.
Unstable Rank Fluctuations
In this example the Trend graph provides a detailed view of a keyword that ranked for 5 different landing pages over the course of a 90 day period.
How to Track Keyword Fluctuations
Identifying Keyword Cannibalization
Google Jobs Insights
Analysis of Google Jobs Listings
This report requires a rank tracking package that supports the Google Jobs search engine. You can click the Jobs button to launch this view or enable the Google for Jobs Stats widget and modify the display of Jobs related keyword table data in Report Options > Display and Widget settings. If the campaign is tracking on more than one search engine, you may need to expand Report Options > Search Engines and select Google Jobs.
Google for Jobs Stats Widget
This widget data is based on the campaign's keywords and includes the name, number of listings and percentage of total listings:
Top Job Titles
Top Job Locations
Google Jobs Listing Snapshot
In this example we have the Google Jobs table with Keyword, Rank, Job Title, Employer, Job Location, Post Time, Employment Type and average search volume for the keyword. Clicking the display screen icon launches a snapshot with up to the 20 top results including job title, company that posted the ad, employer name, job location, when the ad was posted, employment type, and the actual content of the job listing. This data can be exported to PDF or Word format.
SERP Features Report
Select the SERP Features preset in the Rank Insights report to display a graph of the SERP Features that the campaign's keywords produced in Google search results, followed by a table detailing keywords with rank, landing page, and more. Please refer to our Visual Guide to Google SERP Features for definitions and examples.
In the table, SERP Feature icons display in bold for the tracked site, and appear in a lighter format for other sites.
SERP Feature Icons
Hover over graph column
Hover over a feature column to discover the total number of keywords that scored the feature, as well as the number for the tracked site vs. other top 10 ranked sites.
In this example for the adt.com website, the graph is indicating that the site scored 1 related question and 1 image box, whereas top 10 competitors scored featured snippets, image boxes, knowledge panels, PLAs, local packs, related questions, reviews, top stories, site links, and video carousels.
Click any column to filter the report to display only the keywords that scored the particular SERP feature. This also highlights that feature in the SERP Features column of the table below the graph.
Gaining Deeper Insights into the SERP Features
In this example, we clicked the screen icon to display an actual snapshot of the search results that appeared when the keyword was tracked. In this SERP Snapshot we hovered over the images to determine which image displayed in the results for the keyword "fire and smoke monitoring" and the tracked adt.com site. Clicking the image launches the landing page in a new tab (as does clicking the jump-off icon to the left of the landing page in the table).
SERP Snapshots can be exported to PDF or Word format by clicking their icons.
How to Understand the SERP's Level of Competition: Featured Snippet & SERP Feature Insights
Featured Snippets Breakdown
Highlighting Featured Snippets
Scoring a coveted Featured Snippet is something to be proud of and certainly something important to report to clients, and this Rank Insight report preset makes that easy. Clicking the Featured Snippets option launches a graph with a breakdown detailing the number of keywords tracking in the campaign that produced a featured snippet.
Hover over any rank position column in the graph to learn the number of keywords in the tracked campaign vs. other sites that scored a featured snippet.
Displaying the SERP Snapshot by clicking the screen icon at the end of the keyword row, we can see that the featured snippet for "how to make apple pie" included a link to a recipe landing page at allrecipes.com. Not all featured snippets include a link for our rank tracker to match to a campaign domain.
Filtered by Featured Snippet Rank Position
In this example, we clicked the featured snippet rank position 3 column to filter the report to display only the keywords that scored a featured snippet in the 3rd position on the search results page. Positions 1 and 2 were claimed by ads, followed by the featured snippet, related questions, and direct answers. With this many SERP features, it's possible that the organic rank position 1 for allrecipes.com may have been pushed below the fold. Fortunately for the site, it did score in both the 1st and 2nd position in the Related Questions box.
Above the Fold & CTR
Tracking Search Results Above and Below the Fold
Above the Fold (ATF) represents search engine rank results that do not require a searcher to scroll in order to see them. In the SERP section of Report Options, you may select the screen resolution that you want the ATF calculation to be based on. For more information and an illustration of ATF, visit this FAQ.
Keywords & CTR Stats
Connecting the campaign to the site's Search Console account enables the CTR stats in the Above the Fold & CTR graph
Organic Rank Position 1 but Not Above the Fold
As incredible as it may seem, it is possible for a keyword to be in organic rank position 1 but not be above the fold! In this example, the keyword "weight loss" resulted in 5 Ads, 4 Related Questions, a Local Pack with map, 3 Top Stories and an Image Box pushing the organic results below the fold.
Search Console Performance
When a campaign has Search Console integrated, this performance report includes Clicks, Impressions, Average CTR and Average Position for the keywords that are tracked in the campaign, along with a graph displaying keyword position and CTR for each, and a table of the top keywords including keyword difficulty score (KD), rank and number of clicks.
The table below the performance section includes keywords, rank, top ranking landing page URL, above the fold indicator (ATF), and the existence of SERP features, plus clicks, impressions, CTR, Search Console average position and estimated search volume per keyword, plus rank trend graph and SERP Snapshot.
Clicking on a keyword in the Search Console Performance Top Keywords list...
... launches the new Keyword Research tool that provides Related Keywords, Questions, Related Topics, and the Keyword Finder, along with an Overview of the top 10 results from each category. The research tool allows you to view keyword statistics from multiple countries and create your own keyword lists.
Clicking on a keyword in the Search Console report rank table...
Page Title and Description Length
How a page's meta tags display in search results can make the difference between a searcher clicking or moving on to a different site. For example, a short (or no) title or description that doesn't adequately represent the page content may not rank or receive click through. Similarly, a title or description that is so long that the search engine truncates it, can also be problematic.
The Meta Tags Distribution graph makes it easy to identify the keywords and URLs that need attention.
Filters and SERP Snapshots
In this example, we clicked the Long Standard category under Description Length causing the table below to be filtered by only the keywords that are in that category. Launching the SERP Snapshot enables us to see that Google is presenting the full 37 character Title and 315 character Description in search results.
How to Identify Titles & Descriptions That Are Either Too Long or Too Short
Local Business Results
Local Ranking & Ratings
The Local view includes a widget with Local or Hotel Pack appearances compared to competitors, price range (if displayed in SERP), the campaign's Google My Business listings with number of keywords ranked, average rating and price. Below the widget is a table with per keyword organic rank, local or hotel pack rank, SERP features for site and competitors, business name match, Google Business Rating, price (if included in the pack), search volume and a SERP snapshot displaying the top organic search results, packs, ads and SERP features.
Local Business Results Widget
For businesses displaying in the Local Pack, this widget reports on the total number of local packs and the total for the matched Google Business listing name, along with a pie chart comparing share of local packs, average rating and the campaign's top business listings with number of keywords ranking a local pack, average rating and price range (if included in the listing). When a business has multiple Google Business Listings, if the Search Engine Business Results settings are correctly configured for multiple locations, it is possible for many locations to display in this report.
Local Pack Results Snapshot
Clicking the display screen icon launches the SERP Snapshot. When a local pack was found in the search results, it will display in this snapshot along with organic results, SERP features and ads. In this example, the search engine settings are set to include the local pack results as part of organic rank and that is why the local pack listings are also displaying under the organic list (when excluded from the ranking, local pack is displayed but not counted in rank).
Hotel Business Widget
In this example, a hotel's website and Google Business Name is being tracked and price range displayed in the results.
Hotel Pack Results Snapshot
In this SERP Snapshot for the the hotel campaign, the search engine settings were set to include the hotel pack in organic rank count. The Hotel Pack includes the business name, price and rating.
No Data for Local Business
In this example, no data is displaying for a local business because Business Results settings haven't been configured in the search engine settings. Refer to this documentation for instructions.
Select a report date (this report is limited to 1 date and 1 search engine at a time)
Custom Report Title (optional): enter a title to display at the top of the report on the screen and in white label PDF reports and dashboards.
Search Engine : displays the search engine icon per keyword row in addition to the search engine name at the top of the table.
Keyword Tags: displays a column containing tags per keyword. To display only specific tags, use the filter in the Keyword Tags section of report options.
Keyword Difficulty: displays a column with KD - a predictive score from 0 to 100 reflecting how difficult it would be to rank for the keyword vs. competitors.
Landing Page: displays a column containing the highest ranked landing page URL for the keyword. This option includes a jump icon that can be clicked to launch the page in a new tab.
Multiple Landing Pages: when a keyword ranks for more than one landing page on the report date, enabling this option displays additional table rows for that keyword with each landing page URL.
Multiple Landing Pages Indicator: displays an icon when more than one landing page ranks for the keyword on the report date.
Targeted URL: displays an indicator of the ranked landing page matching the keyword's Target URLs (setting in the Campaign > Keywords screen).
Algorithm Updates: displays a red shaded bar in the keyword performance graphs on the date(s) of a Google algorithm update.
Baseline: displays a column with the rank on the 1st day the keyword was added to the campaign, or if the keyword did not rank within the maximum supported results tracked by each search engine, then Baseline displays the first rank recorded by Rank Ranger for the Keyword when it did rank.
Best Rank: displays a column containing the highest rank recorded for the keyword on any day since the campaign was created.
Target Rank: displays a column in which target rank can be added by clicking into the cell for a keyword.
Daily Change: displays a column containing the rank change compared to the previous day.
Weekly Change: displays a column containing the rank change compared to the same day for the previous week.
Monthly Change: displays a column containing the rank change compared to 30 days prior to the report date.
Overall Change: displays a column with the rank change between the Baseline rank and the report date rank.
Trend Chart: displays a a column containing a rank fluctuations trend chart. This is one of the default options in the Fluctuations report.
Impressions: displays a column containing the number of search impressions per keyword.
Clicks: displays a column containing the number of clicks from search results per keyword.
Position: displays the average position in search results (refer to this Google support document for details on how this metric is calculated).
CTR: displays a column containing the click through rate (i.e., calculation of clicks vs. impressions).
Above the Fold: displays a column containing an indicator of whether or not the keyword's ranked search result displayed above the fold on page one of the SERP (i.e., did not require the user to scroll to view the result). When enabled, you may select the screen resolution you want the ATF calculation based on. Learn more about ATF in this FAQ.
SERP Features: displays a column containing SERP Feature icons when a SERP Feature exists in the search results for the keyword. The icons display in bold for the tracked site and in a lighter format for other sites.
SERP Snapshot: displays the SERP Snapshot column that contains a screen icon that can be clicked to reveal a snapshot of the page one SERP.
Featured Snippet Rank: displays a column containing the rank position of the Featured Snippet in the search result.
Title Length: displays a column containing the number of characters of the page title as presented in the search result.
Avg. Title Length: displays a column containing the average number of characters in the titles of all the page one organic results.
Description Length: displays a column containing the number of characters in the meta description as presented in the search result.
Avg. Description Length: displays a column containing the average number of characters in the meta descriptions of all the page one organic results.
Avg. Monthly Volume: displays the Vol. column containing the keyword's average search volume.
Avg. CPC: displays a column containing the average cost per click for the keyword.
PPC Competition: displays a column containing a Low, Medium or High score representing the domain's ranking based on the number of advertisers bidding on the keyword.
Business Name: displays the Google Business Listing name that matched the campaign settings.
Rank (Pack): displays a column containing the Business Page's rank in the local pack (if applicable).
Rating: displays the Google Business rating relating to the keyword results.
Price: displays the price range, if that is available in the search results.
Google for Jobs
Requires package that supports Google Jobs search engine.
When the business is displayed in Google Jobs listings, you can enable this data to display in the report. Clicking the Jobs option at the top of the report automatically selects these fields to be displayed):
If you are tracking more than one search engine in the campaign, you need to select the Google Jobs search engine in Report Options > Search Engines.
Display domain statistics (e.g., shares or likes) from:
Notes (Single Date): display in the rank performance graph notes that were created for a single date.