Web ranking software - frequently asked questions|
Q. Where can I get more info on web ranking reports provided by Semonitor?
A. Semonitor provides several types of web ranking reports (Position ranking report, Google PageRank report, Inbound links report, Site indexation report and others). All web ranking reports can be converted into HTML, exported into Excel or printed out. All available web ranking reports are described in our web ranking reports section
Q. What would change if I set the "Search for top positions only" mode?
A. By default, the search is performed for the given depth. In this case, if your web site pages appear in search results a number of times (e.g. yoursite.com/services.html is on the 5th position, and yoursite.com/products.html is on the 15th) you will see that information. With the "Search for top positions only" mode turned on, the search will be stopped as soon as yoursite.com/services.html on the 5th position is found. That decreases the analysis capabilities, but as well decreases the search time.
Q. Semonitor allows me to chek my rankings in Google data centers and test domains, but I can't understand why would I need this? Regular visitors never use these sites for searching.
A. Using these resources, you will be able to predict changes for your positions in Google before the changes take effect. Thus, Google data centers are valuable optimization resources.Read more about Google data centers and Google dance
Q. You are telling me that I need the Google toolbar to use your PageRank analyzing tool. What is the Google ToolBar, and where can I download it?
A. The Google ToolBar is a toolbar you can use when running Internet Explorer on a Windows PC. After its installation you will be able to see the PageRank (PR) of a page. It can range from 0 (not important page according to Google) to 10 (very important page according to Google). The Google ToolBar provides many other capabilities, such as Google simple search, pop-up blocker and others, but in this case we are interested in the capability of viewing sites' PageRank. This feature is included when installing the Google ToolBar with advanced features.
You can download the Google ToolBar at toolbar.google.com Read more about Google PageRank
Q. I'm using your Inbound links tool. Why there are two Google sites I can check?
A. In Google, the search is performed in two different ways (Google and Google-2 checkboxes). If Google checkbox is selected, the search will be performed using the link: operator. Usually, the number of backward (inbound) links returned by this query is much smaller than the real number of backward links. Supposedly, upon query using the link: operator, Google returns not all available inbound links, but just those that participate in forming your site's PageRank. If Google-2 checkbox is selected, the pages containing your URL in their text will be returned (certainly, the sites referring to you implicitly will be left out in this case, i.e. when the link is presented as some text without the explicit mentioning of your URL). If both checkboxes are selected, the search will be performed both ways. There are no reasons to think though that some part of backward links will be left out during the search. Semonitor intentionally uses several search engines in order to guarantee quality analysis of inbound links and links popularity. Read more about backward links and link popularity
Q. I have found several inbound links to my site manually. I've tried your inbound links tool, but it doesn't show those links
A. Just wait up some time. Search engines' index does not update instantly. It is likely that these links were submitted recently and didn't get to the search engine's index yet.
Q. Your inbound links tool works OK for all the search engines except for MSN Search.
A. Be sure that you have set your domain name right. Most search engines do not make difference between site's main domain name (i.e. domain.com) and the www sub-domain (i.e. www.domain.com) However, MSN Search does make such difference. If the inbound links refer to www.domain.com while in the search parameters you have set domain.com, the inbound links will not be found with MSN Search
Q. Why a page may not appear in search engine's index?
A. There is a number of possible reasons:
1. It has never been submitted to the search engine.
For more info see site indexation tool
2. It has been too short period of time since the page was submitted. The search engine's index did not update yet.
3. There are no inbound links to the page; therefore, the search engine couldn't find it.
4. Inbound links to this page are present, but they are made through complicated scripts, therefore the search engine couldn't interpret them as the inbound links to your site and thus couldn't place your page into its index.