Web ranking software - common stats tab|
There are two bookmarks in this section: Table and List.
Initially, you can see two lists: the Keywords List and the URLs List. They are filled with the values that were defined in the project's properties. In the Progress section, you may see how far the search process has gone (in percents) and as well the information on what query is currently being processed
The Start and Stop buttons accordingly start or stop the search process.
Show top results only - shows or hides detailed information. For instance, the pages of your web site are found on the 5th, 15th and 55th positions for a certain keyword. Here you may set whether to display that data or do not.
There is a row of buttons over the table to let you generate the reports in html and Excel format and as well print the data out.
The Save button allows saving the results of current search. All sessions that were saved earlier are displayed on the left side of the Save button as a list of dates. At any time you can load the results of one of the earlier saved sessions. Please note: if you are planning on using the current results in the future, you should make sure you have saved them.
The table contains information on how your web site's positions (rankings) are presented in different search engines.
By selecting the Keyword or the URL in the given list, you would set the view mode. By selecting the URL, you will see the URL's positions for all the keywords. Otherwise, when you select Keyword, you will see the positions of all URLs for the specified keyword.
Within this bookmark you can select the search engine you are interested in and the search phrase, and then view the list of the URLs found. Your web site's pages will be marked in bold, thus you will easily notice them in the entire list.
The Open start search page button opens the search start page.
Operating the further two sections - Google data centers and International Google sites is similar to this section.
The data from these sections can be used in Reports and analyzing section for detailed analyzing. See also available web ranking reports.
Below is information on the search engines analyzable in the Common Stats section. Search Engines Monitor can check your rankings in 10 major search engines: Google, AltaVista, Yahoo, MSN Search, AllTheWeb, Lycos, HotBot, Overture, DMOZ, AskJeeves.
Google has a well-deserved reputation as the top choice for those searching the web. The crawler-based service provides both comprehensive coverage of the web along with great relevancy. Google provides the option to find more than web pages, however. Using "tabs" on the top of the search box on the Google home page, you can easily seek out images from across the web, discussions that are taking place on Usenet newsgroups, scan through human-compiled information provided from the Open Directory (DMOZ) or locate news information Google is also know for the wide range of features it offers, such as cached links that let you "resurrect" dead pages or see older versions of recently changed ones. The Google Toolbar has also won a popular following for the easy access it provides to Google and its features directly from the Internet Explorer browser.
In addition to Google's unpaid editorial results, the company also operates its own advertising programs. The cost-per-click AdWords program places ads on Google as well as some of Google's partners. Google was originally a Stanford University project by students Larry Page and Sergey Brin called BackRub. By 1998, the name had been changed to Google, and the project jumped off campus and became the private company Google.
AltaVista is the oldest crawler-based search engine on the web. It opened in December 1995 and for several years was the "Google" of its day, in terms of providing relevant results and having a loyal group of users that loved the service. Sadly, an attempt to turn AltaVista into a portal site in 1998 saw the company lose track of the importance of search. AltaVista does remains strong is in terms of some of the specialty searching it offers. It provides a good image search service, and you can look for video and audio clips, as well. It also has an outstanding news search service. AltaVista was originally owned by Digital, then taken over by Compaq, when that company purchased Digital in 1998. AltaVista was later spun off into a private company, controlled by CMGI.
Launched in 1994, Yahoo is the web's oldest "directory," a place where human editors organize web sites into categories. However, in October 2002, Yahoo made a giant shift to using Google's crawler-based listings for its main results. If Yahoo is now powered by Google, then why bother using it? For one thing, you might find that the way Yahoo "enhances" Google's listings with information from its own directory may make search results more readable. In addition, Yahoo's search results pages still show Categories links. When offered, these will take you to a list of web sites that have been reviewed and approved by a human editor.
Microsoft is known for constantly reworking its software products until they get them right, and MSN Search is a shining example of the company putting that same effort into an online product. In particular, the company has its own team of editors that monitors the most popular searches being performed and then hand-picks sites that are believed to be the most relevant. After performing a search, "Popular Topics" shown below the search box on the results page are also suggestions built largely by editors to guide you into making a more refined search. When appropriate, search results may also feature links to encyclopedia content from Microsoft Encarta or news headlines, at the top of the page. Of course, humans editors can't do everything, so MSN Search also relies on search providers for answers to many of its queries. Usually, it will be human-powered results from the LookSmart directory that dominate the page. Unlike when MSN editors are involved, these human-powered results are not hand-picked to match a query. Instead, MSN uses its own search algorithm to sift through all the listings from LookSmart to automatically find answers that are believed to be best. Overall, MSN Search provides a blend of human-powered directory information and crawler coverage different from any of the other search engines listed above. It's a high quality resource that provides its own unique view of the web and one worth checking.
An excellent crawler-based search engine, All The Web provides both comprehensive coverage of the web and outstanding relevancy. In addition to web page results, AllTheWeb.com provides the ability to search for news stories, pictures, video clips, MP3s and FTP files. Until recently, AllTheWeb.com was owned by a company called FAST and used as a showcase for that company's web search technology. That's why you sometimes may sometimes hear AllTheWeb.com also referred to as FAST or FAST Search. However, the search engine was purchased by search provider Overture in late April 2003. It no longer has a connection with FAST.
Lycos is one of the oldest search engines on the web, launched in 1994. It ceased crawling the web for its own listings in April 1999 and instead uses crawler-based results provided by AllTheWeb. So why bother with Lycos rather than using the AllTheWeb.com site? You might like some of the features that Lycos provides. "Fast Forward" lets you see search results in one side of your screen and the actual pages listed in another. Relevant categories of human-compiled information from the Open Directory appear at the bottom of the search results page. At the top of the page, Lycos will suggest other searches related to your original topic right under the search box. Perhaps you might even like the look and feel better! Whatever the reason, under the hood, Lycos provides all the same relevancy and comprehensiveness you'll find at AllTheWeb.com.
Lycos is owned by Terra Lycos, a company formed with Lycos and Terra Networks merged in October 2000. Terra Lycos also owns the HotBot search engine.
HotBot provides easy access to the web's four major crawler-based search engines. Unlike a meta search engine, it cannot blend the results from all of these crawlers together. Nevertheless, it's a fast, easy way to get different web search "opinions" in one place.
The "4-in-1" option at HotBot was introduced in December 2002. However, HotBot has a long history as a search brand before this date.
HotBot debuted in May 1996, it gained a strong following among serious searchers for the quality and comprehensiveness of its crawler-based results, which were provided by Inktomi, at the time. It also caught the attention of experienced web users and techies, especially for the unusual colors and interface it continues to sport today.
HotBot gained more notoriety when it switched over to using Direct Hit's "clickthrough" results for its main listings in 1999. Direct Hit was then one of the "hot" search engines that had recently appeared. Unfortunately, the quality of Direct Hit's results couldn't match those of another "hot" player that had debuted at the same time, Google. HotBot's popularity began to drop.
Even worse, HotBot also suffered by being owned by Lycos (now Terra Lycos). Lycos had acquired HotBot when it purchased Wired Digital in October 1998. Lycos failed to make search a priority on its flagship Lycos site as well as HotBot through much of 1999 and 2000, as it focused instead on adding "portal" features. The company refocused on search in late 2001, making significant improvements to the Lycos site and, as noted, reworked the HotBot site at the end of 2002.
Formerly called GoTo until late 2001, Overture is an extremely popular paid placement search engine that provides ads to many of the search engines listed above. While Overture has traditionally been a paid listings provider, the company is expanding into offering crawler-based editorial results. To do this, it purchased AllTheWeb in March 2003.
The Open Directory uses volunteer editors to catalog the web. Formerly known as NewHoo, it was launched in June 1998. It was acquired by AOL Time Warner-owned Netscape in November 1998, and the company pledged that anyone would be able to use information from the directory through an open license arrangement.
Ask Jeeves initially gained fame in 1998 and 1999 as being the "natural language" search engine that let you search by asking questions and responded with what seemed to be the right answer to everything. In reality, technology wasn't what made Ask Jeeves perform so well. Behind the scenes, the company at one point had about 100 editors who monitored search logs. They then went out onto the web and located what seemed to be the best sites to match the most popular queries.
Today, Ask Jeeves instead depends on crawler-based technology to provide results to its users.