This blog post was inspired by Lissie’s review of Andy Blacks Index Checker, if you scroll down to the comments of her blog post, you can see that Lissie and I had a little exchange about this. She said it can’t be done, I said it can. So I set out to figure out “how” and after using it for weeks I came finally around to write up this short blog post.
Why bother checking your indexing?
Indexing means that the big G (and other search engines) have visited your new blog post, article or hub and have taken noticed from its content and included it in their index. Checking that all your blog posts and articles get quickly indexed is a good way to check if “Google still loves you” 😉 Bearing in mind the recent crack-down Google did on mini-sites and especially on spammy Google blogspot blogs, monitoring the health of your content on the web is more important then ever. So let’s get started!
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Install Market Samurai and open it. Now the playing field is for everybody the same, new and experienced user!
Setting up a new tracking project
- Lets say you want to monitor the health of all your infobarrel articles. In the Market Samurai start screen you click “Create a new project“ and under keyword you put in “Infobarrel”, leave the rest as it is and hit “create”.
- On the left hand side of the screen you see the available modules, click “Ranktracker”.
- Click “add domains”, and enter http://www.infobarrel.com (or any other url of a directory you want to track articles on). Click “add domains” in the popup window. I suggest that you keep it at one domain per project, so don’t mix hubpages with Squidoo lenses 😉
- Click “add keywords” in the bottom right corner. Enter the keywords you want to rank for. Click “add keywords” in the popup window. These keywords are most likely part of the url of your article, so for example, I would choose for an article with this url:
http://www.infobarrel.com/Mini_Oven “mini oven” as keyword.Or for:
http://www.infobarrel.com/Reasons_not_to_buy_a_dog_for_Christmas “not buy dog christmas”.
- You can type in all your keywords / article titles at once or do it by alternating with the step below.
- After you have added your keywords, click “add urls” and add the url you want to track AND (BIG IMPORTANT Step!) tick the box beside the corresponding keyword. Click “add urls” in the popup window.
- Rinse and repeat until you have a nice list of all your article urls and their corresponding keywords.
If you have already lots of articles published, you will have to invest a bit of time to add them all to the project, but when the initial set-up is done, it takes me less then a minute to add a newly published article to the existing project!
Now comes the fun part:
Hit “Update Rank Data” and you see Market Samurai working away and after some time (how long depends on the number of search engines and the search depth you choose) you are presented with an updated list that shows you which article is indexed by which search engine (or not!) and where each article ranks in the SERPentines for its chosen keywords.
If your article is not yet indexed by a search engine it shows up as a small “-” in the result page. I suggest you give that article a bit of TLC and linky love.
What do you think? Neat little trick to save you a lot of time, isn’t it? I have different projects set-up for each article directory I submit to. Checking their success or failure is as easy as opening a project and hit “Update Rank Data” and lean back. Compare that with checking each article manually in the search engines and you see why I am “a bit” excited.
Do you have any cool ways to share how you use Market Samurai? Any questions about this whole “article indexing tracking business”? Just leave a comment and I will do my best to answer all questions and suggestions.
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