Every time you publish a post, you want it to be found on Google more than anything else. There are many tools which show you on which position your posts and other content (pages, custom posts and so on…) rank on Google. But, they aren’t free and you can’t simplify things to make this process faster. Every time you have to log in to your tool, copy/paste your URL and then the tool will show you where your post is currently ranking on Google as well as on other search engines.
To make your life easier, I want you to install one simple plugin that will help track your position on Google easier and faster. Above all, it works right from your WordPress dashboard so you don’t have to go anywhere.
The plugin’s name is Squirrly. This SEO plugin has an inbuilt Google position tracking feature that works right from your WordPress dashboard without you doing anything. I’ve talked about Squirrly months before in my SEO plugins post.
How To Setup SEO Squirrly Plugin to Track Posts’ Rankings
The very first thing you need to do is install and activate the SEO Squirrly plugin. If you are using any other SEO plugins such as Yoast, All in One SEO pack or The SEO Framework, you will need to turn off the Squirrly’s meta description and title features so that they don’t conflict with already published and existing meta SEO settings. Alternatively, you can also transfer all of your settings (including metadata) from your previous plugin to Squirrly to use it as your new plugin, the choice is up to you.
Once you complete installation, activate the plugin by signing up for Squirrly SEO. It’s mandatory because you can use Squirrly on one blog with one email at a time in the free plan.
Squirrly won’t show you all your previous posts’ rankings immediately after installing it. You will need to optimize each of your posts that you want to track on Google SERPs. If you are just starting out and have a few posts on your blog, this should be easy. If you have hundreds of posts already, this would take time.
All you new posts which are optimized by Squirrly will be tracked automatically and in a few hours publishing them, you will start seeing their position on Google SERPs. Simply click on the “see your rank on Google” button in the menu bar to check multiple posts.
Settings for Automated Tracking & Country Level Tracking
If you want to track your Google positions in any specific region, you can do so by changing the Google country for which Squirrly will check the Google rank. If you want to check your position on Google.co.in, select India from the drop-down menu. The search engine by default is Google.com. Click on save settings.
Below that, you can also choose how many pages should Squirrly analyze and track in an hour. If you are on shared hosting, you will need to set this to 0 page/hours or else your server may respond slower. However, When I used it here on BforBloggers, I didn’t saw any issues at all. That may be because I use managed nestify hosting.
Check Rankings Of All of your Posts in list format
After you have optimized a few posts with squirrly, you can check all of your posts’ position on Google in a list format. Go to Squirrly menu and click on performance analytics report tab. Here you will find all of your previously optimized posts and their rank on Google. Along with it, there is a keyword section which shows the targeted keyword you have optimized the post for. The rank you see here is your posts position on Google SERPs when that keyword is searched.
You can also click on force recheck to refresh the position rank in the analytics report.
More Features of Squirrly are:
- Copywriting assistant
- Keywords Briefcase
- Live On-page optimization assistant
- Inbuilt keyword research tool
- Site Audit
- Email Support
- Import & Export accessibility
The best part about Squirrly is “Audit reports”. Every week, Squirrly will send you a website audit report which shows how well your posts, pages, and your overall website is optimized for search engine crawlers as well as human readers. If there is an error like long descriptions and title tags, it will indicate that with a sticky note. SEMrush costs $99 for plans that include site audit reports.
All of these features come free with Squirrly so you don’t have to buy a subscription right from the beginning. However, if you want to use it on more than one site and want to manage everything from one dashboard, you will need to upgrade to pro version.
I hope this guide has helped you. Tell me about your experience in the comment section below and share this post on your favorite social media.