I was sitehoppin’ today and found this great post on a Firefox plugin called “Rank Checker” that can help you analyze your rankings on Google, MSN, and Yahoo. As an old-school, I personally do not rely on these methods, but it can be very helpful and information to know your rankings using this tool.
I like being able to check my rankings real quickly without worrying that some SEO company is aggregating my data and/or spying on me. This tool is open source and hosted your computer – designed with privacy in mind.
Looking at the rankings of a couple of your sites that you know intimately well and tracking how they change over time allows you to
- learn how to read the search results
- appreciate and understand general algorithmic trends
- be one of the first people to know when the relevancy algorithms change in a major way
Check out the video after the jump to see how it works: