There are plenty of online tools allowing to check your rankings in a variety of search engines. I have limited them to 3 main (my favorite) tools – all three are slightly different and can be used for different purposes.
SEOMoz Rank Checker – the most powerful feature of the tool is that it saves history for each of your searches – that means you can always return to it and watch your progress. What’s more, you can choose to search for the exact URL or entire domain. It only digs first 100 results and can check only one SE at a time though. Besides, it allows for limited number for daily searches (5) for basic members.
SearchEngineForums tool – my favorite option is the ability to check multiple keywords/keyword phrases at a time.
Shoemoney Serps Script – I like it because it’s simple and quick; sometimes these are the features you want to see in a tool. Besides, it checks all 4 search engines at a time and do that quite quickly.
To cut the long story short, here is a quick overview:
|Features/Tools||SeoMoz Rank Checker||SearchEngineForums tool||Shoemoney Serps Script|
|export the results||Yes||No||No|
|several terms at a time||No||Yes||No|
|# of results checked||100||10||~100|
|overall # of SEs||4||1||4|
|# of SEs at a time||1||1||4|
|term of use||Paid (with daily free 5 searches)||Free||Free|
|browser plugin||Yes (Browser Button)||No||No|
|main drawbacks||Would be great if the history/reports could
be split into projects (i.e. domains checked) and SEs
|Checks only top 10 results||No way to export/save results|
A few more tools I that I don’t use very often but that seem also useful:
SeoBook Google Advanced Rank Checking Tool – searches up to 1000 top results and has a handful of other great filtering features: language, country, format, last update, and position of the term (title, text, URL of the page and links on a page).
Search Engine Keyword Tracker & Keyword Ranking Tool – requires Google API but has a useful tracking feature.
Ventio Google Position – checks multiple terms at a time and has an export feature. The tool is new and non-US based, so it can be down after a few searches; but the idea is very good and it does improve gradually.
SEOChat Keyword Position Check – searches for the term across multiple datacenters.
Please share the tools you are using!