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How do I monitor specific search engines?

Last Updated: Dec 11, 2015 04:14PM GMT
We monitor multiple search engines. You have great control over the settings that Trackpal will use to monitor them with.

This article will cover setting and editing the parameters Trackpal uses when monitoring specific search engines.

We will cover:
  1. Setting up search engines to monitor during the New SEO Project wizard.
  2. Adding a new search engine to monitor an existing project.
  3. Viewing which search engines are being monitored within an existing project.

1. Setting up custom search engines to monitor within the New Project Wizard

We have by default added Google to your monitor list, click Edit to view and edit the details.
You can add new search engines to monitor, and edit their settings, shown below.

Definitions of editable settings a search engine uses:

  • Name: Name of search engine as shown in your reports.
  • Select Data source: the search engine to monitor.
  • Country: the country to perform the monitoring from.
  • Search in: Sets the search engine to search only within a certain country.
  • Language: Language for the search engine to use - crucial to match the language of your keywords.
  • Results per page: Amount of search listings monitored per page of search results. Some reports display the amount of keywords displayed on page one, two and three so it's generally worth leaving this setting to the default of 10 results per page.
  • Number of results: This figure is how far deep we look for a keyword match in a search. If set to 30 then your keyword will be logged if it sits between positing 1-30. If a keyword drops to position 31 or more, it will be labelled as not ranking.
  • Include omitted results: We recommend leaving this off and un-checked, as most users will not be viewing omitted search results. One reason Google omits certain pages from their search results is to ensure multiple pages that are mostly the same, do not inundate their results.
  • Date: This setting will tell Google to only return search results of pages that were published within a certain date range

Adding multiple search engines to monitor

If you wish you may monitor the same keywords over multiple search engines. To accomplish this, either:
  • Select Bing or Yahoo and click Monitor.
  • Or click Create custom.

While editing different search engines you'll notice different settings

You may edit the settings of all search engines you monitor: Google, Bing, Yahoo and additional Custom ones.

Settings available to edit will vary across different search engines based on search engines having slightly different settings available to its users.

2. Adding a new search engine to monitor in an existing project

Or when a project is already setup you can easily add a new search engine to monitor.

Follow these steps:
  1. Go to Edit Projects under the Tasks group.
  2. Click Manage Search Engines.
  3. Click Add Search Engine(s) to an Existing Project
  4. Select the project to work with and click Next.
  5. Select a search engine to monitor from the list and click Monitor.
    • Here you can choose from many types of search engines, for example mobile search or location search.
      Note: If the search engines you'd like to monitor aren't appearing, please ask us to enable them on your account. 
  6. Press Next to view your additional search engines to add.
  7. Press Finish to confirm and finalise the process.

3. Viewing which search engines are being monitored within an existing project

When we monitor a search engine, it is termed a Job.
To view and toggle what search engines are being monitored (Jobs) within a project, follow these steps:
  1. Click on Projects within the Account Management group.
  2. Select the project to work with.
  3. Notice the Jobs tab.
  4. Every search engine monitored for the project is listed as a Job.
  5. Here you can view and manage the jobs (delete job or toggle it between active and in-active).
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