Monitor top-ranking keywords with UptimeRobot

Here's a quick and free way to monitor your most important organic search keywords in search engine results pages.

  1. Set up a free account.
  2. Go to Google Search Console and look in the Performance tab, to search queries where you're ranking in the top 3 positions in Google. Exclude searches for your brand name, because in most cases, you'll always rank for your brand.
  3. Google for the search query (keyword) you want to set up tracking for. In this case, bookbinding supplies. Take that Google search URL and strip off any extra URL parameters, the resulting URL will look like this:
  4. Log in to your account, and click on Add New Monitor. Use the following settings for the monitor.
    1. Monitor Type: Keyword
    2. Friendly Name: bookbinding supplies - Google Search
    3. URL (or IP):
    4. Keyword: Your domain name, or page title as it appears in the SERPs. In this case,
    5. Alert When: Keyword Not Exists
    6. Monitoring Interval: Every 12 or 24 hours. I wouldn't set it any more frequently than this, to avoid false-positive alerts or risk artificially inflating search volume for your search query.
    7. Select Alert Contacts to Notify: Select Your Email address.
    8. Click Create Monitor.


Basics of SEO at WordPress Austin Meetup

Garrett presented this talk to the Austin WordPress Meetup Group on October 16, 2017. A description of the talk along with the slides is included below.

Learn the basics of SEO and how to optimize your WordPress website to improve visibility in search engines. Garrett will talk about the SEO tasks you should take care of ASAP and will provide an overview of SEO and local SEO. Garrett will also review popular SEO WordPress plugins and settings.