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Penalized for checking rank?

Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by makinbuckz, Oct 9, 2011.

  1. makinbuckz

    makinbuckz Junior Member

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    Can anyone confirm that if you check your sites rank too much, that G will penalize your ranking?
     
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  2. elikplim442

    elikplim442 Junior Member

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    That can't be true because i check my rankings each and every morning even before i go to sleep in the evening :)
     
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  3. makinbuckz

    makinbuckz Junior Member

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    What do you use to check?
     
  4. starcity83

    starcity83 Regular Member

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    I was afraid to check it too often for this reason also. I hope it's not true.
     
  5. BombaRuLz

    BombaRuLz Regular Member

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    Same here
     
  6. Kaistar

    Kaistar Power Member

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    Best get checking my competitors ranking then eh ;-)
     
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    starcity83 Regular Member

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    Good point!
     
  8. greggggg

    greggggg Regular Member

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    Of course not. How would they know which site's rankings you are even tracking.
     
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    thinkdevoid Regular Member

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    Yeah... I check multiple sites multiple times daily now. I don't see any negative impact. I use Market Samurai. I don't think you have to worry much about this one.
     
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  10. kenpro

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    Seems true to me, but makes no sense at all.
     
  11. Cnotey

    Cnotey Power Member

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    I often wonder about this myself. I don't think that it does matter. But I try and not check it every day anyways. You know the old saying:

    "A watched pot never boils"
     
  12. skohh

    skohh Regular Member

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    that's not true, one of my hobbies is watching water boil.
     
  13. larrydozier

    larrydozier Registered Member

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    They dont penalize for that...I check mine all the time
     
  14. xdesign

    xdesign Newbie

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    I also have problems with my site, i had PR3 and now i have N / A :(
     
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    if that's true, then i am going to check my competitors ranking 5 times a day.
     
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  16. photoman

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    A lot of the page ranking programs quit working for a few days recently. That may be why you got an n/a. Most of them see to be working again now.
     
  17. GreyWolf

    GreyWolf Executive VIP Jr. VIP

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    That wouldn't even be possible. It's amazing the types of myths that get started sometimes.

    The way your serp ranking is checked is to just do a search for a keyword and then page through results till you see where your site is ranked. That's true whether you're doing that yourself manually (lol, what a pain that would be), or using a serp rank checking tool. (The way the serp checker tools work is they do the search and then parse through the results till the find your site. The search for a keyword is done on google, sorting through the results though is done by the serp checker tool.)

    So only the keyword phrase is passed to google. There's no way for google to penalize you for checking a sites serp position too much because the actual site is never passed to google for the search.

    One thing that can happen though, if you manually check your sites position a lot by doing a search yourself (and then click on your site when you find it), is Google will start customizing the results for you. Basically that means when you do that search Google will start moving the site up in the serps (for you only), but for everyone else the sites position will still be farther down in the serps. That's one of the reasons it's better to just use a serp checking tool. The tool will check the real position of your site for people who have never visited your site before.
     
  18. jorfam

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    That's probably only because Google changed the servers that get used to check page rank. For a few days while they were making the switch everyone was showing up as n/a.
     
  19. tylerdale80

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    I don't think checking serps will cause any problem for your sites. When you check your rank with ranking software they usually list 100 sites per page for google. it will be hard for google to know which site is yours out of the 100. Even if it is 10 sites per page, there are still 9 other sites.
     
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