I used to have a SerprRobot subscription but I stopped paying for it since I wasn’t really using it that much.
The other day I felt the need to track my primary and found out that SerpRobot is still $5 but now you can track 75 keywords daily instead of the 300.
I don’t know when the change from 300 to 75 took place but I bet that not many like it
I understand that businesses need to make money but I didn’t subscribe to the service again.
I checked all the apps they can host and SerpBear, a rank tracker tool was among them and I decided to give it a try.
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PikaPods and SerpBear
You can host SerpBear anywhere you want but it could be a tedious process for those of us who are not into self-hosting our apps.
Pikapods make the process of hosting SerpBear a breeze, you don’t need to know anything about servers to host open-source apps with them.
If you want to give Pikapods a try, they will fund your account with $5 so you can test its platform.
Hosting SerpBear on Pikapods will cost you less than two dollars and you can track as many keywords as you want.
If you don’t want to use a dummy URL for your SerpBear, you can point your domain to Pikapds by adding a CNAME to your DNS records and you can have a custom domain to make everything more professional and secure.
Since I use Cloudflare, I can secure the SerpTracker login page by creating custom firewall rules.
How Can this tracker be Free?
Few things in life are free, scraping the web definitely has a cost.
SerpBear is an open-source tool so you can get the software for free but you need to have a scraping service API to check the positions of your site on the SERPS
The good thing is that there are services such as scraping robot that let you make 5000 requests each month for free.
Scraping Ant is another service that will let you make 15000 requests via its API, that’s more than I need and that would probably cost me $30 using SerpRobot which is not a more affordable keyword tracker I know.
You can learn more about these and other integration by visiting SerpBear’s official documentation.
Should I Bother Using a Keyword Tracker?
Most serious publishers know that keyword trackers have their limitations.
- First of all, your posts rank for so many keywords and keyword variations so tracking 100% of all keywords for all posts is not an impossible task but it is a pain in the butt.
- Secondly, you can track the position of your post in all different versions of Google Search.
If you want that level of tracking, it is better if you learn how to master Google Search Console Data.
If you want to have a general idea of how your keywords are doing in the SERPs, you might want to focus on your primary keywords.
if your keyword research is legit, I bet all posts have been written with a primary keyword in mind.
The task of keeping track of all your primary will help you focus on what matters the most, keywords that people are searching for.
Why aren’t People Promoting SerpBear Harder?
If you have been following influential people in the SEO, affiliate or display ads space, you know they are here to get richer and not necessarily to help people find affordable tools.
Having said, other keyword tracker tools out there have more features for more advanced players.
I don’t think Pikapods is the best self-hosting app but if you just want to host SerpBear in it, you don’t need the app to have a 99.95 uptime and you don’t mind if the server is restarted every once in a while.
I think that SerpBear is all you need if you want to find out what pages are doing better or worse after a Google update.
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