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Can I see the ranking history of a given keyword?
Can I see the ranking history of a given keyword?

Find out how you can see the ranking history of the keywords important to you using Site Explorer and Rank tracker

Tim Soulo [Ahrefs] avatar
Written by Tim Soulo [Ahrefs]
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Using Organic keywords Report in Site Explorer

First, go to the Organic keywords report under Organic search in Site Explorer:

how to find the organic keywords report in Site Explorer

There, you can compare the ranking history difference between two time periods of your choice.

You can use the date pickers to change the date and comparison date:

compare historical ranking data for organic keywords between two date ranges in Ahrefs

You can also use many of the filter options to narrow down specific keywords you'd like to compare:

💡 Learn more about how to use the Organic Keywords report as a whole in our Academy.

Using the Position history graph

For each keyword, you can also click the Chart button to see the Position history of how pages of the Target URL have ranked for this keyword on Google SERPs over time.

where to find position history graph in Ahrefs

Highlighted in Pink, you can also change the duration to view the chart, and the number of pages that can be compared to on the graph.

💡 Learn more about how to use the Position history graph for a detailed way to view ranking history for organic keywords over time.

Using SERP comparison

comparing two SERPs one month apart in Ahrefs

💡 Learn more about how to use SERP comparison in the SERP Overview feature to view ranking history in context to the rest of the SERP across time.

How far back you can view ranking history for a keyword depends on your subscription tier:

Viewing ranking history in Rank Tracker

If you've already added keywords to a project in Rank Tracker, you can view its ranking history via the Overview report and Ranking history report. If you haven't, this would be a good opportunity to start adding keywords to Rank tracker now.

Rank tracker provides all the same features available in the Organic keywords report previously mentioned: Date pickers, Filters, Position history and SERP comparison:

There's an additional benefit in the Position history graph, where you can toggle between Desktop and Mobile rankings:

Position history in Rank Tracker

How far back you can view ranking history depends on when you first added the keyword into Rank Tracker. This can be further back than the Historical data limits your current subscription's tier has, as those only applies to Site Explorer and Keywords Explorer.

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