for a GOOD local rank checking program that did everything I need it to.
I'm paying my secretary to do manual rank checking on all my clients. I usually get them ranked on Google Places for tons of keywords - so we usually end up checking about 30 key phrases per client. Doing it manually when you have a lot of clients eats an incredible amount of time.
Since I do a pre-ranking benchmark for all new clients, then a monthly ranking report for ongoing clients and since I have a LOT of clients, it just takes WAY too much time. I send a ranking report with each invoice and am 2 weeks late invoicing because we can't get caught up on all the ranking reports.
Partly too, that's because I do a lot of it myself. If her ranking report comes back lower for that client than I think it should, then I go in and tweak their optimization, re-check and then tweak and recheck again, until I get them to the optimum level. So it's just really time consuming.
I need a program that checks back on page 2,3,4 on maps, not just the 7 pack. Because when a new client comes to me, they are usually ranked pretty far back, so I need the software to dig. Once I work with them they are usually in the 7 pack and I think there is software that will track 7 pack rank checking, but I need it to go further back.
But then it also needs to distinguish and note whether rankings are 1, 2 or 3 packs because I get clients lots of those and they are more valuable than being #3 in a 7 pack for instance.
Additionally the software needs to note if only a 1 or 2 pack shows and my client isn't on it. For instance I may get a client #3 which is GOOD. However if that keyword in that market is only showing a 2 pack, that means my client still isn't showing up on page 1.
My current manual ranking reports look like this. If there's just a # then it's in a regular 7 pack. But if there are other variations we note it. (Fake sample just to show a few variations)
Keyphrase 1 #2
Keyphrase 2 #4
Keyphrase 3 #1 (1 Pack)
Keyphrase 4 #12 (Page 2, up from #52)
Keyphrase 5 #1 (3 Pack)
Keyphrase 6 #1 (2 Pack)
Keyphrase 7 #3 (On Maps, but only 2 Pack shows on search)
Keyphrase 8 #1 (On map page - but no search page)
Does anyone know of any software that might do the trick???
I know TONS of people who would buy it and have a pretty good reach in the local SEO community, so could help you sell it if you developed a solution.
(Oh and one more thing, an optional but GREAT feature I'd like to see is if the software could check multiple cities. Even though Google local typically only gets companies ranked in the city they are located in, I get my clients ranked in surrounding cities too. (Not by using the radius feature though because I think that can hurt rankings.) So for each client I need it to check their city, plus a few surrounding cities.