Target URLs are intended for rank tracking of service or location-based businesses that have multiple locations (e.g., real estate, hotels, restaurant chains, etc.), as well as YouTube videos and Apps in Apple iTunes or Google Play Store.
Multiple Target URLs can be added to each keyword by placing a comma between each URL.
Target URLs can also contain * wildcards for sub-folders of the primary domain, for example:
This feature is for URLs in the primary domain being tracked in the Campaign General Settings screen. Rank tracking for specific competitor domains or for purposes of reputation management, can be accomplished by adding URLs to the Campaign Settings > Websites screen.
Indication of whether or not the keyword ranked for the Target URLs, can be set to Show via Report Options in the Rank Tracker Dashboard report. When the target URL matches the ranked landing page exactly, a green check mark displays in that column, if a different landing page ranks, then a red X displays (as shown in the example below).
Rank Tracker Dashboard with Target URL match indicator
Add Target URLs Quick Start Video
This video is intended to be a quick start guide, please refer to the settings descriptions, and step-by-step instructions on this page for complete details regarding rank tracking campaign optimization.
Click the link icon corresponding to a specific Keyword.
Click the Add Target URL button.
Enter the Target URL based on the URL structure for the type of site being tracked.
Click the Save button.
Click the pencil icon to Edit the Target URL, if needed.
IMPORTANT! Check the Track Target URL(s) Only box for iTunes, Google Play Store, Amazon (and other shopping site tracking), YouTube Channels and if you only want to collect and view rank data for the target URL(s) for the selected Keyword (and no other URLs) on sites being tracked for specific locations, properties, service types, product categories, etc.
Click the Save button
ASO Tracking Apple iTunes Store
Target URLs make it possible to accurately track Apps in the iTunes store. iTunes adds a country code and sometimes additional folders to the URL structure depending upon the device viewing the page. For example, this is the link to Rank Ranger's iPhone/iPad Rank Tracker App:
Manually add keywords and Target URLs or import from the sample spreadsheet. In this example we have added Target URLs for 3 related TED apps in the Google Play Store. When using the import file, this is an example of the correct format for the Target URL field (i.e., full URLs with a comma between each):
This is an example of a successfully uploaded set of Rarget URLs to 1 keyword.
eCommerce Product Tracking
Online stores like Amazon often serve a variety of URLs for your product, so instead of researching all the possible URLs they're using for your product, you can set a Target URL using a * wildcard that will capture all instances of your product or product category displaying in the SERPs:
http://www.amazon.com/*/your_product_id* (in search results there are sometimes additional parameters found in the URL, adding a wildcard following the product ID instructs RangerBot to include URLs that have characters following the product ID).
Using our Target URL feature, the challenge of tracking keywords only for location1 is easily resolved by adding the following 4 URLs to each location 1 keyword (and in this exact format):
IMPORTANT! Check the Track Target URL(s) Only box
For sites like this real estate firm example, in the Campaign General Settings screen:
the Primary Domain should be set to real-estate-sample.com
Ranking System Count: SERP (count as is)
YouTube Channel Tracking
The Target URL feature can be used for tracking YouTube video rank or a YouTube Channel. For this type of rank tracking, in the Campaign General Settings screen: