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Organic Research Position Changes Report

Organic Research Position Changes Report

The Position Changes report shows the traffic changes for your competitor's domain, what keywords and URLs caused them, and whether the domain got into or dropped out of SERP features.
When you first enter the interface, you will notice two widgets at the very top: Position Changes Trend and Top Page Changes.

Position Changes report interface with the two widgets at the top highlighted in red.

Position Changes Trend is a graph displaying trends for competitor’s website traffic changes, and for keywords that improved and declined a domain’s position on SERP.

In the widget, you can hover over any of the orange and green bars, and it will be highlighted in grey. Once you click, it will repopulate the table below to show the keywords that caused position changes in that specific time period.
Position Changes Trend graph with an arrow pointing to a specific month hovered over, displaying a more detailed information on Traffic, Improved, and Declined.
The Top Page Changes widget will have the top 5 URLs that have shown the biggest traffic changes in the last 28 days.
To analyze the position changes of your competitor in detail, scroll down to the table below. Table that allows a more detailed analysis is highlighted with red.

Why use this report?

This is an easy way to spot your competitor’s current weak spots or recent campaigns. If they’re losing positions, maybe their content is outdated and represents an opportunity for you to take some of this traffic away from them.

The 4 Types of Keywords

Position Changes can be broken down into four groups: New, Improved, Declined, and Lost.
Position Changes filter drop-down is highlighted with red.
The “New” filter shows keywords that are now ranking within the top 100 organic results for a domain based on the chosen time period. So if the report is set to one month, it will show the new keywords that the domain is ranking for that it didn’t have a month ago.

The "Improved" filter will show keywords that the domain is still ranking within the top 100 positions for, but has moved up in ranking since their previous position. New and Improved keywords both represent positive SEO.

The “Lost” filter will show keywords that the domain was previously ranking within the top 100 positions but is now no longer, and the “Declined” filter shows results that have decreased in ranking yet still remain in the top 100. These two types of keywords represent poor SEO performance.

Position Change Trend

With all four of these different types of keywords, you can expand on the data by clicking on the keyword’s row. This will show you the keyword, URL, category and SERP Features associated with the keyword. You can also see a snapshot graph showing the position of the keyword over your designated time period.

An example of a Position Change Trend feature for a specific keyword highlighted with red.

For the New, Improved, and Declined keywords, you can see the URL’s current rank in the Positions column.

In the Improved and Declined Positions reports, you can see the old position and the new position to see just how much of a difference was made. This way, it’s easy to see just how drastic of a change in position the ranking page went through.

An example of Previous and Current columns is highlighted with red.

Filters

There are four filter presets available to you: All Changes, Improved, Declined, and Changes on SERP.
An example of the four presets highlighted in red.

Once you click on any one of them, the table below will repopulate according to your needs.
You can also adjust the time period you’d like to analyze in the drop-down menu above the four preset filtering options.An arrow pointing to the date feature.For more specific analysis, use advanced filters. There are currently fourteen metrics you can use to filter this data including by keyword, traffic difference, or CPC.

See in the image below an example of a filter for keywords with volume from 10,000 to 100,000, keyword difficulty less than 80. This would be a great report to show a client how you’ve helped improve their sites organic traffic.

An demonstration of what the set up of filters mentioned in the text above looks like in the interface.Just like in the Positions report, you can filter your report by the position of the keyword. This can be done using the positions dropdown filter. This lets you filter the report by the top 50, top 20, top 10 and top 3 keywords, as well as for positions #1, #4-10, #11-20, #21-50 and #51-100.

An example of a Positions filter drop-down.