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Configuring Position Tracking

This article will walk you through the steps of how to set up your Position Tracking campaign.

If you haven’t set up any project in Semrush yet, you will see the following screen when clicking on Position Tracking. To start, enter a domain that you would like to monitor rankings for and click “Set up tracking”. The next step is to configure your tracking campaign.

Position Tracking getting started

In case you’ve already created a project on the platform, navigate to Position Tracking to Set up the tool under an existing project (1) or create a new one with the Create project button in the upper right corner (2).

Position Tracking setting up a new campaign

Step 1: Campaign Settings

In the first step of the configuration window, right at the top, you’ll see the root domain of your project listed by default. However, you can change the area to track with the dropdown menu. This will allow you to choose between a root domain, subdomain, URL or subfolder.

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If you want to get the most data possible, we recommend that you start by tracking the root domain. But don’t worry! You can change these settings at any point after starting your campaign.

If you already know you want to focus on a very specific part of a website, this is where you would want to enter a subdomain, URL or subfolder.

However, all rankings on subdomains, URLs, and subfolders will be stored in your historical data anyway.

Therefore, it’s best to start by tracking the root domain and experiment with looking at subdomains and URLs after your campaign has begun.

Search Engine and Device Type

Just below the domain dropdown, you will find the Search Engine and Device filters. You can change your search engine between Google, Bing, or Baidu if you want to track search results in China. As of now, tracking results on Baidu is available on the national level and desktop devices only. 

Directly next to the Google, Bing, and Baidu buttons are the device types. Search results are different across desktop, mobile phones, and tablets so select the device that you want to track your marketing efforts on the most.

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To cover all three device types, you can add additional device types (and locations) to track in your campaign after its initial setup.

When adding a specific location to your project, it's important to note that Position Tracking can only report on search volume for the national, regional and local levels. Any project set to a specific zip code won’t be able to get an accurate read on the domain’s volume.  

Please note: After setting up your campaign, you will not be able to change the original location or device type, so double check your settings in this step before moving on. However, if you set up a campaign on the local (city) level, you will be able to switch between viewing local and national volume data in your campaign.


Next, you will be able to choose the location for your campaign. You can set up a campaign to track results specific to a country, state/region, city, or zip code.

After entering your location, decide if you want Position Tracking to display the local or national volume of your keywords. Once your Position Tracking campaign is running, you can toggle local and national volume back and forth.

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For local businesses or any location-specific campaigns, this step is vital for focusing the tool to track results in the areas you’re actually targeting with your website.

Local Pack

Finally, the last part of the campaign settings is entering your business name (if applicable.) This feature goes along with your local pack results. In order to track your site's local pack results, we need you to provide your Business name exactly how it appears. 

This means not abbreviating or shortening your business name, or misspelling your name. With this, we can identify all of the keywords where your business has a ranking in a local pack if you're tracking local keywords.

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Step 2: Keywords


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After you configure your targeting settings it’s time to now add keywords to your campaign. When adding keywords you have options to import keywords from a .txt or .csv file, from an existing Position Tracking campaign, Semrush reports (Semrush suggestions) and Google Analytics.

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When adding keywords from Semrush, you have the option to add keywords from an Organic Positions report, Advertising Positions report, and the Keyword Magic Tool Phrase reports with related keywords, or Broad Match keywords (full search).

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Importing from Google Analytics will add your list of keywords found under Acquisition - Campaigns - Organic Keywords to your Position Tracking campaign. When uploading the .csv file, make sure to include all of your keywords in the first column. Any info in other columns will not be imported.

When you add keywords to your sandbox, you have the ability to tag groups of keywords before adding them to the project. 

If you want the same tag for all of the keywords in your sandbox, all you need to do is click the button “Add common tag” below the sandbox.

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However, if you want to create multiple tags for individual keywords, you will need to separate each tag with a comma to its corresponding keyword in the Tagged Keywords tab.

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The more specific you are with the tags you apply to the keywords in your campaign, the easier it will be to analyze your rankings for different keywords as your campaign progresses.

Review your target keywords in the Added to campaign list before starting your campaign and choose if you want to receive weekly updates by email with the small checkbox above the green “Start Tracking” button. These updates will give you a summary of how many keywords your domain has ranking pages for in the top 3, top 10, top 20, and top 100 results on Google. Once you hit the “Start Tracking” button, your campaign will begin gathering data.

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Updating or Deleting Your Campaign or Project

If you make a mistake while setting up and would like to fix it, or if you’d like to add more keywords to your Position Tracking campaign after you’ve already set it up, you have a few options. 

First, you can add or remove keywords within Position Tracking Settings, which is the same window that you used to set up your Position Tracking campaign the first time. Find it by opening the Settings menu, and then selecting Tracked Keywords.

Settings menu in Position Tracking

If you have a Guru or Business subscription, you have the option to create a new campaign within your current project using Multi-targeting instead of deleting or creating a whole new project. However, you cannot create duplicate identical projects, so you will need to choose a different search engine, device type, location or language in order to proceed. 

If you have more than one campaign set up using Multi-targeting, you can delete the ones you don’t need using the location drop-down, in the top menu of your campaign. Click on the location whose data you are currently looking at to expand the menu. Then click on the trash bin icon beside the campaign you want to delete.

Target locations in Position Tracking. 

If you are not using Multi-targeting, or if you have a Free or Pro account, you cannot delete your Position Tracking campaign without deleting the entire project. To delete your project, go to your Projects Dashboard and locate the settings gear beside the project. Please note that deleting a project will remove all of the project tools you set up; not just Position Tracking.