SEOmonitor's SERP checker is a Chrome extension that splits the browser tab in 2: one with your Google search and one with a real-time Google search from our crawlers.
Each screen has a list of search parameters so that you can adjust your search to match our crawlers’:
100 results per page: Yes/No
Incognito browser window: Yes/No
Logged in: Yes/No
Double checking ranking data with this Chrome Extension removes the 2 main reasons you could find differences between what you see in your browser and what you see in SEOmonitor:
Performing the search using different search parameters than our crawlers
Performing the search at a different time than our crawlers
How does this work?
Once the extension is installed in Chrome a “Rank Discrepancy Checker” button appears in any Google Search (SERP) performed.
Pressing it splits the browser in 2:
On the left, it keeps the current Google search (SERP), highlighting the search parameters.
On the right, it provides an interface that allows you to select if you want to compare it with an on-demand search performed by the crawler in real-time, or with today's SERP, extracted by our crawlers within the past 24h.
The options only appear if the searched keyword is a tracked keyword in the last accessed campaign in SEOmonitor (and you need to be logged in). After the selection, the SEOmonitor SERP is loaded on the right, for you to compare them.
To make sure you are comparing "apples to apples", the search parameters are listed on both sides. When the left side (user’s SERP) has search parameters different from the crawler’s search, they are highlighted in red; by clicking, they’ll be matched with the ones that the crawler is using (including the location).
There is a scroll lock that would help you scroll both sides together.
At times, the ranks provided in SEOmonitor for the current day are different from what you see in your browser when performing a search on the same keywords. And it can be difficult to investigate why this happens (unless an actual incident would be impacting the SERPs), and you would need to understand why they are different. Without a tool like this, you should take our word for it, without being able to double-check, and this is not aligned with the transparency we offer.