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Warnings on misleading keywords

Easily spot potentially misleading keywords that you should be aware of (within your tracked ones)

Updated over a week ago

SEOmonitor’s rank tracker detects a few types of keywords that could be misleading, when they are added to the campaign.

How does this work?

These are navigational keywords, toward other websites (like “Amazon”, or the “amazon watches” query). These keywords usually have high search volumes and your website will unlikely rank for them; even if it does, most of the searches will still end up on the brand site the users were searching for. You should ideally not track them (see how you can archive them), as they distort your campaign- or group-level data (total search volume, Visibility).

These are keywords that are searched for by users that probably won’t find what they’re looking for on your tracked website. They should be archived from the rank tracker, as they are irrelevant to the website’s products, services, or information; users searching for them might not find them relevant for their needs. If kept, they’ll affect the campaign and group-level metrics (total search volume or Visibility).

Highly localized keywords

These are the keywords that have (significantly) different organic results based on the location the search was performed (ex: “restaurants near me”). They usually have high search volumes and the rank in the platform represents the rank only from the city we're pulling ranks from, for that market. For localized keywords, this rank can only be derived from a small fraction of the actual search volume. It’s best to keep these keywords in City-level campaigns or track them from their respective locations in a multi-location campaign.

These are the keywords that generate most of the search volume in 1-3 consecutive months of the year (eg: “Christmas gifts”). You should be aware of them when prioritizing your work (timing).


These are actual misspellings. The problem with them is that, if let alone in the campaign – without the main close variation (in an Ungrouped view, for instance) – they will have a misleading search volume; the other data will be shown for the misspelling (SERP features, rank, difficulty).

We detect these keywords and flag them in the Rank Tracker with automatic labels. You can also filter the keywords based on their automatic labels as shown below:

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