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Two Minute Toolbox: Ranking Differences in Cerebro vs. Keyword Tracker? Let’s Settle the Score…

Are your keywords ranked differently in Cerebro than they are in Keyword Tracker? Which Amazon keyword ranking should you be watching?
Brian Wisniach Content Writer
3 minutes read

Your organic ranking on Amazon for a given keyword is often one of the most important decision-making metrics you have access to. Whether you’re monitoring your competitors, gauging sales trends, or adjusting your PPC budget, you’re going to want an accurate reading of your keyword ranking.

This leads us to a very interesting question (one that we get asked often) about two of our Amazon keyword research tools.

Why is the organic rank that you see in Cerebro sometimes different from the organic rank you’re tracking in Keyword Tracker?

For example, let’s say that one of your products in Keyword Tracker is displaying an organic rank of 11 for the keyword “wood egg holder.”

helium 10 keyword tracker

Now, let’s compare this ranking data to the same keyword found using Cerebro. Within Cerebro, input your product’s ASIN in the search field, and click Get Keywords.

helium 10 cerebro - reverse ASIN lookup

To make things easier we will use Cerebro’s Advanced Filters dropdown. Within the Show phrases that contain filter, search for the exact keyword in question, which in this case is “wood egg holder.” Make sure to check the box to show Any results.

Click Apply.

Reverse ASIN lookup

Notice the organic ranking according to Cerebro is 15 — an entirely different rank from what we found using Amazon Keyword Tracker (a rank of 11).

amazon keyword tracker

Which one is correct?

They both are.

Remember, Cerebro pulls its organic ranking data from a general time frame which could be any time within the last day, seven days, or 30 days.

To find out when this ranking data was pulled, simply hover your mouse over the numerical organic rank in Cerebro. 

helium 10 cerebro

We can see this organic rank was pulled within the last seven days. This means that at some point within the last week, this product was ranked 15 for the keyword “wood egg holder.”

Keyword Tracker on the other hand, pulls ranking data on either an hourly or daily basis, depending on which subscription plan you use

Within Keyword Tracker, hover your mouse over the numerical organic rank for the keyword in question.

amazon keyword tracker

In this case, we can see that the keyword “wood egg holder” had an organic rank of 11 on this specific day (April 5th).

To go even more in-depth, click on the small graph under the Trend column.

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amazon seller trend

In this expanded graph view, we can hover our mouse over any point in time to see how our ranking for this keyword has changed. Having your organic rank visually represented this way is great for identifying trends and indicating when you may need to make important PPC adjustments. 

So, which tool is correct?

Both Cerebro and Keyword Tracker give you accurate organic ranking estimates, just at different points in time. Cerebro’s timeframes are wider estimates ( “< one day, < seven days, <30 days”). Keyword Tracker’s organic rank data is pulled hourly or daily.

Use Cerebro for high level keyword research (search volume and competing product data).

Use Keyword Tracker for the most current organic ranking data.

At Helium 10 we believe there is more to Amazon keyword research than just one magic number. Effective keyword monitoring requires a holistic view of your ranking (often via different timeframes) to provide you with the information you need to get your product to page one.

Want to see Cerebro and Keyword tracker in action? Check out our Pro Training video walkthrough here!

Brian Wisniach Brian was born to tell stories. With a background in screenwriting and riveting daydreams, Brian brought his love of creative storytelling to the world of e-commerce to bring seller stories to life. Brian is as easygoing as it gets but has an appetite for adventure. If there is a new way of looking at the world, you will find him first in line at the telescope. Don't let his lanky frame fool you, he is awful at basketball.


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