Rankaware is an easy-to-use free tool which can check a website's ranking for various keywords on Google, Yahoo and Bing, then compile an attractive report showing how this changes over time.

The program has a simple Windows 8-like interface, all colourful panes and flat buttons, with the minimum number of options. Launching your first website check is just a matter of entering your site URL, the keywords you'd like to check, and the search engine region to query (Google US, UK, Japan and so on). Click Done, Rankaware checks your rankings, and displays the results in a graph or table.

The first check isn't so interesting as you only have a single rank recorded. Click Update, though, and Rankaware will run another scan, highlighting any change in rank over time.

The on-screen reports look good, but if you'd like to share the results with others then they can also be exported as a CSV or PDF file. The latter can be customised with a company name, logo, Facebook and Twitter link. It also includes a "Report generated with" line.

Rankaware 1.4 improves the program significantly with the addition of a scheduler. You don't have to manually run updates on launch, every day, week or month.

If Rankaware still isn't powerful enough, though, you can use one of the commercial versions. currA one-month licence (currently $9.97, normally $69.95) allows you to monitor unlimited URLs, and customise the reports; the Business edition (currently $99.97 for 1 year) also allows business use.

Version 1.5 changes:
    - Improved Google rank checking algorithm
    - Improved Yahoo rank checking algorithm
    - Other minor bug fixes.

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A simple and straightforward keyword rank checker with some attractive reports. The commercial editions are a little expensive.