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Campaign Rank Backup API

The campaign rank backup method generates a process based on the selected campaign(s) that returns a compressed ZIP file with CSV file containing rank data history through to the date it is run including landing pages, search engines, keywords, dates, rank and Google SERP features.

Refer to Rank Ranger API Overview page for information on how to obtain API access, obtain an API Key, error codes and a full list of API methods.



key string The unique API key assigned to your account
campaign_id string Campaign ID number

Sample API Requests


Construct & test API requests in the API Console or follow this example:

To retrieve campaign rank backup data for 1 campaign


After sending a properly constructed API request, the following message displays in the browser
<tracking-data provider="rankranger" date="08/10/2016" time="13:59:37" status="ok">
The process_id is needed to obtain the status and download the file when the process is completed

Request Process Status

Enter the Process ID (from the response you received when running the API request) and run this API request:

Data generation can take a few minutes to several hours depending upon the size of your request and its position in the queue.

This response indicates that the request is waiting to be processed:
<tracking-data provider="rankranger" date="08/10/2016" time="14:01:12" status="ok">

This response indicates that the request is processing:
<tracking-data provider="rankranger" date="08/10/2016" time="14:01:12" status="ok">

This response indicates that the process has been completed:
<tracking-data provider="rankranger" date="08/10/2016" time="14:01:12" status="ok">


Request Download File

When the process status is done, you can request the ZIP file for download by running this API request:

Campaign Rank Backup Download
The ZIP file will download based on your browser settings.  The file is in compressed ZIP format, you can extract the individual CSV file(s) using utilities such as WinRaR, WinZip, 7-Zip, iZip, RAR Extractor, UnZip, etc. depending upon your computer's operating system.

Campaign Domain Metric Export API Download

The CSV file(s) can be viewed, analyzed and edited in Excel and various CSV readers depending upon your computer's operating system. This is an example of what the file looks like when first opened in Excel. Column width can be expanded and Excel's filters and functions can be employed based on your needs.

View Campaign Rank Backup data in Excel

After Download Delete Process API

After you have downloaded the file that was generated by your API request, you should run the Delete Process API request to clear the process and CSV file from your account:

CSV files are automatically removed 7 days after generation, however, there is a limit to the number of processes and files an account can store and if the files aren't removed you'll receive a "too many processes requested" error message until they are cleared.

How to Generate New API Keys

You can obtain API Keys per user if your Rank Ranger account has API access by navigating to
1. Account  
2. Connections > API & Connected Apps
3. Click the Generate Key button
4. Select a User and add a note (optional)
5. Click the Add button

Generate API Key

How to Obtain API Access

If you see an error message when accessing the Account > Connections > API & Connected Apps screen, then to obtain API access you will need to upgrade to a package that includes API access by completing a custom package request form or contacting Rank Ranger support with your requirements.

API Console: Construct & Test API Requests

Referencing the parameters information that is listed in the specific API method documentation, you can construct and test API requests in Rank Ranger's API Console by navigating to:

1. Tools
2. Utilities
3. API Console
4. Select the Method and complete the applicable fields
5. Click the Generate button
6.Test your API method by clicking the launch URL icon and view your results. Once your results are as you want them, copy that URL into your own application and modify as needed for each request.

Rank Ranger API Testing Tool

API Query Limits

Rank Ranger APIs can pull up to 100 queries per minute. If more than 10,000 API GET requests per hour is required, then there is an option available at an additional throughput fee, contact customer service for assistance.

Rank Reporting Method Limits
  • Rank Data & Research Reporting API methods can only provide data from campaigns tracking in your Rank Ranger account.
  • You can run an unlimited number of queries through the API.
Search API Method Limits
  • SEO Intelligence API method query limits are based on the number of units purchased for your custom plan (e.g., 1 unit = 1 keyword tracked on 1 search engine, 1 time).
  • Search API plans do not include access to the reporting platform.

Developer API Methods

API Error Codes

Code Text Description
101 Invalid Method
Method does not exist, check your syntax
102 Invalid API Key
The API Key inserted is invalid, check for key accuracy
103 Invalid Domain
The Domain requested is invalid or does not exist in your account
104 Invalid Date
The selected date range or syntax is invalid
105 Invalid Keyword
The Keyword does not exist in this campaign 
202 Invalid Campaign Name
The Campaign name is invalid or missing
203 Invalid Primary URL
The Primary URL is invalid or missing
204 Invalid Campaign ID
The Campaign ID is invalid or missing
208 Invalid Search Engine
Invalid Search Engine ID
210 Keyword already exists
The Keyword already exists in this campaign
211 Keywords exist in campaign
You need to delete Keywords from this campaign before trying to delete the campaign
212 Invalid Package ID
Invalid Package ID
215 Custom White Label URL is already in use for another campaign
The Custom URL that you have selected for your White Label Portal is in use by another campaign, please select a different URL
400 No Results
No results were found
401 Limit Reached
You have reached the maximum number of Campaigns allowed in your package

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