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Rank Top 50 API

The rank_top50 method returns up to the top 50* landing pages ranking for a campaign keyword and search engine on a specific date. Results include rank, landing page URL, notation if special SERP features exist (e.g., search box, HTTPS, rating, etc.), and SERP Meta Title.  

Rank Top 50
is one of our stand-alone SEO Intelligence Search API methods that allows you to view the top 50 SERP results tracked in a campaign. Data is available for Google, Google Maps, Google Local Finder, Google Mobile, Yahoo!, Bing, Yandex & Baidu. 

API Type: this is a stand-alone API-only package, it does not include access to our reporting platform reports or Reporting API methods.

Data Retention: data generated by this API is stored for 60 days.

Contact us with the number of keywords and search engines you'd like this data for, along with the frequency (e.g., daily, weekly or monthly), and we'll provide you with information regarding a custom SERP API package and pricing. 

*If the search engine provides less than 50 results for a keyword, then the API returns only the number of results that were available during the rank tracking for that keyword.


API Options & Restrictions


You can add a special Google SERP Features API add-on package to this Top 50 API that includes the description field for each of the Google top 50 results, plus search page indicators including Knowledge Graph, Carousel, Answer Box, Local Pack, Image Pack, News Pack, Paid results and more.

API package capacity can be upgraded at any time.

Multiple types of API packages (Rank Top 50 Daily with SERP Features, Google Suggested Search Monthly, etc.) can exist in one account.
IMPORTANT! When creating new campaigns you must be careful to select the correct package for the new campaign because you:
  • Cannot transfer keywords or campaigns between Reporting Platform and API packages or between different types of API packages.
  • Cannot change an existing API package to a different type (e.g., Rank Top50 to Google Suggested Search).
  • Cannot change the frequency (e.g. from Monthly to Daily) of an existing API package.

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
keyword string Keyword
date yyyy-mm-dd Requested data date
Optional: Date Range can be called using
(for up to a span of 10 days)
If date is used, then do not include the results parameter

se_id int Search Engine ID
int Campaign ID number
results int Number of days' data (up to 10)
Do not use with date parameter
show_title string Option to include SERP Link Title in results
pi string Option to include SERP Features (formerly known as Page Indicators) in the results. If you want the presence of answer boxes, snippets, local packs, etc. included in the API results, then add &pi=true to the request.
string Optional: The Batch request may be used to obtain results in batches of 200 keywords at a time. This option requires the parameters batch_start=X&batch_limit=200, where X equals the beginning of the batch.  To request the first 200 keywords in a campaign, this is an example request:
The request for the next batch would start with 201, for example:
Do not use date and keyword parameters when choosing the batch option



Construct & test API requests in the API Console or follow one of these examples:

Top 50 for specific date

Top 50 for a date range

Top 50 for a specific number of results and including SERP Link Title

Rank Top 50 Batch Request

The request for the next batch would start with 201, for example:

The default output is in XML format, if you would like the output to be json the you will need to add "&output=json” at the end of the string




Response with Google SERP Features


Refer to the Google SERP Features API for examples of results that include Carousels, Knowledge Graphs, a variety of Answer Boxes, Image Blocks, SERP News, Local Packs, and Paid Results.

Response with Google SERP Features Hotel Pack


Response with Google SERP Features Jobs Box Result


Response less than 50 Results

Based on our ongoing research of the SERPs, these are the most likely causes of a change in the total number of API results when comparing time periods:

Campaign Changes
A change in the total number of keywords being tracked on different dates (i.e., deleting or adding campaigns or batches of keywords)

Google Index
The Google Index doesn't contain 50 results for the keyword based on the campaign's search engine settings.

Page One Orangic Results Count
Our API reports rank data for the first 5 pages of the search results and Google does not always provide 10 results on page 1. Organic results count on Page 1 can range between 5 and 10 results, this is tracked and reported by our SERP Features Tool.

Organic results insight graph

Google Removal of Results
Google omits results that they have received complaints about (refer to Google Removal Policies for details). When Google removes content, they display a statement below the last search result explaining why they have removed results. For example, in a top 100 search for "vikings torrents" Google removed 45 results.

Google DMCA results

The message varies depending upon the type of violation, the above example relates to DMCA. 

Refer to Google's support topics for more information:

How to Identify Featured Snippet Rank in Search Intelligence APIs

Question: With your Rank Top 50Rank Top 100 or Search Query API, how can I distinguish between a keyword that organically ranked in position 1 vs. one that ranked in position 1 because it was in a featured snippet?
  • In the search_results for each rank position, our Rank Top 50, Rank Top 100 and Search Query APIs provide rank, url, extra and title.  SERP indicators are recorded as extra data, extra: Featured Snippet is the indicator you will see when a keyword ranks in position 1 inside of a Featured Snippet.
  • For APIs that have Google SERP Features included, Featured Snippets are identified in the google_serp_features > answer boxes > answer_boxab_type: Featured Snippet. Included in that result is the title, url and image_url when they exist in the Featured Snippet.

This illustration provides an example of our Rank Top 50 API results, demonstrating how results from the SERP are presented (Rank Top 100 and Search Query APIs deliver that data in the same way).

Featured Snippet in API results

How to Obtain API Access

If you'd like to help determining which of our API plans is most appropriate for your needs, contact our service team and an account manager will be happy to assist you.

If you already have a Rank Ranger plan and see an error message when accessing the Account Settings > 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.

If your company has API services included in a plan and you aren't able to access the screen, contact your company's Rank Ranger account administrator to request that your user permissions be set to include access to the Account Settings > API & Connected Apps screen.

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. Campaigns
2. API Resources
3. API Key Generator
4. Click the Generate Key button
5. Select a User and add a note (optional)
6. Click the Add button

Generate API Key

API Console: Construct & Test API Requests

To make construction of API requests easy, we offer this API testing tool. Most parameters are included in the options of the console, however, you may need to add custom option parameters to your API requests based on the specific API you're using. 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. Campaigns
2. API Resources > API Console
3. Select the Method and complete the applicable fields
4. Click the Generate button
5. 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

Getting Started: Samples of APIs used for Creating Campaigns

We recommend reviewing our Best Practices Guide prior to structuring campaigns.

Get Packages Info: Required when there is more than 1 package in an account

Add a Profile: An option for adding an identifier to your campaigns for categorization (e.g., by language, country, etc) Name&profile_ref_id=YourInternalReferenceID

Get Profile ID list: Optional Data needed for Add a Campaign

Obtain the Search Engine List: Data needed for Add a Campaign

Add a Campaign: Create a new campaign, response will include the Campaign ID number that is needed for adding a search engine and keywords

*Note that Profile ID is an optional field that you may use, if you choose not to use it, then please remove "&profile_id=ProfileIDnumber” from the end of this call

Add a Search Engine: Add search engine to a campaign

Add a Keyword: An optional field is available for keyword_identifier field, allowing you to add your own unique identifier to each keyword &keyword=yourkeyword&keyword_identifier=your-keyword-identifier

Bulk Add Keywords: You may download and use the spreadsheet found on the Campaign Settings > Keywords screen to organize and import your keywords, or use this API,keyword2,keyword3

You'll find additional API methods in the Account Management and Data documentation

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.
Research API Methods
  • The variety of Research Method APIs have limits on the number of queries per day based on the capacity of your package. If you require additional units, please contact customer service and an account manager will provide you with package upgrade pricing.
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

Account Management 


Account Data 

Reporting API

Rank Data Methods 


Research Methods 

Search API

SEO Intelligence Methods

These are stand-alone packages that do not include use of reports, graphs or analysis tools in the Rank Ranger platform.


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

406 Too many processes requested
The account has exceeded the limit on the number of exports that can be run and stored via the Campaigns > Import & Export > Campaign Export tool. After downloading the files, you may delete them in the Campaign Export screen or via the API.

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