Checking your search engine placement progress can be a tedious job, and quite time consuming.
Most articles and information on subject will lead you to use a service like position agent at bcentral, or another tool that will take a keyword from you and let you know how your site is doing in top engines under that keyword or keyword phrase. In most cases they only bring back results for top forty pages of top 7 engines.
This is a common practice by many and often times it leads to search engine frustration and lack of tracking. Many people fail to find their sites in worthy positioning and constantly rework and resubmit. This is very self defeating and can get you thrown out as a spammer.
People give up and move on to other ways of promoting their sites and leave hope of Front Page placement behind. Front Page search engine placement to them seems like a waste of time and is often compared to winning lottery.
I track a little differently. It is much more revealing than any of usually prescribed methods. It is my goal to help you see difference, between where you "can be found" and where you are "being found".
Trying to find out where you *can be* found is needle inthe haystack approach I outlined above. This involves hours of guessing at what you think possible keyword combinations are that you may be found under and submitting to position agents and waiting for a good results. The more indexes you build more time you can lose with these methods.
There's even more effort you have to put into inputting keywords to check progress of your possible placement. If no results yielded yet, then plan on several sessions trying to track down where you can be found. They just don't index them as fast as they used to. This is a major pain and you can miss so many keyword phrases that it is an empty approach to finding out anything about your efforts.