I stress “dangerously” because while rankings have been a poor barometer of SEO effectiveness for a while, they have now devolved to nearly worthless.
Monitoring rankings will no longer get you closer to more traffic.
Why rankings don’t cut it
There was a time when search rankings were a healthy obsession; when landing on the first page really meant something.
Long ago in a world far away, everybody saw the same thing: Google search engine results pages (SERPs) displayed a universal and consistent set of results for a given search term. Moving from page 10 to page one could make the difference between no organic traffic and thousands of hits per day.
Today, several factors have obliterated this model: